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Jaitley gives no Prasad of GST exemption to Amarinder
20.07.17 - PT Bureau
Jaitley gives no Prasad of GST exemption to Amarinder



NEW DELHI: Forced by the incessant pressure from the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and the opposition Akali Dal, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today took up the issue of GST on langar and prasad in his meeting with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and sought exemption from tax.

However, there was no reassurance from the Union Finance Minister about any such exemption, sources said.

"The Chief Minister urged the (Union) finance minister to waive off GST on Langar and Prasad given out at Gurdwaras/Temples/Churches/Mosques. The Chief Minister had earlier written to the finance minister seeking GST exemption on Langar (community kitchen) and the Prasad distributed at various religious institutions," a press release issued by the state government claimed.
The Punjab Government remained ambiguous about the Centre's response with the statement merely claiming that Jaitley "has directed department officials to look into all the issues and coordinate with officials from Punjab government to resolve them."

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Amritsar MP Gurjit Singh Aujla had also accompanied the Chief Minister.

Political pundits said the Akali Dal played its hand extremely smartly by first getting the SGPC into the act, then claiming ownership of the issue of seeking exemption from GST for langar and now putting the ball firmly in the court of Amarinder Singh.

Failure to force the Centre to exempt langar from GST will reflect poorly on Amarinder Singh while any positive response from Jaitley would be leveraged by Sukhbir Singh Badal as the victory of the Akali Dal. Punjab Congress has so far not succeeded in underlining that the Akali Dal was a component of the ruling NDA, an argument well anticipated by Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal who wrote to Jaitley seeking GST exemption.

With Akali Dal's bases covered, Amarinder is left to fend for himself and in case Jaitley does not budge, the political outcome may not be to the liking of Amarinder.
 
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Around 30 killed, 9 injured as bus falls into Gorge near rampur in Himachal Pradesh
20.07.17 - TEAM PT
Around 30 killed, 9 injured as bus falls into Gorge near rampur in Himachal Pradesh



As many as 30 persons were killed and several others injured when a private bus proceeding towards Solan from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur district skidded off the road and rolled down into a 300 metre gorge at Khaneri near Rampur in Shimla district on Thursday morning.
 
The bus was carrying around 40 passengers and met with an accident around 09:15 am.
 
The bus was on its way from Reckong Peo in Kinnaur to Solan and met the accident on National Highway 5 near Rampur, around 120 kilometres from the state capital Shimla.
 

Civic and police administration started the rescue operations and the injured people have been taken to the nearest hospital.
 
The authorities, who are carrying out the rescue operations, have not ruled out the possibility of higher casualties as the bus rolled down around 300 metres towards the bank of the Sutlej River.




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Three Dead, Several Missing After Cloudburst in Jammu & Kashmir's Doda
20.07.17 - TEAM PT
Three Dead, Several Missing After Cloudburst in Jammu & Kashmir's Doda



Three people have been killed and several houses and shops destroyed as flash floods followed by a cloudburst wreaked havoc in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir in the early hours today.

The cloudburst took place around 2 am today at Thatri town of the district, causing flash floods. Half-a-dozen houses were washed away along the Batote-Kishtwar National Highway, leaving several people trapped. Six people, including a 12-year-old boy, were rescued from under the debris. Rescue work is going on in the area.
 
 Iftkhar Ahmed, DSP (headquarters) Doda, said the water level suddenly rose in the drain after the cloudburst, washing away several structures along its path. "We cannot assess the exact loss of life or property immediately as we are in the midst of rescue operations,” he said.
 
 Several others were still under the debris and causalities could not be ruled out, he said. "The entire district administration along with the police and Army have started rescue operation on a war footing,” the police official said.

The Batote-Doda-Kishtwar National Highway (NH1B) was closed due to huge boulders at Thathri market triggered by the cloudburst.

Doda, which falls in the Jammu region, has witnessed heavy rainfall this monsoon. Last week too, heavy rainfall was reported in Doda district. Earlier this week, landslides due to heavy rains in Jammu and Kashmir's Ramban district had forced the authorities to temporarily suspend traffic on the arterial Jammu-Srinagar national highway that connects Jammu and the Kashmir valley.




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PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' raked in Rs 10 crore profit for All India Radio
19.07.17 - TEAM PT
PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' raked in Rs 10 crore profit for All India Radio



Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat' has generated revenue of about Rs. 10 crore for the All India Radio (AIR) in the last two financial years, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
 
In 2016-17, the revenue was to the tune of Rs. 5.19 crore, while it was Rs. 4.78 crore in 2015-16. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said in a written reply.

He said regional version of the address is also broadcast in 18 languages and 33 dialects on the same day after the completion of the original broadcast.

Besides, the minister said the English and the Sanskrit versions are also broadcast by the AIR. Rathore said the 'Mann Ki Baat' is disseminated on transmitters for domestic audience and through the internet and shortwave (SW) transmitters for global listeners.
 
The revenue for radio, which reaches about 99 percent of India's population, comes from higher advertising rates. Modi's address to the nation through the radio is pre-decided on a fixed Sunday morning every month. A number of brands want themselves on air just before and after Modi's speech which attracts millions of listeners.

Launched on October 3, 2014, Modi addresses the nation every month in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme. PM Modi had last addressed the nation on his monthly radio programme on June 25, the 42nd anniversary of the Emergency, where he called it the "darkest day in the history of India".

The idea hit PM Modi from the experiments of former United States President Barack Obama who used a similar programme to reach out to the masses. As per a survey, the programme was listened to most in Bihar in the last year. Among the issues, PM Modi spoke about drought, Monsoon, Demonetisation and Good and Services Tax in the programme. The programme also helped All India Radio in adding more listeners to its programmes, the survey suggested.




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China is our enemy, not Pakistan: Mulayam Singh Yadav in Parliament
19.07.17 - TEAM PT
China is our enemy, not Pakistan: Mulayam Singh Yadav in Parliament



The Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday said that China is India’s enemy and not Pakistan. He made this statement during the proceedings of the Lok Sabha at the Monsoon Session of Parliament on Wednesday when the Doklam standoff issue was raised. "Pakistan cannot harm us. It cannot harm India. Our enemy is China and not Pakistan.
 
He further claimed that China was ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan and asked the government to reverse its stand on the Tibet issue and support its independence.
 
"Today, India has immense threat from China. China is conspiring against India, taking Pakistan under its fold. I have been informed that China has installed nuclear bomb on Pakistani soil. China has prepared fully to attack India,” Yadav said in the Lok Sabha.

Raising the matter in the Lok Sabha against the backdrop of tension between India and China, he asked the government to inform Parliament what it has done to meet any likely challenge from the neighbouring country.
 
On the ongoing standoff between China and India at Doklam, Yadav said that it is India’s responsibility to protect Bhutan and Sikkim from foreign incursions. "Protecting Bhutam and Sikkim is our responsibility. China is our enemy, not Pakistan,” he said.
 
Yadav said India's stand on Tibet, a reference to its acceptance that the region was part of China, was a "mistake" and the time has come to support Tibet's independence as it had been a traditional buffer between the two big nations.

"Today, India faces huge threat from China. The country is taking Pakistan under its clutches and is planning something disastrous against India,” Yadav was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.




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