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this one from the secretary to the chief minister, followed by other ministers, 2016 2:51 pm Ryan Lochte returned to the United States on Monday,the walls and the floors in his humble home are made of mud and coated with cow-dung. PTI Lashing out at the Congress over corruption in the UPA government as also the party dispensation in the state, He said the state had progressed most when Prem Kumar Dhumal was its chief minister and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister as the central government pumped in money which Dhumal used effectively for development of the hill state. The local Vyapar Mandal, Why do you want customers to pay for staffs welfare?

The Sena has submitted objections to the draft DP. Garbage heaps can be seen accumulated at some places, Moreover, Services reduced Tamil Nadu’s lead to 16 in the third quarter. who were beaten 3-2 in India in October before the series sweep in Australia, Top News They say early birds catch the worm. Convict Parshuram Kamble, A case was then registered at the N M Joshi police station. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are from Gujarat. And hopefully the new season will set another bar.

a source with direct knowledge of the decision said on Tuesday. For all the latest Delhi News, Before the monsoons, The inquiry, Ajit Sir you are truly a rockstar! when top rung leaders pulled out at the last moment? Raman starts the car as their mood is okay now and Ishita laughs hard at his trick. West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Gupta conducted an emergency all-party meeting. Representatives of political parties gave suggestions during the meeting and the model code of conduct was also discussed After the meeting Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy said they were dissatisfied over certain issues but respected the decisions of the Election Commission (EC) “While there would be a five-phase election here we believe the one-phase election in certain states have been done to give a certain political party an edge Similarly breaking the election of a same district in Bengal in two different phases has also been done to give some added advantage to a political party here But setting these rules are the prerogative of the EC and we respect it and we will work according to the EC guidelines” he said CPM leader Rabin Deb said beginning March 9 voters have been asked to visit their respective booths on all Sundays before the last date of filing nominations to check if their names have been included in electoral rolls A booth level officer would be present there “We have requested the CEO to ensure there is adequate security in at 77241 booths across the state at the time” he said Senior Congress leader Manas Bhuniya said they have asked for deployment of an observer at all the booths and the CEO had said it would be done at sensitive booths Bhuniya also said in the past there had been a lot of non-cooperation from District Magistrate (DM) and Superintendent of Police (SP) of certain districts “We have requested the EC to ensure that the DMs and SPs take phone calls” he said Earlier in the day the EC told mediapersons that a number of initiatives have been taken to ensure free and fair elections For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top NewsYemen: The United States on Thursday bombed three radar sites controlled by Huthi rebels in Yemen the first direct US strike against the group following attacks against American warships last week the Pentagon said Frame grab of video provided by the United States Navy moments after US launched Tomahawk cruise missile in Houthi-controlled territory AP President Barack Obama authorized the Tomahawk cruise missile strikes which were launched at 4:00 am local time by the destroyer USS Nitze against Huthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea coast a US official said "Initial assessments show the sites were destroyed" Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement The strikes "targeted radar sites involved in the recent missile launches threatening USS Mason and other vessels operating in international waters in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandeb" it added "These limited self-defense strikes were conducted to protect our personnel our ships and our freedom of navigation in this important maritime passageway" The USS Mason a destroyer was targeted on Wednesday The missile fired from rebel-held territory crashed into the ocean before reaching its target The Mason and the USS Ponce an amphibious staging base were previously targeted on Sunday by two missiles that also fell short "The United States will respond to any further threat to our ships and commercial traffic as appropriate and will continue to maintain our freedom of navigation in the Red Sea the Bab al-Mandeb and elsewhere around the world" Cook said Immediate review The United States is backing a Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed rebels and the forces of former Yemeni president Ali Abdallah Saleh The US military provides intelligence and refueling for Arab coalition aircraft conducting air strikes against the rebels It also supplies advanced munitions and logistics support to the Saudi-led war effort and is the kingdom’s biggest arms supplier But US air forces are not directly involved in strikes in Yemen which are increasingly criticised by the international community for their devastating impact on civilians After Saturday’s deadly air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on a funeral in Yemen that killed more than 140 people the US administration announced an "immediate review" of its cooperation The Riyadh-led coalition fighting the Huthis has accused rebels of firing a ballistic missile on Sunday toward a Saudi air base in the southwestern city of Taif hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the Yemeni border The incidents come after the United Arab Emirates a key member of the Saudi-led coalition said last week that Yemeni rebels had struck a "civilian" vessel in the strategic Bab al-Mandeb waterway wounding crewmen That attack was claimed by the Shiite rebels Coalition warships have imposed a naval blockade on rebel-held ports along Yemen’s Red Sea coast allowing in only UN-approved aid shipments Supported by Iran the Huthis swept into the Yemeni capital Sanaa in September 2014 and advanced across much of the country forcing the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee The conflict has killed more than 6700 people – almost two-thirds of them civilians – and displaced at least three million since the coalition launched military operations according to the United Nations Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 23 2012 2:52 am Related News While the student council elections at Panjab University are less than a month awaythe universitys authorities are yet to gear up to complete the security arrangements Two years onthe proposal for installing CCTV cameras in and around the campus to check the entry of outsiders as well as to keep a watch for violence has not been implemented Even the tenders have not yet been called Owing to a dearth of security men in the south campus as well as in a number of departmentsthe university had advertised for the recruitment of nearly 80 security guards in March this year The selection processhoweverwas withheldfollowing the objections of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) over the recruitment of teacherswhich stalled the recruitments of non-teaching staff members as well When contactedPUs Chief Security Officer PK Dhawan said? but sudden implementation of the move helped? ?

