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Sunni Waqf Board, AIMPLB say 'no' to Ravi Shankar :Babri masjid

Ayodhya: Hindus spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has intensified his efforts to resolve the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute. In this connection he had half an hour long meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday in Lucknow, ahead of his scheduled visit to Ayodhya on Thursday. He had planned to have discussion with the stakeholders on Thursday at Ayodhya . However Sunni Waqf Board rebuffed the mediation efforts and refused to meet on November 16.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board also supported Sunni Waqf Board’s stand and refused to talk. Muslim bodies told that Sri Sri had no legal standing on the Ayodhya matter and hence they had decided to reject his offer for a dialogue on the issue.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has intensified his mediation during few weeks. Despite the fact that his mediation attempts have drawn a string of reactions with many hailing his initiative and others expressing skepticism. Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri also slammed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar by saying that the later was not a seer hence had no right to interfere in the Ram temple issue. He told that it is not possible for Sri Sri to build Ram Mandir.
On the other hand Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chief Wasim Rizvi’s efforts to built Ram Mandir in Ayodhya too received a jolt when All India Shia Personal Law Board clearly said that it is with All India Muslim Personal Law Board on the matter of Ayodhya issue.


Arvind Kejriwal meets Haryana CM on stubble burning, air pollution

Chandigarh: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday met Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here to discuss the issues of stubble burning and air pollution.

Kejriwal was greeted with protests by activists of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Congress when he reached the Chandigarh airport.

Opposition leaders in Haryana criticised Khattar for agreeing to meet Kejriwal, saying the Delhi Chief Minister was raking up the issue only to blame farmers in Haryana and Punjab for causing air pollution by burning stubble.
Kejriwal on Wednesday tweeted that and Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain and Environment Department Secretary Keshav Chandra were on their way to Haryana “to discuss issues related to pollution” with Khattar.

He had also written to the Chief Ministers of both Haryana and Punjab and sought a joint meeting to “find solution” to the problem that has led to widespread health concerns in the National Capital Region.

But on Tuesday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh rejected Kejriwal’s request to meet him and instead asked him to refrain from “trying to politicise a serious issue”.

[by agency]

Chief Secretary Aman kumar Singh will express his views at the Forbes Leadership Award 2017

Raipur :Forbes Leadership Award 2017 by Forbes India, Forbes Leadership Award, Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary Aman Kumar Singh will present his views on the role of states in "Is of Doing Business" in the program organized in Mumbai in 2017.
This prestigious award ceremony is organized every year by Forbes India. In this program, Aman Singh will highlight this point in the venture leading to Leadership. In this process, the state will highlight the point of how much more investment in the current business scenario Can attract
They will tell you what steps Chhattisgarh has taken to make the state business-friendly and how achieve success is achieved in the fourth rank of Is of Doing Business.
Aman Singh Upgrad co-founder and Chairman Ronnie Screwvala and Forbes India CEO Joy Chakraborty will also award the prizes to the best international level CEO.On this occasion, Godrej Group Chairman Adarsh ​​Maheswari, Chairman of Micro Soft India, President of Nestle India and Managing Director Suresh Narayan, Chairman of Marico Limited, Harsh Mariwal Ronnie Screwvala of AAA and Upgrad will also address the function.


Word 'secular' is the 'biggest lie' told; says Yogi Adityanath

Raipur: Answering to a question, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said the word ‘secular’ is the ‘biggest lie’ told since independence that has caused damage to the country.
Adityanath on Monday was at a function organized by Dainik Jagran group in Raipur, where he further said: “distorting history was no less a crime than sedition.”

On being asked about communalism and secularism, Adityanath said: “I believe that the word secular is the biggest lie since Independence. Those that have given birth to this lie and those that use it should apologise to the people and this country.”
The UP CM further said that “If someone were to say that government has to be run by one way of prayer, that is not possible. In UP, I have to look at 22 crore people and I am answerable for their security and their feelings. But I am not sitting here to ruin one community either. You can be sect-neutral but not secular.”
The UP Chief Minister also slammed Congress for mistakes that caused terrorism, Naxalism and separatism in the country.

He called Narendra Modi government as “Ram Rajya”, and said PM Modi understands the pain of the people, unlike Congress.

