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TTAG hails decision
Source:  The Navhind Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:27

Panaji: Welcoming the cut in GST rates on hotel room tariffs, the president of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) Savio Messias said that though they expected a reduction to 12 per cent GST over the board, they are thankful to the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho, who is also the nominated member from Goa on the GST Council, for their efforts in helping reduce the GST rates.

“A reduction to 12 per cent would have helped us compete with many other countries but nevertheless we are happy. I am extremely proud that TTAG lobbied to do what the industry in the entire country could not do for the last one year. I must thank my colleagues especially TTAG secretary Jack Sukija and managing committee chief Sunder Advani for their tremendous support,� he said.

GST on hotel room tariff slashed
Source:  The Navhind Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:27

Panaji: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) council on Friday during its first meeting in the state and its 37th meeting so far, announced rate cuts on various items effective from October 1. The key sectors which benefit from the rate cuts are hotels, gems and jewellery, defence and automobiles.

The council has cut tax rate on hotel room tariffs, a move aimed at giving a boost to the hospitality sector. The tax rate on hotel rooms with tariffs of up to Rs 7,500 per night has been cut to 12 per cent from the existing 18 per cent, said the Finance Minister, soon after the meeting.

Similarly, the tax on room tariff of above Rs 7,500 has  been slashed to 18 per cent from the existing 28 per cent. There will be no GST on room tariffs of below Rs 1,000 per night.

There have been demands pouring in from various sectors ranging from biscuits to automobiles and FMCG to hotels for reduction in tax rates in the wake of economic slowdown. To the automobile industry seeking lower taxes, the council approved lower 12 per cent cess on 1,500 cc diesel, 1,200 cc petrol vehicles with capacity to carry up to 13 people.

The Council also exempted imported defence goods that are not manufactured indigenously from GST and IGST. Goods for sports, specifically FIFA and under-17 Women’s World Cup are also exempted.

The Council recommended rate cuts for several items including slide fasteners (zips), wet grinders, dried tamarind, cups and plates made from leaf and biodegradable material, marine fuel and fish meal.

On the other hand, GST rate increases are announced for railway wagons from five per cent to 12 per cent and caffeinated drinks from 18 per cent to 28 per cent. Aerated drink manufacturers are no longer eligible to come under the compensation scheme.

The GST Council also decided to impose a uniform tax rate of 12 per cent on plastic polypropylene and polyethylene bags used for packaging. Earlier, the bags were levied GST in slabs in the range of 5 per cent-12 per cent and 18 per cent.

Pharmaceuticals: Due to carcinogenic impurities found in Ranitidine, there could be disruptions in supply of product
Source:  The Financial Express
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:27

DRRD re-launched isotretinoin caps recently. The market share is now at 3.4%, up 110bps w-w. This is a limited competition product, and we expect DRRD to record ~$10 mn+ in annualised sales from the product over time.

SWNFC: Arunachal’s semifinals dream falls flat
Source:  The Arunachal Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:26

[ Prafulla Kaman ] PASIGHAT, Sep 20: Arunachal’s semifinals dream in the 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship (SWNFC) fell flat after the host team went down meekly to Odisha on Friday. The host team failed to live up to the home crowd’s expectation and lost the match 0-5 to their superior opponent at the […]

Goa far from becoming fully digital: Lobo
Source:  The Navhind Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:26

Panaji: Indicating that the digital transformation in Goa till now meant related presentations by consultants, which took the government and its staff nowhere, Minister for Science and Technology Michael Lobo on Friday said that even though the digital transformation has failed in Goa, the government would not stop at any point, and move forward in this sector.

Addressing a gathering during the launch of the book ‘Why Digital Transformations Fail’ in the city, Lobo said, “Our servers are down and there are no proper signals in Goa.�

He also maintained that the digital-savvy youth in the state wants to stay online but the servers go down and there is no network, with these people moving around trying to catch signals.

