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Ready to cooperate on GST, but want cap on tax: Congress
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party is ready to "cooperate" with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, but his party has some "differences" and wants a cap on the tax.
 
"We (Congress) are ready to cooperate with the BJP over GST. But we have our differences. We want a cap on tax, and do not want the poor in the country to be taxed," Gandhi told media outside the Parliament House. 
 
Gandhi added that his party was the one which introduced GST draft legislation earlier. 
 
Gandhi made the comments when he was asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul himself and Manmohan Singh to meet over tea on Friday evening, with the GST on the agenda.
 
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Friday the central government is seeking a consensus on the issue of levy of one percent additional tax for the proposed goods and services tax (GST).
 
"There are many opinions on the one percent tax on GST...states have another perspective on this," Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of an event here by the Centre for Digital Financial Inclusion.
 
"We have to find a consensus on this. The finance minister has said we are in continuous consultations, particularly with opposition parties and are willing to consider any reasonable suggections," Sinha said, adding that the situation arrived at this point was the result of continuous discussions with states and other stakeholders.
 
The central government has set the target for GST implementation from April next year, but the bill is currently stuck in parliament, especially over the cabinet's nod to some changes recommended by a parliamentary panel, notably an extra one percent levy to compensate the states for potential tax losses.
 
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Nitish orders free power connection to all
In a bid to keep up another election promise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed officials to provide free electricity connection to everyone in Bihar by November 2017.
 
Providing free electricity connection to all the households was one of the seven promises Nitish Kumar made ahead of the assembly elections which his Grand Alliance won.
 
The connections would be free, but users would be charged for the power consumed, officials said on Friday. 
 
The government is expected to incur an expenditure of Rs.1,500-1,800 crore on this project.
 
Free electricity connection was earlier promised only for Below Poverty Line families but now it will also cover 50-60 lakh families coming in the Above Poverty Line category.
 
A total of 2,719 of the 39,073 villages remain to be electrified in Bihar. 
 
In November 2005, average availability of power was six to eight hours in urban areas and two to three hours in rural areas.
 
But in 2015, the average availability of power in urban areas is 22-24 hours and 15-16 hours in rural areas.
 
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'Devout' Haryana government all set to bring alive mythological Saraswati
Haryana's first BJP dispensation headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar may not have much to write home about in terms of its achievements in 13 months in office but the 'devout' government is all set to convert mythology into reality for the people of the state.
 
After having made its intention clear that it will go all out to dig out the hitherto invisible Saraswati river, the religiously-minded Khattar government has gone a step forward.
 
Khattar, who is chairman of the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB), has issued directions that the excavation work of the river from its origin in Yamunanagar district to Kurukshetra, the land of the epic Mahabharata, be completed on a "war footing". Construction of a palaeo-channel, digging of bore wells, carbon dating and other works, with a budget of Rs.3 crore ($450,000) in the first phase has already been initiated.
 
"A three-day Saraswati Mahotsav would be celebrated on the occasion of Basant Panchmi (next February) in three districts, namely, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal, in which information regarding the Saraswati would be given to people and literature would be distributed. Also, some scholars would inform people about the findings done so far about the Saraswati," Khattar said here.
 
The Saraswati river, considered sacred in Hindu religion, finds mention in ancient Hindu scriptures like the Rig Veda, Mahabharata, Ramayana and others, giving credence to the belief that it existed during those times.
 
To send out a clear signal that the Khattar government means serious business, a steering committee has been constituted under Haryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi to deal with any issues arising in the rejuvenation work.
 
"The committee has top officers, including additional chief secretaries and principal secretaries of public works, tourism, agriculture, irrigation, cultural affairs, town and country planning and revenue departments," a senior officer told IANS.
 
"Provision would be made to keep books, research papers and other material related to the Saraswati in the district libraries of Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Yamunanagar so that information could reach the masses. Digital libraries would also be set up in districts," he added.
 
The Khattar government, buoyed by the "discovery" of water in April at just seven feet in Rohlaheri village of Yamunanagar district during digging work to find the mythological river, has already pledged Rs.50 crore for the excavation project.
 
"The board will conduct meticulous field work to unearth and understand the past and the present content of the Saraswati heritage in Haryana for exposition of cultural patterns and values. It will help to preserve and promote the various archeo-cultural facets of the Saraswati Heritage Area," a note of the state cabinet stated recently.
 
Khattar, who has been a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, and other BJP ministers have been quite inclined to dig up the mystery behind the mythological river, given its significance in Hindu mythology.
 
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COMMENTS

Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

Don't spread wrong information. Saraswati was once a mighty river that had dried up.

Satellite images have also shown existence of a river bed...

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J Pinto

In Reply to Anand Vaidya 1 year ago

The Dinosaurs were mighty creatures who once walked the earth. Where is the logic in trying to bring them back to life ?

Rivers are living things. They flow and eventually dry up. That is the law of nature. Nothing should be expected to go on forever.

Let sleeping rivers lie. Focus on the river above ground (Ganga cleaning) rather than a river that may flow underground.

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