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  • Lok Sabha to take up GST bills for discussion and passage today.
  • Supreme Court to hear petitions today seeking modification of its verdict banning liquor vends within 500 meters of state and national highways.
  • Uttarakhand High Court orders the state government to stop mining.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May signs letter to trigger Brexit from European Union.
  • US President Donald Trump signs an executive order to roll back Obama's climate change measures.
  • And in, Miami Open Tennis Tournament, Roger Federer reaches men's singles quarter-finals; top seeded Stan Wawrinka crashes out.


The Lok Sabha will take up the Goods and Services Tax Bills for discussion and passage today. The Speaker has allocated eight hours time for discussion on the Bill. Briefing media after the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi yesterday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the discussion on the four GST bills namely Central GST, Integrated GST, Union Territory GST and GST Compensation Bills will take place in the Lower House today. He said these Bills have been drafted after detailed discussions in the GST Council which comprises all States.

 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday said the GST bills are based on the principle of shared sovereignty and that the government wants to pass these landmark tax reforms through consensus. The Finance Minister had tabled the GST Bills in the Lok Sabha on Monday. A Report:-

 "Central GST Bill makes provisions for levy and collection of tax on intra-state supply of goods or services, integrated GST deals in taxation of inter-state movement of goods and services while Union Territory GST Bill covers taxation in Union Territories. Compensation bill has been drafted to give a legislative backing to the Centre's promise to compensate the states for five years for any revenue loss arising out of GST implementation. Once these Bills are cleared by Parliament, the states will then take up the State GST Bill in their Assemblies. Government has set a target of first July as the date for rolling out of the Goods and Services Tax, which will subsume Excise, Service Tax, VAT and other local levies. With Sant Bahadur, Anuja Kumar, AIR News."


The Rajya Sabha is scheduled to take up discussion on the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017 today. The Appropriation (Railways) Bill, 2017 and The Finance Bill, 2017 are also listed for consideration in the upper house.


The government will borrow about 3.72 lakh crore rupees from markets in the first half of the next fiscal beginning April. The borrowing for April-September is 64 per cent of the borrowing target for the full financial year. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi last evening, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said, normally every year the Government borrows 60-62 per cent in the first half of the year. However, this year it is marginally higher as the Finance Ministry and the RBI foresee other ministries to start spending from the beginning of the fiscal as well as redemption pressure. He said, the budget has been passed and money will be available fully from the beginning of the year.


The Supreme Court will hear a batch of petitions today seeking modification of its December 2016 order banning liquor vends within 500 meters of state and national highways across the country. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and S K Kaul yesterday assured a battery of lawyers led by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that it will ensure the hearing today.

Mr Rohatgi informed the bench that the apex court judgement, ordering closure of liquor vends alongside highways, will come into effect from the 1st of April and this leads to a situation where urgent hearing is needed.

Kerala, Punjab and Telangana had approached the Supreme Court seeking modification of the order.


The Uttarakhand High Court has ordered the state government to stop mining. Hearing a Public Interest Litigation yesterday, the bench of Justices Rajiv Sharma and Sudhanshu Dhulia ordered constitution of a high powered committee to look into various aspects of mining activities to find out as to whether mining activity should at all be permitted in the state and chart out suggestions for the next five decades. Our corespondent reports that the bench asked the panel to submit an interim report within four months.

"While hearing public interest litigation, the Court directed the state government to form high power committee within four months consisting of geologists and scientists. The committee will identify places to be earmarked for safe mining so that there would be no loss of revenue to the government and requirements of people can also meet at the same time. It was contended in the PIL that illegal mining activity in the area was not only causing harm to the infrastructure but also dangerous to the environment as well. The committee will assess the damage caused to the rivers, springs, rivulets and environment and ecology of uttrakhand by mining and determine compensation payable to the persons affected by mining activities. Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News Dehradun."


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British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed the letter that will trigger Britain's exit from the European Union. The letter will be delivered to European Council President Donald Tusk by British ambassador to the EU Sir Tim Barrow today. It sets the clock for a two-year negotiation process for Britain's relationship with the EU as a non-member.


US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to roll back his predecessor Barack Obama's climate change measures keeping up his campaign promise. Trump, after signing the order yesterday said that the executive action is a historic step to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion and to cancel job-killing regulations. The President said, this decision is the latest in the series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth.

The Executive Order directs all agencies to conduct a review of all regulations, rules, policies and guidance documents that put up roadblocks to domestic energy production. The opposition Democratic party and environmental groups, however, slammed Trump for his latest move.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has activated a disaster response plan after a powerful cyclone pummelled the north-east coast. Cyclone Debbie caused major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes. Mr Turnbull said one death has been confirmed. He said emergency crews are yet to assess the damage.


