Headlines: Petrol, Diesel Might Come Under The Purview Of GST
Petrol, Diesel Might Come Under The Purview Of GST
After petrol, diesel touching sky-high prices, the union government is facing heavy criticism from the opposition parties and the general public. In the new move, the GST council might consider bringing petroleum products, including petrol, diesel under the purview of GST, a move that would require both the central and the state government to cut taxes on the products. On Friday, the council is expected to meet in Lucknow and also likely to extend the time for duty relief on COVID-19 essentials. Bringing petrol and diesel under the purview of GST is the only solution to the problem of high prices of petrol and diesel in the country as it would end the cascading effect of tax on tax. If petrol and diesel come under GST, states with more population, such as Bihar or Uttar Pradesh, will get more revenues as compared to a state like Gujarat.
Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 27,176 Covid-19 Cases; Less Than 30,000 For 4 Consecutive Days
According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 27,176 fresh covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The daily cases have been lower than 30,000 for 4 consecutive days. The active caseload stands at 3,51,087, constituting 1.05% of total covid-19 cases reported in the country. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered new covid-19 cases with recording 38,012 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries stand at 3,25,22,171. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.69% and 2.00%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 54.60 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 75.89 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.
Air India Disinvestment Process's Final Bids Today
In 2018, the union government failed to find any buyer for a 76% stake in Air India; the government might consider two separate buyers to complete the sale of the national carrier by 15th September. On Wednesday, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia clearly mentioned that 15th September would be the last date for the debt-laden national carrier Air India disinvestment process, and it will not change. The national carrier has a total debt of around INR 43,000 crores, and all these loans will be paid by the central government before the airline is transferred to its new owners. As per official sources, the Tata Group and SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh are likely to make a financial bid to buy Air India.
Nitin Gadkari: US India Bilateral Trade To Reach $500 Billion By 2025
On Tuesday, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that the US-India bilateral trade has grown from $16 billion to $149 billion in the past two decades and is projected to reach $500 billion by 2025. While addressing the 17th Indo US Economic Summit 'Bouncing Back-Resilient Recovery Path Post COVID-19', Gadkari said: "I strongly believe that two countries - India and the US - have an important role to play post-COVID economic recovery. There should be informed discussion at the various levels since the recovery needs new ideas and approaches. Since the global depression that has happened in the 1920s, the current situation is the biggest challenge that mankind has ever faced," The minister also asked US investors to invest in India's highway and road infrastructure.
Afghan Women Protest Against Taliban's Rule Of Hijab Diktat
After the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan introduced the Hijab Diktat rule in schools, Afghan women around the world are protesting against the new law by sharing photos of themselves wearing colourful traditional dresses on various social media platforms. The Taliban has introduced the rule and made it mandatory for every female student, lecturer and employee to wear hijab in accordance with the group's interpretation of Sharia Law. A lot of photos have surfaced online where women can be seen wearing head-to-toe black robes while weaving the Taliban flags in the lecture hall of the government-run university in Kabul.
Kartik Aaryan, Alaya F Back On The Sets Of Freddy
After a long break, actor Kartik Aaryan and Alaya F are finally back on the sets of their upcoming film Freddy. A source close to the development said: "After shooting for a part of the film in Bombay, the actress has now travelled to Panchgani to shoot for the next chunk of the film. The actress has had a very busy schedule and has been shuffling between her film projects as well as brand commitments," The film is directed by Shashanka Ghosh and will be a romantic thriller packed with sharp turns and unpredictable twists.
Bigg Boss OTT: Neha Bhasin And Pratik Sehajpal Would've Dated Each Other, Had They Met Earlier In Life
In the Tuesday episode of Bigg Boss OTT, Neha Bhasin revealed that she would have gone ahead and dated Pratik Sehajpal if they had met before her marriage. Neha Bhasin revealed her feelings when Nishant Bhatt asked her and Pratik about their feelings for each other. Neha replied: "I would have dated him then," Reciprocating her feelings, Pratik also said: "Yes, I would have dated her too," The conversation took place after Pratik's sister Prerna told him that there's a thin line between some things. The Bigg Boss OTT finals will take place on 18th September 2021 between Divya Agarwal, Nishant Bhat, Raqesh Bapat, Shamita Shetty, Neha Bhasin and Pratik Sehajpal.
Indian Hockey Team Forward Shamsher Singh Says Tokyo Olympics Bronze Is Just The Beginning
The Indian hockey team created history after winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and ending India's long wait of securing an Olympics medal in hockey. Calling the achievement a beginning, the 24-year old Indian hockey team forward Shamsher Singh said: "I am so lucky to be part of an Olympic bronze medal-winning team at such an early stage of my career. I also know that this is just the beginning for us as a team. We have the belief that we can do even better in the future, and we are going to work towards our goals in the upcoming years. We are going to give everything we have in every match we play in the future. We still have a lot of targets to achieve as a team and striving to be the best side in the world,"