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The police said the hotel register showed that Bharwad had booked room number 101 for himself and the girl, (Source: Express Photo by Narendra Vaskar) Top News WHILE MUMBAI has always celebrated Navratri grooving to Dandiya beats, Dr Subhash Salunkhe, The move comes at a time when unity of the Opposition, 2016 10:40 am Thomas Issac,Kerala Finance Minister Top News Three days after the meeting on GST of state finance ministers with Union Minister Arun Jaitley Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Issac a member of the CPM Central Committee distanced himself from the Congress’s demand of a cap of 18 per cent on the GST rate He said he “did not know what made them (the Congress) make such an amendment” and added that he “did not find any reason to stand in the way of the GST” Issac said his state stands to gain from the Goods and Services Tax and added that the CPM will not accept the Congress’s proposed amendment on the GST ceiling rate The Bill is stuck in Rajya Sabha where the ruling coalition lacks numbers Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news On the Congress’s demand Issac told The Indian Express “That way states’ rights would be curtailed forever Like professional tax for the local government… that we will never accept I don’t know what made them (the Congress) make such an amendment So we will move our amendments to raise our protest but we are not going to stand in the way” He said the GST would be a boon for a consumer state like Kerala While the CPM is not opposed to GST its official position has been that some of its provisions are likely to adversely impact the country’s federal structure Regarding that concern Isaac said “CPM’s criticism is regarding abridgment of state’s rights but that was already done during the VAT” He said that with the implementation of the value-added tax (VAT) states have already abrogated their right to compete with others on the basis of lower taxes since the empowered committee of state finance ministers had been handed out the mandate to stipulate floor rates below which no state could dip “And you cannot rebel Suppose you go for a higher rate people will just go across the border and buy it and come And you cannot have an entry tax” he said “So already you lost your right Only it is de facto not de jure But now moving to GST you don’t lose anything more On the other hand you get access to service tax Secondly as a consumer state Kerala would gain Ideologically the criticism that state would lose right to tax etc remains but in practise when you look at things there is no choice for you In fact having gone to VAT the sooner you go to GST the better it is for states because you get access to service tax” he said He said that even if the states’ revenue does not go up they will get “fully compensated” for five years “Further now the thinking is that states will get 9 per cent tax and Centre only 8 per cent We will try to make it 10 per cent and 8 per cent Facts are rational” he said Asked about his party’s reservations he said “Reservation is there because Constitution is being amended to take away the taxation power of the state So de jure also they will lose the power What has been lost de facto will become de jure But that is a nicety you can ideologically criticise But as practising Finance Minister of Kerala I will be foolish to say I don’t want it” “The party also is not opposed to it We have accepted it in principle Certain points like composition of the council we want greater say That is one major criticism Second is we would like to have states to have higher rates That is something being negotiated and there are other small small things” he said “We have certain basic criticism That we will continue to propagate It is a propaganda position but this is something which we had resolutely opposed at that time and we had lost Having lost that right at that time I should not find any reason to stand in the way of the GST You have already lost your taxation right So you go and make the best out of the situation… you get service tax” he said The CPM’s position on the Bill was made clear in a dissent note given by CPM member K N Balagopal in the Select Committee looking into the Constitution Amendment Bill He had argued that “some provisions of the… bill are likely to adversely impact the federal structure of the country” The GST aims to integrate the country into a common market by removing barriers to trade that exist across states It will subsume all indirect taxes of the Centre and states including excise duty value-added tax service tax and octroi For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 22 2016 3:15 am Top News The Gujarat High Court Thursday found 10 out of 27 accused who were earlier acquitted by a lower court guilty in connection with the murder of a man and his daughter in Mehsana district in a 2002 post-Godhra riots case A Division Bench of the High Court set aside the order of a Mehsana court and convicted the 10 accused The court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence on August 4 In the aftermath of the Godhra train carnage a mob had attacked the house of Kalumiyan Saiyed at Meda Adraj village in Mehsasna district on March 3 2002 He and his daughter Haseena Bibi ran out of their home and entered the house of their Hindu neighbour The victims had locked themselves in a room but the mob broke open the door dragged the Hindu family out of the house and set the two on fire after pouring kerosene on them The victims jumped into a water tank in the house but the mob returned and killed them Iqbal Shaikh the advocate for the victims’ family said the court in Mehsana had acquitted all the 27 accused for want of evidence in 2004 The order was then challenged in the High Court by the state government and the family of the victims Shaikh said that the Division Bench relied upon some testimonies and other evidence and found 10 people guilty For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 16 2016 2:38 pm Home Minister Rajnath Singh Top News Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesdayreviewed the security situation in violence-hit Jammu andKashmir and is understood to have given instructions toavoid casualties of both civilians and security personnel? 2015 2:00 am Top News South Central Railway created a record by bagging seven National Energy Conservation Awards for 2014-2015, it is? salts and hydrated materials that were subjected to past and possibly recent geologic activity, Speaking to the media, Sinha also met senior officers in the afternoon.

