Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Dhinakaran launches party after Jaya, vows to take on ‘betrayers’

Rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Thursday floated a new political party, the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, named after late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

“From today onwards, we will function with a name to retrieve the great movement of AIADMK from the betrayers,” Dhinakaran told a gathering on the occasion, challenging the ruling dispensation in the state. Dhinakaran and his followers often use the word “betrayers” to refer to the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy, O Panneerselvam.

Kejriwal says sorry to Majithia over drugs charge

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tendered an apology for levelling charges of involvement in drugs trade against Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia following which the latter has decided to withdraw the court case against him. Disclosing this on Twitter, Majithia posted a copy of the AAP leader’s apology letter which he has submitted in court. The SAD leader said he was grateful that truth had won and Kejriwal had realised his mistake. AAP leader Ashish Khetan had apologised as well, he added.

Goa miners stare at uncertainty

As curtains come down on iron ore mining in Goa following a Supreme Court order, employees of various companies operating mines have blamed the Manohar Parrikar government for not defending the case strongly in the apex court.

Upset over the prospect of losing their jobs, workers have decided to step up protests. “As mines would be closed we would lose our livelihood. We feel the state government could have better defended its case in the SC. Our future seem bleak,” said Sujay Naik, a heavy equipment operator at Sesa Goa, a subsidiary of mines and mineral major Vedanta Group.

Wipro opens centre for metal printing

Wipro has opened an additive manufacturing solutions centre, Wipro3D. It is a state-of-the-art solution & experience center for metal 3D printing. Wipro chairman Azim Premji has inaugurated the facility here on Wednesday.

The 12,000 sq feet centre, set up as part of Wipro InfrastructureEngineering, has capabilities including leading edge build technology, post-processing, resea­rch, characterisation and validation facilities.

Trade deficit narrows to $12 billion in Feb

Exports grew by 4.5 per cent in February, the lowest expansion in the last four months, to $25.8 billion as shipments of engineering, textiles and gems and jewellery declined while trade deficit narrowed to a five-month low of $12 billion.

India sees no trade war even as US moves WTO

India on Thursday said it does not consider the standoff with the United States at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over export subsidies as the beginning of a trade war. New Delhi will engage with the Trump administration over the issue.

“The US has requested consultation regarding India’s export subsidy and the request for consultation was filed in Geneva under subsidies and countervailing measures, we will be engaging actively in the consultation process,” commerce secretary Rita Teaotia said on Thursday.

CBEC field offices observe GST refund fortnight for exporters

The CBEC field formations have launched 'GST refund fortnight' beginning today to quickly sanction pending refunds to exporters.

The exporters who have IGST refund or Input Tax credit (ITC) claim pending with the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) can visit the field offices where the tax officials will help them.

"Attention Exporters - CBEC is observing Refund Fortnight from 15 to 29th March, 2018 across all field formations to deal exclusively with pending GST Refund Claims (IGST & ITC) #GoodAndSimpleTax," the CBEC tweeted.

Govt not to extend deadline for selling pre-GST packaged goods

The government will not extend the deadline for sale of pre-GST packaged products with stickers of revised rates after March 31, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today.

After Goods and Services Tax (GST) became effective from July 1, companies were asked to use stickers on unsold packaged commodities to display new maximum retail price (MRP) till September, which was later extended twice till March.

Telangana proposes Rs 5 L insurance cover, Rs 12K cr support scheme for farmers

The Telangana government today proposed a Rs 1,74,453.84 crore budget for 2018-19 with major focus on agriculture as it unveiled a Rs 8,000 per acre investment support scheme and a Rs 5 lakh insurance cover for farmers.

Irrigation and welfare are the other thrust areas of the budget. "The estimated total expenditure in 2018-19 is Rs 1,74,453.84 crore. Of this, revenue expenditure is Rs 1,25,454.70 crore and capital expenditure is Rs 33,369.10 crore," state Finance Minister E Rajender said in his budget speech.

LS passes Finance Bill without debate

Amid protests by the opposition, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed without discussion the Finance Bill 2018 and a Rs 89.25 lakh crore spending plan for the next fiscal year beginning April 1. This is probably the first time in recent years that the lower house has approved the Finance Bill without holding a debate on it. Earlier, Union budgets were passed without discussion in 2013-14 and 2003-04 when, like today, all demands were guillotined.