www.thehansindia.com SUNDAY 11 MARCH 2018 WARANGAL | PAGES 36 | `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Better safe than sorry WINDOWS PM Narendra Modi inagurates National Legislators Conference as Lok Sabha Speakar Sumitra Mahajan, Union minister Ananth Kumar and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha Thambi Durai look on at Parliament House in New Delhi on Saturday. Will transform 115 dists to change HDI ranking: PM New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said hardcore politics of agitation were not as relevant as in the past and called for transformation of 115 "aspirational districts" to achieve social justice and improve the country's ranking in the Human Development Index (HDI). S P10 Bhaiyyaji re-elected RSS general secretary Nagpur: Bhaiyyaji Joshi was on Saturday re-elected RSS general secretary for another term of three years by its office bearers from across the country. Joshi, who has been holding the post since 2009, will now continue in the position till 2021. He will be the second Sarkaryawah of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to serve such a long stint after H V Seshadri who had held the post from 1987 to 2000. S P10 Suresh Prabhu gets civil aviation too New Delhi: Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu was on Saturday given additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry, a day after the resignation of TDP's Ashok Gajapathi Raju was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said. GST COUNCIL EXTENDS TAX EXEMPTIONS FOR EXPORTERS e-Way bill rollout from April 1 New Delhi: The GST Council headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley approved the rollout of inter-state e-Way bill from April 1, deferred the liability to pay tax on reverse charge mechanism until June 30 and extended tax exemption beneﬁts to exporters for another six months. While there was no decision on a new and simpler return ﬁling system, businesses will have to continue with the present system of the summary form GSTR3B as well as GSTR1. The deduction of tax at source (TDS) and collection of tax at source (TCS) has also been deferred by another 3 months until June 30. e-Way or electronicWay bill for intra-state movement of goods will be introduced in a phased manner. “States have been divided into four categories. State-wise implementation of eway bill will be done on a weekly basis (after April 7). Will try to implement it in all the states by end of April,” Jaitley said. Goods and Services Tax’s (GST) e-Way bill system is a crucial measure against tax evasion and it also promises to enable faster movement of goods through a seamless portal-driven payment system. The GST Council - the key indirect tax policy decision making body comprising members from the Centre and states - also re- Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia speaks as Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and MoS for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla look on at the 26th meeting of GST Council, in New Delhi on Saturday laxed certain rules related to eWay bill, which will essentially reduce the load on the portal. Technical glitches had aborted the mandatory full-ﬂedged rollout of the system on February 1. Last month, the portal collapsed as it didn't have the bandwidth to handle the large volumes of inter as well as intra-state bills be- ing generated on the site. While the Council discussed two alternate models for simpliﬁcation of ﬁling returns, no decision was taken regarding the same. The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Bihar Finance Minister Sushil Modi will be interacting with IT experts on how the tax return ﬁling system under India, France security accord has China in mind New Delhi: China's mighty strategic shadow hangs over an accord signed by India and France on Saturday aimed at stepping up military cooperation in the Indian Ocean. Under the deal signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Emmanuel Macron, each country will open its naval bases to warships from the other. Altogether, India and France have signed 14 agreements in key sectors in an effort to bolster the bilateral relations between the two sides. The two countries have decided to step up cooperation in space technology, besides expediting work on the Jaitapur nuclear power plant. China's territorial ambitions in the South China Sea already SIGN 14 MOUs IN KEY SECTORS President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the French President Emmanuel Macron and First Lady Brigitte Macron during the ceremonial reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on Saturday worry world powers. And its move into the vast Indian Ocean — stretching from the Suez Canal to the Malacca Strait — has heightened that concern. Continued on P4 GST can be simpliﬁed. “Tax bureaucracy felt that simpliﬁcation should not provide room for evasion… No conclusive decision on return ﬁling was taken. Current system (of ﬁling GSTR3B and GSTR1) will continue for another three months,” Jaitley said. The Council extended support to exporters by extending the available tax exemptions on imported goods for another six months. “Thus, exporters presently availing various export promotion schemes can now continue to avail such exemptions on their imports up to October 1, by which time e-wallet scheme is expected to be in place to continue the benefits in future,” the government said in a release. The Council also reviewed the progress in the grant of IGST and input tax credit refunds to exporters and has directed the technology backbone Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) to expeditiously forwards the balance refund claims to Centre and the states for immediate sanction of payments. The government would also take action against businesses as it has emerged that there is a variance between the amount of IGST paid and compensation cess paid by importers at customs ports and tax credit claimed in the GSTR3B form. India, Pakistan exchange heavy fire on LoC Srinagar: Heavy shelling and ﬁring was reported Saturday between the Indian and Pakistani armies on the Line of Control that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two nuclear armed nations. The Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate targeting of defence and civilian facilities in Mankote area using small arms, automatics and mortars, Defence Ministry sources said The shelling and ﬁring started around 7.45 a.m. “Our troops are retaliating appropriately and effectively. Firing exchanges were going on when the last reports came in,” the sources added. Life for hundreds of border villagers in Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu and Kashmir has been on a tailspin ever since the beginning of 2018. Continued on P4 Crooks always find new ways to cheat people M V SYAM SUNDAR Amaravati: A bunch of Nigerians have brought disrepute to their country. These ‘intelligent bunch’ have a good understanding of psychology of people across the world. If one day they come up with internet-based business, another day they come up with commodities trading. After targeting loan seekers, aged spinsters, grass