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June 18, 2021

Demands to increase the compensation period show that states don’t really believe in GST

On May 23, the chief minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, wrote to another chief minister pointing out that his state had been demanding an increase in the Goods and Services Tax compensation period for another five years after its original deadline in 2022. Earlier this year in January, Gehlot had made the same demand by writing to the prime minister.Rajasthan isn’t the only state to make such a demand. “The projected income for states should be extended for another five years,” Chhattisgarh minister TS Singh Deo told the…

Coronavirus: Maharashtra to begin special vaccination drive for 30-45 age group from Saturday

Maharashtra will start a special Covid-19 vaccination drive for those in the 30 to 45 age group from Saturday, PTI reported. “The Centre has allowed the state to determine priority for the citizens between 18 to 45 years of age for vaccination,” Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told the Hindustan Times. “Following this, the state health department has decided to give priority to the beneficiaries in the 30 to 45 years of age group.” Tope added that the vaccination drive will be held at government-run centres.…

HPPSC issues July 2021 exam timetable for various posts

The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has released the timetable for various recruitment exams due in the month of July 2021. The exam calendar is available on at the official website hppsc.hp.gov.in.HPPSC will conduct these exams/screening tests in a computer-based mode between July 4 and 10. HPPSC July exam timetable Name of post/exam Date of exam Drug Inspector 04-07-2021 (1.00 PM to 3.00 PM) Lecturer (Mechanical Engineering) 05-07-2021 (1.00 PM to 3.00 PM) Lecturer (Electrical Engineering)…

‘Milkha Singh was a colossus’: Reactions from sports fraternity as athletics legend dies at 91

Milkha Singh, one of India’s most successful track athletes who overcame childhood tragedy to seek Olympic glory, has died aged 91 after a long battle with Covid-19.Tributes to the athlete known as the Flying Sikh poured in on social media after the news broke late Friday, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“(W)e have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions,” Modi wrote. Singh had…

‘Let the voices of democracy prevail’: Freed activists say they will fight for jailed colleagues

During the year they spent in jail, news filtering in from the world beyond the high walls buoyed the spirits of 32-year-old Natasha Narwal and other activists arrested for allegedly playing a role in the violence that broke out in North East Delhi in February 2020.“One would always hear of the love people are showing us and that helped us survive the time in prison,” said Narwal, who received a warm reception from friends and colleagues as she left Tihar jail on Thursday night along with Devangana Kalita and Asif Tanha…
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