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# GST monthly revenue will exceed Rs. 1.1 lakh cr: Goyal

GST monthly revenue

Further rationalisation of rates if compliance improves, says Finance Minister
Revenue from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will exceed Rs. 1.1 lakh crore monthly, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday, adding that he expects about Rs. 13 lakh crore of revenue from the new tax regime over this financial year.

“I assure you that average monthly GST collection will cross Rs. 1.10 lakh crore,” Mr. Goyal said, speaking at the government’s ‘GST Day’ celebrations to mark one year of the indirect tax regime. “I feel more than Rs. 13 lakh crore revenue will come from GST this fiscal.” The Finance Minister said there was scope for further rationalisation of the tax rates if tax compliance improved and the e-waybill system settled down.

‘Slabs address inequity’

“The more people get into the honest and transparent system and with the success of e-waybill system, we will be in a better position to rationalise tax slabs,” Mr. Goyal said. “The different rate slabs were kept after considering the social structure of the nation. Is it proper to tax luxury cars and items of common items used by poor people?”

This argument was made several times by Union Minister Arun Jaitley while he held the Finance portfolio, and by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Jaitley also addressed the event through video-conferencing, and wrote a blog post on the first year of GST, criticising the Congress for seeking the inclusion of petroleum products within the GST framework.

‘UPA wanted them out’

“Both Rahul Gandhi and P. Chidambaram have repeatedly demanded that petroleum products be brought within the GST,” Mr. Jaitley wrote. “When I speak to the Congress Finance Ministers in the States, they don’t seem to be ready for it. But what was the UPA’s own track record on petroleum products…? The Constitution amendment proposed by the UPA permanently kept all petroleum products outside the GST.”

“I worked out a formula that petroleum products would be included in the amendment providing for the GST, but the Council can decide the date from which to bring them into GST,” Mr. Jaitley added.

# 11 members of family found dead in Burari
Occult ritual may have gone awry, say Delhi police
Eleven members of a family were found dead under mysterious circumstances in north Delhi’s Burari on Sunday morning.

According to the police, evidence found in the house suggests that the family may have been practising an occult ritual that may have gone awry.

While 10 members were found hanging from an iron grill in the courtyard on the first floor, the body of an elderly woman was found on the floor in another room.

Those found hanging had their mouth taped and their eyes covered with cloth pieces. The two minor children’s hands and feet were tied, the police said.

“The dead included four males and seven females. They belong to the same family and used to practise spirituality,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Vinit Kumar.

The deceased were identified as Narayan Devi, 77, her two sons Bhavnesh, 50, and Lalit, 45, her daughters-in-law Savita, 48, and Teena, 42, her daughter Pratibha, 57, her grandchildren Priyanka, 33, Nitu, 25, Monu, 23, Dhruv, 15, and Shivam, 15.

The police said the family owns a plywood shop besides a grocery store in the building where they stay. On Sunday morning, a neighbour, who used to purchase milk from their shop everyday at 6 a.m., found it closed. When he went to investigate, he found the bodies. He rushed out, raised an alarm and informed the police.

“The house was neither ransacked nor any item, including mobile phones, found disturbed or missing. The gold jewellery on the bodies of the females was found intact,” said Mr. Kumar.

During a search of the house, certain hand-written notes were found pointing to the observance of some definite spiritual/mystical practices by the whole family, the police said.

The police have registered a case of murder and the case has been handed over to the Crime Branch.

# New Chief Justice for Hyderabad High Court
Thottathil Radhakrishnan set to take charge before July 16
Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan, presently Chief Justice of Chattisgarh High Court, will assume charge as Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on or before July 16.

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended his name for the Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court nearly five months ago. The Centre has cleared the recommendation and issued a notification on Sunday transferring him to Hyderabad High Court. The new Chief Justice is likely to be sworn in any time next week by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan here.

With this, the Hyderabad High Court will get a regular Chief Justice after nearly two years. Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was born on April 29, 1959. Both his father and mother, late N. Bhaskaran Nair and late K. Parukutty Amma, were lawyers and practiced at Kollam.

He completed his schooling in Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram. After completion of graduation, he secured degree in law from K.G.F. Law College, Kolar Gold Fields.

He enrolled as lawyer in 1983. He dealt with cases relating to civil, constitutional and administration.

He represented banks, universities and other public institutions in some cases. He was appointed as amicus curiae in different cases. He was the Acting Chief Justice of Kerala High Court for nearly three months in 2016 and again for a month in 2017.

From March 18, 2017, he was the Chief Justice of Chattisgarh High Court. Justice Ramesh Ranganathan had been Acting Chief Justice of Hyderabad High Court from July 30, 2016.

# Oommen Chandy invites ex-CM Kiran Kumar Reddy into Congress
Former Chief Minister says he will reveal his decision at the right time
Former Kerala Chief Minister and AICC in-charge for Andha Pradesh, Oommen Chandy called on former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at his residence on Sunday and invited him to join the party.

