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IMRAN KHAN UNFOLLOWS EVERYONE, INCLUDING EX-WIFE, TWITTER AMUSED

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has unfollowed everyone from his Twitter account, including his first wife Jemima Goldsmith. According to a report by The News International, on Monday, users of Pakistani Twitter space noticed that Imran Khan was no longer following anyone on Twitter from his official @ImranKhanPTI account.

Meanwhile, Twitter has noticed that he unfollowed Jemima Goldsmith, a film producer and his former wife. Imran Khan, who had created his Twitter profile in 2010, had continued to follow his first wife Jemima Goldsmith even after parting ways with her and getting married twice. ANI

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Chautala asks farmers to open borders after farm laws repealed

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Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Wednesday said that the farmers protesting on the Delhi borders should return home and open the borders as the Centre has taken back the three farm laws and is ready to talk on the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Addressing a press conference here, the Deputy CM said, “Now that the Centre has taken back the three farm laws in the Parliament and their MSP demand is ready to be talked about by the Centre, farmers should return and open our borders.” Chautala further announced that the government will withdraw even the “non-lethal” cases against the farmers. “Even the non-lethal cases against farmers will be taken back,” he said.

The Deputy CM appealed to the Centre to replicate the act of the state government of directly transferring the MSP on paddy crops for the last two harvests. “Farmers demanded MSP in Haryana and our govt, in the last 2 harvests, directly transferred Rs 30,000 crores for MSP on paddy crops. I urged the Centre to replicate this all over the nation,” he said.

Earlier this month, Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws and hoped they would be reintroduced in a better way.

Speaking briefly to reporters in the national capital today, Chautala said, “The Prime Minister has himself said that he could not let the benefits be understood by the farmers. I think now it is high time that we make the farmers understand the benefits and reintroduce the laws in a better way.”

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GST COLLECTED IN NOV 2021 SECOND HIGHEST SINCE IMPLEMENTATION

As per finance ministry, the recent trend of high GST revenues has been a result of various policy and administrative measures that have been taken in the past to improve compliance.

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The gross Goods and Service Tax (GST) revenue of Rs 1,31,526 crore collected in November is the second-highest since the implementation of GST, said the Ministry of Finance.

As per the release issued by the ministry, this includes Central Goods and Service Tax which is Rs 23,978 crore, State Goods and Service Tax which is Rs 31,127 crore and International Goods and Service Tax which is Rs 66,815 crore, Rs 32,165 crore collected on import of goods and Cess of Rs 9,606 crore (including Rs 653 crore collected on import of goods). “The GST revenues for November have been the second-highest ever since the introduction of GST, second only to that in April 2021, which related to year-end revenues and higher than last month’s collection, which also included the impact of returns required to be filed quarterly. This is very much in line with the trend in economic recovery, “ reads the release.

“For the second straight month, gross GST collection crossed Rs 1.30 lakh crore. The revenues for the month of November 2021 are 25 per cent higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year and 27 per cent over 2019-20. During the month, revenues from import of goods were 43 per cent higher and the revenues from the domestic transaction (including import of services) are 20 per cent higher than the revenues from these sources during the same month last year,” it added.

As per the release, the recent trend of high GST revenues has been a result of various policy and administrative measures that have been taken in the past to improve compliance. “Central tax enforcement agencies, along with the State counterparts have detected large tax evasion cases, mainly cases relating to fake invoices, with the help of various IT tools developed by GSTN that use the return, invoice and e-way bill data to find suspicious taxpayers,” it said.

“A large number of initiatives undertaken in the last one year like enhancement of system capacity, nudging non-filers after the last date of filing of returns, auto-population of returns, blocking of e-way bills and passing of input tax credit for non-filers has led to consistent improvement in the filing of returns over the last few months,” it added.

As per the data shared, the highest amount of tax is collected from Maharashtra (Rs 18,656 crore), followed by Gujarat (Rs 9,569 crore) and Karnataka (Rs 9,048 crore).

