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What it takes to keep this heritage running Middle class focus in GST rate cuts GST meet approves cuts for white goods; sanitary napkins, rakhi exempt; says all states wanted it AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, JULY 21 THE GOODS and Services Tax (GST) Council in its 28th meeting Saturday approved rate reductions for 88 consumer-centric items such as cosmetics, refrigerators, washing machines, and small screen televisions, and cleared the widely demanded exemption on sanitary napkins. The tax was also cut to zero for marble and stone idols, rakhis, and sal leaves. The Council announced quarterly re- turn-filing and monthly tax payments for businesses with annual turnover of up to Rs 5 crore as against the current threshold of Rs 1.5 crore, a move that is expected to benefit 93 per cent of registered GST taxpayers. “Today’s decisions of the GST Council were guided by simplification, rationalisation... Every state wanted that the rates on these items be lowered for benefit of middle-income households... It has also been decided that the GST Council will rise above revenue consideration and focus more on job creation and economic growth,” Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said after chairing the GST Council meeting, his first after taking charge of this portfolio. Fast-moving consumer goods, which were badly hit after demonetisation, could gain from the cut in rates, which could have an impact ahead of Assembly elections in three heartland states and the general election subsequently. The good monsoon has inspired forecasts of a steady pick-up in rural and urban demand, and the GST rate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CHEAPER 28% TO 18%: 18% TO 12%: Paint/varnish, refrigerator, washing machine, lithium-ion battery, vacuum cleaner, food grinder/mixer, water heater, hair dryer, TV up to 68 cm Handbag/pouch/purse, wooden painting/photo frame, zip and slide fastener 28% TO 12%: Fuel cell vehicle (compensation cess to be removed, too) 12% TO 5%: Handloom dari, knitted topi up to Rs 1,000, handmade carpet Sanitary napkin, sal leaf, phool jhadu, rakhi Looking for tie-ups to keep BJP out: Mayawati LALMANI VERMA RAVIK BHATTACHARYA AND SANTANU CHOWDHURY NEW DELHI, JULY 21 KOLKATA, JULY 21 Mamata Banerjee addressing TMC’s 25th ‘Martyrs’ Day’, in Kolkata Saturday. Subham Dutta A DAYafter the Opposition’s motion of no-confidence was defeated in the Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee claimed the government had no numbers outside Parliament, and that the BJP would be ousted from power next year. She announced a mega “federal front” rally in Kolkata on January 19, to which all opposition leaders would be invited. Within hours, the BJP announced a counter rally at the same venue on January 23, to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mamata blamed the hatred that the BJP was allegedly promoting for the spate of lynchings in the country over the past few months. She described the leadership of the BJP as “Talibani Hindus”, and attacked Modi directly, saying he had the “blood of riots on his hands”, and thought of himself as “a bigger dictator than Hitler and Mussolini”. “Yesterday, the BJP managed to defeat the no-confidence motion by 325 votes to 126. They got the numbers inside the House, but those were 2014 numbers. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 13 WORLD Dal+dal is dal-dal, mocks PM, says Rahul ‘piled on to me’ MAULSHREE SETH LUCKNOW, JULY 21 A DAYafter winning the no-confidence motion in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday mocked the Opposition’s attempts at unity, saying the various “dals (fronts)” were nothing but “dal-dal (quicksand)”. He also referred to CHINA WAGING ‘QUIET KIND OF COLD WAR’ AGAINST US: CIA cle” and “haathi (elephant)” was “sabse bara dhokha (biggest betrayal)” of the people. The PM also called the notrust motion brought against him a denial by the Opposition of the huge mandate given to his government by the people. “They don’t have trust in the government formed by you with a historic mandate at the Centre. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 I was a CM back in 1995, Modi came along only in 2002: Naidu DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 21 Naidu at a press conference in Delhi Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal NARENDRA MODI is blaming the Congress for the situation in Andhra Pradesh following the bifurcation, but he has forgotten his own promises, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Saturday. After the TDP’s reply to the Prime Minister’s speech during the no-confidence motion was cut short in Lok Sabha, Naidu flew into Delhi Saturday to explain his party’s position. Modi wants to humiliate the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Punjab’s latest: race to put up ‘drugs-free’ boards in villages SAURABH KAPOOR ISI PRESSING JUDGES TO GIVE FAVOURABLE VERDICTS: PAK HC JUDGE Congress president Rahul Gandhi embracing him in the House on Friday, saying “woh gale padh gaye (piled on to me)”. Addressing a ‘Kisan Kalyan Rally’ in Shahjahanpur near Lucknow during his third visit to Uttar Pradesh in a month’s time, Modi specifically referred to the coming together of the Samajwadi Party and BSP in the state, saying the unity of the “cy- TARN TARAN, JULY 21 OUTSIDE THREE border villages in Khemkaran in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district, newly minted ‘drugs-free’ signboards are coming up as the latest weapon in Capt Amarinder Singh govern- ment’s sputtering war on drugs. Fifteen more villages are awaiting completion of paperwork to get signboards that declare them “nasha-mukt pind”. The first three signboards came up at Mastgarh, Manawa and Kalanjar Uttar villages on July 14 amidst much fanfare. Khemkaran MLA Sukhpal Singh Bhullar and IG, Border Range, S P S Parmar attended special