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HM Rajnath Singh leaves for Islamabad to attend SAARC meet

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has left for Islamabad to attend the SAARC Home Ministers’ meet. Though the Home Minister isn’t scheduled to have any sort of a bilateral meeting with Pakistani leaders on the sidelines of the event, it is widely expected that he will raise gamut of issues during the meet which could corner Pakistan over its support and …

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BJP accepts Gujarat CM’s resignation

BJP Parliamentary Party accepts resignation of Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel; party legislators to decide on new Chief Minister. The decision was taken after a the board met today at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in the national capital. Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday offered to resign as she is soon turning 75 and asked the BJP to …

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GST bill tabled in Rajya Sabha

Inching closer to India’s biggest tax reform becoming a reality, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today tabled the Goods and Services Tax Bill in the Rajya Sabha. As a result of government’s continuous efforts to get political parties on board, the Bill is expected be passed in the Rajya Sabha with the support of opposition parties where the government doesn’t have …

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PM to hold interactive session with newly inducted IAS officers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an interactive session with 172 newly-inducted IAS officers on Tuesday. These officers of 2014 batch started their career as assistant secretaries in 48 Central Government departments on Monday. This is the second batch of IAS officers to have their first stint in the Central Government instead in their respective cadre states. They will work …

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GST bill listed in RS for tomorrow

Crucial GST bill to come up in Rajya Sabha tomorrow as broad consensus emerges between government and opposition. BJP issues whip to all its Rajya Sabha members to be present in the house for next 3 days. The long-pending GST Bill has been listed for consideration and passage in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amid strong indications that the most far-reaching …

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Govt to evacuate stranded Indians

MoS External affairs General VK Singh to leave for Saudi Arabia to oversee safe evacuation of distressed Indian workers, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assures parliament, government will not let any Indian go hungry abroad. Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh will visit Saudi Arabia to oversee the evacuation process of the laid-off Indian workers in the country. …

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Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel offers to step down

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel sends her resignation to Party president, cites party tradition of retiring at the age of 75. BJP Chief Amit Shah says parliamentary board to take the final decision. Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel has offered to resign as Chief Minister and asked the BJP high command to start the process of selecting a new Chief Minister. …

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GST Bill listed for passage next week

Government listed the GST Bill for consideration and passage in Rajya Sabha’s agenda for next week. Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Constitution 122nd Amendment Bill, 2014 will be taken up for consideration and passage, on August 1. The Cabinet had cleared changes in the legislation, dropping the one per cent manufacturing tax and providing guarantee to compensate states …

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India seeks US help for missing AN-32 aircraft

Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has told Parliament that India has sought help from US to check if their satellites captured any signals from the missing AN-32 aircraft, while noting there was very little possibility that sabotage played any role. Giving clarifications on the missing aircraft in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said he was disturbed at the aircraft’s sudden …

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7th Pay Commission arrears to be paid in one installment

Government has decided to pay its employees arrears arising from implementation of the 7th Pay Commission recommendations in one go in August salaries. The government has already notified the 2.57-time hike in basic salary of one crore government employees and pensioners as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations. The pay hike has been made effective from January 1, 2016. In …

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