Political updates: GST council meet riddled with challenges

In other news, Lutyens’ Delhi’s iconic Race Course Road, where the prime minister’s residence is located, will now be known as Lok Kalyan Marg

A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. The first meeting of the goods and services tax (GST) council is scheduled to start on Thursday. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
A file photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. The first meeting of the goods and services tax (GST) council is scheduled to start on Thursday. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

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Govt hits fast forward on the budget process

On Wednesday, the Union government buried the colonial legacy by merging the railway budget with the general budget. The government also agreed in principle to advance the presentation of the Union budget, which in the normal course is unveiled on the last day of February. Read more .

Consensus unlikely on tax rates at GST council meet

The first meeting of the goods and services tax (GST) council scheduled to start on Thursday is unlikely to reach a consensus on tax rates under the indirect tax regime or on the issue of sharing administrative powers between the Centre and the states, said government officials aware of the matter. Read more .

Uri terror attack: Cabinet committee on security meets to discuss options

The cabinet committee on security, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met on Wednesday to deliberate on the future course of action and review the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan following Sunday’s terrorist attack in Uri. Read more .

Nawaz Sharif seeks inquiry into Kashmir ‘killings’, India hits back

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif late on Wednesday demanded an independent inquiry into what he described were “extra judicial killings” in Indian-administered Kashmir, even as he expressed readiness for a “serious and sustained dialogue” with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially Kashmir.

India, on its part, hit back in almost real time with foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeting even as Sharif’s speech was in progress. “Pak PM Sharif at #UNGA glorifies Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani in UN’s highest forum. Shows continued Pak attachment to terrorism,” Swarup tweeted. Read more .

Cauvery dispute: Karnataka to defer release of water to Tamil Nadu

After an all-party meeting over the Cauvery issue in Bengaluru on Wednesday evening, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said that the state cabinet has decided to defer the releasing of water to Tamil Nadu. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) boycotted the meeting.

The second largest opposition party, JD(S), has urged all legislators in the state to resign and “create a constitutional crisis” so that the judiciary is unable to overrule the legislature. Read more .

Maratha show of strength reaches Mumbai outskirts

Maratha groups on Wednesday held two massive silent marches in Navi Mumbai and Solapur, continuing their protest against the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Maratha girl in July. The activists, holding placards and banners, demanded capital punishment for the guilty, reservations in education and government jobs for Marathas and amendments to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in order to stop its “misuse against Marathas”. Read more .

Race Course Road is now Lok Kalyan Marg

Lutyens’ Delhi’s iconic Race Course Road, where the prime minister’s residence is located, will now be known as Lok Kalyan Marg. A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) presided by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. A notification will be issued soon to complete the process of renaming the road. Read more .

Cabinet nod for panel to clean up river Ganga

A national council under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be set up in place of the existing national Ganga river basin authority to manage pollution prevention and the rejuvenation of the Ganga basin. The council will be set up under the River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order approved by the Union cabinet on Wednesday. Read more .

26 islands identified for development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review steps for the development of India’s islands. A government statement said he was given a presentation on a proposed plan for the “holistic development” of islands by officials of the home ministry, with inputs from the Niti Aayog. Read more .

Maharashtra: Minister wants number plates to be in Marathi

A report from The Times of India said playing to linguistic sentiment comes naturally to some politicians—even if it means tinkering with a universally accepted standard. Going against the countrywide norm of English number plates for vehicles, state transport minister Diwakar Raote has demanded that vehicles that do not travel outside Maharashtra should have number plates in Marathi. Read more .

Senior BJP and Congress leaders to visit Goa to review poll preparations

Union minister Nitin Gadkari would hold a crucial meeting of BJP ministers and legislators in Goa on Thursday to discuss the strategy for the state polls due next year, but there would be no talks on alliance with MGP, a NDTV report said. He will address a meeting with the ministers and legislators of the party and chair the core committee meeting.

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh will be in Goa on a two-day visit from 23 September to review the preparation for the 2017 assembly polls. He will interact with senior leaders on issues of alliance with smaller parties, probable candidates and others, The Times of India reported. Read more .

Stalin files petition against removal of his special PA

DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin has filed a petition in the Madras high court contesting the removal of his special personal assistant, a deputy secretary rank officer, M. Athiseshan. Read more .

AAP moves Gujarat HC seeking permission for Kejriwal rally in Surat

The Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday approached the Gujarat high court seeking permission to hold a public rally in Surat, after being repeatedly turned down for permission by state authorities in the past, The Indian Express reported. Read more .

Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai, Maulik Pathak from Ahmedabad and Dharani Thangavelu from Chennai contributed to this wrap.

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