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Vote for a Better India!

Since India being a democratic country, it is your duty and a right to cast a vote. Despite the campaigns and the rally in Bengaluru the other day, Turnouts has been very poor as citizen failed to vote.  I would say this is the root cause for the current state of India.

Every one of the four seats in the city recorded a plunge in voter turnout when contrasted with the past Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

Bengaluru Rural seat, which for the most part records a higher turnout than its urban partners, kept on holding the qualification with 64.09%. Among the urban parliamentary voting public, Bengaluru South drove in the city with 54.2% of its electorate exercising their establishment. The two seats recorded a drop in turnout of 2.36% and 1.55% individually contrasted with the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

This year, Bengaluru Central saw minimal number of residents turning out to cast a ballot with a turnout of simply 50.84%, and a monstrous drop of 5.27 rates indicates as looked at 2014.

The voter turnout figures were discharged by the Election Commission at 9 p.m. on Thursday and are liable to correction, said authorities.

The Bharatiya Janata Party and electoral roll analyst P.G. Bhat credited the drop to the ‘threat of missing names’ of certified voters. “Elections authorities had erased an aggregate of 5.05 lakh sections with an end goal to tidy up the rolls. Be that as it may, there have been many wrong erasures prompting disappointment of real voters,” Mr. Bhat contended.

Both BJP and Congress have translated the turnout in the city as being to support them. So to conclude this elections turnout were very bad and disappointing. Deletion of existing voter ID’s? Such a blunder.  Results are expected to be released on 23rd may 2019. Hope the best among the rest wins.

Opposition Union Calls for Bharat Bandh on Nov 28 against Demonetisation

Bharat Bandh on Nov 28 against Demonetisation

United Opposition called for a nationwide Bharat Bandh on November 28 as their protest on demonetization. Over 13 Opposition parties came collectively and decided to reinforce their agitation against currency ban. More than 200 MPs came together today for protesting against the prohibition on Rs 500 and 1,000. The union also raised slogans before Gandhi statue at the Parliament in New Delhi. Leaders of the Trinamool Congress, Congress, and BSP are included among the protesters.

The united opposition questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s absence and silence inside the house. Demand has been raised by the union for PM to speak on the demonetization issue in the Parliament. Thirteen opposition parties including the Left and the Aam Aadmi Party made slogans demanding answers on demonetization.

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Leaders from the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, and the BSP, were among the protestors. While the left leaders would rise a separate protest later in the day. CPI is planning to approach the President if Modi does not gratify to their needs.

CPI leader D Raja warned approaching the President is the final option if Modi did not respond to opposition’s questions. Congress leaders claim that few people are supporting black money outside Parliament. “But the fact is that ruling party is supporting black money and not allowing the discussion to take place in the House. We are ready for a discussion under Rule 56, which entails voting, “says, Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge.

Still having 500 and 1000 Rupee Notes? Today is the Last Day to Spend them

The announcement of banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was made by Modi on November 8 in an assault against fake currency, black money, and corruption. New Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes are made available in ATMs and banks. Though, people had to suffer a bit while exchanging the older notes in the bank. People are waiting in long queues for withdrawing money from ATMs.

Kalikho Pul: Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Found dead, Reasons not clear

Kalikho Pul

Kalikho Pul: Former Arunachal Pradesh CM found dead at Official CM residence

Former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul allegedly committed suicide this morning at the CM’s official residence located at the capital Itanagar. He was yet to vacate the official CM house as his home was under renovation.

Kalikho Pul (47) was a Congress rebel who gathered a large number of legislators from the party against then chief minister Nambam Tuki in February. He became the chief minister with BJP backing in the month of February and served the state for a short term.

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Last month, as per the Supreme Court order Congress restored the power in Arunachal Pradesh.The verdict was a result of the State Congress leaders appeal to the apex court against the way in which the President’s rule was withdrawn and the formation of the Pul government in the next three hours on February 19.

