GST a good idea with bad implementation: AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party today termed the GST a 'good idea' with bad implementation, saying the high tax levies under the new regime will encourage tax evasion, increasing the size of grey market.
Hours before the Goods and Services Tax rollout, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said: "Traders are scared, the common man is scared and you (the central government) want to celebrate".
He said he did not like the government's celebrating the launch of the GST, which takes effect from midnight tonight.

President poll: Opposition pitches Meira against Ram

In a Dalit versus Dalit contest, former Lok Sabha Speaker and onetime diplomat Meira Kumar, daughter of the late Dalit icon Babu Jagjivan Ram, will take on the NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind in next month’s presidential election, a 17-party conglomerate of Opposition parties decided Thursday. The high point of the unfolding drama was Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, who decided to play along with the Opposition bloc after dithering till the last moment and agreed only after much persuasion senior leaders.

India, Lanka sign pact for USD 318 million line of credit

India today signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to provide USD 318 million as line of credit to develop the island nation's railway sector, officials said.
The agreement was signed by RHS Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass media, and David Rasquinha, Managing Director of India's Export-Import Bank in Colombo.
During his first visit to Sri Lanka as prime minister in 2015, Narendra Modi had declared a line of credit of USD 318 million for the development
of Sri Lanka's railway sector.

Govt open to views on cattle slaughter ban

The government has said it is open to the suggestions made by various groups on the cattle slaughter notification and was not viewing it as a prestige issue, amid a raging row over the order.
Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said the intention behind the notification was not to harm any particular group, influence food habits or affect slaughter business. “Suggestions that have been submitted will be reviewed. It is not a prestige issue for the government,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here on the eve of the World Environment Day.

UK election raises Brexit stakes while ECB eyes recovery

It was meant to be a landslide victory for Prime Minister Theresa May.

But the odds on that outcome in the British general election on Thursday are lengthening by the day, raising the prospect of a government weakened just as it starts divorce talks with a European Union showing more unity and economic strength than at anytime in the past decade.

May is still favored to win, but anything short of an increased majority could weaken her hold over euroskeptic lawmakers in her own Conservative Party and raise the chance of an acrimonious fight with Brussels.

Govt trying to divert attention from GDP failure: Rahul

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today criticised the government for the decline in GDP growth and said it was manufacturing other issues to deflect the country's attention from its failures.
"Falling GDP.Rising unemployment. Every other issue is manufactured to distract us from this fundamental failure," he tweeted.
He also tagged a news report that said the country had lost its tag of being the fastest growing economy in the world after the fourth quarter GDP growth declined to 6.1 per cent.

Now, PM waits for Jann ki Baat

Prime minister Narendra Modi will get feedback on his government’s performance directly from the people through "Jann ki Baat".
It is an event, which is part of the "MODI (Making of Developed India) Fest" to mark the NDA government’s three years in office.
Since day one, Modi has stressed "sampark and samvaad" (connect and dialogue) as the mantra for good governance. The PM has himself been holding a monthly "Mann ki Baat" radio programme to reach out to the people.

Nationalist surge stoking tensions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victories in provincial elections have given him greater clout to tackle reforms, boost jobs and expand what is already the world’s fastest-growing economy. Still, the move to install a Hindu nationalist priest as head of the most populous state, plus reports of vigilantes seeking to prevent the slaughter of cows, considered sacred in Hindu culture, has generated negative headlines.

Why is Hindu nationalism on the rise?

BJP stealing mandate in Goa, Manipur with money power: Rahul

Crying foul over BJP's move to form governments in Goa and Manipur, Rahul Gandhi today accused the party of "stealing" the mandate of people and "undermining democracy" in these states by use of money power.

The Congress Vice President alleged that the Goa Governor acted in a "partisan" manner.

Akhilesh scared of donkeys of Gujarat: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he was amused that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was "afraid" of the donkeys of Gujarat but he on his part takes inspiration from the "loyal" and "hard working" animal.

Responding to the donkey remarks made by the UP chief minister at a poll meeting in Rae Bareli three days ago, Modi said the criticism of donkeys by Akhilesh only reflected his "casteist mentality" and "the feeling of hatred does not suit him".