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GST Bills to be placed in Parliament this week

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The Goods and Services Tax (GST) enabling bills will be placed in Parliament for approval this week itself, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said on Thursday. The four GST Bills -- Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Bill 2017, Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Bill 2017, Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill (UTGST) 2017, and Good...

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Indo-Kenyan Chef Kiran Jethwa takes TV viewers on spirited journey through India

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) He's quite a citizen of the world, what with being born in Kenya to an English mother and Indian father, whose roots are in Gujarat, and whose grandmother was from Daman and Diu. Just the right genes for Chef Kiran Jethwa to transport television viewers across the country with his Spirited Traveller show that highlights Indian culture through its local drinks and food. ...

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D-Mart stocks register over 100% returns on listing day

Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) Market investor R.K. Damani-led retail store chain Avenue Supermarts, commonly known as D-Mart, witnessed more than 100 per cent return on its debut on the domestic bourses on Tuesday. The scrip of the company opened at Rs 604.40 per share on the BSE -- more than 100 per cent premium over its issue price of Rs 299 apiece. It closed with gains of 6.01 per ...

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Men more aware about HIV/AIDS, yet more affected

Men are more likely than women to have comprehensive knowledge about HIV/AIDS; yet the disease is more prevalent among men, an analysis of government data shows. The National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4) takes comprehensive knowledge to mean knowledge regarding consistent use of a condom during every sexual intercourse. Nationwide, 21 per cent of women and 32 per cent of men hav...

2 days ago
Cabinet clears four GST-related bills

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Monday approved four Goods and Services Tax (GST)-related bills, which have already been approved by the GST Council after detailed discussions. The draft legislations include Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Bill 2017, Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Bill 2017, Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill (UTGST) 2017 and Good...

2 days ago
Cabinet approves four GST-related bills

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Monday approved four Goods and Services Tax (GST) related bills which have already been approved by the GST Council after detailed discussions. The draft legislations include Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Bill 2017, Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Bill 2017, Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill (UTGST) 2017, and Good...

2 days ago
Cabinet approves four GST-related bills

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Monday approved four Goods and Services Tax (GST) related bills which have already been approved by the GST Council after detailed discussions. The draft legislations include Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Bill 2017, Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) Bill 2017, Union Territory Goods and Services Tax Bill (UTGST) 2017, and Good...

3 days ago
Feel like a newcomer everyday on sets: Shaleen Bhanot

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) In a career that has lasted a decade in showbiz, Shaleen Bhanot has essayed distinctive characters in shows like Saat Phere, Dill Mill Gaye and Yeh Hai Aashiqui. However, he says he still feels like a newcomer when he goes to a set. I have been working in shows for almost a decade now, but still when I go to sets, I feel it is my first day. I feel the same nerv...

3 days ago
Kapil Sharma to sing in his Punjabi film

New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Ace comedian and actor Kapil Sharma, who has produced a yet untitled upcoming Punjabi film, has also sung a few songs in the movie, says its lead actor Damanpreet Singh. Besides producing, Kapil has also sung two to three songs in the film. The name of the film is still not decided. Apart from me, the film also features Gurpreet Guggi, Damanpreet told IANS on t...

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Entire country should discuss, understand GST: Modi

Mumbai, March 18 (IANS) As the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system heads for a July 1 rollout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said people should make efforts to discuss and understand the new indirect tax regime. I want the entire country to discuss and try to understand GST, Modi said here at the India Today Conclave through video conferencing. In GST, the entire proce...

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Amarinder threatened to quit Congress if not made state party chief: Biography

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Punjabs newly-appointed Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh told Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi in 2015 that he was ready to quit and float his own outfit, if he was not appointed state party chief. An authorised biography of Amarinder Singh claims that even though Sonia Gandhi was open to bringing Singh back at the helm in Punjab, Rahul Gandhi was dead again...

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Science, mythology and the Andaman islands

New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Reassess how you live your life on a day-to-day basis by knowing about genetic research, flick through an engaging and inspiring bildungsroman of Lord Ramas faithful Hanuman, and read about key issues in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The IANS bookshelf offers varied fare this weekend. 1. Book: The Telomere Effect; Authors: Elizabeth Blackburn and Eli...

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'Maharaja Ranjit Singh': An inspirational tale of a 'true' Sikh leader

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Sher-E-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh, an upcoming TV show that will bring into limelight the inspirational journey of Sikh leader Maharaja Ranjit Singh -- founder of the Sikh empire -- was launched here on Thursday. Showcasing a gigantic set, especially designed by award-winning filmmaker Omung Kumar, royal costumes by Manoshi Nath and Rushi Sharma and flawless...

6 days ago
Council approves all five draft bills for GST

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) With the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council on Thursday approving the remaining two draft bills -- UTGST (Union Territory GST) and SGST (state GST), all the five enabling draft bills stand approved to enable a likely rollout of the new indirect tax regime by July 1. The 12th Council meeting approved UTGST and SGST today. Officers had already done the groundwor...

6 days ago
Council likely to meet to approve UTGST

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council will meet on Thursday to discuss the remaining two draft laws -- UTGST (Union Territory GST) and sGST (state GST) -- to enable a likely rollout of the new indirect tax regime by July 1. GST Council consists of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and state finance ministers. The meeting will be held in the evening. A mee...

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In Goa, a coconut palm may soon become a tree again!

Panaji, March 14 (IANS) The coconut palm may well be on its way to be classified as a tree, if an assurance given by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who was sworn in on Tuesday, is fulfilled. Speaking to reporters at the Raj Bhavan grounds, Parrikar was asked will the coconut palm, which was deleted from definition of the tree by the former BJP-led coalition's Environment and Forest Min...

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Earthquake rocks Andaman and Nicobar Islands

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.9 in the richter scale rocked the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Tuesday morning, said an official. The earthquake was experienced at 8.21 a.m, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) official. According to the IMD, the earthquake, termed moderate, occurred at a point 6.4 degrees north latitude and 92.2 degrees east long...

11 days ago
Trump invites Palestinian President to White House

Washington, March 11 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to visit the White House soon, spokesperson Sean Spicer said. In his first phone call with Abbas since he took office, Trump on Friday told the Palestinian leader that he believes the time has come to make a deal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Washington Times reported. ...

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National Film Award winners to be chosen only on merit: Priyadarshan

Thiruvananthapuram, March 9 (IANS) Acclaimed director Priyadarshan, who on Thursday signed his acceptance to chair the jury of the 64th National Film Awards, says winners will be chosen only on merit. The 60-year-old veteran director said this is the first time that he is going to hold this post, even though he has chaired the jury for the Kerala State Film Awards. I am now getti...

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ACB to probe land-scam charges against former Maharashtra BJP Minister

Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) In a major embarrassment for the ruling BJP, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that it will probe charges pertaining to a Pune land deal against its senior leader and former minister Eknath Khadse and his family. Khadse, the de facto No 2 in the state cabinet after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, was forced to resign o...

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