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Eating out may get cheaper as GST is likely to be cut to 12% Eating out may get cheaper as GST is likely to be cut to 12%
New Delhi: A GST panel which been tasked to revisit Goods and Services Tax (GST) rates for restaurants, has considered the case for scrapping the distinction between air-conditioned (AC) and non-air-conditioned restaurants, media reports said. The 5-member the group of ministers (GoM), under Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has reportedly consented to back reduction in the levy on res...
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Gujarat elections before December 18: Election Commission Gujarat elections before December 18: Election Commission
NEW DELHI: The Gujarat elections will be held before December 18, 2017, said the Election Commission on Thursday, while announcing the election schedule for Himachal Pradesh. Himachal elections will be on November 9 while the counting on December 18, 2017. The Gujarat polls are likely to be held during the five-week gap between the polling and counting in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal schedu...
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India baby deaths: Eight infants die in one day at hospital India baby deaths: Eight infants die in one day at hospital
At least eight babies have died in just one day at a hospital in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, officials have said. Local residents in the town of Barpeta blamed poor infrastructure and negligence. However, health authorities said it was a coincidence that the children, aged one day to two months, all died within the 24-hour period. Assam has the second-highest infant mortality...
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India economy in distress, warns ex-finance minister Yashwant Sinha India economy in distress, warns ex-finance minister Yashwant Sinha
Former Indian finance minister Yashwant Sinha has created an uproar by saying the Indian economy is in "distress", putting himself at odds with the ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) of which he is a member. This was India's slowest quarter since the BJP was elected in May 2014. Experts say the controversial currency ban, and the Goods and Services tax are partly responsible for sluggish gr...
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India farmers say no to 24-hour power India farmers say no to 24-hour power
Farmers in the south Indian state of Telangana are demanding that officials discontinue 24-hour electricity to villages as they fear it will cause excessive pumping of ground water. "Motors will pull out ground water and bore wells will dry out," Yerram Anjireddy, a farmer, told. The government had announced in July that three districts in the state would be given 24-hour electricity. But...
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Beatle George Harrison's sitar auctioned for $62,500 Beatle George Harrison's sitar auctioned for $62,500
A sitar owned and played by George Harrison has been sold for $62,500 (46,581) in the United States. The instrument, purchased from a shop on London's Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison's first wife, Patti Boy...
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Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain
A stampede on a footbridge at a Mumbai railway station has left 22 people dead and injured more than 30, Indian officials report. The tragedy occurred during the morning rush hour at Elphinstone station, which connects two major local lines. It was triggered by overcrowding and people seeking shelter from monsoon rains, the officials said. The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital ...
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India Darjeeling strike ends after 100 days India Darjeeling strike ends after 100 days
A 100-day strike called by separatists in India's Darjeeling region has been called off after an appeal from the home minister. The strike paralysed the estates that produce the famous Darjeeling tea and affected the tourism industry. A statement from the Gorkha Janmukti Morch (GJM), which had led the strike, said the shutdown ended at 6am IST (0030GMT) on Wednesday. The GJM wants a separ...
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Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi HC seeks FB, Google, Yahoo's response on plea to remove game links Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi HC seeks FB, Google, Yahoo's response on plea to remove game links
New Delhi: Delhi HC on Tuesday sought Facebook, Google, and Yahoo's response on plea to remove links of Blue Whale challenge that has been linked to number of suicides. In addition, response of Centre and Delhi Police was also invited on petition seeking direction to internet firms to immediately remove links of the online game. Government had earlier directed internet majors - Google, Faceb...
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Protest for justice over murdered Indian journalist Protest for justice over murdered Indian journalist
Up to 15,000 people including writers, journalists and academics have turned out in Bangalore to condemn the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Many held placards saying "I am Gauri", while others read out poems on the importance of free speech. Police are investigating her murder but no arrests have yet been made. Ms Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her home on 5 September, is the mos...
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