- Election Commission recognises Akhilesh Yadav's
faction as Samajwadi Party; Allots Party symbol bicycle to it.
- BJP releases first list of one hundred forty nine
candidates for upcoming assembly elections in UP; also announces list of sixty
four candidates for Uttarakhand.
- RBI raises daily ATM cash withdrawal limit to ten
thousand rupees; Weekly withdrawal limit unchanged at 24 thousand rupees for
- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says, GST roll out
deferred to 1st July; GST council arrives at a decision on dual control issue.
- Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan rules out
possibility of reverting to system of subsidizing auto fuel.
- In Australian Open: World number one Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Venus Williams advance to
Election Commission has recognised Akhilesh Yadav's faction as the
Samajwadi Party and permitted it to use the name of the party and its symbol
'Bicycle'. The Commission today rejected party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav's
claim over the party and its symbol. The
Commission observed that the Akhilesh
group enjoys support of overwhelming majority, both among the legislative and
the organizational wing of the party. The Commission said in response to its
direction, Ramgopal Yadav on behalf of
UP Chief Minister's faction submitted individual affidavits of the members of
legislative and organizational wings in support of the claim. It said, Mulayam
Singh Yadav did not file any affidavit of MPs, MLAs or any delegates except his
Soon after the decision, Akhilesh loyalist Ram Gopal Yadav thanked the
Election Commission and said that the party will release its list of candidates
in the next two days. More from our correspondent:
“Addressing party workers at Samajwadi
Party HQs the SP founder alleged that Akhilesh is playing in the hands of
Ramgopal Yadav, who is working on directions of BJP. Interestingly, Mulayam
also called Naresh Uttam, who has been made party state president by Akhilesh,
to the meeting. Mulayam said he was trying his level best to save the party and
slammed Akhilesh for not understanding things. Mulayam also said that he will
accept whatever decision the Election Commission takes on the contentious poll
symbol issue. Merajuddin, AIR News, Lucknow."
The BJP has announced the first list of 149 candidates for the
upcoming Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Prominent among those included in
the list are former State Unit Chief Laxmikant Bajpai from Meerut seat, party
national Secretary Shrikant Sharma from Mathura, Sangeet Som from Sardhana. The
403 member assembly will go to polls in
seven phases starting from 11th of next month.
The party also announced the list of 64 candidates
for Uttarakhand Assembly elections. The party has fielded Birendra Singh Pal
from Dharchula assembly seat which is the home turf of present Chief Minister
Harish Rawat. Besides, BJP State Unit Chief Ajay Bhatt will contest from
Ranikhet. Yashpal Arya who was the Cabinet Minister in Harish Rawat government
will be the party candidate from Bajpur reserved seat. Mr Arya joined the BJP this afternoon. Former MP
Satpal Maharaj will contest from Chaubattakhal.
Briefing reporters in Delhi, Union Minister and
senior party leader, J P Nadda said, all the sitting MLAs in Uttar Pradesh and
Uttarakhand have been renominated for the ensuing polls. He said, efforts have
been made to accommodate all sections of the society while finalising the list.
also announced six candidates for Punjab Assembly.
In Goa, sixty nominations have been filed today,
making seventy one in total till date as only two days left for filing
nominations. Speaking to media in Panaji, Chief electoral officer gave this
information. Goa will go to polls on 4th of next month.
Election Commission has asked the States not to
initiate any action on their own against the Chief Electoral Officer, CEO for
any allegation of irregularities. In its letter addressed to the Chief
Secretaries of States and Union Territories, the Commission said, the CEO in
the State is appointed by it and the Office of the CEOs are essentially
extension of the Commission to carry out multifarious election related
functions. It said, the CEO is on deputation to the Commission under relevant
sections of Representation of People Act and the EC is the disciplinary
authority for CEO. It said, officers and staff employed in connection with the
conduct of elections are deemed to be on deputation to the Election Commission
and such officers and staff are under its control. The Poll Panel has asked the
Chief Secretaries to issue necessary instructions in the matter for scrupulous
Bank of India has raised the daily Cash
withdrawal limit of 4500 rupees from ATMs to ten thousand rupees per card with
immediate effect. However, the overall
withdrawal limit from saving accounts will remain unchanged at 24 thousand
rupees per week.The limit on withdrawal from current accounts has also been enhanced from 50,000 rupees per week to
one lakh rupees. It extends to overdraft and cash credit
accounts also. In its notification, the RBI said, the ceilings were raised following review of
the current withdrawal limits. Earlier,
the RBI had raised the ATM withdrawal limit
from 2500 rupees to 4500 rupees form 1st of this month.
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Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley has said, the GST roll out has been
deferred to 1st July this year as it seems to be a more realistic date.
Earlier, the government had set 1st of April,2017 as the deadline to roll out
the new tax regime. Briefing media in
New Delhi this evening, Mr. Jaitley said, GST Council has arrived at a decision
on dual control issue. He said, the entire taxation base will be shared between
the assessment machinery of center and states.
Issue of cross empowerment and dual control was taken up and we discussed
this issue for the entire day and we have been able to arrive at the decision
on this issue. The entire taxation base
will be shared between the assessment machinery of the Centre and the State.