Speaking further, the Minister for Science and Technology said that the government has so many consultants coming in, promising very big things, but when they deliver and leave, it is the government offices which suffer. “We are digital on paper but in reality, it is not true,â€� he noted, mentioning that in every government department there are problems, issues and failures when it comes to digitalisation. 

“If one visits Collector’s office for a simple certificate, they assure to send it on his cell phone or e-mail, however, in reality, it does not arrive,� Lobo observed, stressing that the digital transformation has failed here. “But we cannot stop at that, even though this is what the people face at the basic level of the digital transformation,� he mentioned, adding that Goa is just coming out of the shell as far as the digital world is concerned.

Turning to Tony Saldanha, president transformant and ex-vice president of Procter and Gamble, who has written the book, the Minister for Science and Technology said that Saldanha can train the digital-savvy Goan youth, and take help from some small but good consultants in the state, so that the concept of digital transformation could be revived in Goa.

“That way we can save the government exchequer of large amounts of money, which are spent on adopting something, which in reality does not work,â€� he concluded. 

Rape case: aspiring swimmer deposes
Source:  The Navhind Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:26

Mapusa : The minor girl allegedly raped by swimming coach, and her parents have deposed before a local magistrate in Mapusa.

Mapusa police have completed the process of recording the statement of minor girl allegedly raped by Surajit Ganguly, and her parents before local magistrate in Mapusa. Also, medical examination of the girl was conducted on Friday. Following request of Mapusa police, the victim minor girl and her parents had agreed to travel to Goa to record their statement under Section 164 of CrPC. Police sources informed the girl along with her parents arrived on Wednesday and subsequently the process of recording statement was completed.

Sources informed that panchanama of the crime spot was also conducted.  

A team of police, who had gone to West Bengal, had already recorded initial statement of the victim girl under Section 161 of CrPC. Even the device which was used for recording the crime has been attached by police.

It may be recalled that on September 5, the Mapusa police had registered an offence against swimming coach Ganguly for allegedly raping the minor girl. A complaint was filed with Rishra police station in Hooghly district in West Bengal, following which police had booked the swimming coach under sections 451, 354, 376, 506(ii) of Indian Penal Code, Section 8 of Goa Children’s Act, sections 6 and 8 of POCSO Act. Police said that the accused had molested the minor girl between March 14 and August 28.

Progress of 25th SWNFC discussed: scope for improvement, says sports secy
Source:  The Arunachal Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:26

Staff Reporter PASIGHAT, Sep 20: Sports & Youth Affairs Secretary Ameya Abhyankar on Friday held a meeting with the organizers of the ongoing 25th Senior Women’s National Football Championship (SWNFC) and officials of the East Siang district administration and the sports department to enquire about the progress of the tournament. Expressing satisfaction over the conduct […]

Govt asks TK Engg, highway divn to complete NH 415 this winter
Source:  The Arunachal Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:26

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Taking serious note of the slow progress of the construction of the four-lane National Highway 415 from Itanagar to Naharlagun, the state government has passed a serious reminder to the executing agency and the officials of the PWD’s highway division to complete the work as per the schedule. “All that the chief […]

Union demands probe into bridge collapse
Source:  The Arunachal Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:25

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: The All Kra Daadi District Students’ Union (AKDDSU) has demanded a probe into the collapse of the bridge over the Kumey river in Tali circle, claiming that the bridge collapsed not because of nature’s wrath but due to poor engineering and wrong site selection. The bridge collapsed on Tuesday, snapping road communication […]

MoS, gov discuss expediting railway projects in state
Source:  The Arunachal Times
Saturday, 21 September 2019 02:25

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Union MoS for Railways, Suresh C Angadi, called on Governor BD Mishra at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday, and the two discussed matters related to strengthening the railway network in the state and expediting the ongoing railway projects in Arunachal. Mishra urged Angadi to expedite the construction of the broad gauge […]

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