Supreme Court (SC) declared that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council's decisions are not binding on the Union government or states on May 19, but have significant value because India has a cooperative federal system. The decision was made by Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant, and Vikram Nath. SC affirmed a Gujarat HC decision to reject the imposition of Integrated GST on importers of ocean freight under reverse charge.
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To restrict misuse of the Sedition Law, the Supreme Court gave a historic judgment, asking to pause filing FIRs under the 124A section, until the Centre completes its review. On May 11, the SC bench said, "It will be appropriate not to use this provision of law till further re-examination is over." Furthermore, the Apex Court said, those facing sedition charges can approach the court for the same.
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Rajiv Kumar has stepped down as the post of Vice Chairman of the Niti Aayog, paving way for the next VC Suman K. Bery. On April 22, the Ministry of Personnel released a notification that read, "Appointment of Dr Suman K Bery as Vice-Chairperson, Niti Aayog with effect from May 1, 2022, until further orders". The terms & conditions of the new VC would be same as the outgoing VC.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Civil Aviation Minister launched Northeast India's first flying training academy in Assam. The Airport Authority of India and Redbird Flight jointly established the academy. During the inauguration on April 12, Scindia said, "This is the first time in 75 years that we are starting a flying academy in the state of Assam". Furthermore, in the second-phase, Assam will get 15 more flying training academies.
Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao will discuss the ongoing 'paddy procurement' issue with the Central Government. In regard to this, KCR called for a Cabinet meeting, chaired by him at 2 pm, at Telangana Bhavan, Hyderabad. ] Notably, the meeting came a day after KCR gave 24-hour deadline to PM Modi and union ministers, asking them to buy paddy from the farmers, which the BJP-led Central Government declined.
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The Union Health Ministry has confirmed the availability of over 15.90crore vaccine doses for COVID-19 with states and union territories in India. On April 7, the Centre said, of the total 186.36 crore vaccine were provided of which, over 15 crores are still with States and UTs. It is to be noted, the nationwide vaccine drive started in January 2021, vaccinating the majority of population against the deadly Coronavirus.
The GOI issued fresh instructions under the CGHS for pensioners, to avail OPD facilities and Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) on March 24. As per the new instructions, a new procedure lay out has been announced to change FMA to OPD, once in lifetime. Now, pensioner needs to submit document to CGHS bank for discontinuation of FMA to avail OPD, vice-versa. After receiving application, the authority will issue a CGHC certificate.
National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) suggested reduction of gap between two doses of Covishield. Notably, acting upon the suggestion, the Central Government is likely to reduce the gap, as Covid-19 cases are rising in different nations, including China. The panel suggested to reduce gap to eight-twelve weeks, from previous 16-12 weeks, for Covishield. Furthermore, the Government is also planning to reduce age… read-more
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India continues to report below 5,000 COVID-19 cases, with 4,575 cases in the 24 hours, on March 9. Besides new cases, India reported 2,986 recoveries and 145 fresh fatalities, confirmed the Union Health Ministry department. With this, India has 46,962, active cases, 5,15,355 death cases and 4,24,13566 recovered cases. In addition, over 96% recovery rate and 1.20 % active case rate was registered. Meanwhile, India administered over 179.33… read-more
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Indian Government is celebrating 'Jan Aushadhi' week from March 1 to 7, providing general medicines at an affordable prices to public, across India. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, the Jan Aushadhi week is organised by Pharmaceuticals and Medicine Bureau of India (PMBI) to promote 8,600 Jan Aushdi centres, running in India to provide medicines at a cheap rates for everyone. Notably, Jan Aushadhi Kendras were launched in 2008.… read-more