widows, employment seekers, people looking for loans, the racketeers are exploring new ways to NOW, IT IS ROMAN GRAIN OIL continue their racketeering. Their innovation in cheating people is endless. Now they have come up with Roman Grain Reserve Oil. The other day one Aishah Husam with a beautiful profile photograph contacted me on Facebook and immediately proposed a business deal. She stated, “I discovered that Roman Grain Reserve Oil is available in India. The oil is used in manufacturing anti- HIV therapy, hypertension, Parkinson’s and treating Ebola infections. I purchased the oil twice in India. The demand is growing across Europe. I urge you to work with me. I purchase it from the local dealer in India at 3000 USD per a litre. I supply the oil to the company at 7,000 USD per a litre and make a profit of 4000 dollars. If you are willing to cooperate and share profit with me as your friend, I will send you contact details of the Indian local seller. Thereafter I will release all vital information to you which will enable you to reach my company officially. I am looking forward for your positive reply.” I asked her, “What is my role in this business. There is no evidence to suggest that Roman Grain oil is used for treating HIV.” She replied, “Your role here is to be a middle man between our company and the local dealer. Continued on P4 YSRCP herds its MLAs to Nepal S RS biennial elections are being held for 3 seats in AP S TDP can win 2 and YSRCP 1 seat with present strength S Election will take place, if TDP ﬁles nomination for third seat. S Leaning YSRCP MLAs in favour of TDP candidate is the main reason behind YSCP camp politics. RS POLLS SAMBASIVA RAO MADAMANCHI Amaravati: Scared of possible poaching of MLAs or luring them to indulge in cross-voting during the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha, the YSRCP has resorted to camp politics. The party is learnt to have sent its MLAs to Nepal. The party is worried that the TDP may ﬁeld third candidate and try to lure some of the YSRCP members to vote in favour of the TDP candidate. The TDP can win two seats on its own and if it has support of two more MLAs, it can win the third seat, too. In view of this, soon after the MLAs participated in the dharna at New Delhi demanding Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh, the party leadership decided to pack them off to Nepal. The MLAs will be in Nepal till the last date for nominations is over on March 12. In case the TDP decides to ﬁeld third candidate then the party will ask the MLAs to stay in Nepal till 22. They will reach the Assembly on the day of polling. YSRCP, which has a strength to get one candidate elected, has ﬁelded Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy. Meanwhile, one of the MLAs Mustafa Shaik who had gone to Nepal returned to Guntur on Saturday. Talking to The Hans India, he denied that the party had resorted to camp politics. He said it is a fact that MLAs have gone to Nepal but only as tourists and has nothing to do with politics. He said after participating in the dharna at New Delhi, they thought they should visit Nepal since it is nearer to Delhi. He said while others were visiting various places of tourist interest, he had come back as there has been outbreak of diarrhoea in his constituency. He, however, refused to reveal the number of YSRCP MLAs who have been sent to Nepal. Farmers of All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) march from Nashik to Mumbai to gherao Vidhan Bhawan on Monday, demanding a loan waiver, in Thane on Saturday Massive farmers’ rally in Maha to gherao Assembly Mumbai: Thousands of farmers reached Bhiwandi in Maharashtra on Saturday evening protesting state's apathy against farmers' plight. The march, organised by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), will reach Mumbai on Sunday. They plan to 'gherao' the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha after reaching Mumbai on March 12, said Sunil Malusare of AIKS, which has organised the protest. The government has so far not issued any official statement on the protest march. However, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said the government was committed to resolve farmers' issues and that the farm loan waivers are being given. "Enough is enough. Our patience has ended now. We have been seeking the same demands from last year. But the government is not interested in listening to us. We are not going to give up till the government listens to us. We are going to gherao the Assembly indefinitely," Ashok Dhawle, leader of Kisan Sabha, said. The long march consists of not just farmers from various parts of Maharashtra, including Vidarbha, Marathwada, Khandesh, but also tribals from interior parts of the state. Thousands of farmers from various parts of Maharashtra had reached Nashik on March 6. Continued on P4 Govinda, Govinda! Hotels ﬂeecing pilgrims of Tirumala K NETHAJI Tirupati: Expressing anger over hotels looting Tirumala pilgrims, the Hyderabad high court issued notices to TTD authorities over their failure in curbing exorbitant prices of food in restaurants and hotels. Even after the High Court’s interference two months ago, Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams authorities did not wake up in taking action against hoteliers who have been selling the food at high rates. There is no change in attitude of hotel managements and con- S Though the Hyderabad High Court issued notices to oﬃcials, there is no proper mechanism to regulate hotel prices S One private hotel charged Rs 274 for a plate of 2 pongals and 2 vadas S Allegedly a few higher oﬃcials of TTD supporting the hotels in the loot S Devotees have no choice but to pay through the nose tinuing the loot. “A private restaurant has charged Rs 284, including Rs 10 GST for eating two pongals and two vadas. With pilgrims shocked to see the bill, they asked why such high rates. Hotel staff answered that there is official permission to sell the food at these rates,” said a local who was witness to the event. This is just one incident. Most of the pilgrims who are focused on Lord’s darshan pay in silence and leave. Hotel managements who bid high rates to secure tenders are fleecing pilgrims to make their business profitable. To circumvent the TTD guidelines on the rate structure, hotel managements are using two types of bills. One with the higher rates are given to the customers and the bill which complies with the TTD guidelines are used as filling copy. When Vigilance staff come for inspection, they are shown the second type of bills. Here’s the clear case of cheating: The hotels are not displaying the TTD fixed rates on the display menu. An interesting point here to note is, hotel lease tenders were called by the TTD authorities three days ago for Annapurna and Sannidanam hotels. There was good response from the applicants. But the tender boxes were not opened citing High Court case. Similarly, more than five Janatha hotels tenders were also pending, so far TTD higher officials did not take decision to call the tenders for new Janatha hotels opening for devotees’ convenience. Continued on P4
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