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IMD PREDICTS ABOVE-NORMAL RAINFALL IN SIX STATES

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday predicted above-normal rainfall for December to February for coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, inner Puducherry, and Kerala.

“Our prediction for above-normal rainfall for December to February is for coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, inner Puducherry, and Kerala,” said the Indian Meteorological Department. “Below normal rainfall probability is predicted for North-West India, thus their average temp is expected to stay above normal,” it added.

“Punjab, Haryana, and west Rajasthan are expected to experience a normal average temperature,” it added. “It is difficult to tell the temperature as above or below normal of east and west Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, east Rajasthan, and Gujarat, but the maximum temperature is expected to stay below normal,” it said.

Eight people have died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu in November, While, torrential rains claimed 27 lives in Kerala in October. While unprecedented rainfall claimed the lives of 44 people in Andhra Pradesh.

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Bill to regulate assisted reproductive tech services passed

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The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill that seeks to establish a national board and state boards for the regulation and supervision of ART clinics and ART banks for the safe and ethical practice of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) services.

The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 was passed with a voice vote after a reply to the debate by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya. The minister said that bill has been brought after due consultations and the need to regulate the assisted reproductive technology services is mainly to protect the affected women and children from exploitation.

“If there is no regulation, the unethical practices will increase,” he said. He said the national board and the state board shall be the same as proposed in the Surrogacy Bill, which is pending in the Rajya Sabha. Members of various parties participated in the debate and gave their suggestions. The minister said that the government is open to more suggestions and these can also be considered when the rules are framed for the legislation. The statement of objects and reasons of the bill states that Assisted Reproductive Technology has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. India has the highest growth in the ART centres and the number of ART cycles performed every year.

It states that assisted reproductive technology including in-vitro-fertilisation, has given hope to a multitude of persons suffering from infertility, but it has also introduced a plethora of legal, ethical and social issues. India has over the years become one of the major centres of this global fertility industry, with reproductive medical tourism becoming a significant activity.

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Joined BJP to resolve issues of Sikh community: Sirsa

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Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the Shiromani Akali Dal leader who on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party said that he has done so to resolve longstanding issues related to the Sikh community that have been ignored for the past 70 years.

Addressing mediapersons after joining the party in presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Sirsa said, “I have joined the BJP to resolve the problems of my Sikh brothers dedicatedly. The Sikh Committee has contributed a lot in the last 70 years, but nothing has been done for them. Even a university could not be set up in the National capital on their name. This has happened because of the weak leadership which is very unfortunate.”

The former SAD leader said that he believed that the Central government can solve the issues of the Sikh community and said that Home Minister has given an assurance of the same.

“For the past 70 years, there have been many issues that the Sikhs have been raising but nobody talks about them. I believe that the present government in the country can solve the issue. I spoke to the Home Minister and he spoke to the Prime Minister who assured me of resolving the issues that have long been pending in the last 70 years,” he said.

Talking about the issues relating to the Sikh community, he said that the government can solve the problems within hours if it wants to.

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VAT CUT, PETROL IN DELHI WILL BE CHEAPER BY RS 8

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The Delhi government on Wednesday reduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol from 30% to 19.40%. The decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday.

Following this, the price of petrol in Delhi is likely to get cheaper by approximately Rs 8. The new rates came into effect from midnight on Wednesday.

On the eve of Diwali this year, the Centre cut excise duty by Rs 5 per litre on petrol and Rs 10 per litre on diesel to bring down the retail prices across the country. The Centre had urged the states “to commensurately reduce” VAT on the two petroleum products to give relief to consumers. Several states have already cut VAT on petrol and diesel.

On 12 November, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had said that following the decision of the Government of India to reduce central excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively, 25 states and Union Territories have also undertaken a commensurate reduction of VAT on petrol and diesel so far.

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