- Lok Sabha to take
up GST bills for discussion and passage today.
- Supreme Court to hear petitions today seeking modification of its
verdict banning liquor vends within 500 meters of state and national highways.
- Uttarakhand High Court orders the state government to stop mining.
- British Prime Minister Theresa May signs
letter to trigger Brexit from European Union.
- US President Donald Trump signs an executive
order to roll back Obama's climate change measures.
- And in, Miami Open Tennis Tournament, Roger
Federer reaches men's singles quarter-finals; top seeded Stan Wawrinka crashes
The Lok Sabha will take up the Goods and Services Tax Bills for
discussion and passage today. The Speaker has allocated eight hours time for
discussion on the Bill. Briefing media after the BJP Parliamentary Party
meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar
said that the discussion on the four GST bills namely Central GST, Integrated GST, Union Territory GST and GST Compensation
take place in the Lower House today. He said these Bills have been drafted
after detailed discussions in the GST Council which comprises all States.
Arun Jaitley yesterday said the GST bills are based on the principle of shared
sovereignty and that the government wants to pass these landmark tax reforms
through consensus. The Finance Minister had tabled the GST Bills in the Lok Sabha on Monday. A Report:-
"Central GST Bill makes provisions for levy
and collection of tax on intra-state supply of goods or services, integrated
GST deals in taxation of inter-state movement of goods and services while Union
Territory GST Bill covers taxation in Union Territories. Compensation bill has
been drafted to give a legislative backing to the Centre's promise to
compensate the states for five years for any revenue loss arising out of GST
implementation. Once these Bills are cleared by Parliament, the states will
then take up the State GST Bill in their Assemblies. Government has set a
target of first July as the date for rolling out of the Goods and Services Tax,
which will subsume Excise, Service Tax, VAT and other local levies. With Sant
Bahadur, Anuja Kumar, AIR News."
Rajya Sabha is scheduled to take up discussion on the Admiralty (Jurisdiction
and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017 today. The Appropriation
(Railways) Bill, 2017 and The Finance Bill, 2017 are also listed for
consideration in the upper house.
The government will borrow about 3.72 lakh crore
rupees from markets in the first half of the next fiscal beginning April. The
borrowing for April-September is 64 per cent of the borrowing target for the
full financial year. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi last evening, Economic
Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said, normally every year the Government
borrows 60-62 per cent in the first half of the year. However, this year it is
marginally higher as the Finance Ministry and the RBI foresee other ministries
to start spending from the beginning of the fiscal as well as redemption
pressure. He said, the budget has been passed and money will be available fully
from the beginning of the year.
The Supreme Court will hear a batch of petitions today
seeking modification of its December 2016 order banning liquor vends within 500
meters of state and national highways across the country. A bench comprising
Chief Justice J S Khehar and S K Kaul yesterday assured a battery of lawyers
led by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that it will ensure the hearing today.
Mr Rohatgi informed the bench that the apex court
judgement, ordering closure of liquor vends alongside highways, will come into
effect from the 1st of April and this leads to a situation where urgent hearing
Kerala, Punjab and Telangana had approached the
Supreme Court seeking modification of the order.
The Uttarakhand High
Court has ordered the state government to stop mining. Hearing a Public
Interest Litigation yesterday, the bench of
Justices Rajiv Sharma and Sudhanshu Dhulia ordered constitution of a high powered
committee to look into various aspects of mining activities to find out as to
whether mining activity should at all be permitted in the state and chart out
suggestions for the next five decades. Our corespondent reports that the bench asked the panel to submit an interim report
within four months.
"While hearing public interest litigation, the
Court directed the state government to form high power committee within four
months consisting of geologists and scientists. The committee will identify
places to be earmarked for safe mining so that there would be no loss of
revenue to the government and requirements of people can also meet at the same
time. It was contended in the PIL that illegal mining activity in the area was
not only causing harm to the infrastructure but also dangerous to the
environment as well. The committee will assess the damage caused to the rivers,
springs, rivulets and environment and ecology of uttrakhand by mining and
determine compensation payable to the persons affected by mining activities. Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News Dehradun."
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Minister Theresa May has signed the letter that will trigger Britain's exit
from the European Union. The letter will be delivered to European Council
President Donald Tusk by British ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow today. It
sets the clock for a two-year negotiation process for Britain's relationship
with the EU as a non-member.
US President Donald
Trump has signed an executive order to roll back his predecessor Barack Obama's
climate change measures keeping up his campaign promise. Trump, after signing
the order yesterday said that the executive action is a historic step to lift
the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to
cancel job-killing regulations. The President said, this decision is the latest
in the series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth.
The Executive Order
directs all agencies to conduct a review of all regulations, rules, policies
and guidance documents that put up roadblocks to domestic energy production.
The opposition Democratic party and environmental groups, however, slammed
Trump for his latest move.