Gujarat Elections 2017: GST needs structural changes, says Rahul Gandhi in Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that structural changes are needed in the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Speaking at a rally in Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Raul Gandhi said, “It’s a good thing that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has slashed the tax rate from 28 percent to 18 percent for many products due to the pressure made by the Congress party and the people of India.”

He further said, “We are still not happy and won’t stop here. India doesn’t want five different types of taxes, we want one. There’s a need to make structural changes in the Goods and Services Tax (GST).”

Earlier on Wednesday, while interacting with traders in Gujarat’s Surat, Congress vice-president said they (Congress) will reassess and restructure the Goods and Service Tax (GST), if they come to power at the Centre in the 2019 general elections.

“We were against the implementation of GST because the Government’s version was not right. Eventually when Modi ji realised it was a mistake, he said Congress was also a part of it,” Rahul said.

He further said that ruling government’s version of GST is not the actual one and accused the Centre of making the uniform tax reform “complex”.

“GST is one tax reform not five tax. The Centre does not know the meaning of GST. They made the GST complex. We asked them for a simple version,” he said.

Rahul further asserted that the Congress Party had cautioned the government about the drawbacks of implementation of the GST in the “wrong way”.

Big GST relief: 6 facts you must know about new GST rates

In the biggest GST rejig yet, tax rates on over 200 items, ranging from chewing gum to chocolates, to beauty products, wigs and wrist watches, were on Friday cut to provide relief to consumers and businesses amid economic slowdown. As many as 178 items of daily use were shifted from the top tax bracket of 28 per cent to 18 per cent, while a uniform 5 per cent tax was prescribed for all restaurants, both air- conditioned and non-AC. Currently, 12 per cent GST is levied in non-AC restaurants and 18 per cent in air-conditioned ones.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the restaurants were not passing on the input tax credit (ITC) to customers and so the ITC facility is being withdrawn and a uniform 5 per cent tax is being levied on all restaurants. However, restaurants in starred-hotels that charge Rs 7,500 or more per day room tariff will be levied 18 per cent GST but ITC is allowed for them. Those restaurants in hotels charging less than Rs 7,500 room tariff will charge 5 per cent GST but will not get ITC.

The Great Rollback




    Rs 20,000 crore

    The cut in tax will cost the exchequer in revenues annually, said Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, member of the GST council.




    Only 50 items in 28% slab

    Only 50 items retained in 28% slab; 178 others move to 18% bracket




    Luxury items

    Only luxury items and ‘sin’ goods will attract 28% tax Government to take a revenue hit of Rs 20,000 cr annually




    Dinning out cheaper

    Dining out will be cheaper food at all restaurants, except in starred hotels, will be taxed at 5%, rather than 18%




    Daily use items cheaper

    Among goods that will no longer be taxed at 28 % are daily use items like shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving-cream, aftershave lotion, shoe polish, chocolate, chewing gum and nutritious drinks.




    18 % slab to 12 %

    13 items will move from 18 % slab to 12 %, six from 18 % to 5 %, eight items from 12% to 5%, and six from 5 % to nil




Ryan International School Murder Case: Now, spotlight on 2nd student

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing the role of a second student in the murder of Pradyuman Thakur murder case, said sources on Friday. Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit on September 8.

According to the CBI sources, the agency is probing role of a second student who accompanied the arrested Ryan student. The second student was with the accused teen when he informed a gardener and a teacher about the Pradyuman’s blood-soaked body. “The CBI is verifying how the second boy came to know. It is part of trying to establish the sequence of events,” sources told NDTV.

Ryan International School Murder: Shocking twist and turns in the case
But evidence against the arrested student is not strong so far, these sources added. The owner of the knife shop where he allegedly bought the murder weapon did not confirm selling it to the boy.

The sources also said the CBI is verifying the veracity of gardener and PT teacher’s statement given to local police. The CBI has told the juvenile court that the teen accused has admitted to the crime in the presence of his father and other witnesses. The accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams.

UN expert punches holes in Swachh Bharat Mission

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission on Friday came in for sharp criticism by a top UN expert who said it “lacked a holistic human rights approach”. United Nation Special Rapporteur on safe drinking water and sanitation Leo Heller presented a preliminary report of his visit to India at a press conference where he insisted that the Centre’s emphasis on building toilets “should not overshadow” the focus on provision of safe drinking water to all.