Mr. Chandy was accompanied by former Union Minister Pallam Raju and their meeting assumed significance in the light of speculation that Mr. Reddy would come back to the Congress party that he left after the State was bifurcated. The meeting went on for over an hour.

Later, Mr. Chandy spoke to the media persons and said the party has invited him but the final decision has to be taken by Mr. Reddy only. “The decision is up to him,” he said. The nation was passing through a crucial time and AICC president Rahul Gandhi had invited all former Congressmen to join back to strengthen the party.

Mr. Reddy refused to answer queries from the media and said he would talk when the time comes but the tone and tenor sounded as though he was soft on the Congress and may take a positive decision. “I will definitely call you when the time comes,” he said.

Opposed bifurcation

Mr. Reddy, who is the last Chief Minister of the united Andhra Pradesh vehemently opposed the bifurcation much to embarassment of the Congress high command that conceded to people’s demand for a separate Telangana. He left the party after the State was bifurcated and launched Jai Samaikyandhra Party without any success. In the last four years he kept himself away from politics though there were rumours that the BJP was trying to woo him.

# 48 killed as overloaded bus falls into Uttarakhand gorge
Vehicle was carrying passengers in excess, says SP
A private bus fell into a deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district on Sunday morning, killing at least 48 people and injuring 10 others, the police said. The 28-seater bus was carrying 58 passengers.

“The accident occurred near Gween village, close to Dhumakot, when the bus on way to Ramnagar fell into a 200-metre deep gorge killing 45 persons on the spot and leaving 13 injured,” Pauri SP Jagat Ram Joshi told PTI on the phone. The accident took place around 8.30 a.m., he said.

Three more died of injuries later during the day at the PHC, Dhumakot, where the injured were rushed after rescue teams reached the spot, Mr. Joshi said.

Two critically injured were referred to Ramnagar while eight were under treatment at Dhumakot, the SP said.

Though the exact cause of the accident was not yet known, the bus was carrying passengers much beyond its capacity, he said. According to an official, the seating capacity of the vehicle was 28.

One of the possibilities is that the bus fell into the gorge when the driver was trying to negotiate a big waterlogged pothole in the middle of the road, Mr. Joshi said.

Bodies recovered

All bodies were recovered and the injured rescued from the mangled remains of the vehicle, which rolled down into the gorge before crashing into a shallow stream, he said.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered their condolences. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the accident site. He ordered a magisterial probe into the accident besides announcing a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of those killed and Rs. 50,000 for the injured.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Mr. Rawat on the phone and offered help in relief and rescue operations.

# A 216-foot-tall celebration of Ramanuja
The statue of the Bhakti saint marking a millennium will be the world’s second tallest when unveiled
As planes land and take off from Shamshabad Airport here, window seat passengers get a glimpse of a giant bronze figure holding a flagstaff on the ground. Travellers on Kollapadakal Road also see it from miles away.

What they are looking at is set to become the world’s second tallest statue of a seated figure, at 216 feet. And it is a tribute to the Bhakti saint, Ramanujacharya.

“The saint lived 1,000 years ago and travelled widely, spreading the message of equality,” says Yellapragada Suryanarayana who is supervising the construction.

Started in 2016, the statue is in place now, while skilled workers are giving the finishing touches to the base, called Bhadravedi, that is itself 54 feet high.

Currently, the Great Buddha of Thailand is the tallest statue, at 302-feet. Once the Ramanujacharya statue is unveiled, it will become the second tallest, a distinction now held by the Guanyin figure on Mount Xiqiao in China’s Guangdong region, at 203 feet. “The inner core is 850 tonnes of steel holding up the 650-tonne statue. Just the flagstaff is 135 feet long. The flag looks very small but it weighs six tonnes and positioning it took about six weeks as it is 50 feet in the air,” says Prasad Sthapathi, the chief architect of the Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Project.

“Ramanujacharya’s appearance has been designed based on carved stone images of the saint in Melkote and Srirangam temples,” says Devanatha Ramanuja Jeeyar, who is on the steering committee. Artisans worked on 14 models before the Chinna Jeeyar Swamy approved one.

Chinese expertise

“Once the model was approved, we did a 3D scan and approached Aerosan of China, a leader in making large statues. They used the information from the file we sent to create one-metre by one-metre pieces that were shipped to Chennai and then brought here,” Mr. Prasad says. “I felt very nervous when the face was being executed. Each eye is 6.5 feet in length and 3 feet in height and is the key to the statue’s appeal,” he says. The sthapathi spent a lot of time in Nanjing to ensure that the facial appearance was accurate.

“This is a Rs. 1,000 crore project with Rs. 500 crore spent in phase one. Most of the money is from donations,” says Mr. Yellapragada. The statue is part of a religious complex with a musical fountain for a sound and light show.