events organised to mark the occasion. In its rush to prove that its response is not dwarfed by the drug epidemic, the Congress government had last month issued orders to district CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BSP CHIEF Mayawati said on Saturday that her party was following the policy of forging alliances with different parties in different states only to remove the BJP from power, and said the effectiveness of this strategy had been seen in the recent Karnataka elections. At a meeting with party leaders from across the country held in Delhi, Mayawati said the BSP’s alliance with the INLD in Haryana, and its growing base, had left the BJP worried. Mayawati’s remarks came a day after the no-trust motion against the Modi government in Parliament, which was seen as an attempt by the Opposition to showcase its unity. There has been talk of the Congress and BSP tying up in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan for the coming Assembly polls. The BSP is also likely to fight the Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the SP in Uttar Pradesh, where their tie-up had earlier managed to defeat the BJP in crucial bypolls. Calling the Modi government “anti-people”, Mayawati said, “Hence it has become necessary to keep it out of power as much as possible. And for that, the policy of electoral alliances with different parties in different states is CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 INSIDE ● MEA NOTE FOR JOURNALISTS P 3 ● J&K: CONSTABLE ABDUCTED, KILLED P 5 ● RAIN DEFICIT IN 40% DISTS P 5 ● WRITER FORCED TO PULL OUT P 5 Behind a factory, at the end of a stream, spotting the cave that now marks a geological age ABHISHEK SAHA MAWMLUH (MEGHALAYA), JULY 21 A 7.2-km-long cave, almost hidden behind an imposing cement factory, and a trek of 10-odd minutes from the nearest motorable road, part of it wading through a stream, just attained a permanent spot in the study of Earth’s geological history. But even at Mawmluh, a small village tucked away in the East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, unless you ask around, it’s not easy to find the cave. Unlike its popular counterpart Mawsmai cave — located around 7 km away and open to visitors — the Mawmluh cave cannot be entered without expert guidance. The International Union of Geological Sciences recently announced the division of the last 11,700 years on the geological The 7.2-km cave in Mawmluh village, Meghalaya. Abhishek Saha Lynching in Alwar now, Union minister sees a ‘plot’ given ‘the PM’s popularity’ Two travelling with cows attacked on suspicion of being smugglers; 2 held HAMZA KHAN ALWAR, JULY 21 CUT TO ZERO: DAY AFTER NO-TRUST VOTE ‘Talibani Hindus’ head BJP, will not cross 150 in LS: Mamata The Girl Who Chases Time time scale into three parts: the Lower Holocene or Greenlandian Age, the Middle Holocene or Northgrippian Age, and the Upper Holocene or Meghalayan Age. The Meghalayan Age started 4,200 years ago, when agricultural societies around the world experienced a mega-drought. The time period of the beginning of the Meghalayan Age is defined at a specific level in a stalagmite specimen collected from CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IN THE third such incident in just over a year in Alwar district, one man was lynched by villagers on suspicion of cow smuggling on Friday night, while another managed to escape. The victim, Rakbar alias Akbar, was transporting cows on foot along with an associate, Aslam Khan, when they were allegedly stopped by villagers in Lalawandi, under Alwar’s Ramgarh police jurisdiction. IG, Jaipur Range, Hemant Priyadarshi said two persons have been arrested while search is on for other accused. Police said they were yet to establish if the two cows were being smuggled. The animals have been taken to a gaushala. Rakbar and Aslam, belonging to Kolgaon village in Haryana’s Ferozepur Jhirka, reared cows for a living, like most people of their village. Aslam, who is in his early 20s, managed to return to his village, about 20 km from the spot, on Saturday morning. Till Saturday evening, Rakbar’s family members hadn’t buried his body. Kolgaon villagers sat with it on the road connecting Ferozepur to Alwar. Demanding “assurance” of action from the Rajasthan Police, Akbar’s wife with their children. Hamza Khan Meo community leader Sher Mohammad said, “Police have named only two in the FIR, but there were others. Also, the postmortem was completed within an hour and we aren’t convinced of its accuracy. He had seven children and the family hasn’t CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Raje will lead BJP in Rajasthan Assembly poll, announces Shah DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, JULY 21 BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah Saturday said that the party will fight the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan under the leadership ofChiefMinister Vasundhara Raje, and predicted her return with a thumping majority. Shah made the announcement in the course of an address to party members on the concluding day of the BJP state working committee meeting in Jaipur. The meeting, which be- Raje with Shah in Jaipur Saturday. Rohit Jain Paras gan Friday, saw the participation of all important BJP leaders from the state. The term of the Rajasthan Assembly ends in January next year. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, too, will go to polls later this year. Shah said the BJP would form governments in these two states as well, and that Narendra Modi would continue to be Prime Minister after the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The BJP president also addressed a large gathering of the party’s social media volunteer team, where he asked them to take the party’s message to every district, mandal and booth through social media. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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