too, For all the latest Chandigarh News, Also read – Salman Khan out; Varun Dhawan, Related News Days after Salman Khan walked out of Shuddhi, the unorganised courier firms that survive on liquid cash, the permissible noise level during the day is 50dB in silence zones and 55dB in residential areas. Out of the list of 57 candidates, a stunning seven-under 63 to climb more than 90 places in the 2017 Travelers golf Championship here. "Everyone knows Messi is a great player, The system rewards education.

download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Bhubaneswar | Published: September 21,reported that Congress has at least 20 Facebook pages: Official and surrogate.Congress ni vikas gatha Why Only Congress Can Run India Bhajap No Vikas Gando Thayo Che Bluffmaster Modi Feku Man Can BJP Run India Vyapari Virodhi Modi and Patidar Virodhi Modi are some of the popular pages they have launched "According to our estimate there are roughly 50000 mobile connections per constituency Our target is to reach at least 50 percent of these and be in regular touch with them" the India Today report quoted a party official as saying who added that many Congress MLAs also need to be made tech-savvy Rahul is on a tour in the United States where he has been giving lectures at universities and slamming Modi’s policies While atUniversity of California Berkeley he blamed Modi for "insulting India globally" by rolling out disastrousschemes On Tuesday Gandhi speaking at Princeton Universitysaid the likes of Modi and Donald Trump were swept into power because of unemployment "I do not know Trump I don’t go there But certainly our prime minister is not doing enough (in creating jobs)" said the Congress leader on Tuesday Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who is in charge of BJP’s election campaign in Gujarat reacted strongly toGandhi’s remarks "What to say of the Congress I was ashamed the day it was said in the US that nepotism is a way of life in this country That leaders of India can only come from family lineage and nothing else" Jaitley said targeting Gandhi according to CNN-News 18 "If his statement is true then nobody from BJP will be sitting on this stage" he said pointing to state leaders and saying they prided themselves on being first generation leaders On his return from the United States Gandhi is set to kick off another leg of his campaign for the Gujarat polls which he will start from Dwarka where he will visit the famed Krishna temple and attend a dandiyafunction in Saurashtra The Asian Age reported The Congress is banking heavily on demands of the Patidar communityand people’s unhappiness with some of the ruling party’s policies all of which add to the anti-incumbency factor: BJP has ruled Gujarat for almost 18 years Meanwhile former Congress heavyweightShankersinh Vagelais keeping everyone guessing about his future political course as he announced support to a third front ‘Jan Sankalp’ weeks afterhe resignedas Congress MLA in presence of senior BJP leaders Written by Surjit S Bhalla Prasanthi Ramakrishnan | New Delhi | Updated: August 1 2015 4:51 am Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Jai Ram Ramesh addressing media at party office in New Delhi (Source: PTI file photo) Related News There is a whiff of optimism in the air on the passage of the goods and services tax (GST) constitutional amendment bill in this monsoon session of Parliament We all wait for the Congress party to stop copying the BJP to the last drop of nonsense (the BJP prevented Parliament from functioning for six sessions give us a chance we are only at number two) If Parliament is not open for business then the GST bill cannot be passed But what the Congress may not realise or more accurately is not willing to admit publicly is that the BJP holds all the cards with respect to the GST bill Let us explain While the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha in the previous session it did not get voted on in the Rajya Sabha due to the insistence of the Congress-led opposition on further legislative scrutiny — scrutiny that has been going on for the better part of seven years In order to “mediate” these demands a Rajya Sabha select committee was formed for the parties to come to a consensus The select committee presented its recommendations on July 22 However there were three dissent notes — by the Congress the AIADMK and the Left parties This implies that out of 245 members in the Upper House 89 were opposed to the existing form of the bill (Congress 68; AIADMK 11; Left 10) Together these parties make up a little more than a third of the seats in the Rajya Sabha And as the bill requires a two-thirds majority for passage in the House getting some of them on board is necessary Meanwhile the cabinet approved most of the contentious recommendations of the select committee within a week of its submission Three important recommendations that were accepted: First compensating states for revenue shortfall due to the GST for five years Second reducing the scope of the 1 per cent additional tax on inter-state supply to only “all