# Board heads will be named today: Ali
Amidst mounting pressure from legislators of both the Congress and Janata Dal (S), the coalition government is expected to complete the appointment of chairpersons for 30 boards and corporations in a day or two.

In the first phase, the five-member coordination committee, headed by former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, on Sunday discussed the names of 30 legislators and leaders to be appointed as heads of these bodies.

Coordination committee convener Danish Ali told presspersons that the committee discussed the issues related to appointments to boards and corporations. Chairpersons of government boards/corporations would be appointed on Monday, he said.

Already legislators of both parties are vying for posts of chairpersons of profit-making bodies owned by the government.

On Sunday, legislators and former legislators of the Congress met AICC general secretary in charge of the State K.C. Venugopal and urged him to consider their candidature for the posts of chiefs of boards and corporations.

Out of the 30, the Congress would make appointment for 19 boards and corporations and rest would be made by JD (S).

Meanwhile, sources said the Cabinet expansion would take place after the legislature session, which is starting on Monday. The nine-day session ends on July 12.

Several Congress leaders met Mr. Venugopal and discussed the issues related to the Cabinet expansion.

# Two Odisha youth beaten up
Two youth hailing from Odisha sustained injuries when they were beaten up in Chennai by a mob on Saturday night on suspicion that they were child lifters. A police patrol team rescued them and arranged for medical attention. The two, both residents of Kamarajar Street in Teynampet, are in hospital. Gopal Sahoo, 25, Binod Vikari, 25, and Harikrishna Peha, 25, who work for a company that has taken up sub-contract work for the Chennai Metro Rail, were walking back home after dinner in Teynampet around 9.45 p.m. on Saturday when they spotted four-year-old Avinash running towards them. They lifted him playfully and left.

“The boy dropped a Rs. 10 currency note and Binod picked up the money and gave it to him. He then lifted him to play with him and immediately put him down,” said Gopal, speaking to The Hindu.

A 17-year-old boy, who had come to his uncle’s house situated near that of Avinash, asked the boy’s mother Varalakshmi if she knew the men. When she said no, he mistook them for kidnappers and alerted his cousin Balamurugan, 24, who was nearby.

Police claim that Balamurugan approached and asked them if they were kidnappers. Sensing danger, the three took to their heels. Gopal and Binod were stopped near Tiruvalluvar Salai by Balamurugan and a few others. “There were many men and they kicked and punched us on the face and stomach,” said Gopal.

# Five men, mistaken for child-lifters, lynched
Outrage in Maharashtra’s Dhule district
Five persons were beaten to death by a mob in Maharashtra’s Dhule district on Sunday afternoon, on suspicion of being child-lifters.

The five were among a group of seven-eight people assaulted by the mob at the tribal Rainpada hamlet in Sakri tehsil, 330 km from here.

“Preliminary reports suggest that the group of men were seen disembarking from a State Transport bus. When one of them attempted to speak to a girl child, a crowd which had gathered for the Sunday bazaar mistook the strangers for child-lifters and swooped upon them,” said a police official, adding that rumours of a gang of child-lifters on the prowl in Sakri prompted the mob to vigilante action.

Without ascertaining the identity of the strangers, the mob dragged them to the Rainpada Gram Panchayat office and beat them with sticks and other objects.

Five persons were killed in the violence, with the area outside the panchayat office spotted with blood.

The fury of the mob did not spare even the police team which arrived on the spot to pacify it. Two policemen were injured.

All five deceased, whose bodies were taken to a local hospital, hailed from Solapur district, said authorities. They are yet to be identified. Chhering Dorje, Special IG, Nashik Range, has rushed to the spot. More policemen are being deployed from neighbouring districts.

Appeal to residents

The police have appealed to residents of Sakri to show restraint and stop believing rumours doing the rounds on social media.

“The unfortunate incident appears to be a case of false rumours going viral on social media. An investigation will be conducted into the case and stern action will be taken against the miscreants,” said Shiv Sena leader Dada Bhuse, the Guardian Minister of Dhule.

Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar will be visiting the district tomorrow to review the situation.

A series of similar incidents has rocked the State’s rural hinterland, with people being beaten or killed simply on suspicion of being child-lifters or thieves owing to false rumours on social media.

Last month, two persons from the nomadic Pardhi community were brutally beaten to death and six more seriously injured by a mob in Aurangabad district’s Vaijapur tehsil on suspicion of being robbers.

On June 15, three people, including a woman, sustained injuries after being beaten up by mobs that were triggered by rumours in two separate incidents in Aurangabad.

A woman from Ranjangaon village, who was looking for a house on rent, was assaulted by a mob in Valuj in Aurangabad on allegations of being a child lifter.

A video recording of the incident showing the woman being mercilessly beaten by the unthinking mob did the rounds of social media. The lady was later rescued by the local police.

In the second case, two persons from Madhya Pradesh were beaten by a mob in Padegaon on suspicion of being thieves.

Source:- The Hindu

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