July 2019

Kerala mulling 10 cess on GST introduction of special lottery

first_imggaming and lottery August 21, 2018 To rebuild lives, Kerala needs doctors, nurses, packed food: Alphons 2 Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan COMMENTS flood RELATED Keralacenter_img GST SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT As Kerala struggles to raise resources for rehabilitation in the wake of devastating floods, the state government today demanded that it should be allowed to impose a 10 per cent cess on the GST and also introduce a special lottery.This decision was taken at a state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here today.The flood-ravaged state has asked for the GST council’s permission to introduce 10 per cent cess on the GST as part of its efforts to mobilise more resources for rehabilitation, besides planning to introduce a special lottery, a government press release said.The Cabinet also decided to accept the materials supplied by individuals and voluntary organisations outside the state and distribute the same in relief camps.In view of the flood situation, all plantation workers will be given 50 kg of free ration.Fire department personnel, police and revenue officials as also fishermen who took part in the rescue operations will be given a certificate of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority in recognition of their services, it said.The devastating deluge has left 223 dead and over 10 lakh people homeless over the last fortnight. 373 dead in Kerala since May 30 due to rains, floods, landslides SHARElast_img read more

Change of guard BJP appoints new Stateunit chiefs for Maharashtra UPChange of

first_imgConstruction tycoon Mangal Prabhat Lodha is president, Mumbai city unit Published on 0 July 16, 2019 state politicscenter_img The BJP on Tuesday appointed Chandrakant Patil and Swatantra Dev Singh as the presidents of the party’s State unit in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. Chandrakant Patil inherits the mantel from Raosaheb Danve, who resigned as the State BJP chief after being inducted in the Modi government. The party has also appointed construction tycoon and MLA, Mangal Prabhat Lodha, as the president of the Mumbai city unit. He replaced Ashish Shelar, who has been the Mumbai chief for the last six years. Mild-mannered and self-effacing, Patil is known as an astute tactician within the party. But party sources said his clout was a matter of concern for the Fadnavis government. Therefore, he has been elevated as the State President by the party high command. Such a step is expected to maintain an internal balance within the party. Patil, hailing from Kolhapur district in Western Maharashtra, is known as a dyed-in-the-wool activist of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) — the student arm of the RSS. His work in Kolhapur has also ensured BJP’s growth in the agriculturally-rich and politically-dominated Maratha region. It was earlier a bastion of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.In the last two years, Patil has emerged as a key negotiator with various Maratha groups demanding reservation in job and education.In Uttar PradeshSwatantra Dev Singh, an OBC leader, will be replacing Union Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey as State unit chief in Uttar Pradesh.Pandey was inducted in the Union Cabinet, necessitating a change of guard in the State. Singh is a Kurmi, one of the influential backward castes in the State. His appointment is seen as part of the BJP’s effort to consolidate its support among the OBCs, who strongly backed the party in the State Assembly and the recent Lok Sabha election.(with inputs from PTI) SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

15K Water train from Vellore arrives in Chennai

first_imgJuly 12, 2019 17:30 IST PRINT Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published. Chennai, July 12, 2019 15:42 IST Updated: Recommended for you The train, carrying 50,000 litres of water departed from Jolarpettai, Vellore district. Comments Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). Watch: Train carrying million litres of water arrives in Chennai PTI more-in July 12, 2019 17:30 IST We may remove hyperlinks within comments. AAA © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Chennai  The train was supposed to reach Chennai on July 11, but leakages in the valves led to the delay. Jolarpettai is 217 km away from the southern metropolis.All the arrangements took around 20 days of time to complete.The initiative would be formally inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Ministers later in the day, the official said. A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, officials said on July 12.The train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), carrying 50,000 litres of water in each of them from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, reached the filling station at the Integral Coach Factory Yard in Villivakkam on the afternoon of July 12.Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.“After treatment it would be sent for distribution. This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon,” the official told PTI.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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PTI Comments Chennai, Related Articles 0 July 12, 2019 15:42 IST Train carrying million litres of water arrives in ChennaiVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Live00:0000:5300:53 Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres. The four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry.The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city.Earlier, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced mitigating Chennai’s water woes by getting drinking water supplied from Jolarpettai with an allocation of Rs 65 crore. 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CSR award for Star Foundation

first_imgIn appreciation: Lee handing the CSR Leadership Award 2019 to Siti Hajar. Looking on is Rajendran. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Metro News 08 Jul 2019 Foundation hosts first festive open house Letters 03 Jul 2019 Occupational safety for Industry 4.0 Related News The annual CSR Malaysia Awards is organised by CSR Malaysia with the support of the Women, Family & Community Development Ministry, where outstanding public-listed companies are honoured for their CSR efforts.Since 2007, Star Foundation has helped more than 180 social organisations by donating over RM18.2mil.The foundation has taken its noble initiatives even further by starting the Medical Fund Programme and the Wheelchair Programme.The Medical Fund Programme was introduced in 2015 to support young underprivileged people aged below 17 who suffer from chronic illnesses by funding their medical treatment and care.The Wheelchair Programme, which started in 2017, has contributed 183 wheelchairs to needy individuals and non-profit organisations. Star Media Group corporate communications senior manager Siti Hajar Abdul Rahman received the award from National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. In his speech, CSR Malaysia chairman Datuk R. Rajendran said even small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) carry out CSR activities for the underprivileged and marginalised communities. According to a CSR Malaysia survey on 550 SMEs in 2018, about 35% of them spent up to RM10,000 on their efforts while 13% spent up to RM50,000.Another 7% spent more than RM50,000 while about 28% spent between RM1 and RM1,000.Only 17% of those surveyed did not make any effort towards CSR.Rajendran also said CSR is about doing anything possible to bring out positive changes in society. “CSR is not about how much we can do but doing what we can do,” he said. Related News Star Foundation Smebiz 08 Jul 2019 CGC gets extension to manage financing scheme – SMEBiz Tags / Keywords: KUALA LUMPUR: Star Foundation has received the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Leadership Award at the CSR Malaysia Awards 2019.The Star Media Group Bhd’s charitable arm is recognised for its efforts in supporting and offsetting the expenses of various social organisations.last_img read more

