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Why Sound IT Systems Will Be The Backbone Of A Successful GST Rollout In India

The Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) has awarded a contract worth ₹1380 crore to Infosys Technologies to build a system which will be the IT interface for implementing the GST. This interface will take care of harnessing the entire input credit system, the Permanent Account Number (PAN)-based registrations, compliance requirements, tax payments etc and will be the nerve centre for the entire GST levy.
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Can India And China Manage Their Bilateral Issues On A Multilateral Platform Like The AIIB?

As China looks for investment opportunities abroad, and India seeks funding for its infrastructure, the newly founded Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) creates a win-win proposition for both countries. With its disposable capital, China is likely to contribute $50 billion of the $100 billion of the AIIB thus placing it in a position to address the huge infrastructure needs of India and its neighbourhood. That said, a key question remains: how will India and China manage their bilateral issues on a multilateral platform like the AIIB?
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Smart Cities Don't Work If They Don't Work For Everyone

The Modi government's ambitious "100 Smart Cities" plan is making urban planning sexy in a country challenged by rapid and chaotic urbanisation. Yet there is no single, universally accepted definition of a "smart city". With massive investment expected to pour in, it is time to understand what will make India's urban centres truly smart. With one in six city dwellers living in a slum, inclusive growth is a critical principle that India cannot ignore.