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DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS from THE HINDU IOTH September 2017 By Jatin Verma Educator Unacademy
Page-17%extracessonSUVsismal cars exempt. Key decisions at GST Council: [1GST Council decided to extend the deadline for filing returns due to glitches on the GST Network. [i]lt decided to set up a ministerial group to assess and fix the IT challenges. [ii] The Council also decided to bring some relief to consumers by reducing the GST rate on about 30 items of common use including idli and dosa batter,oilcakes, raincoats, [iv]The Council also spared small cars from a cess hike in the range of 2% to 7% that has [v] A panel underRevenue Secretary has also been tasked to examine GST-related issues . In effect, while the price reduction in mid-size cars due to GST implementation will be of about 3% from pre-GST levels, whereas the benefit for luxury cars will be marginal. rubber bands, roasted peanuts,'dhoop agarbattis' and dried tamarind been imposed on mid-size, luxury and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) faced by exporters. almost nullified with the increase in cess, SUVs will be slightly better off with an advantage
Page-7: A few smart cities will not make big difference:Vice President PPP model The initial amount of Rs. 500 crore from the Central government and additional Rs. 500 crore by the local body make only Rs. 1000 crore which cannot do much for a smart city.And that is why the Union government has planned to develop smart cities on the public-private partnership. Under the scheme, private companies and foreign companies can help and participate in the development of such cities. Measures to attract FDl in Smart City Projects: . Currently, I00 per cent FDI is allowed in the construction sector subject to various conditions. Conditions of area restriction of floor area of 20,000 sq. metre in construction development projects and minimum capitalization of US $5 million to be brought in within the period of six months of the commencement of business, have been removed. Each phase of the construction development project would be considered as a separate project for the purposes of FDI policy.
Page-: Against the idea of issuing whip on every issue: Varun Gandhi MP Varun Gandhi said he was against the idea of issuing whip by parties on every issue and advocated that people's representatives should have the right to express their views freely inside Parliament. - He said whips are issued by parties on "90 per cent issues"restricting MPs from airing their own views. e-petition system . He also advocated for the e-petition system saying it is currently in place in countries like England,Australia and New Zealand. People's participation in Parliament:This system should also be adopted in India to give space to common people instead of restricting the doors of Parliament for its members only. In this system, if 10,000 people sign an e-petition, the prime minister or the minister concerned will have to reply to it.When such a petition is signed by more than one lakh people, it has to be debated in the parliament
Scrutiny of policies: He said the time has come when the people should also have a say in the scrutiny of policies and schemes. MPs have increased their salaries four times in the past five years, he said, adding,"l am not against hike in salaries of MPs but I am certainly opposed to the system of parliamentarians themselves getting their pay hiked. Parliament had worked for 130 days a year during 1952-1972, but its working days have declined to 60 days a year in the past 1S years UPSC Previous Year's Question 2013 Question. The role of individual MPs (Members of Parliament) has diminished over the years and as a result healthy constructive debates on policy issues are not usually witnessed How far can this be attributed to the anti-defection law, which was legislated but with a different intention?
Page-9: One in 87 persons in Punjab dependent on drugs: survey. Substance Abuse: Punjab, which has been battling the menace of drugs, currently could have between I lakh to 2.7 lakh people that are dependent on opioids. In Chandigarh, between 1,385 to 7,000 could be using them. Findings from the study titled "Epidemiology of Substance Use and Dependence in the State of Punjab," released by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) revealed that about one in 92 persons in Punjab had used any' illicit substance (drug) in the past 12 months, and more than one in 87 were currently dependent on them. The aim of the household survey was to estimate the prevalence of substance use such as heroin, bhukhi (poppy husk) and opium, besides alcohol and tobacco.The objective of the rapid assessment survey was to estimate the size of the population using illicit drugs
Page-10: Gripen or F-16? It's a dog fight . After several dramatic twists and turns, as the Air Force looks at procuring a new single engine fighter, the Adani group is emerging as the dark horse that could end up ing a large number of India's future fighters. The IAF is now working on issuing Request for Information (RFI) to the two single-engine fighter manufacturers available in the global marketLockheed Martin for its F-16 and SAAB for its Gripen.While the Tata group has tied up with Lockheed Martin for possible manufacture of F-l6s in India, SAAB last week announced a tie-up with the Adani group. In the present scheme of things, Gripen enjoys a clear advantage because of its capabilities. While the F-16 is 50 years old, the Gripen is a four-and-a-half generatiorn fighter of very recent vintage.