South African minister aims to revoke extradition of exMozambique finance minister document

first_img Related News World 10h ago Turkey begins receiving Russian missiles in challenge to U.S. and NATO Cricket 13h ago De Villiers defends offer to play for South Africa at World Cup World 14h ago China says U.S. should ‘not play with fire’ on Taiwan JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s new justice minister will apply to have his predecessor’s decision to extradite former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang to his home country set aside, according to a document seen by Reuters.Chang has been in custody in South Africa since December when he was arrested at the request of the United States for his alleged involvement in $2 billion of borrowing that U.S. authorities say was fraudulent. He denies wrongdoing.South Africa’s former justice minister, Michael Masutha, ruled in May to send Chang back to Mozambique to be held accountable for his alleged offences, a decision that displeased the United States and campaigners who subsequently challenged it in court.The document – an affidavit served on behalf of the new justice minister, Ronald Lamola, that has not yet been filed in court – said Lamola did not oppose the campaigners’ application and intended to apply to set aside Masutha’s decision for review. AdChoices广告The document said this was on the basis that “the decision is irrational, and inconsistent with the constitution” as well as domestic, regional and international treaties to which the government is bound. Reasons included a concern that Chang’s political immunity in Mozambique had not yet been revoked, and that information at the time of the previous minister’s decision indicated Chang had not been formally indicted in Mozambique, the document said. It added that the new minister wanted an opportunity to consider whether Chang could be extradited to the United States.Chang’s lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment. His legal team had previously pushed for him to be sent to his home country, which sought Chang’s extradition only after his arrest in South Africa. The U.S. charges relate to loans guaranteed by the Mozambican government, some of which it did not disclose, signed off by Chang during his 2005-2015 term as finance minister.Analysts say a U.S. prosecution of the former minister could lift the lid on as-yet unknown details of the debt affair with potential implications for senior members of Mozambique’s ruling party ahead of elections in October.While the United States did not appeal against the previous justice minister’s decision, it has expressed its disappointment and continued to press for the extradition of Chang to the United States via diplomatic channels.Mozambique’s acknowledgement in 2016 of the undisclosed borrowing prompted the International Monetary Fund and foreign donors to cut off support, triggering a currency collapse and a debt crisis that Mozambique is still struggling to recover from. (Reporting by Emma Rumney; Editing by Daniel Wallis) Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Frustration for Nadal as Wimbledon mission falls short

first_img Tennis 4h ago Vintage Federer holds off Nadal to reach Wimbledon final After losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final, Nadal has never contested a title decider on Centre Court, suffering shock losses to the likes of Lukas Rosol, Dustin Brown and Gilles Muller, not to mention Nick Kyrgios.Last year he was close, losing an epic semi to Djokovic when victory would have left him facing an exhausted Kevin Anderson in the final — a virtual open goal.This year Nadal was irritated by being dropped to three in the seedings for this year’s tournament, despite being ranked two — meaning he would likely have to beat both Federer and Djokovic to get his hands back on the Challenge Cup.That, along with a stormy second-round win over Kyrgios, fuelled his fire and the only set he dropped in a marauding run to the semi-final was against the maverick Australian.Most observers marked him down as favourite against eight-time champion Federer — especially with a 24-15 career record, a 10-3 advantage in Grand Slam play and a 4-0 record in semi-finals at the majors.But Federer made a nonsense of such predictions with a vintage display, largely outplaying the Mallorcan in a 7-6(3) 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory on a spellbound Centre Court.FRUSTRATIONWith Djokovic awaiting in the final it would have still been a tall order for Nadal to claim his third Wimbledon crown and move to 19 Grand Slams in total — one behind Federer.At 33, Nadal knows he may not get many more chances and he could not hide his frustration on Friday.”I created another opportunity to be in another final of a Grand Slam. Just have to accept that was not my day,” he said.”I played a great event. Today is sad because for me I know chances are not forever. Last year I had chances. I had another one, and I was not able to convert to win one more time here.”Nadal admitted he was disappointed with his performance, despite playing his part in some spellbinding passages of play.”I didn’t play as good as I did in the previous rounds, and he played well. So he deserves it,” Nadal said of only his fourth loss in 14 Grand Slam clashes with Federer.”He was doing a lot of things well. Honestly, I didn’t have the great feelings that I had the other days. I was not able to open the court as the other days.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Tennis 23h ago Factbox: Rafa Nadal versus Roger Federer Tennis 3h ago Ageless Federer enjoys turning the tables on great foe Nadal LONDON (Reuters) – Rewarding as it was for Rafael Nadal to become the only player to win the same Grand Slam 12 times by chalking up his dozen at last month’s French Open, the Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon this year like a man on a mission.In the end, however, it became mission impossible as he lost to inspired Roger Federer in Friday’s blockbuster semi-final.Not since 2010, two years after his epic final triumph over Federer proved the king of clay had mastered grass, has the Spaniard been the last man standing at Wimbledon.Since that win over Tomas Berdych it has not been a particularly happy hunting ground for the Mallorcan.center_img Related News Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more