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The Morning Wrap: How GST Will Affect The Aam Aadmi; Sachin Tendulkar's Adopted Village Shines

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30/03/2017 8:29 AM IST | Updated 30/03/2017 9:42 AM IST
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In a few months, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will become a reality for Indian companies. While the corporates complain about the unfairness of its various rules and regulation, how is this tex going to affect the common citizen? Here's all you need to know.

While the outrage at home over Indians facing racist attacks abroad never dies down, and it shouldn't, it's time for Indians to introspect about the xenophobia they are perpetuating in their own country, Sandip Roy writes, using the recent cases of African nationals being attacked in Noida as examples.

In spite of several Aadhaar-related security breaches in the last few months, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley maintained that all technology is vulnerable to such break-ins and such a possibility should not hinder the implementation or use of such technology.

Main News

Several major automobile companies have landed in trouble following the Supreme Court's decision to disallow the sale and registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1. Top commercial vehicle makers like Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ashok Leyland are stuck with unsold inventory worth ₹12,000 crore.

The Mumbai police has booked Arunabh Kumar, the founder of the web entertainment firm The Viral Fever, for allegedly causing sexual harassment to unknown women. After a post on Medium, by a pseudonymous writer, accused him of misdemeanour, scores of women spoke up of their experiences as well.

Although the GST bill is being passed under the regime of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, no less than three other eminent economists and politicians — Asim Dasgupta, Vijay Kelkar and P Chidambaram — have contributed to its making over several years.

Off The Front Page

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, kicked off his reign with a promising start by raiding illegal slaughter houses in the state and unleashing the "anti-Romeo squad" on unsuspecting men. He's now added another feather to his crown by finding similarities between Surya Namaskar and namaz offered by Muslims.

Cricketer-turned-MP Sachin Tendulkar speaks to The Hindu about Puttamraju Kandriga, the village near Gudur in Andhra Pradesh he adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana and how he transformed it. Visiting the place after a gap of two years, the Hindu noted distinct improvements in the quality of life.

In a first, the mayor of Meerut, Harikant Ahluwalia, has ordered mandatory singing of Vande Mataram for all members of the Nagar Nigam board, else they won't be allowed to enter the board room or participate in meetings.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, legal expert Usha Ramanathan urges the Supreme Court to urgently hear the issues about privacy and exclusion raised in the context of the UID project and settle the disputes once and for all. The court's position of mandatory Aadhaar also needs a clearer articulation.

By censoring films at the behest of a few, we embolden fringe groups to take the law into their hands, Justice RS Chauhan, a sitting judge at the Karnataka High Court, argues in The Hindu, with reference to the checkered history of Indian entertainment industry's brush with censorship.

In the Hindustan Times, Samir Parikh takes a close look at the recent Mental Health Bill, analysing its pros and cons but especially noting the ways in which it covers the gaps between treatment and services in the country.

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