Page-10:U.S.policy shadows Afghanistan talks India-Afghanistan Partnership Council: Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Salahuddirn Rabbani will arrive in Delhi to attend the India-Afghanistan Partnership Council meeting that has been delayed for years. The Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed in 20 No new decisions on defence supplies or security cooperation were likely during the talks which will end with a joint statement. U.S. role: All eyes will be on talks to discuss the way forward weeks after the U.S. President Trump unveiled his"new policy" for Afghanistan, where he proposed a larger role for India in development assistance to Afghanistan. First India-U.S.-Afghanistan trade expo Later this month,Afghanistan Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and a senior U.S. trade or commerce official will travel to India for the first India-U.S.-Afghanistan trade expo, funded by USAID Small Development Projects: The emphasis of the Partnership Council talks would be on "capacity building" for Afghan security forces in training and enhancing existing cooperation as well as about 287 "Small Development Projects (SDPs)" that India is is committing funding for including small dams, road and highway construction,agriculture, education and health of the SDP-Phase Ill that were signed in 2012
Air corridor issues:_The two sides will also discuss enhancing trade, especially the "air corridor" for freight that was inaugurated in June to circumvent Pakistan, and has faced teething troubles due to non-availability of cargo aircraft. However, the Afghan government has recently engaged private airline Kam Airways to carry freight, and Afghanistan would like to connect more Indian and Afghan cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Herat for trade in cotton, fruit and dry fruit from Afghanistan and medical and electrical equipment from India. . In addition, two agreements will also be signed: [i]the Motor Vehicles agreement, announced in 2014, and [ilan agreement on Orbit Frequency Coordination for the South Asia satellite launched in May Medical Tourism: Mr. Rabbani will also raise the problems of Afghans travelling to India for medical care and students face in obtaining a visa as the process requires repeated visits to the Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRRO). The minister willrequest longer duration visas. .JWGs: Afghan Foreign Minister will be accompanied by 4 deputy ministers who head joint working groups on- -Trade and Economic Cooperation, -Capacity Development and Education, and tural, Civil Society and people-to-p
Page-12: Air Astana seeks easy visas for Indians. The airline expects to launch a flight to Mumbai in 2019, and aims to fly from Delhi and Mumbai every day to Astana and Almaty, operating up to 21 flights a week . It also carries business to Hyderabad and has a tie-up with Air India for transit/connect passengers . Mr. Foster has been urging the Kazakh authorities for an easier visa regime for Indian passport holders.
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Economic group meetin Both sides agreed on holding a Joint Economic Group (EG) Meeting soon. In this regard, both ministers "agreed to set up product/sector specific Joint Working Groups to promote exports and bilateral trade." In Sept. 2014, during the India visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Joint Statement had stated that the Chinese side announced the establishment of two industrial parks in India It was also agreed to realise an investment of $20 billion in India in the next five years in various industrial and infrastructure development projects An MoU was inked in June 2014 on Cooperation on Industrial Parks in India, with a view to provide a platform for cluster-type development of the enterprises of both countries MoUs signed so far:In this regard, subsequently, MoUs were signed by Indian State Government Agencies and Chinese investors. These include: [i] MoU between Maharashtra govt & BeiqiFoton Motors, China for Auto Industrial Park in Pune, [i] MoU between Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), Gujarat government and China Development Bank Corporation for supporting the setting up of Industrial Parks in Gujarat. [iii] MoU between iNDEXTb and China Small and Medium Enterprises (Chengdu) Investment Limited to set-up multi-purpose Chinese Industrial Park in Gujarat.
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