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The Lok Sabha finally passed the Goods and Services Tax Bill on Wednesday that seeks to transform India into a common market, bringing multiple state and central levies into a single national goods and services tax.
Off The Front Page
A 55-year-old woman was shot dead by villagers, who mistook her to be a wild boar that they were chasing from a nearby farm at Thirukovilur in Tamil Nadu. A Hindustan Times investigation finds that as a consequence of work-related migration, several villages in Uttarakhand are ‘ghost’ villages that don’t have a single person living in them. Relatives of victims of the 2002 hit-and-run accident say they no longer care much about whether Bollywood actor Salman Khan is punished or not, and are more concerned about compensation. This is how the Salman Khan case played out over 13 years and his future isn’t bright either with outstanding cases still pending and the future of his brand associations also significantly clouded.
Basharat Peer, in The Hindu, says that the media coverage of relief efforts in Nepal had the marked subtext of India-China competition for influence over the country. Bharati Pradhan, in The Telegraph, notes that everything wrong in Salman Khan’s life has been under the influence of alcohol. But this alibi, Shovon Chowdhury suggests in The Economic Times, cannot be used to absolve the media of its blame. Alistair McMillan, in The Indian Express, says that the potential hung verdict in the UK elections resonates very well in the Indian context, in that the electoral system doesn’t seem to represent the diversity of the electorate. Suggest a correction