✔ GST Council meet: lower tax rates on 213 items, 5% uniform tax for all restaurants
Out of 228 items in the 28% tax bracket, 178 have been put into the lower tax category of 18%, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced at a press briefing after the GST Council meet in Guwahati on Friday.
✔ Constitution Bench establishes CJI’s dominance as master of roster
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, heading a five-judge Constitution Bench, overcame his “dilemma” and declared his dominance as the master of the roster in order to protect the Supreme Court from “anarchy” in a raucuous hearing marked by exchange of harsh words, heckling, brutal accusations of terrorising judges, forum-shopping and repeated warnings of contempt of court.
✔ NGT raps govt. for announcing odd-even scheme, despite reports that it was ineffective
With the air quality in Delhi hitting hazardous levels over the past few days, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday rapped the Delhi government for announcing the reintroduction of the odd-even car rationing scheme despite reports from the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and the DPCC (Delhi Pollution Control Committee) that it was ineffective.
✔ Trump praises India’s growth story, PM Modi at APEC Summit
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday praised India’s “astounding” growth after it opened its economy and also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has been working successfully to bring the vast country and its people together.
✔ BSF, Pakistan Rangers to resume Commandant-level talks
The border guarding forces of India and Pakistan have decided to resume Commandant-level talks along the International Border (IB) to resolve local issues. The Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistan Rangers have decided to initiate dialogue at the local level, a practice that was suspended one-and-a-half years ago.
✔ Congress finalises 70 names for first phase of Gujarat polls
In a meeting of that lasted barely 45 minutes, Congress’ Central Election Committee (CEC) on Friday cleared the names of 70 candidates for the first phase of Gujarat polls. The meeting was presided by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her first major political engagement in the past two weeks after she was advised rest to recover from an upset stomach.
✔ MHA forms new divisions to check radicalisation, cyber fraud
The Union Home Ministry on Friday created new divisions to check radicalisation and cyber fraud as part of a major rejig of some of its crucial wings. Two new divisions, Counter Terrorism and Counter Radicalisation (CTCR) and Cyber and Information Security (CIS), have been created.
✔ Trump says US will no longer be taken advantage of on trade
Promising to put “America first” in his trade practices, President Donald Trump used a speech in Vietnam today to denounce multilateral agreements embraced by the region and deliver what appeared to be a rebuke to China, railing against trade practices he says have put Americans out of work.
✔ Hardik Pandya rested for first two Tests against Sri Lanka
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on Friday rested from the first two Test matches against Sri Lanka, with the BCCI citing “heavy workload” as the reason despite his selection in the squad initially.
✔ Supreme Court refuses to stay release of film ‘Padmavati’
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the release of Bollywood movie Padmavati, saying the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) considers all aspects before granting certificate to any film. A Bench, comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, said there were enough guidelines to be followed by the censor board to grant certification to a film before its release.