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Council fixes 4-level GST rate structure: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be levied at multiple rates ranging from 0 per cent to 28 per cent.
Voter has right to know candidate’s qualification: SC: Every voter has a fundamental right to know the educational qualification of a candidate, who has a duty not to lie about his or her academic past, the Supreme Court has held.
Brexit as an opportunity: The sheer breadth of Indian business in the U.K. leaves Prime Minister Theresa May with a challenging task on her India visit: to address anxieties about the direction of Brexit negotiations.
Citizenship on a divisive agenda: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 states that persons belonging to the minority communities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India with or without valid documents would now onward cease to be treated as “illegal migrants” and be eligible to apply for Indian citizenship under the provision of naturalization.
India, Bangladesh joint exercise from tomorrow: Bangladesh and India will hold a 14-day joint military exercise, code-named “Sampriti-7” to practice counter-terrorism and disaster-management operations.
‘Global situation not to blame for fall in exports’: India cannot put the entire blame on the global environment for its poor export performance, according to a Crisil study. Domestic market is on the cusp of an expenditure boom.
Industry voices concern over GST rate complexity, cess uncertainty: The main issues of concern seem to be the complexity brought on by the multiple rates of 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent, and 28 per cent, and the uncertainty about the additional cess that will be levied on luxury goods and tobacco products.
Oil firms up in arms over service tax demand: The Central Board of Excise and Customs said that it would levy a service tax from this financial year on the royalties paid by the producers to the Centre for the use of natural resources.
The quality of justice: Creating an All India Judicial Service would make judiciary more accountable, professional and equitable.
Faith And Its Limits: Religious freedom under the Constitution is conditional, open to state intervention.
Cleaning up India’s air pollution problem: It will require a comprehensive, synergized government approach that is currently lacking.
Securing public-public coordination: Organizing the public agencies to respond in a coordinated manner is very difficult.
Are BRICS states ready to unleash their growth potential?: They need to rise above political differences and see the advantages of cooperation. How well are the BRICS countries poised to unleash their growth potential through providing economic opportunity for all?