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Rs 13 crore GST fraud busted after UP cops & sales tax dept’s joint raid in Lucknow & Noida

In a first of its kind operation in Uttar Pradesh, the UP Special Task Force and sales tax department together probed the fraud.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi at the launch | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

GST 2.0, more jobs, ‘Make for the World’ policy — Congress manifesto focusses on key areas

The Congress also promises to lift 10 crore people out of poverty in the next five years and eliminate poverty by 2030.

What Rahul Gandhi missed out when he promised higher GDP expenditure on education, NYAY

If Rahul Gandhi's promises are kept without cutting other spending, government would be borrowing an amount equal to its total borrowing today.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference at AICC HQ in New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

Rahul Gandhi’s NYAY raises too many questions & is not the answer to ending poverty

In an economy where biggest problem is employment, poverty reduction by income transfers is just a palliative. It needs to come with growth & jobs.
A medicine shop | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Modi govt’s affordable medicines scheme fails second audit in less than a year

A second audit of the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana finds several irregularities, a year after the government's own auditors found lapses.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee | Ashok Nath Dey

Will ensure SC-monitored probe of note ban, review GST, says Trinamool in manifesto

Trinamool Congress says its government outperformed Modi government, promises health for all policy. 
A giant cut-out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi installed at Ashok Road | Ravi Choudhary/ Getty Images

Pick-up in quarterly sales reflect an upswing in Indian economy as GST regime stabilises

There is finally evidence of formalisation of the economy as the GST regime stabilises & has a big positive effect on the business cycle.

Congress might scrap GST slab system for single tax if voted to power

The Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party is expected to announce merging the 5 different GST rates into one pegged at 18% in its Lok Sabha election manifesto.
Sanjeev Sanyal at Off The Cuff in Mumbai | ThePrint

Demonetisation was not at all a disaster, led to greater tax compliance: Sanjeev Sanyal

Speaking at Off The Cuff, principal economic advisor to Modi govt Sanjeev Sanyal says every reform is disruptive, but this govt has undertaken major reforms & created infrastructure.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.