Krishnan answered questions on GST from readers of The Indian Express. A selection of questions and answers were published in these columns. This is the concluding set.
September 25, 2017 9:14 am

VS Krishnan answered questions on GST from readers of The Indian Express. A selection of questions and answers were published in these columns. This is the concluding set.

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September 25, 2017 9:33 am

The Indian Express summarises the contradictory findings of multiple surveys, and how they are impeding the fight against drugs in the state

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September 25, 2017 9:19 am

According to the study, “local military factors” at the LoC/IB are the most frequent cause of ceasefire violations.

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September 22, 2017 6:25 am

In the early part of the last decade, private banks that were licensed in 1994 started to expand their networks, giving a big push to ATMs.

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September 21, 2017 8:07 am

Two measurements done by India a century apart, then a later one by China with conflicting findings; Nepal prepares for solo mission of ‘national pride’

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September 21, 2017 8:11 am

As Karnataka police investigate if Gauri Lankesh murder has any connection to three previous murders, The Indian Express explains the science behind the study of bullets fired, cartridges left behind, and wounds

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September 20, 2017 10:14 am

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that instant triple talaq illegal, the question has been so frequently discussed, in fact, that it would appear as if Muslim law is the only such personal law that, despite being at variance with other Constitutional laws, is accorded "protection".

September 20, 2017 10:09 am

Roy had abdicated his title as Raja of the Chakma circle in the Chittagong Hill Tracts after the 1971 Bangladesh war, and left the new country for Pakistan, which he made his home for the rest of his years.

September 20, 2017 10:08 am

Following Centre’s decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees settled in Northeast, Samudra Gupta Kashyap looks at both sides of the debate, when and how the refugees arrived from Bangladesh, what has happened in the 50 years since.

Krishnan answered questions on GST from readers of The Indian Express. A selection of questions and answers were published in these columns. This is the concluding set.
September 19, 2017 6:32 am

In the GST regime, no exemption is specified for rental income chargeable from an educational institute, including those affiliated to NSDC and providing vocational courses under the Skill India Mission.

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September 19, 2017 6:30 am

BJP president Amit Shah on Monday appeared as a defence witness in the Naroda Gam case, one of two in which former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani is accused. What is this case, and what is its current status? What is the other case, the one in which 97 Muslims were killed in Naroda Patiya?

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September 19, 2017 6:24 am

‘We now know that it was mathematicians in India in 200-400 CE who planted the seed of the idea that’d become so fundamental to modern world’

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September 18, 2017 9:11 am

In Pakistan, Sharif has survived political setbacks through his mastery and manipulation of pervasive kinship and patronage networks that define the country’s politics.

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September 18, 2017 9:11 am

Some remarkable similarities exist between the current economic situation and the one that prevailed in the years when the first NDA government under Vajpayee was in power. What stand out more today, however, are the seeming paradoxes in market and investor behaviours, and in trends of slowing growth and the strengthening rupee. How are they to be explained?

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September 15, 2017 8:57 am

Global oil prices are half 2014 levels, the rupee has been largely neutral against the dollar, but the prices of petrol and diesel — which change ‘dynamically’ on a daily basis — continue to be the highest in nearly 3 years. The Indian Express explain why

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September 15, 2017 5:35 pm

Around 5.30 pm IST today, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will be crushed by the pressure and temperature of the final embrace of the planet it has romanced since arriving in the Saturnian world 13 yrs ago. Mankind’s giant interplanetary leap has opened the doors for some of astronomy’s greatest discoveries.

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September 14, 2017 12:34 am

34 pairs of the hemipenis of the endangered species — sold as a lucky root charm — were seized recently.

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September 14, 2017 12:28 am

In Sopore, archaeologists find first intact piece of pottery from a time about which very little is known.

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September 14, 2017 12:21 am

The 12th c Ananda Temple Modi visited in Myanmar isn’t the only one that India is helping renovate. There are others too, in Laos, Vietnam, SL, Nepal, Cambodia.

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September 13, 2017 8:15 am

At 14,200 feet, Nathu La is an important pass on the Tibet-Sikkim border through which passes the old Gangtok-Yatung-Lhasa trade route. Chinese and Indian soldiers are deployed barely 30 metres apart — the closest they are anywhere along the 3,488 km Sino-Indian border.

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September 12, 2017 10:46 am

The Indian Express recalls the story of a particularly gruesome political killing of an RSS man, which attracted the unusual use of the anti-terror UAP Act.

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September 12, 2017 1:05 pm

India had condemned “terrorist attacks in... Rakhine, wherein several members of the Myanmar security forces lost their lives”; Myanmar, in turn, condemned the Amarnath yatra attack, and “various acts of terror perpetrated by terrorists from across the borders”.

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September 11, 2017 12:02 pm

A Bengaluru firm has become India’s first to receive the international CARB-X grant to develop antibiotics to treat hospital-acquired infections. The Indian Express explains why this is important.

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September 8, 2017 12:10 am

The issue was who would bear the cost. If the government did, it would add to its borrowings. If the RBI did it, its balance sheet would turn from surplus to deficit.

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September 7, 2017 5:48 am

Cow vigilantism ‘must stop’, the Supreme Court has said, and directed all states to appoint nodal officers to ensure that it does. It has also asked states to file status reports on what they are doing to prevent vigilantism. A list of major cases over the last few years

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September 7, 2017 11:09 am

The two cases against Gauri Lankesh were filed by the three-term BJP MP from Dharwad, Prahlad Joshi, and his personal secretary Umesh Dushi.

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September 6, 2017 1:36 pm

Part XXI of the Indian Constitution, ‘Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions’, includes, apart from Article 370 — Temporary Provisions with respect to the State of Jammu and Kashmir — special provisions for 11 other states, listed under Articles 371, 371A-H, and 371J.

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September 5, 2017 10:10 am

Perhaps one of the biggest learnings from the 72-day standoff at Doklam is the need for India to reach out more to the people of Bhutan

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September 5, 2017 9:57 am

‘Social’ travel accounts for nearly 86% of all overnight travel; travel for purposes of religion is a distant second, show NSSO survey data.

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September 5, 2017 10:26 am

If the North Korean claim of having exploded a hydrogen device is correct, it would mean that it has arrived at a major technological milestone well ahead of all predictions.

September 4, 2017 7:47 am

For years, activists in Chandigarh have pointed to the negligence and lack of maintenance that has led to many antiques disappearing from the city and appearing at international auctions.

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September 4, 2017 7:50 am

The state government scheme sets a limit of Rs 50,000 for each damaged structure, and certain conditions for eligibility.

September 4, 2017 7:48 am

As Delhi bans plastic bags, a look at how others states have gone about banning and disposing of plastic

September 1, 2017 7:42 am

There are 16,500 Rohingya spread across several cities in India. Rohingya are all Muslims, and their presence has started melding into the country’s communal fault-line. Unsurprisingly, the BJP in Jammu was the first to raise demands that they be sent back.

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September 1, 2017 8:47 am

The Indian Express explains what went wrong with the launch of IRNSS-1H, and what it was meant to do

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September 1, 2017 7:40 am

After 99% of banned cash comes back, a fact check on government’s stated objectives of demonetisation