New Delhi,09/09/18:Daily rise in petrol and diesel should make all petroleum products under GST. Instead of daily price-rise, hike should be in multiples of one rupee when needed. There should be a ban on production of diesel-cars where diesel is deliberately priced low despite being almost same procurement-price to give relief to public-transport and transportation.
Revenue-loss can be compensated by adopting two-tier GST rates of 10 and 30 percent normally except on super-luxury items presently attracting cess, abolishing all others including zero-rate GST-slab. Items of long-lasting use even including like TV-sets and fridges of all models should attract 30-percent slab. Instead of imposing cess, extra GST-rates in multiples of 100 should be there so that luxury items requiring cess may have extra-ordinary high GST-slabs.
Abolishing zero-rate slab may look to be bitter, but practically it will provide much more relief specially in service-sector where items or services presently under 12 and 18 percent will also come under 10-percent slab. Revenue-loss can and should be further compensated by abolishing system of Input-Tax-Credit on all aspects including manufacturing and service sector, retaining only for trade-channels. Malpractice of selling GST-invoices without selling goods for availing false Input-Tax-Credit specially by manufacturing-sector will thus be checked to large extent.
Such practical reforms should not get political hurdles for unnecessarily criticizing abolition of GST-rates below 12-percent including zero-percent.
New Delhi,01/09/18:There are reports that many a times some medical-practitioners including in unani, ayurvedic and homeopathic fields mix strong doses of steroids in unbranded medicines like powders and syrups in a bid to exhibit their self-acclaimed expertise in curing diseases. Central government should formulate some effective remedy to overcome the problem. Even though remedy lies in banning unbranded medicines, but the step is liable to open a pathway for minting money for drug manufacturers.
Best remedy is that Central government may establish its own production units for all types of medicines including allopathic, unani, homeopathic and ayurvedic like once it had Indian Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Limited (IDPL) to provide cheaper branded medicines in all fields of medicines so that it may be feasible to impose a total ban on unbranded medicines. Step will make drug-manufacturers to reduce prices of medicines where presently they are minting money out of their brand-names.
New Delhi,29/08/18:It is quite usual practice amongst parliamentarians that they make multiple priority-reservations in First-Class Air-Conditioned coaches of railways in different trains for a single journey to get benefit of last-moment change in travel-programmes, but evidently use maximum one reservation in a single train. This is because all railway-bills for multiple reservations so made are paid by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats irrespective of journeys made or not made by Parliamentarians. Such a practice results in depicting full-reservation to normal commuters desiring to travel in First-Class Air-Conditioned class of trains. It also tends to result in corruption where rail-staff unauthorizedly allows travel persons bribing train-staff to use luxury of First-Class travel in air-conditioned coaches.
System should be formulated whereby Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats may for rail-travel of Parliamentarians only on their getting signed and rubber-stamped forms issued by Train-Ticket-Examiners -TTEs for their actually travelling utilised reserved accommodation. Cost of rail-reservation paid by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats for unutilized train-reservation may be deducted from salaries or pension of Parliamentarians.
Bhubaneswar,23/08/18:The veteran journalist and social activist, Kudip Nayar is n or more. At the time of death he was 95 years old. He left behind his son who is an Advocate with Supreme Court. He was a known columnist, writing in various news papers including The Daily Star, The Sunday Guardian, The News, The Statesman and many other papers. He was born on14th August 1923 in Sialkot, Punjab and his father was Gurbaksh Singh and mother, Pooran Devi. He completed his graduation from Forman Christian College Lahore and diid his LL.B from Lahore. He subsequently did his Journalism course form Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University on a scholarship. He was the Editor of The Statesman and was arrested by Govt. of India when Emergency was declared. He was known for his free flow straight forward writings. He was also the Rajya Sabha member in the year 1997 and was sent to United Kingdom as High Commissioner by the then Govt. He is also an author of several books, written for years together. Somehow he was seen as active critics against Hindu-right wings. Many senior leaders paid his tribute for the departed soul by writing words in Social Networking sites including Narendra Modi. His last rites will be done today in New Delhi as per the preliminary information sought from different sources.
Bhubaneswar,22/08/18:The ashes of later Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee reached Bhubaneswar airport here today for immersion in major scared rivers across Odisha.
Odisha BJP President Basant Panda arrived in Bhubaneswar with the urn (asthi kalash) this evening after receiving it from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah during a programme in New Delhi today.
The ashes will be kept at the party’s State headquarters for public darshan. The ashes of the BJP patriarch will be immersed in the sea in Puri on Thursday.
The ashes will be taken to Puri in a procession from Bhubaneswar. A huge number of people are likely to join the immersion ceremony on the sea beach.
Following immersion of the ashes, an all-party meeting will be organised on August 24 in Bhubaneswar in memory of the great leader, informed BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra.
Reports said that the State unit of BJP is likely to invite Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Odisha Congress President Niranjan Patnaik to the all-party meeting.
The ashes will be immersed in the major rivers including Mahanadi, Baitarani, Brahmani and Rushikulya in phases.
On Wedneesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah handed over urns containing ashes of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the party’s state unit chiefs for leading ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ in their states as its top brass embarked on an exercise to firm up the legacy of the saffron stalwart.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj joined Modi and Shah in handing over the urns at a ceremony. The ashes of the former prime minister will be immersed in over 100 rivers across the country following a procession in which, Shah said, people could offer tributes to Vajpayee.
The party has decided to take out the ‘Asthi Kalash Yatra’ in all the states of the country so that citizens could offer their tributes to the popular leader.
Many of them have announced memorials, some like Chhattisgarh named a city after him and some like Maharashtra decided to set up chairs in his name in universities.
Several ‘yatras’ will be held in many states so that they can pass through all district and blocks, report said.
Since Vajpayee, 93, died on August 16 following a prolonged illness, the BJP has organised a number of events, including a ceremony for immersing his ashes in Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar on August 19.Shah, other top party leaders like Singh and Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand chief ministers were present on the occasion.
Modi had cited outpouring of emotions across the country following Vajpayee’s death even though he was away from public glare for a decade due to poor health, to emphasise on his enduring appeal.
INSTALL A STATUE OF ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE AT SOME PROMINENT PLACE IN NEW DELHI ON HIS BIRTH-ANNIVERSARYWednesday, 22 August 2018 03:39 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,22/08/18:Union Ministry of Housing and urban Affairs should gear up fast for installing a statue of great statesman and best orator Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India, on his coming birth-anniversary on 25.12.2018 at some important point in New Delhi with a prominent road, some housing-complex, colony and other institutions also named after him.
Rather than creating memorials in his name as announced by UP government, institutions, roads, colonies, hospitals and other such projects like new coming Jewar airport near New Delhi can be named after him as his living public-utility memorials in memory of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Report by:Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta
New Delhi,20/08/18:A sedition case was filed against cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a Bihar court on Monday for insulting the Indian Army by hugging Pakistan’s Army Chief, Qamar Javed Bajwa, at the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister.
The petition has been filed by lawyer Sudhir Ojha with Muzaffarpur’s chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Hari Prasad.
The petitioner has alleged that Sidhu insulted the families of Indian soldiers killed by Pakistan’s army and terrorists sponsored by the country by hugging General Bajwa and sitting next to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’s president Masood Khan on Saturday.
Ojha said he has filed the case under Indian Penal Case sections involving sedition. In his complaint, he said the former cricketer’s gesture hurt the people of the country.
“The court has admitted the case and fixed August 24 as the next date for hearing,” he further said.
Sidhu, a minister in Congress-led government in Punjab, is under attack for hugging the Pakistan Army Chief, by the BJP and Akali Dal leaders. He has been under attack by his boss Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh as well as the opposition, accoridng to the agency report.
It may underline Navjot Singh Sidhu the former Indian cricketer and present Minister in Punjab Govt. has travelled to Pakistan through Wagha border to keep the invitation by the Cricketer turn Political Leader. This has made possible after Sidhu, asked for permission from the Central Govt. The same request had already been made by Imran Khan to Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavasker but they refused the invitation by citing different personal reasons. This move they might have done looking at growing tension between the two countries for some years.
Anyway after Sidhu’s move BJP has come forward and asked Rahul Gandhi to take action against him after finding him sitting next to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Masood Khan which was indecent if we look at political disturbance. He even, hugged Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa, which few people have seen as indecorous looking at what Pakistan is doing with India in Kashmir. Nothing is secret regarding tension between two countries for Kashmir and Pakistan sponsored terrorism. Many sport lovers also don’t see it as a good gesture by Sidhu though he has give the excuse that he is meeting his friend and sports doesn’t have any boundaries. At the same time he must have thought of about the people of Kashmir and the soldier who have been martyred by terrorists in the border and in Kashmir as well. When the Govt. of India has taken a bold step to not to have any dialogue till violence stops, Sidhu should have refrained his tour to Pakistan and it would have been a great message gone to Pakistan that we are united. Govt. has given him permission may be looking at someone’s rights to take any decision. But I think it’s a liberal thinking by the Govt. to give Sidhu the permission what they should not have done looking at internal sanctity.
We must refrain our sovereignty at any cost without seeing someone’s personal interest. Anyway, stoke has been played, don’t know whether the stroke will be caught or dropped. Time will say the outcome because 2019 election bugle is already been blown.
New Delhi,18/08/18:Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Pakistan visit for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan has not gone well with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP launched a scathing attack on the Congress party for this and said that the former cricketer’s visit was “no less than a crime”.
A Congress member and cabinet minister in Punjab government went to Pakistan for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan. It is no less than a crime, said BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra addressing a presser.
Patra also criticized Sidhu for sitting next to President of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Masood Khan and hugging Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Navjot Singh Sidhu is not just an individual but also a member of a political party and a cabinet minister in the Punjab government. The Congress needs to answer some serious questions in this regard, he claimed.
Patra also demanded Congress President Rahul Gandhi to answer whether he granted permission to Navjot Sidhu to go to Pakistan or not?
Earlier today, Sidhu attended the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad and later addressed the media.