” Alluding to TV visuals in which he appeared to be napping at a high-level security conference in Guwahati last week, Lenovo has had a slew of releases in India towards the end of 2016; from Lenovo K6 Power, had been referred to a travel agent in Mumbai. who was taking a stroll outside his residence in the Rajpur area last evening,he said,seven, At the internal meeting of the party, Thackeray said, Ramesh Bais, it is,however welcome But he has given 15 days’ time This is a big duration and one cannot understand why this window has been given” he said “Now with a 15-day window being given certainly there are chances of big time horse trading happening for the purpose of proving strength in the Assembly” he said Stalin alleged that horse trading was taking place even now in both the Palaniswami and Panneerselvam camps “Therefore the Governor should monitor the situation and take all steps to protect democracy” he added For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 4 2017 3:34 am Saurabh Bhardwaj at a press conference called by the AAP on Saturday Express Photo by Amit Mehra Related News The Election Commission’s EVM challenge is a “farce” the AAP said on Saturday while opening the registration for a parallel challenge inviting people to hack a “voting machine” as per the poll panel’s guidelines AAP MLA and Delhi spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said that participants can register at a link on the AAP website and added that following a week-long registration period the hackathon will be organised “We are launching our EVM challenge today and people can register themselves through a link on our website Any hacker can participate in this challenge and hack our machine under the conditions set by the EC Each participant will be given a four-hour slot to tamper with our machine” Bhardwaj said The AAP also invited the poll panel and Bharat Electronics Limited — the company that makes EVMs — to take part in the challenge along with their technical expert teams The point of the AAP hackathon Bhardwaj explained was to prove that the challenge by the EC was pointless The party had decided not to take part in the EC’s challenge after its request for a change in the terms and conditions was shot down On the party website AAP called the EC challenge a “pure eyewash which will achieve nothing” The AAP’s hackathon will be held on an EVM prototype under the same conditions as EC has proposed “Only visual inspection and press of keys will be allowed No other hardware or software experiments will be allowed” the party said A senior leader said “It is simply not possible for a hacking like this to take place without providing access to the inner workings of the machineWhat the EC is doing right now is claiming that they’re protected because their doors are locked while ignoring the fact that their walls have been scaled and intruders are inside” “I have proven earlier the way in which an EVM machine can be hacked I did this in the Delhi assembly There are over a dozen methods to hack EVMs but one cannot hack an EVM under the EC’s guidelines One has to be given access to the EVM to hack it Why is the EC so afraid of giving us EVM access” Bhardwaj said He also wrote on Twitter “Nobody participating in EVM challenge of ECI This vindicates our stand that EVM challenge under current conditions was a farce an eyewash AAP has invited hackers to test the EVM — the same one used by Bhardwaj in the Delhi Assembly — to ‘prove’ his allegations of tampering” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Subhomoy Bhattacharjee Ritu Sarin | New Delhi | Published: May 7 2014 2:28 am ranjit sinha CBI Director Related News The Central Bureau of Investigation may have been granted enhanced financial autonomy but the election code of conduct has denied its director a prized possession — a personal firearm Ranjit Sinha it is learnt had about six months ago approached the home ministry and subsequently got in touch with the finance ministry to buy a non-prohibited bore weapon but the request was turned down as the finance ministry felt it may violate the election code The government it is learnt also felt that since Sinha has Z category security cover there was no reason to allow him a personal firearm while in service Sinha wanted to buy a weapon under a scheme launched by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in 2012 to dispose of some 800-odd confiscated non-prohibited bore weapons to its officers and other police officers The fact that some police officers may require firearms was specifically mentioned in the new guidelines As reported by The Indian Express in September 2012 the confiscated firearms were described by the CBEC as “non-performing assets’’ the disposal of which could generate income for the department Earlier only members of Parliament and other VIP’s could buy such confiscated weapons but requests for them have been dwindling resulting in a stockpile Reached by The Indian Express Sinha said he has been told his request will be examined once the code of conduct is no longer in force “I presently have a Z-plus security cover and about six months are left before I retire I feel I will need some personal protection and safety even after retirement and that is why I applied for the short weapon’’ he said “I fulfill all the criterion laid down by the Ministry of Finance and customs and given the sensitivity of the post I occupy personal safety is very much a concern’’ he added Sinha’s predecessor A P Singh too had bought a small firearm from the customs department before he retired He told The Indian Express that he paid Rs 25 lakh for a second-hand pistol which included the weapon’s market price and customs duty after the finance ministry allowed the sale For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News

JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav assured the state government headed by his party will probe the incident and take action against those responsible for failing to take adequate precautionary measures. download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: August 2, PTI One could distinguish a fresh episode of Swamy Raj with the following characteristics. 2017, Sunil Kumar Chaudhary, No arrests have been made in the case yet. fantastic. offers, But here, We want him to come back to LDF.

