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7 myths about GST busted by Revenue Secretary

New Delhi: Two days into the GST regime, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia took to Twitter to bust “seven myths” that were doing the rounds about the new tax regime. Adhia, the architect behind the country’s largest tax reform, sought to dispel concerns that if a person makes payment of utility bills by credit cards, the he/she will be paying GST twice. “This is completely untrue. Please do not recirculate such

SC refuses to hear Karnan's plea for bail

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea of former Calcutta High Court judge, Justice C S Karnan, seeking bail and recall of the order convicting him for contempt. Karnan, who was arrested on 20 June in pursuance of the apex court’s judgement awarding him six-month jail term for contempt of court, has requested urgent listing of his petition seeking bail and setting aside

Pinarayi Vijayan launches G-Ride

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday launched ‘G-Ride’, a digital ride sharing platform. Speaking after the launch of specially designed and deployed for the IT industry, by the Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of IT companies in the State. Easing traffic, tackling parking woes, reducing fuel consumption, lowering pollution levels and providing convenient modes of transport are of high priority, he said. “We need to explore citizen

77 liquor outlets open in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: At least 77 liquor outlets in three star and above classified hotels were opened after Kerala government renewed their licenses as part of its new liquor policy, with tipplers making a beeline to the bars. The CPI(M)-led LDF government had last month unveiled its new liquor policy by deciding to open closed bar outlets in three star and above category besides permitting serving of toddy in these hotels from

Hindu outfits protest Udupi temple Iftaar

Mangaluru: Activists of three Hindu outfits yesterday staged a protest in the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in protest against the hosting of an Iftaar get-together and Namaz at Udupi Sri Krishna Mutt on 24 June by Pejawar seer Vishweshateertha Swamiji. Workers of Sri Rama Sene, Hindu Janajagruthi Samiti and Hindu Mahasabha staged the protests in the districts. Addressing the protesters at Lalbagh here, Hindu Mahasabha state convenor Dharmendra

Meira meets Cong, DMK MLAs in Pondy

Puducherry: Opposition presidential hopeful Meira Kumar reiterated that she had requested members of the collegium comprising all MPs and members of state assemblies to “heed the inner voice of conscience and act in the best interest of the country.” Talking to reporters after meeting the legislators of the ruling Congress and its ally, the DMK, jointly at a star hotel here, she said, “I have written to members of the

Bedi pitches reforms for Puducherry central prison

Puducherry: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has come out with an initiative to evolve reforms for the inmates of Central prison in the Union Territory. She visited the prison at Kalapet some 20 kms from here yesterday and held discussions with the delegates of various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and officials of the Central prison in this connection. A release from office of Lt Governor said that during her discussions with the representatives

Cauvery: Farmers block Bangaluru- Mysuru highway

Mandya: Traffic on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway was affected for a brief period as farmers blocked it to protest against the release of Cauvery water from Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) Dam to Tamilnadu. “Traffic was affected for a brief period after farmers blocked Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. They were protesting against release of Cauvery water from KRS Dam to Tamilnadu,” Mandya Additional Superintendent of Police B N Lavanya told. The farmers staged protests at Gajalagere

5 from Malabar killed while fighting for IS in Syria

Kozhikode: The Kerala Intelligence has received reports of death of five persons from Malabar while fighting for Islamic State in Syria, but the news cannot be authenticated as the information was first received by the victims’ family, an official has said. “Such news is not authenticated, it is only information. But the reports could be true as they were received by family circles,” a senior officer in the Intelligence wing

Need to rid society of caste prejudices: Meira Kumar

Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition Presidential candidate Meira Kumar yesterday stressed upon the need to rid the society of caste bias and strive for dalits‘ emancipation. “Our political freedom will be meaningless unless we are able to rid the society of caste prejudices and emancipate dalits,” she said, addressing a gathering of MPs and MLAs from the ruling CPI(M) led LDF and opposition Congress led UDF here this evening. “All this is under serious

'Opposition to GST out of politics or ignorance'

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said that only a small section of people are criticising GST, either due to political reasons or out of their ignorance. He said the new tax regime is one of the biggest reform movements the country has witnessed post-independence and it should be celebrated in all possible ways. “I fail to understand why some political parties are now raising objections or some sort of hue