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No tax refund, no working capital: How GST is hurting Indian exporters -Mayank Jain

as tied up a substantial amount of their money, thus harming their businesses. Delays in processing tax refunds under the new Goods and Services Tax regime has locked up the funds of exporters, hurting their businesses and affecting their ability to be competitive in international markets. On September 19, a delegation of exporters met Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, who is heading a committee set up to look into the GST-related issues that In

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Cash transfers for subsidised foodgrain: Government claims 99% success. Not so, say 33% -Mridula Chari But study of the pilot scheme also finds that 67% of respondents now prefer cash transfers. In three Union territories where the government is running an experimental project to distribute cash instead of subsidised foodgrains, a third of beneficiaries surveyed said they either had not received any money at all (with or without proof) or did not know if they had received it. This despite government claims that 99% of the cash transfers were successful. These findings are p

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Judicial probe cry

e girls' hostels, where only vegetarian food is served while the boys' hostels serve non-vegetarian meals. It says the girls are, unlike the boys, forced to sign affidavits restricting them from participating in protests. The letter seeks legal action against the molesters, proper lighting of all parts of the campus, continuous patrolling by security guards, and gender-sensitisation of administrative staff and faculty. Rahul jab Rahul Gand

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Activists slam police action on BHU students, write to President, PM

-The Indian Express The activists said they “strongly condemn the university authorities and the brutal police action on students sitting on a strike since 22nd of September protesting against the sexual harassment within the campus”. More than 40 rights activists and teachers on Sunday wrote to the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh to register their concern on the violence on the Benaras Hindu University campus where on Saturday night police

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Centre to police: Nudge people to achieve goals of demonetisation -Srinath Rao

tively in their reports. All state police forces must “educate people to enable the move to cashless transactions”, the Home Ministry has recommended, and asked Union Territories and particularly the Delhi Police, “to take the lead role in this exercise”. The letter asks officers in charge of police stations in large towns about action taken to reach out to shopkeepers and traders in their jurisdictions to educate them. T

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Forget fast growth, India is barely holding on. Just look at the data -Chaitanya Kalbag

-The Economic Times Those of us in our sixties, including our prime minister, will remember the goli soda. You used a little wooden gizmo to push in a marble stuck in the mouth of a bottle and guzzled the sweet, fizzy drink with the marble dancing around inside. Then you felt full and happy. But it was mostly gas. It’s feeling a lot like that these days, and PM Narendra Modi must have a tough time keeping our spirits up. Every few days there is a saccharine shot, but let’s fa

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SC Directives on Police Reforms Rejected, Ignored or Diluted by States -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

valuation Another area of concern has been that the non-adherence to independent checks and balances as suggested by the apex court. “Where constituted, the State Security Commission, a bi-partisan body mandated to develop policy guidelines and conduct police evaluation, either fails to ensure adequate and meaningful representation of independent members and/or does not include leader of the opposition, thereby reducing it to a mere rubber st

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India Scores Lowest Among BRICS on Health Sustainable Development Goal Index -Swagata Yadavar

2) and South Africa (43.2). Of the 37 SDG targets, India’s score on Hepatitis B cases (10.5/100), deaths attributed to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene practices (10.9), levels of fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (11.4) and prevalence of those under 18 who had experienced sexual violence (13.6) was poor. The SDGs have set a target to reduce neonatal mortality rate to 12 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2030. India report

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India now has 3rd highest number of cancer cases among women -Sushmi Dey

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Cancer cases as well as mortality are increasing rapidly among Indian women, primarily because of low awareness and late detection. India accounts for the third highest number of cancer cases among women after China and the US, growing annually at 4.5-5%, new data shows. According to a report 'Call for Action: Expanding cancer care for women in India, 2017', cancer among women in India is estimated at 0.7 million. However, the real incidence is much more --

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NDA states stall 50 per cent quota for women in panchayat elections -Shalini Nair

-The Indian Express According to the 73rd and 74th Amendment Act of the Constitution, passed in 1993, one-third of the seats in all rural and urban local bodies are reserved for women. Amid reports that the NDA government may revive the Women’s Reservation Bill, for reserving one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies for women, the Centre has canned a move to bring a central legislation to provide 50 per cent quota to women in Panchayati Raj institutions. Former R

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