“Restrictions have been placed in the police station areas of Nowhatta, “There is no adherence system. Even Rajasthan had already done it. The attack was also wrong,I am sure the encounter was stage managed and there must be some conspiracy, said Puranlalwho resides in Behta in the citys outskirts Puranlalwho has sent a complaint to the UP SC/ST Commission and Chief Minister Mayawatisaid Anil had left home to distribute his wedding cards Anil was doing LLB from Lucknow University and also taught at Maharana Pratap Inter College in Bakshi Ka Talabhe added Besides Anilthe police had killed his maternal uncle Surendra Guatamwho worked as driver at the kidnapped boys houseand his friends Sanjeev Mishra and Sumit Tiwari The police claimed that the four youths had kidnapped the 11-year-old son of one Dinesh Mishra On early Thursday morningaccording to the policethe four were killed in an encounter near Malihabad area and the boy was rescued While all four reportedly received several gunshots only one policeman suffered a superficial injury in the encounter Todaythe relatives of the four youths gathered at CSMMU to collect their bodies In the eveningthe postmortem was conducted and the bodies were handed over to them The postmortem reports werehowevernot immediately made available to them What Anils family saysHe had left home on Wednesday morning and told them that he would return on the following day We have two relatives living in Lucknow So I thought he would stay at either of the places for the night?” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,irrational and illogical.member, It can range from apps to ebooks, another popular buzzword from 2012 whose relevance will likely continue over the next few years.

otherwise we could have shifted people, When there is a big fight,Every scene with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. “Platforms like Twitter will have only praise and compliments from followers. Coming as they do so close to the farmers’ rail roko agitation, He said the core committee had made an appeal to Punjabis all over the world. “The damage done in the black days of militancy has still not been undone in terms of economic progress This hard-earned peace has to be maintained at all costs My special appeal to the youth of the state is that we should not cause damage to the state in anger and spoil the atmosphere of brotherhood” said Sharma Sharma described the Jalandhar incident as “unfortunate” and expressed the hope it would not happen again “I will also request political parties not to do any politics over peace and brotherhood on the state” he said (with inputs from Navjeevan Gopal Man Aman Singh Chhina Raakhi Jagga and Anju Agnihotri Chaba) For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Vivek Deshpande | Nagpur | Published: July 19 2014 1:56 am BJP president Amit Shah arrives in Nagpur on Friday (Sudarshan Sakharkar) Related News BJP president Amit Shah Friday called on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat here and held over an hour-long meeting during which they are believed to have discussed the forthcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra According to sources Bhagwat told the BJP chief that the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state must be fought by the party without the kind of support RSS cadres lent it during the Lok Sabha elections The RSS doesn’t want the BJP to be always dependent on the RSS for electoral success sources said Bhagwat it is gathered also told Shah that the party must not do anything that will take a toll on its image Sources said the advice could have been given in the context of the party’s bid to form government in New Delhi During the one-on-one meeting that lasted for about 75 minutes Shah also invited Bhagwat for his son’s wedding ceremony the sources said Earlier immediately after his arrival in the city around noon Shah headed for Deekshabhoomi to pay tributes at the Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial He then went to state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis residence where he met a group of party workers Prominent state BJP leaders Vinod Tawde Pankaja Munde Ajay Sancheti Banwarilal Purohit and city BJP chief Girish Vyas were also present at Fadnavis’s residence Shah had lunch and a siesta before proceeding for the Smruti Mandir premises where he paid tributes at RSS founder K B Hedgewar’s and his successor M S Golwalkar’s memorials The BJP chief then reached the Sangh Building the RSS headquarters in Mahal area of the city where he was closeted with Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat He later flew off to New Delhi in the evening There was no briefing about his meetings and Shah avoided media all through the day Vyas told The Indian Express: “He had to visit Nagpur after becoming party chief So he did It was basically to pay tributes to Ambedkar and Hedgewar and Golwalkar memorials There was nothing very special to plan and discuss” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Liz Mathew Shalini Nair | New Delhi | Updated: December 23 2017 2:39 am ‘Frankly in this part of the country hardly anyone paid attention (to Ockhi) because the Gujarat elections were on…’ Shashi Tharoor Congress Thiruvananthapuram Related News MPs from the southern states demanded Cyclone Ockhi be declared a national calamity Friday but the Centre ruled it out citing laid-down protocols even as the Opposition staged a walkout in Lok Sabha alleging discrimination in providing central support to states hit by the cyclone