Assam police arrested secretary of the Irrigation Department Kujendra Doley for allegedly taking money from contractors. He was arrested from his chamber at the Janata Bhawan in Guwahati. More from our correspondent:-

 "Kujendra Doley allegedly took money from contractors to pass their bills. He was caught red handed while accepting 15 thousand rupees. Later, sleuths of Vigilance and Anti Corruption wing raided his office and residence and had recovered nearly 55 lakh rupees and six bank pass books. Doley claimed, he took money to give it to Irrigation minister which was flatly denied by the minister. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal said that fight against corruption will be continued. He said, strict action will be taken against corrupt officials. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI."


Punjab Governor, Mr. V. P. Singh Badnore has said that the State government is committed to fulfil all the promises made during the Assembly elections. Addressing the first session of the newly elected Punjab Assembly in Chandigarh yesterday, he said the government proposes to bring out a white paper on development, governance reforms and financial status of the state to apprise the people of the present financial situation. He also called for a complete revamp of Police and change in attitude of law-enforcing agencies.


In Uttar Pradesh, nomination papers for election of the Speaker of the new Assembly will be filed today. The election will be held tomorrow. Ruling BJP has not yet announced its nominee for the post. Political observers have said the Speaker will be elected unopposed.


The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, has given four more days to the candidates appearing in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test for revising the options for examination centres. The NEET for admission to MBBS and BDS courses will be held on 7th of May. Now students can change the option of cities of examination centres till the 31st of this month by logging on to NEET website.


 INLCU L51, the first of the eight ships of the Landing Craft Utility MK IV Class, was commissioned into the India Navy in Port Blair yesterday. Our correspondent reports that conceived and designed indigenously, the commissioning of the ship adds a feather to the glorious chapter in the nation’s ‘Make in India’ initiative in the field of warship design and construction. The ship has been built to assist in amphibious operations by carrying out beaching operations.


Now, News from the world of sports:-

"In Miami Open Tennis Tournament, Roger Federer's fine form continue with victory over Roberto Bautista-Agut in Men's singles event. The Swiss player book a meeting with Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. In another clash, Alexander Zverev knock out top seed Stan Wawrinka and reach the quarter-finals. The 19-year-old German beat the world number three, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Rafael Nadal also made it through, defeating France's Nicolas Mahut. He will face American Jack Sock in the last eight. In India Super series Badminton tournament, the main draws event will be held from today in New Delhi. In Women's Singles PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and several other ace shuttlers will represent India. While In Men's Singles, Kidambi Srikant and HS Pranoy will play their first round today. However no other Indian player could qualify for the main draw. In football Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned from their next four competitive internationals starting with the World Cup's qualifier in Bolivia for swearing at a match official. FIFA said, the decision means the five-times world player of the year will play in only one of Argentina's remaining five World Cup qualifiers. Tripti Srivastava, Sports Desk."





  • Newspapers this morning focus on different stories including the violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • 'Shun violence , dialogue only way out ' The Tribune quotes Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti , welcoming Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement on reaching out to everybody in Kashmir.
  • "Shedding reluctance, Supreme Court to open court rooms to cameras" is the lead in the Indian Express.
  • "Modi govt plans it big for third anniversary" states DNA , of the govt planning a multimedia campaign & massive outreach programme to mark its 3 years in power.
  • "Modi and Trump both Pro-growth, Pro-Business leaders, says experts" highlights The Economic Times.
  • "Free lunch to staff trigger GST" states the Times of India, as GST would be payable if there is a supply of free goods or services to an employee , exceeding a stipulated sum.
  • "IITs to recruit teachers through walk- in interviews" as instructed by the HRD Ministry, to address the faculty crunch, reports DNA.
  • "The Heat is On" The Pioneer says, brace for a scorching summer as mercury crosses the 40- degree mark in March. "Indian cities set to face deadly heat moves due to global warming " The Financial Express. Gujarat government reworks school timings due to non seasonal heat waves , reports The Hindu.
  • "Disabled to soon get universal ID cards" to avail welfare schemes , reports The Asian Age.
  • On Air India denying ticket to Ravindra Gaikwad for a second time , the Pioneer writes, "Air lndia brings high-flying Sena MP on railway track again".
  • The Times of India writes, AIIMS to conduct a study whether Ayurveda can help treat cancer.
  • And finally "No bribes needed here, says this clerk" notes The Hindu in a box item, of a Panchayat employee in Kerala, on a campaign against corruption.


In some more News,

US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to approve Montenegro as NATO's 29th member. After a procedural vote earlier in the week, the Accession Treaty from the small Balkan nation to join the transatlantic alliance yesterday sailed through on a 97-2 vote. The measure will now go to the White House for formal ratification by President Donald Trump. Till now, 25 other NATO members have ratified Montenegro's accession as a geostrategic ally. The Netherlands and Spain have yet to do so.




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