“In the last two weeks I have visited rural and urban areas, slums and settlement camps where undocumented population is residing… and I have found that these initiatives lack a human rights approach,” he said. A press release by The office of the High Commissioner, United Nations Human Rights, also issued a press release on the issue, which had a reference to Mahatma Gandhi; it immediately elicited strong criticism from the government.

Heller was quoted as saying in the release which was distributed at the press conference: “Everywhere I went, I saw the logo of the Clean India Mission – (Mahatma) Gandhi’s glasses. In its third year of implementation, now is a critical time to replace the lens of those glasses with the human rights lens,” Heller was quoted as saying in the release.

Taking a strong note of his remarks on the logo of the Clean India Mission, the government issued a statement deploring that it showed “serious insensitivity towards the Father of the Nation”. The statement said the world knows that the Mahatma was the foremost proponent of human rights.

“Instead of taking the human rights approach to sanitation in a holistic way, a piecemeal approach is there,” Heller had told the press conference, and urged the government at all levels to impart a human rights perspective to its national programmes on safe drinking water and sanitation.

Heller has concluded his fortnight-long visit to the country during which he met several government officials and visited New Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Lucknow and Mumbai where he also visited a few slums.

The expert, charged by the UN Humans Rights Council, to monitor, report and advise on the realisation of the human rights to water and sanitation worldwide, said he also found that in certain areas people belonging to the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes faced “discrimination” in accessing toilets.

Eliminating open defecation is not just about building latrines, Heller said. He added that he had a “mixed perception” about the mission which was a unique initiative of India and launched by the Prime Minister himself.

“On my last day in India, the website of Clean India Mission showed 53 million toilets were built in the last few years, in rural areas only. I need to recognise that it is very impressive,” he said.

He also brought up the issue of the human rights of manual scavengers. “The government’s emphasis on building toilets should not involuntarily contribute to violating the fundamental rights of others, such as those specific caste groups engaged in manual scavenging, or those who are marginalised, such as ethnic minorities living in remote rural areas,” he said.

The government dismissed his preliminary findings as a “rambling report” and said it contained “inaccuracies, sweeping generalisations and biases”. “The report has been produced after only a two-week visit with fleeting trips to a few states and has some anecdotal reference,” the government said, asserting its “highest commitment” to human rights in general and water supply and sanitation in particular.

The UN expert, who visited India at the invitation of the government will submit a full report on his findings with recommendations at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council in September 2018.

Heller was also critical of the certification mechanism being followed while declaring a particular area open-defecation free (ODF). “The certification procedure is not very straightforward. According to responsible ministries, the protocol to certify an ODF area is not the same for rural and urban areas. I also learned that in some places, ODF certified areas are not de facto open defecation free,” he said. Heller said the information, education and communication (IEC) mechanism used for the mission lacked proper methodology. He said just a few workshops and events were not enough for effective implementation of the mission and that sustained efforts needed to be made.

“Just dedicating funds is not enough. It is good the government has earmarked dedicated funds for the mission, but proper implementation through IEC is needed,” he added. The UN expert also said both sanitation and provision of safe drinking water should be accorded equal priority.

GST Council meeting: Only 50 items in 28% bracket, mostly demerit, sin and luxury goods

Guwahait: The GST rate on 50 items of mass consumption, that were in the 28 per cent tax slab, has been slashed to 18, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the Group of Ministers panel for tackling IT-related glitches, said on Friday.

“All items of common consumption have been reduced from 28 per cent to 18 per cent tax rate.

“Tax on goods of mass consumption like chewing gum, chocolates, shaving items, shampoo, skin creams, whose revenue implication is not much, has been reduced,” Modi told reporters here on the sidelines of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meet.
He further added that the revenue implication of these will be approximately Rs 20,000 crore.

Modi said that it was important the system under GST regime stabilises as only four months were remaining for the close of the current financial year

Prez's daughter-in-law denied ticket by BJP' announces to contest as independent

Lucknow: Deepa Kovind, wife of Pankaj Kovind, a nephew of the President Ram Nath Kovind has announced her decision to contest the post of chairperson of Jhinjhak Nagar Palika as an independent candidate after she was denied ticket by BJP.
Deepa has decided to contest against the official BJP candidate in Kanpur Dehat in the on-going municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh.
As reported by DC, Deepa said that she had applied for a ticket from the BJP but was denied the same.
President’s sister-in-law Vidyavati was also said to have applied for a ticket for the chairperson’s post but was denied the same. However, Vidyavati has decided not to contest the election now.