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Big GST relief for small businesses, tax rates on 27 items cut: Here’s the full list of what got cheaper

At its 22nd meeting, the Council, of which all states Finance Ministers are member, took several decisions to facilitate ease of doing business. Three months after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was rolled out, the government has now announced a significant revamp to the new indirect tax regime to ease the concerns of traders, exporters and small business while ... Read More »

Sasikala may be sacked in party general council meet on September 12

Chennai: V K Sasikala is likely to be removed from the post of interim General Secretary of the AIADMK at the General Council meeting in Chennai on September 12. At its meeting on Monday, the EPS-OPS camp also passed a resolution declaring appointments and expulsions made by TTV Dhinakaran as “null and void”. An official announcement from the AIADMK headquarters ... Read More »

Right to privacy verdict: a timeline of SC hearings

Thursday’s judgment on the right to privacy by a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court is bound to have a crucial bearing in the Aadhaar issue. The verdict on a reference by a five-judge Bench — currently considering the validity of Aadhaar — may play a decisive role on the fate of the scheme. Here is a timeline of the ... Read More »

L-G tells govt to mechanise cleaning of sewers, drains

Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Monday gave authorities 15 days to formulate a plan to fully mechanise the process of cleaning sewers and drains. Mr. Baijal gave the directions during a high-level meeting on the recent deaths of workers, while they were cleaning sewers in the Capital. The L-G also told government departments to institute a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for ... Read More »

Did Sasikala go out of Bengaluru prison? CCTV footage sparks speculation

CCTV footage of Sasikala walking into Bengaluru prison has added a new twist to her bribery scandal. Senior AIADMK leader VK Sasikala might have walked out of jail while serving a four-year sentence on corruption charges, according to an undated prison surveillance video that surfaced on Monday. The video, whose authenticity could not be verified by Hindustan Times, purportedly showed ... Read More »

Merger of rival factions will shift focus to election panel

CHENNAI: Once the much anticipated and imminent merger of the AIADMK factions led by the chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and former CM O Panneerselvam takes place, the action will shift to the Election Commission, which is sitting on petitions and a bunch of affidavits, filed by the multiple factions of the party, to decide on the way forward. Following ... Read More »

Deepa opposes plans to convert Jaya’s residence into memorial

Late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa has opposed the Tamil Nadu government’s plans to convert her aunt’s residence here into a memorial, saying she would take legal steps against it. Chief Minister K Palaniswami had on Thursday announced that his government would appoint a commission of inquiry to probe the death of Jayalalithaa and convert her ‘Veda Nilayam’ ... Read More »