Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Eating out, items of daily use get cheaper on lower GST

Eating out and mass consumption products have become cheaper as the lower GST rates on over 200 items come into effect from today.

Large retail outlets have also started advertising the downward revised prices of FMCG items like Shampoo, detergent and beauty products on account of reduction in Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The government has notified lower GST rates in over 200 items, including chocolates, waffles, furniture, wrist watch, cutlery items, suitcase, ceramic tiles and articles of cement.

WPI inflation at 6-month high of 3.59%

India’s wholesale pr­i­ce-based inflation surged 3.59 per cent in October, the highest in 6 months, on ac­count of costlier food and fuel. This, compar­ed with 1.27 per cent in October last year and even 2.6 per cent in September, may put the government in the fire-fighting mode as it will never allow the inflation to reach a level, which may deflate its claim of success on price rise.

Umar Khan killing: 2 arrested; cow smuggling case against dead, 2 others

Two persons were arrested for allegedly killing 35-year-old Umar Khan who was found dead near railways tracks in the Ramgarh area of Alwar district, police said on Tuesday. The police have also lodged a cow smuggling case against Umar Khan, and two other persons, Tahir Khan and Javed, officials said.

“Bhagwan Singh Gurjar alias Kala and Ramveer Gurjar, residents of Markapur area, were arrested for killing Umar Khan. They were arrested late yesterday night,” SP Alwar Rahul Prakash said. The two were being interrogated and a hunt is on for the other accused, he said.

FSSAI tightens noose around eateries without food licence

All hotels and restaurants operating without licences issued by the food regulator will be sealed and closed if they fail to produce the document after three months.

Food safety regulator FSSAI, which also asked the hotels to get their papers in order by mid-January, issued the warning.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said the regulator would first ask states to run a special drive to create awareness among food business operators about the requirement of license, which is compulsory.

Handloom, handicraft artisans seek complete waiver of GST

Notwithstanding the reduction of GST on the handloom and handicraft sector, discontent artisans today sought complete waiver waiver of tax on such products.

Handloom and handicraft artisans today participated in a seminar here organised by the Crafts Council of India on GST, and demanded withdrawal of the new tax.

"We will take a resolution after the seminar based on the demands from the artisans and will send a representation to the GST Council," Crafts Council President Kasturi Gupta Menon said.

Tejashwi Yadav grilled for 9 hours in PMLA case

Tejashwi Yadav, son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, was on Monday grilled for over nine hours for the second time by the enforcement directorate (ED) in connection with a money-laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, official sources said.

They said the investigating officer of the case at the ED office recorded the statement of the former Bihar deputy chief minister after he arrived there around 11 am. Tejashwi left the ED office around 8.45 pm.