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No tax refund, no working capital: How GST is hurting Indian exporters -Mayank Jain

tion of exporters met Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, who is heading a committee set up to look into the GST-related issues that India’s export sector is facing. During the meeting, the FedeRation of Indian Export Organisation reportedly said that the government should fast-track the refunds process for exporters or as much as Rs 65,000 crore of their money could get stuck in the July-October period, affecting their ability to do business.

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Cash transfers for subsidised foodgrain: Government claims 99% success. Not so, say 33% -Mridula Chari

mber 2015 and in Dadra and Nagar Haveli in March 2016. Since then, the government has been transferring money into the bank accounts of beneficiaries instead of providing them with foodgrains through Ration shops. These cash transfers are called direct benefit transfers. The study recorded that two-thirds of the beneficiaries prefer cash transfers because they can now buy better quality foodgrains. But it was unable to assess whether overall food c

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Activists slam police action on BHU students, write to President, PM

were used on the unarmed students. Even those students sitting on hunger strike were not spared,” it said. “What is even more appalling is the response of the state and University administRation to the public outrage against this barbaric act,” it said. “The Vice-Chancellor has reacted to this incident of peaceful protest by forcibly shutting down all girls’ hostels till October 2nd and (is) literally throwing the girl

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Not Doing Away With Hot Meals For Children Under ICDS, Centre Clarifies -Anoo Bhuyan

dministers nutrition. For this, her suggestion was sending ‘nutrient packets’ to beneficiaries via the Indian postal service. “Supplementary nutrition is in the form of take-home Rations or hot-cooked meals. I want to bring about a complete change, an out-of-box change,” she said. “What we came up with is a change in policy which is, we stop thinking of this as giving food. Khana nahi dena (We give nutrition),” s

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Bullet Train: Do we need it? -TR Raghunandan

-Deccan Herald As a railway buff, I love the technology story of the bullet train. However, it is not appropriate for India, in the current configuRation as negotiated by Prime Minister Narendra and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail line, for which they laid the foundation stone on September 14. The Shinkansen bullet trains were introduced in Japan in 1964 and traversed the 500-plus kilometre distance

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Forget fast growth, India is barely holding on. Just look at the data -Chaitanya Kalbag

job worker making inter-state taxable supply of job work service is not eligible for threshold exemption of Rs 20 lakhs (Rs 10 lakhs in special category states except J&K) and is liable for registRation. It has been decided to exempt those job workers from obtaining registRation who are making inter-state taxable supply of job work service to a registered person as long as the goods move under the cover

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India Scores Lowest Among BRICS on Health Sustainable Development Goal Index -Swagata Yadavar

are universal targets including ending poverty, hunger and inequality, improving access to health and education among others for all countries by 2030. Created by the international research collaboRation Global Burden of Disease, the SDG index calculates the performance of countries on 37 health-related targets of SDGs including under-five mortality, neonatal mortality rate, alcohol consumption, rate of tuberculosis and access to sanitation. BRI

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Maneka Gandhi Clashes With NITI Aayog on Replacing Food With Cash Transfers -Anoo Bhuyan

d Child Development this week, Union minister Maneka Gandhi said that the government is keen to overhaul the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) and withdraw the provisions of cooked food and Rations to children, and pregnant and lactating women, and replace it with cash transfers. She also said the government will shift the focus of the policy from administering food to administering nutrition. The move is at odds with recommendations by t

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What ails rural Rajasthan -Sudhir Kumar Suthar

-The Indian Express In zones of prosperity, agriculture faces crisis, jobs are few, social aspiRations don’t match economic realities After Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, farmers from Rajasthan came out on the streets demanding loan waiver and implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report. Protesting against government policies and demanding their share in the country’s development, which they argue have been denied to them,

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The Centre could provide relief from rising fuel prices by cutting taxes, but here's why it may not -Nitin Sethi and Mayank Jain

al. This crude oil is then refined. The refineries add the cost of refining and their profit margin to the cost of the oil, and sells it onwards to Oil Marketing Companies such as the Indian Oil CorpoRation. These firms, in turn, stack up their costs of selling fuel and their profit margin, and supply petrol and diesel to retail petrol pump owners. Retailer pump owners are allowed a fixed profit margin when selling to consumers. But taxes imposed by t

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