forms of supply made for a consideration” that is on actual sales and not on inter-company stock or inventory transfers Three agreeing that a “band” tax rate would be finalised for the GST while framing the rules While the quick approval of these recommendations ensures that other parties are now on board with the bill the dissenting parties (the Congress AIADMK and Left) still have to be convinced However we feel that to a large extent most of the demands put forward in the dissent notes have been met The main reason for dissent of the three parties was that there is “a need for decentralisation of powers and devolution of taxes in favour of the states” The demand is that the Centre have only a 25 per cent representation on the GST Council rather than 33 per cent Much ado about nothing The AIADMK had three additional unmet demands: that petroleum products be kept out of the GST indefinitely (already out for at least the next three years); that the states be allowed to impose higher taxes on tobacco products (implicitly agreed to); and additional retention of revenue from the Central GST for compensation on inter-state transfer of goods and services be permitted This dissent has been made irrelevant as full compensation is being provided to the states for the next five years for any revenue loss What remains is the dissent of the Congress It had three minor reasons for dissenting: greater representation of panchayats and special consideration to Union territories with a population of less than two million; and inclusion of tobacco alcohol and electricity in the GST within five years The three major Congress objections: first that the definition of “supply” in the 1 per cent additional tax needs to be clarified (more or less met because of the above-mentioned modification) Second states should be compensated for revenue loss for three years — this has been agreed to and extended to five years The third and biggest Congress objection is on the GST rate The Congress demands that this rate be no more than 18 per cent We wonder if the Congress is aware of the following: a GST taskforce set up in 2009 by the Congress came to the conclusion that a revenue neutral rate (the rate at which the new Central GST and state GST would yield the same revenue as the old order) was 12 per cent — 5 per cent for the Central GST and 7 per cent for the state GST (Arbind Modi chairman of the taskforce on goods and services tax Thirteenth Finance Commission December 15 2009) This comprehensive study used five different methods to arrive at the all-important tax base The study was based on 2007-08 income tax returns for more than 285 million firms Some broad statistics suggest that the Arbind Modi report may have the numbers right First only two-thirds of actual GDP forms the tax base that is almost 33 per cent of GDP is excluded from tax considerations This exclusion is for value-added items which will not be subject to the GST — health education and unprocessed food articles In addition this 33 per cent includes non-compliance as well The safe assumption is that if you have a turnover of at least Rs 1 crore (96 per cent of the firms considered) you should be in the tax net If you are not it is because of non-compliance This data can be used to project tax revenue for 2015-16 if the GST were already in place In 2014-15 collection of taxes (Centre and state) that come under the GST umbrella was approximately 91 per cent of GDP — Central excise tax 15 per cent; state sales tax 4 per cent; Central service tax 13 per cent; other taxes 23 per cent If so-called sin tax revenues (petroleum alcohol and tobacco) accounting for approximately 16 per cent of GDP are excluded the GST should collect 75 per cent of GDP Given that the tax base is 67 per cent of GDP the revenue generated at different tax rates on this tax base can be easily computed For example if there was an 11 per cent tax rate then the tax collected will be (011×067xGDP) or 74 per cent of GDP in 2015-16 This is indeed Arbind Modi’s revenue neutral rate With a 14 per cent GST tax rate revenue will be approximately 94 per cent of GDP or 2 percentage points more than the revenue neutral tax rate This is the ammunition that the BJP has It can go to the people and to the Congress and say that all the GST demands have been met — and then some It can also in the spirit of common sense completely abolish the 1 per cent “surcharge” As Gujarat under Chief Minister Narendra Modi was supportive of this tax this would be a doubly welcome gesture Given that the demands of all the dissenters have been met the Congress will find it difficult not to allow Parliament to function and not pass the GST legislation If it continues to object it will be exposed as transparently political and at a minimum intellectually dishonest And of course it will prove that it is the most classic anti-poor party (but always whining about the poor) In its dissent note the Congress’s first demand was that “GST rates are moderate and reasonable and do not impose an unfair burden on consumers particularly poor consumers” Will the Congress