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Karnataka childcare workers call off stir over wage hike

Bengaluru, March 23 (IANS) About 10,000 childcare workers (Anganwadis) and their helpers in Karnataka called off their four-day agitation on Thursday after Chief Minister Siddaramaiah assured them of a wage hike soon. We have called off our agitation on the Chief Minister's assurance that his government will increase our wages, Karnataka State Anganwadi Workers' Association President S. ...

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No move to end reservation for SCs, STs: Government

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The BJP-led central government rejected the charge that it was trying to end reservation for SCs and STs, as the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017, that seeks to modify the list of Scheduled Castes in Odisha. The Bill, introduced by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot, also se...

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Kiran Bedi stresses on e-learning in police training

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi on Thursday stressed the need to adopt e-learning techniques for training police officers to cut cost, time and distance. E-learning cuts the cost, time and distance. It is an integral part of digital India initiative of the central government. The trainer should put in complete effort to teach the trainees, because the outcom...

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Scheduled Castes orders amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017 seking to modify the lists of Scheduled Castes in Odisha and Puducherry was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Bill was introduced by Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot. Supporting the bill, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge stressed that benefits of the Bill should r...

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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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Karnataka to consider wage hike for childcare workers

Bengaluru, March 21 (IANS) Agreeing to consider wage hike for childcare workers, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday appealed to them to call off their indefinite protest at the city centre. As their demands, including wage hike, are under serious consideration of our government, I appeal to them to withdraw their protest and come for discussions, Siddaramaiah said in a stat...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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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Three undergoing dialysis die due to outage in Puducherry hospital

Chennai, March 9 (IANS) In a tragic incident, three poor patients undergoing dialysis died due to a power cut at the Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute in Puducherry on Thursday, a senior official said. Two women, aged 55 and 75, and a man unfortunately died when they were undergoing dialysis at the hospital due to power cut. The hospital provides free ...

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Panneerselvam leads hunger strike demanding probe into Jayalalithaa's death

Chennai, March 8 (IANS) Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and his followers began their one day fast on Wednesday demanding a judicial inquiry into the death of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. The hunger protest is being held at all the district headquarters in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal. The protest began at 9 a.m. and would conclude at 5 p.m.

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Bharathiraja's film on demonetisation woes starts rolling

Chennai, March 7 (IANS) Veteran filmmaker Bharathiraja's upcoming Tamil drama November 8... Iravu Ettu Mani', about demonetisation woes, went on the floors here on Tuesday. The film will feature Vidharth in the lead, and will be predominantly shot in Chennai and Puducherry. The story will be based on the events following demonetization announcement. It will be a satirical drama. ...

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COA notes non-compliance by BCCI on almost all counts

Kolkata, March 6 (IANS) In its first report made public, the Supreme Court-appointed BCCI's Committee of Administrators (COA) has clearly mentioned that there has been a case of Non Compliance in 10 out of 11 reforms in the first set of timelines. The only reform that the BCCI has given a green signal to is the 'Handbook for disabled cricketers' which the Board of Control for Cricket in ...

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Sanmar group chalks out Rs 2,825 cr investment plans

Chennai, March 6 (IANS) The $1.5 billion privately-held Sanmar Group, with interests in chemicals, engineering, shipping and steel castings, on Monday announced it has chalked out around Rs 2,825 crore fresh investments plans - on its own and in joint venture. The investments, in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and in Egypt, will be in doubling of flagship company Chemplast Sanmar Ltd's suspensio...

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GST on track, to be implemented from July 1: Jaitley

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Giving a clear roadmap for its implementation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was on track and July 1 was going to be the likely rollout date of the new indirect tax regime. It (GST) looks on track. Subject to Parliament approval, it looks like the possible date of implementation of GST is July 1, Jaitley sai...

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GST on track, to be implemented from July 1: Jaitley

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said that the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the new indirect tax regime, was on track and July 1 was going to be its likely date of implementation. It (GST) looks on track. Subject to Parliament approval, it looks like the possible date of implementation of GST is July 1, Jaitley said after the 11th GST Council meet conc...

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Pihani's story: Why promises Of UP's politicians rarely changed over 15 years

Pihani, Uttar Pradesh: For 16 years, Kailash Rai (not his real name), 49, has been commuting six hours every working day between his home in the state capital Lucknow and the government degree college where he teaches in Pihani, 135 km to the northwest. A political-science lecturer, Rai cannot move with his family to Pihani, a cluster of over 100 villages (called a kasba) in Hardoi distr...

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