The Finance Minister also said, tax regime for the power sector will be
decided by power committee.
The states would do 50 per cent of the assesses above 1.5 crore turnover
and 90 per cent of those below the 1.5 crore turnover. The Centre would do 50 per cent of those
above 1.5 crore turnover and 10 per cent of the assesses below the 1.5 crore
Mr. Jaitley also said as per convention, states will be empowered to
collect tax on any economic activity in marine region. He said, as
territorial waters come under
jurisdiction of the Centre but States will be empowered to levy and impose tax
on their economic activities. He said, the next GST Council meeting will be
held on 18th of next month to approve drafts of supplementary legislations
including Integrated GST.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has ruled out
the possibility of reverting to the
system of subsidizing auto fuel.
Responding to a media query on the sidelines of the function in New
Delhi today, Mr Pradhan however said, the government may cut excise duties if rate hike pinches hard.
There has been 5 rupees 21 paise hike
per litre hike in petrol price and 4 rupees 45 paise in diesel rates
since December. He said, Petrol price was deregulated in June 2010 and diesel
in October 2014 and the same will continue. He said, subsidy should be given only to needy persons
and not to people who can afford it.
Earlier in the Day, Mr. Pradhan inaugurated a month
long awareness drive on fuel conservation - Saksham 2017. In his address, the Minister said, the drive aims to create
awareness amongst masses towards judicious utilization and conservation of
petroleum products along with use of energy efficient appliances.
The Minister said, draft fuel efficiency norms for
heavy duty vehicles will be released on 1st of April this year.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
has indicated that start-ups may get additional tax benefits in the forthcoming
budget. Ms Sitharaman was speaking at the first anniversary function of Start
Up India in New Delhi today. She said the ministry has already suggested to the
finance ministry to consider raising tax holiday for start-ups to 7 years from
the current 3 years to encourage budding entrepreneurs. The Minister said, tax
and tax-related matters always come from start-ups as it makes tangible
difference to them.
There will always be something in that box on tax
for which only Government can answer and I fully agree that it will keep coming
and we are quite happy to receive it.
The Minister said, all the suggestions of the
entrepreneurs have been compiled by the ministry and given to the finance
Minister's Office, PMO has dismissed reports appearing in a section of media
that it purportedly wrote a letter to CBI on the Rose Valley case as totally
false and baseless. In a rejoinder, the PMO said, it has not issued any such
letter to CBI and the letter displayed in the
publication is a forgery. The PMO
asked the publication to immediately
publish a corrigendum to this effect prominently. The PMO also asked withdrawal
of the said false news report from the
website and any other platforms where it may still be accessible to the public.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting
Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore today inaugurated the Indian Panorama Film Festival
at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rathore said
movies in the Indian Panorama section has an emotional appeal with the
audiences as they can relate them with their own culture, region and language.
In Bihar, Patna District Magistrate has been
removed from a three member inquiry team which is investigating the boat
tragedy which claimed 25 lives on Makar Shankranti. The team is headed by
Principal Secretary of State Disaster Department Pratyaya Amrit and Deputy
Inspector General of Police Shaleen.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said, inquiry
should be conducted objectively and from all angles.
The domestic stock markets ended with modest gains,
today, and the rupee strengthened slightly against the dollar. A report:
Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange rose 50 points, or 0.2 percent, to close at
27,288. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange added 12 points, to 8,413. At
the forex market, the rupee appreciated 6 paise, to 68.10 against the dollar.
Gold rose 150 rupees, to 29,500 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude
oil futures lost 10 cents, to 55.35 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.
India and Mauritius today signed an MoU for cooperation in the field of
Agriculture and cooperatives. The MoU was signed between Agriculture Minister
Radha Mohan Singh and Mauritius Business and cooperatives Minister Mr
Soomilduth Bholah in New Delhi. An official release said, the MoU will enable
the two countries to collaborate in Dairy and fisheries sector. India offered to exchange its expertise and
technology with Mauritius in agro, industry, fisheries and dairy sector.
the first Grand Slam of the season,
the Australian Open began in Melbourne today as players struggled in hot
conditions with temperatures topping 32 degree Celsius. World number one Andy Murray, Key Nishikori,
Marin Cilic and the oldest player in women's draw at 36, Venus Williams, moved into the second round of the tournament
along with China's Zhang Shuai. World
number four Simona Halep of Romania however made a shock first round exit after
losing to an unseeded American Shelby Rogers, 3-6, 1-6. Swiss Roger Federer
will be seen in action tonight.
There are no Indian players in the Singles
categories. The Doubles are, however, featuring the participation of Sania
Mirza, Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna.
In Uttarakhand, the higher reaches of various
districts are experiencing light snowfall. The temperature has decreased and
people are reeling under severe cold wave.
In Himachal Pradesh, the entire tribal belt of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur,
Pangi and Bharmaur and upper areas of Shimla, Kullu and Sirmaur were cut off
from rest of the state while mid and higher hills today received second heavy
snowfall of the season and the lower hills experienced widespread rain.