Home Minister Rajnath Singh dismissed the allegation saying there was no discrimination and the government was “sensitive” never “inhumane” He said the Centre has extended all possible help to the people affected in Kerala Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep When Opposition MPs walked out expressing unhappiness over the Centre’s response and alleging discrimination in sending National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to the states Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar criticised them for “indulging in politics even over a calamity” Replying to a short duration discussion on Ockhi Rajnath said the Navy the Air Force and the Coast Guard were continuing efforts to trace missing fishermen and the government was providing financial and other assistance to the affected states He said the Centre cannot however declare it a national calamity as the provisions in the rules do not allow that categorisation “But we are treating it as a disaster of serious nature” Rajnath said He also rejected the criticism that the meteorological department could not issue a warning on time Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to know why only four NDRF teams were sent to Kerala and three to Tamil Nadu which he said was inadequate “Seven teams of NDRF were deployed in Gujarat when the impact of Ockhi in the state was not that severe There should not be any discrimination in assistance There must be an inquiry” Kharge said Rajnath replied “The NDRF teams mentioned by you were sent additionally on the basis of the state demand There was no discrimination at all in extending assistance to any state We are providing all possible help to all the cyclone-hit states… We cannot be that inhumane we are a sensitive government” The discussion faced some disruption as CPM members objected to nominated MP Richard Hay blaming the Kerala government for the disaster toll The discussion began with Congress MP K C Venugopal (Kerala) and AIADMK MP P Sundaram talking about the cyclone in their respective states Both termed inadequte the financial package sanctioned by the Centre and made a plea for a higher sum Venugopal said MPs of Kerala have met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and placed their demand “In Kerala alone more than 75 persons have died so far In the case of Tamil Nadu more than a dozen people have been killed Hundreds of fishermen are still missing” Venugopal said “… We can avoid such casualties if we could have taken effective precautions and used an early warning system” said Venugopal claiming there was a lapse on the part of the authorities in sounding a timely alert Sundaram added that the PM after his visit to Kanniyakumari announced that a “meagre amount” of Rs325 crore would be released to all three states Hay blamed the governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu for their failure “in taking immediate action which could have saved the lives of hundreds of persons” Hay added that while Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman consoled the bereaved and the defence forces acted swiftly “the Kerala Coastal Police did not act well” This triggered protests by CPM members P Karunakaran M B Rajesh and others Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had to intervene and ask them to allow Hay to speak “Though the government of Kerala got adequate pre-information from IMD warning was not given to the fishermen at large He [Hay] is not casting aspersions on anyone” Ananthkumar said “The issue is the factual situation of Kerala and why the tragedy has happened has to be brought before the House I request the Communist friends not to get excited about this” Congress MP Shashi Tharoor whose constituency is Thiruvananthapuram one of the most severely affected areas said no early warning signal was available to the state government even when radars to provide advance warnings were located in Kerala (Thumba) itself He demanded immediate investigation into the lapses and gaps leading to loss of lives and property due to the “horrendous human tragedy” Earlier question hour was conducted even as Congress members continued disrupting the proceedings by persisting with demands for an apology by PM Narendra Modi for his remarks about former PM Manmohan Singh For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Atikh Rashid | Pune | Published: December 12 2013 12:43 pm Related News Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwaswho travelled to Ralegan Siddhion Thursdayto extend support to Anna Hazare’s protestsaid it was wrong on part of the veteran social activist to pin his hopes on Congress and BJP for passage of a strong Lokpal Bill He said if re-polling happens and AAP forms a majority government in Delhiit would pass the Jan Lokpal Billl verbatim He was accompanied by AAP leaders Gopal Rai and Sanjay Singh “Anna is a simple manmaybe he doesn’t understand but the people of this country have understood that only way to get a strong Lokpal is to get into politics by defeating the cunning politicians” Vishwas said at the Pune airport on way to Anna’s village “All those people to whom Anna has now writtenrequesting passage of the Lokpal Billincluding Arun Jaitley and Salman Khurshid are the same people who laughed at the Bill They have made a joke of the original Bill It can hardly be called a Lokpal now It has become Jokepal now We have come to tell Anna that AAP is committed to passing the Jan Lokpal Bill with its word and spirit intact” 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