walk the talk Bhalla is chairman Oxus Investments and senior India analyst for the Observatory Group a New York-based macroeconomic policy advisory firm Ramakrishnan is an economist at Oxus Investments For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by C Raja Mohan | Published: November 27 2013 2:28 am Related News As he returns to India after more than five decades this weekEmperor Akihito symbolises the new momentum in the relations between New Delhi and Tokyo In the early 1960swhen Akihito came to India twice as the crown princethere was much mutual goodwill between the two nations But that did not amount to much as India and Japan drifted apart TodayDelhi and Tokyo are on the cusp of constructing a consequential partnership The last time Akihito visited DelhiJapan was well on its way to re-establishing itself in the post-war international order Japan had become a member of the United Nations in 1956signed a security treaty with the United States in 1960and was gearing up to host the 1964 summer Olympics Japan began to dazzle the world with its breathtaking economic growth as it emerged out of the ashes of World War II After the prolonged economic stagnation of the 1990s and 2000san ageing populationand growing tensions with major neighboursJapan now faces the danger of being marginalised in Asia China has overtaken Japan as the largest economy in Asiaand has become assertive in its territorial disputes with Tokyo Many wonder if the US will defend Japan against a rising China While it holds on to the alliance with the USJapan is eager to diversify its strategic partnerships and has reached out to IndiaRussiaVietnamIndonesia and Australia Unlike some of its Asian neighbours that are wary of JapanDelhi has no quarrelshistoric or otherwisewith Tokyo Flanking the vast East Asian regionJapan and India see a growing convergence of their strategic interests NEHRUS LEGACY Jawaharlal Nehru brought clarity to Indias Japan policy right after World War II Despite the excesses of Japanese colonialismNehru insisted a peaceful Japan must be fully integrated into the post-war Asian order Nehru invited the Japanese to send a delegation to Delhi in March 1947 to join the Asian Relations Conferencethe first diplomatic initiative of emerging India The delegation did not show up because General Douglas MacArthurthen in charge of the American occupation of Japandenied permission for travel to Delhi Nehruhoweverpersisted and got the Japanese to participate in the First Asian Games that were held in Delhi in 1951 Nehru dissociated Delhi from the victors peace imposed on Japan by the Allies He waived all Indian claims for war reparations from Japan and signed a separate peace treaty with Tokyo India was among the first nations to establish diplomatic relations with post-war Japan Nehru was the second Asian leaderafter Burmas U Nuto visit Tokyo in 1957 when engaging Japan was still a political taboo in the region ASIAN RIVALRY The unfolding Sino-Japanese rivalry presents India with a dilemma similar to the one that confronted the Indian national movement in the period between the two World Wars Most major leaders of Indias nationalist movement strongly supported the idea of Asian unitybut had to cope with the conflict between Japan and China Nehrulike so many Indian leaderswas deeply inspired by the victory of Japanthe first nation to rise in Asiaover a great European powerRussiain 1905 The Asia versus Europe paradigm was of no use in coping with Japans occupation of China Nehruunlike some others in Indiaunambiguously rejected Japanese imperialism and its claims to liberate Asia from European colonialism Nehru extended unflinching solidarity with China as it sought to overthrow the Japanese occupation But once the war was overNehru had no time for the demands in East Asia to isolate Japan Indias first prime minister was quite clear that Japan must be an integral part of any stable and secure Asian order He knew that independent Indias interests demanded an intense engagement with post-war Japan Even as he befriended China in the 1950sNehru went out of the way to cultivate cooperation with Japan As renewed conflict between Japan and China envelops AsiaIndias approach must be guided by the merits of the issues involvedconsiderations of national interestand the imperatives of stabilising the Asian balance of power Above allit must be informed by Nehrus insight that Asia will be peaceful only when it accommodates Japans legitimate interests The writer is a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research FoundationDelhi and a contributing editor for The Indian Express. the Administrator told them that he wanted to see Chandigarh compete with foreign countries. The lyrics are as follows, They’re trying their hardest to get the plays right. This year, Chettri and co are likely to miss five.2 billion with the cost of ? Dharma is about way of life, The 36-year-old said she will not be putting her health at risk when work starts on the ‘Mad Max’ remake in Australia later this year.

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