India breached another grim milestone in the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic, as it witnessed the deadliest day of the pandemic with over 1500 deaths reported and a record ever biggest single day surge of 2,61,500 cases, taking the caseload to 1.47 crore total cases. Joint Entrance Examination (JEE Main) April session has been postponed in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi cancelled all his public meetings in West Bengal, where voting in three of the eight-phase assembly election is yet to be held, hours after taking a jibe at PM Modi for assembling large crowds at his rallies. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that There is a shortage of ICU beds in Delhi. Queen Elizabeth bade farewell to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday that celebrated his seven decades of service.
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The all-time high record collection of Goods and Service Tax (GST) is due to economic recovery and increased compliance with the use of technology, said Tarun Bajaj, Secretary, Revenue and Department of Economic Affairs. GST collection in March this year stood at a record high of Rs 1,23,902 crore. He said that economy is recovering better than our anticipation. This is because of the steps taken by the finance ministry. "We believe that in the current financial year 2021- 22, we will see good growth," he added. "World Bank has said that our growth rate will be between 7.5 per cent - 12 per cent. Not just rating agencies, IMF said that our growth rate will be between 11 per cent to 11.5 per cent, it also has to do with low base effect, hence economy will grow. We expect a better growth rate this year," said Bajaj. Watch the full video for more details.
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Revenue and Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj on bringing petroleum products under GST said that this move involves interest of both state and centre. Tarun Bajaj said, "Till we get both parties together and bring a solution, we can't bring them under GST. It'll take some time, but with growth in the economy, the issue will be sorted out." Further citing International Monetary Fund, Bajaj said that country's growth rate will be between 11-11.5%. He said, "It also has to do with low base effect, hence economy will grow. World Bank has said that our growth rate will be between 7.5%-12%. We expect a better growth rate this year."
GST collection in March this year stood at a record high of Rs 1,23,902 crore. Revenue and Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj said that the all-time high record collection of Goods and Service Tax (GST) is due to economic recovery and increased compliance with the use of technology. While speaking to ANI, Bajaj pointed out the reason behind the record GST collection in March. Bajaj said that there are mainly two reasons behind the record GST collection, the economy has started moving upward and we had used technology for better compliance. He further said that for the last six months, we are continuously getting GST collection above Rs. 1 lakh crore. "This systemic change has set up ease of compliance and also the pace of economic recovery. We are hopeful that this trend will continue further," he added.
Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole reacted on Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's statement that Sharad Pawar should become UPA chief. He said that Sonia Gandhi is capable, she has been running UPA for years and this is not a matter of discussion.
Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole on Thursday said there is no problem in the Shiv Sena-Congress alliance and asserted that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government will complete its full term. Patole said Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's remark about Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar becoming the UPA chairperson is wrong. "Sanjay Raut is a Shiv Sena MP. Shiv Sena is not a United Progressive Alliance (UPA) member. He has not become NCP MP. We have told Chief Minister that such statements are wrong and he should tell him. The Chief Minister said that he will discuss it," the Congress leader said. Watch the full video for more details.
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On MVA alliance amid political turmoil in Maharashtra, state Congress chief Nana Patole said that the government will run for 5 years and BJP's allegations do not matter. He said, "There will be no problem. 'Ye Fevicol ka mazboot jod hai'. The government will go on for 5 years. They (BJP) may level as many false allegations as they want, it won't affect the govt. They're trying to malign Maharashtra, people of the state won't forgive them." On Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut's statement that Sharad Pawar should become UPA chief, Nana Patole said, "Sanjay Raut is a Shiv Sena MP. Shiv Sena isn't a UPA member. He hasn't become NCP MP...We've told CM that such statements are wrong and he should tell him. CM said that he'll discuss it."
Congress President Sonia Gandhi said the government must reconsider its priority for vaccine candidates by reducing the immunization age to 25 years and above as also all younger persons with at-risk health disorders like asthma, angina, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases and other similar ailments. She alleged that some other states have received "preferential treatment and relief". Watch the full video for more details.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the country, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi asked Centre to lower the COVID vaccine age eligibility to 25 and above. "India has already exported nearly 6.5 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries. Considering the highest infection rate in the world in our own country, shouldn't vaccine export be held back and priority given to our citizens? Government must reconsider its priority for vaccine candidates by reducing the immunisation eligibility age to 25 and also to those young people with at-risk health disorders like asthma, angina, diabetes, kidney and liver diseases," questioned Congress president.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across India, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi alleged that BJP ruled states have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of medical equipment. "Some of our chief ministers told me that they were left with a few days of vaccines. They had no oxygen and they were running out of ventilators. But there has been a thundering silence on the part of the government. On the contrary, some other states of interests to the BJP have been receiving preferential treatment in terms of equipment etc," said Congress president.
Under the government's vehicle scrapping policy, about 5 per cent rebate on new cars would be offered to buyers on scrapping of old vehicles, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari told Parliament on Thursday and termed it a "win-win" policy that will help improve fuel efficiency and reduce pollution. "The vehicle manufacturers are advised to provide a discount of 5 per cent on purchase of new vehicle against the scrapping certificate," Union Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Minister Gadkari said. "The scheme shall provide strong incentives to owners of old vehicles to scrap old and unfit vehicles through registered scrapping centres, which shall provide the owners with a scrapping certificate," he said. Listing the incentives, Gadkari said, "Scrap value for the old vehicle given by the scrapping centre will be approximately 4-6 per cent of the ex-showroom price of a new vehicle". Watch the full video for more details.
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Union Minister for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari said the government is currently developing ethanol economy and its present size is 20,000 crore. He added that the petroleum minister assured him of giving permission for ethanol petrol pumps. Gadkari also said that people would be able to save more given that ethanol’s rate is 60-62 per litre. Speaking at the event of KPIT Sparkle 2021, Gadkari also asserted that the priority of the government is to take village industry turnover to Rs 5 lakh crore within five years. “Our village industry turnover is Rs 88,000 crore, my highest priority is to take it to Rs 5 lakh crore within five years. It is an important mission for me,” he said. Watch the full video for more.
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The flowers of the Golden Shower trees are blooming across Coimbatore ahead of Tamil New Year. These are the symbol of cultural significance for the people. The flower blooms once in year during the month of April in Tamil Nadu. The entire tree turns golden yellow and shower flowers in April. Puthandu or Tamil New Year's Day is celebrated on Apr 14. People decorate their houses and keep these flowers with gold, diamond and other precious items.
The election fever is going on in the country and election-bound states are all set to undergo polling on April 06. On April 05, polling parties arrived at their respective polling stations in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore and Assam's Kokrajhar. Third and last phase of Assembly elections will be held on April 06 in Assam. Kerala is also voting tomorrow for electing a new government.
Ahead of Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M K Stalin held a massive roadshow in Coimbatore on March 31. Scores of people and workers joined roadshow to get glimpse of their favourite politician. However, nobody was seen being wary of persisting pandemic. State assembly elections are scheduled to be held in April 06.
Coronavirus cases continue to surge in the country. Amid COVID scare, Tamil Nadu government has intensified surveillance. On the orders of the District Collector, 29 monitoring teams have been set up to monitor Rameswaram. The team instructed locals about COVID SOPs and police kept a tab over the vehicular movement. Thermal screening of bus passengers were also done in the region. Tamil Nadu has 16,79,740 active cases as of now.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Anil Chaudhary said that the state unit has passed a resolution to make Rahul Gandhi as party president from immediate effect. He said, "Rahul is only one who..
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the only solution to the farmers' issue was throwing the new agri laws in the "waste paper basket" and warned that if not resolved, the agitation will spread..
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