Mr Khandu was current chief minister elected by Congress party. Angry supporters of Kalikho Pul gathered and protested in front of Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s home.However, the causes and circumstances of the death are unknown. According to the sources, police recovered puls diary which is sent for investigation.

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In the oath taking ceremony of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, he said to media that “I always follow my heart and did what I thought was right. Now the court order has come, and I am following the court order.”

 

GST Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha: Positives and Negatives to look out

GST Bill

GST Bill :One Nation , One Market

The Most discussed and debated GST Bill (Goods and Service Tax ) is  amended in the upper house of the Parliament Rajya Sabha today.Voting has been initiated by vice chairman Kurien and Total 197 of 197 MPs vote ‘YES’ which passed the bill unanimously.It had taken India a decade to bring a necessary reform.

The NDA Government failed to pass the bill in Rajya Sabha in 2015 though it succeeded in Lok Sabha (Lower house) due to less strength of NDA representatives in the upper house.However, the bill was passed in the upper house due to the arrangements and efforts made by the finance minister Arun Jaitley, this time, to come out with flying colours. He moved a total of four amendments to pass the 122nd amendment bill known as the Goods and Service Tax bill.

The approval of the GST bill by the upper house was cheered up by many industrialists and CEOs of major enterprises.They said that Modi government had taken a extremely significant measure.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said  that the GST bill will bring three major changes.They are

1. System will be more efficient.

2.No cascading effect of tax on tax

3. Lower or no tax on certain item

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After long time debates, Modi government finally secured the support of the main opposition Congress party to nod yes by telling “ I” for the approval of the GST bill in Rajya Sabha. The official amendment to Goods and Service Tax bill will be on the debate from 2 pm on Wednesday. The government is eager to wrap up all the discussions and bring in the new tax reform.

What you need to know about GST BILL:

• GST bill or good and service tax bill seeks to amend the constitution to provide a comprehensive indirect tax which includes central excise tax, service tax, sales tax, excise duty, VAT, etc. through this amendment government is seeking to implement a single tax comprising the multiple indirect taxes.
• The bill restricts the taxation of the interstate sale or purchase of the goods.
• The bill seeks to establish GST council which will optimize the tax collection of state and centre
• The government assured 100% compensation for states for five years if losses are incurred in GST implementation.

GST Bill passed in RS
Courtesy: Rajya Sabha Tv

Key benefits of GST:
• Single tax replacing many existing taxes on goods and services
• Reduces price in long run helps in economic growth
• Uniform tax system with greater transparency
• Lower prices of manufactured products, increase in sales
• 10% GDP growth expected.

Positives post GST bill:

• According to the finance minister, the bill helps in increasing the GDP by 2%.
• The GST rate can be fixed at 17-18%, which is currently 25-17% more for a product. Hence the price of goods can come down,
• Automobiles like cars, two wheelers, shampoos, tea powers, (FMCG goods ) logistics and cement will see a price fall of at least 10%.
• Consumer durables like TVs, refrigerators, fans, mobiles electronic gadgets made in India will see a price drop if the bill is approved. Movie tickets will see a price drop if the GST bill gets passed.

Negatives post GST bill:

• The present service tax levied is 15% which will be increased to 18-20%. Though the goods price reduces, the service sector will impose heavy taxes.
• Luxury hotels, spas, air tickets will see an exponential growth in the rates. If GST is implemented 9-12% increase in the tax amount of air tickets will be seen.
• Bank loans, financial services, insurance premium, investments, telephone services, pharma products, medicines can see an increase in price.
• Cigarettes, branded clothes, branded jewelry and mobile phone calls may see an increase in price after GST bill is passed.

 

The government of India made nine changes to the previous bill that was passed in Lok Sabha to get support from the Congress party. The opposition leaders put forward three points to accept the bill. Finance minister stepped down for two demands and convinced the leaders for smooth approval of the bill.