NEW DELHI: A day after the Rajya Sabha unanimously passed the Constitution amendment bill enabling GST, the Congress has moved to the next stage of GST politics. The party leadership on Thursday launched a signature campaign among political parties, aimed at jointly petitioning the finance minister against introducing the operative GST bills — the central GST bill and integrated GST bill — as money bills. BJP ally Shiv Sena too has signed up the Congress-piloted joint letter, a Congress source told ET. The signature campaign plan was cleared by the Congress leadership after the Constitution amendment bill was passed by the RS on Wednesday night. It is seen as a political follow-up action after Congress speakers led by P Chidambaram demanded an assurance from finance minister Arun Jaitley in the House that the CGST bill and the IGST bill be introduced as financial bills and not money bills. Many other parties too supported the Congress demand during the debate. Sources … [Read more...] about Congress signature campaign among political parties to make central GST a financial bill
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NEW DELHI: An Intelligence man for a low-key engagement in J&K, perfectly suited to his unassuming personality, but appointed with full and highest political backing – this is Narendra Modi government’s new model for a dialogue in J&K through former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma. There are challenges before Sharma. The Intelligence Bureau (IB), in particular, is seen as an arm of the Centre in the Kashmir Valley. While the overarching demand in the Valley has been of a “political engagement” on part of the Centre, the response on the ground to the appointment of a police officer who headed the IB remains to be seen even though violence is at low ebb and terrorists are facing the heat. J&K has a sense of fatigue, seen many a similar ‘non-politician' interlocutor in the past – like a group set up by former home minister P. Chidambaram. The Modi government however insists this model is different. First, the announcement has been made by the … [Read more...] about Big challenge for a low-key official with stellar record
The Howdy Modi put a dagger into the heart of the 'bipartisan consensus' in the US regarding the relations with (Modi's) India, points out Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi with United States President Donald John Trump at the Howdy Modi event in Houston, September 22, 2019. Photograph: @Narendra Modi/Twitter The scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi in recent weeks by two prominent writers in the US -- the Washington Post's Max Boot and the New Yorker magazine's Dexter Filkins -- is the latest indicator underscoring that the tide of American liberal opinion regarding India's political economy has turned trenchantly critical, bordering on the unfriendly. Boot and Filkins are influential writers and the publications with which they are associated are immensely prestigious, which makes them powerful opinion makers in America. Modi's acolytes -- the 'core constituency' -- may shrug shoulders and smirk, 'Who cares?' But it does … [Read more...] about Did ‘Howdy Modi’ really help India?
NEW DELHI: After scripting the GST agreement with the government to pass the Constitution amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress leadership will be at the ‘vanguard for ensuring the tax is pro-aam aadmi and not inflationary’. This will see the main Opposition demanding that the rate should not be above 18% in the next round of political positioning when the central GST bill, hopefully, will be introduced in the winter session of Parliament. These were the main takeaways of a meeting Congress MPs had on Tuesday with former finance minister P Chidambaram and former commerce minister Anand Sharma, during which they duo briefed them about details of negotiations they had with the government. During the meeting, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi underlined the Congress line for the RS debate. Calling the party as the original exponent of GST, Gandhi said Congress should make sure to remind the government “implementation of GST should not lead to inflation … [Read more...] about Congress negotiators say party prefer central GST bill along with Constitution amendment bill
Theo Hancock, who now lives in Auckland in New Zealand but who previously lived in Queensland, took to social media late last week to announce he had purchased an investment property – at the age of just 18. He had snapped up a house in Whangārei in New Zealand’s North Island which cost $NZ280,000 ($A268,000) – a feat he described as a “big goal achieved” – and also said he planed to buy three properties per year moving forward. The story of a teenage Macca’s worker-turned-property mogul quickly gained media attention, but also sparked backlash after it emerged Mr Hancock’s father had loaned him the rest of the money he needed, which meant he didn’t need to take out a traditional mortgage with a bank. Welcome to Foot in the Door, news.com.au’s series on first-time homebuyers. Source: News CorpSource:Supplied But Mr Hancock told news.com.au some of the media attention he had gained since buying his home – which he … [Read more...] about Teen reveals how he bought his first property after saving $30,000 deposit working around school