Minister Malcolm Turnbull has activated a disaster response plan after a
powerful cyclone pummelled the north-east coast. Cyclone Debbie caused major
damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Mr
Turnbull said one death has been confirmed. He said emergency crews are yet to
assess the damage.
arrested secretary of the Irrigation Department Kujendra Doley for allegedly
taking money from contractors. He was arrested from his chamber at the Janata
Bhawan in Guwahati. More from our correspondent:-
"Kujendra Doley allegedly took
money from contractors to pass their bills. He was caught red handed while
accepting 15 thousand rupees. Later, sleuths of Vigilance and Anti Corruption
wing raided his office and residence and had recovered nearly 55 lakh rupees
and six bank pass books. Doley claimed, he took money to give it to Irrigation
minister which was flatly denied by the minister. Meanwhile, Chief Minister
Sarbanand Sonowal said that fight against corruption will be continued. He
said, strict action will be taken against corrupt officials. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI."
Punjab Governor, Mr.
V. P. Singh Badnore has said that the State government is committed to fulfil
all the promises made during the Assembly elections. Addressing the first
session of the newly elected Punjab Assembly in Chandigarh yesterday, he said
the government proposes to bring out a white paper on development, governance
reforms and financial status of the state to apprise the people of the present
financial situation. He also called for a complete revamp of Police and change
in attitude of law-enforcing agencies.
In Uttar Pradesh,
nomination papers for election of the Speaker of the new Assembly will be filed
today. The election will be held tomorrow. Ruling BJP has not yet announced its
nominee for the post. Political observers have said the Speaker will be elected
The Central Board of
Secondary Education, CBSE, has given four more days to the candidates appearing
in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for revising the options for
examination centres. The NEET for admission to MBBS and BDS courses will be
held on 7th of May. Now students can change the option of cities of examination
centres till the 31st of this month by logging on to NEET website.
INLCU L51, the first of the eight ships of
the Landing Craft Utility MK IV Class, was commissioned into the India Navy in
Port Blair yesterday. Our correspondent reports that conceived and designed
indigenously, the commissioning of the ship adds a feather to the glorious
chapter in the nation’s ‘Make in India’ initiative in the field of warship
design and construction. The ship has been built to assist in amphibious
operations by carrying out beaching operations.
Now, News from the
world of sports:-
Miami Open Tennis Tournament, Roger Federer's fine form continue with victory
over Roberto Bautista-Agut in Men's singles event. The Swiss player book a meeting
with Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. In another clash, Alexander Zverev
knock out top seed Stan Wawrinka and reach the quarter-finals. The 19-year-old
German beat the world number three, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Rafael Nadal also made it
through, defeating France's Nicolas Mahut. He will face American Jack Sock in
the last eight. In India
Super series Badminton tournament, the main draws event will be held from today
in New Delhi. In Women's Singles PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and several other ace
shuttlers will represent India. While In Men's Singles, Kidambi Srikant and HS
Pranoy will play their first round today. However no other Indian player could
qualify for the main draw. In football Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been
banned from their next four competitive internationals starting with the World
Cup's qualifier in Bolivia for swearing at a match official. FIFA said, the
decision means the five-times world player of the year will play in only one of
Argentina's remaining five World Cup qualifiers. Tripti Srivastava, Sports
- Newspapers this morning focus on different
stories including the violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
- 'Shun violence ,
dialogue only way out ' The Tribune quotes Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Mehbooba Mufti , welcoming Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement on reaching
out to everybody in Kashmir.
reluctance, Supreme Court to open court rooms to cameras" is the lead in
the Indian Express.
- "Modi govt
plans it big for third anniversary" states DNA , of the govt planning a
multimedia campaign & massive outreach programme to mark its 3 years in
- "Modi and Trump
both Pro-growth, Pro-Business leaders, says experts" highlights The
- "Free lunch to
staff trigger GST" states the Times of India, as GST would be payable if
there is a supply of free goods or services to an employee , exceeding a
- "IITs to
recruit teachers through walk- in interviews" as instructed by the HRD
Ministry, to address the faculty crunch, reports DNA.
- "The Heat is
On" The Pioneer says, brace for a scorching summer as mercury crosses the
40- degree mark in March. "Indian cities set to face deadly heat moves due
to global warming " The Financial Express. Gujarat government reworks
school timings due to non seasonal heat waves , reports The Hindu.
- "Disabled to
soon get universal ID cards" to avail welfare schemes , reports The Asian
- On Air India denying
ticket to Ravindra Gaikwad for a second time , the Pioneer writes, "Air
lndia brings high-flying Sena MP on railway track again".
- The Times of India
writes, AIIMS to conduct a study whether Ayurveda can help treat cancer.
- And finally "No
bribes needed here, says this clerk" notes The Hindu in a box item, of a
Panchayat employee in Kerala, on a campaign against corruption.
In some more News,
US Senate has voted
overwhelmingly to approve Montenegro as NATO's 29th member. After a procedural
vote earlier in the week, the Accession Treaty from the small Balkan nation to
join the transatlantic alliance yesterday sailed through on a 97-2 vote. The
measure will now go to the White House for formal ratification by President
Donald Trump. Till now, 25 other NATO members have ratified Montenegro's
accession as a geostrategic ally. The Netherlands and Spain have yet to do so.