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National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT) gets Cabinet nod

Cabinet approves creation of the National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT) in New Delhi.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the creation of National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT). The National Bench of the Appellate Tribunal shall be situated at New Delhi. GSTAT shall be presided over by the President and shall consist of one Technical Member (Centre) and one Technical Member (State). The creation ...

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CBDT identifies non-filers through Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS)

Income Tax Returns for Assessment Year 2018-19

The Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) aims to identify and monitor persons who enter into high value transactions and have potential tax liabilities but have still not filed their tax returns. Analysis was carried-out to identify non-filers about whom specific information was available in the database of the Income Tax Department. The sources of information include Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT), ...

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GST Council sets higher exemption threshold limit for Supplier of Goods; India Inc expects it to boost MSMEs

GST relief to MSMEs

The GST Council in its 32nd Meeting under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley in New Delhi in a bid to give a boost to the MSME sector (including Small Traders) among others announced Higher Exemption Threshold Limit for Supplier of Goods. “There would be two Threshold Limits for exemption from Registration and Payment of GST for the ...

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National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to create roadmap to fight air pollution across India

nAtional Strategy to fight Air Pollution in India

Air pollution is one of the biggest global environmental challenges of today. A time bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner in the form of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan in New ...

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Government revises ad rates for electronic and print media

small and medium newspapers including those in regional and vernacular languages to gain from decision by I&B Ministry to hike advertisement rates for print media by 25%

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has taken a decision to revise the advertisement rates for print media by announcing a hike of 25% over and above the existing rate structure for advertisement in print media by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication (erstwhile DAVP). The decision takes place w.e.f today and will be valid for a period of three years. ...

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Cinematograph Act (Amendment) Bill to curtail online film piracy

Film Piracy

In order to check film piracy, particularly release of pirated version of films on internet which causes huge losses to the film industry and government exchequer, Ministry of I&B intends to have an enabling provision in the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Penalties for contravention of provisions for certification of films for public exhibition are given under Section 7 of the Cinematograph ...

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I&B pilot test to enable Private FM Channels relay All India Radio News till 31st May 2019

Amit Khare

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) on 8th January 2019 announced the decision to allow the sharing of All India Radio News with private FM broadcasters. This will be done free of cost, on trial basis initially till 31st May, 2019. Private FM Radio broadcasters would be permitted to broadcast ...

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DIPP Clarification on FDI policy on e-commerce: Press Note 2 (2018) applicable for entities that operate a marketplace for e-commerce

DIPP

FDI policy on e-commerce, first pronounced through Press Note 2 of 2000, permitted 100% FDI in B2B e-commerce activities. With a view to clarify the already existing policy framework, after extensive stakeholder consultations, Press Note 3 was issued by DIPP in 2016. B2C e-commerce, that is multi-brand retail through inventory based model, has all along remained prohibited for FDI. Through ...

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Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana gets National Health Authority for faster implementation

Narendra Modi in Ranchi, Jharkahnd on September 23, 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).  With this approval, the existing society “National Health Agency” has been dissolved and will be replaced by National Health Authority as an attached office to Ministry of ...

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De Facto or De Jure: Statutory orders on Lawful interception through computer resource

To grow India among top ICT nations- how far the recent orders go on Vision behind Statutory order (S.O.) dated 20.12.2018 on  interception, monitoring or decryption of any information through any computer resource?

This notification does not confer any new powers. Adequate safeguards are provided in the IT Act 2000. Similar provisions and procedures already exist in the Telegraph Act along with identical safeguards. The present notification is analogous to the authorization issued under the Telegraph Act. The entire process is also subject to a robust review mechanism as in case of Telegraph ...

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India launches Asiatic Lion Conservation Project to help sustain Gir pride in its natural habitat

Gujarat Tourism

Asiatic lions that once ranged from Persia (Iran) to Palamau in Eastern India were almost driven to extinction by indiscriminate hunting and habitat loss. A single population of less than 50 lions persisted in the Gir forests of Gujarat by late 1890’s. With timely and stringent protection offered by the State Government and the Center Government, Asiatic lions have increased ...

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iGOT, Course on Administrative Laws and RTI Portal on Judgments to empower governance in digital India

Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh launched the iGOT (Integrated Government Online Training Programme) developed by Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, on 20 December 2018. It will augment the existing training mechanism with online module-based training ...

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