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GST bill likely to be ratified by 11 more states

Prospects of the Union government meeting its 1 April 2017 implementation deadline for the goods and services tax (GST) look bright as states across the political spectrum are moving swiftly to ratify the tax reform. At least 11 states, including those governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition political parties, are in the process of ratifying the legislation. This is over and above the three states—Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand—that have already done so. Read More

Gujarat BJP swings into election mode

After revisiting its strategy for Gujarat earlier this month that saw a change in its chief ministerial candidate and a revamp of ministers in the state government, the BJP has swung into election mode. This comes with more than a year to go for polls in the state. Read More

Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal may visit India in September

A person familiar with the developments said the two ministers discussed a visit by Nepal’s new Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to India in the middle of September as well as a visit to Nepal by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. This comes after Nepal’s deputy prime minister and minister for home affairs Bimalendra Nidhi, who arrived in New Delhi on Thursday, held talks with Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday. Read More

Navjot Singh Sidhu needs time to think on joining AAP: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal clarified on Friday that cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu had not stipulated any preconditions to joining the party, and had only sought time to think it over. Read More

TMC government says no bribe demand in Narada

The Times of India report said that Mamata Banerjee government has argued before Calcutta high court that the Narada sting operation failed to establish that a demand for bribe was ever made. Training its guns on Narada chief executive officer, Mathew Samuel, it alleged that he was a mere “busybody and meddlesome interloper“ and should be facing criminal charges. Read More

Fadnavis scraps controversial tender

The Indian Express reported that Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has scrapped a controversial Rs1,000-crore tender for using hologram technology on liquor bottles, which was approved by his cabinet when Eknath Khadse was the excise minister. The report said that accusations that the tender conditions and process were tailored to favour certain big players in the packaging industry prompted the chief minister to cancel the tender. Read More

NCP offers to form third front in Goa

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Thursday said that it is ready to take the lead and form a pre-poll alliance with secular political parties in Goa including the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and the Goa Vikas Party (GVP) for the 2017 state elections, according to a Times of India report. Throwing down an open challenge to the Congress, which has repeatedly brushed aside calls for a pre-poll alliance, NCP also said that it was ready to contest the polls alone if required. Read More

Gujarat’s Anandiben off the radar, but far from retirement

“Ben aavi gay ache. Atyare ghare nathi (Ben has shifted back here. But she is not at home right now)," says a security guard outside ‘Dharm’, a sprawling bungalow in western Ahmedabad’s upmarket Shilaj neighbourhood, Hindustan Times reported. Anandiben Patel, fondly called Ben by many, is rarely at home despite not being preoccupied with her high-profile job as Gujarat’s chief minister anymore. Read More

Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata, Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai and Maulik Pathak from Ahmedabad contributed to this wrap.

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