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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Smart Cities - NDA Government announces names of 30 more smart cities; Thiruvanathapuram tops list Friday June 23,2017

The government on Friday June 23,2017 announced names of 30 more cites to be developed as smart cities taking the total cities picked up so far to 90 under Smart City Mission launched on June 25, 2015.
Thiruvananthapuram has topped the list of new smart city list. Names of smart cities announced today are: Trivendrum, Naya Raipur, Rajkit, Amaravati, Patna, Karimnagar, Muzaffarpur, Puducherry, Gandhinagar, Srinagar, Sagar, Karnal, Satna, Bengaluru, Shimla, Dehradun, Tiruppur, Pimpri chinchwad, Bilaspur, Pasighat, Jammu, Dahod, Tirunelveli, Thootukkudi, Tiruchirapalli, Jhansi, Aizawl, Allahabad, Aligarh, Gangtok
Announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation in the national capital, Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu said that 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected
30 cities announced today proposed a total investment of Rs 57,393 crore under respective smart city plans.
This includes Rs 46,879 crore for ensuring core infrastructure in the areas identified by citizens for area based development and Rs 10,514 crore for technology based solutions for improving governance, service delivery and utilization of infrastructure.
With this the total investment approved under the smart city plans of 90 cities has gone up to Rs1,91,155 crore.
 Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu siad that 20 cities will be contesting for the remaining 10 slots under smart city mission. These are; Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Biharsharif (Bihar), Diu (Daman & Diu), Silvassa (Dadra and Nager Haveli), Kavaratti (Lakshadweep), Navimumbai, Greater Mumbai and Amaravati (Maharashtra), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Dindigul and Erode(Tamil Nadu), Bidhannagar, Durgapur and Haldia (West Bengal), Meerut,Rai  Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Sharanpur and Rampur (UP).

Foreign Tourists ArrivalsDoubles in 10 Years

The inflow of foreign tourists arriving into India has almost doubled in the past 10 years. 

Though the ministry of tourism hasn't conducted any study or research to know the reasons for increase, it believes e-visa could be one of the reasons

2016–17 Men's FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in London - Fancied India crash out after suffering shock 2-3 defeat to Malaysia Thursday June 22,2017

 Fancied India crashed out of the Hockey World League Semi-Final after suffering a shocking 2-3 defeat at the hands of Malaysia in a quarterfinal match here on Thursday June 22,2017
It was hard-fought encounter as both the teams played with great intensity. The Indians only had themselves to blame as a below-par opening 20 minutes and some sloppy defending ruined their hopes.
India conceded as many as seven penalty corners, three of which were converted by Malaysia through Razie Rahim (19th, 48th minutes) and Tengku Tajuddin.
India's goals came from the sticks of Ramandeep Singh (24th, 26th).
By virtue of this win, Malaysia have qualified for next year's World Cup to be held in India.
For India, it is their second defeat against Malaysia in little less than two months. Roelant Oltmans' men had earlier lost 0-1 to the same opponents in the Azlan Shah Cup last month.
Malaysia will face reigning Olympic champions and world number one Argentina in Saturday's semifinal.

Uttarakhand, Haryana become Open Defecation Free states Thursday June 22,2017


Uttarakhand and Haryana have become the fourth and fifth Open Defecation Free (ODF) states of India under the Swachh Bharat Mission, said an official statement on Thursday.
The two states on Thursday June 22,2017 joined the league of Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala, which were the first three states to be declared ODF. 
"Nationally, the sanitation coverage has increased from 42 per cent to over 64 per cent in just two-and-a-half years since the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission," said the statement. 
Uttarakhand's 13 districts, 95 blocks, 7,256 gram panchayats and 1,5751 villages, while Haryana has 21 districts, 124 blocks, and 6,083 gram panchayats, all of which have declared themselves as ODF in formal declarations in Dehradun and Chandigarh, respectively. 
"Today, Swachh Bharat Mission has become a truly people's movement. People of Uttarakhand and Haryana, the government officials and representatives of other institutions have contributed towards this milestone," the statement quoted Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, as having said. 
With the total number of ODF states now rising to five, over two lakh villages and 147 districts have been declared Open Defacation Free across the country

New Zeland's Jeetan Patel(37)Announces Retirement from International Cricket Thursday June 22,2017

New Zealand's Jeetan Patel(37)confirmed his international retirement, saying the spinner had played his last match for New Zealand at age 37.

The off-spinner played 24 Tests, 43 ODIs and 11 T20Is taking 65, 49 and 16 wickets respectively. He last represented the Black Caps in an ODI match against Bangladesh last month.

New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Ronchi Announces Retirement from International Cricket Thursday June 22,2017

New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Ronchi announced his retirement.
"It was a dream come true," Ronchi said in a statement released by New Zealand Cricket. "I can`t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand cricket."
The 36-year-old played four Tests, 85 ODIs and 32 T20 matches in total with this month`s Champions Trophy match against Bangladesh his last for the Black Caps.

South Africa Court Okays Secret Ballots in Zuma No-confidence Vote Thursday June 22,2017

South Africa's highest court on Thursday June 22,2017 ruled that lawmakers can cast secret ballots in a no- confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma, who is facing mounting criticism within the ruling ANC.
Although no date has been set for such a vote, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the National Assembly speaker had the authority to order a secret ballot following a case brought by the country's opposition.

Opposition parties have lobbied for a secret ballot and called for African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers to "vote with their conscience", but Speaker Baleka Mbete had in April said she had no powers to approve a secret ballot.

Following the ruling that she did in fact have such powers, Zuma said "I see no reason to change" from open voting.

"You are trying to get a majority you don't have by saying 'secret ballot'," he told parliament.

"You can try, you can do everything, you can go to court but they will bring you back to the legislature."

The ANC holds a large majority in parliament and Zuma has survived several previous votes that were held in the open. "We will defeat this motion of no confidence by the opposition as we have successfully done so in the previous four motions tabled in this fifth term of parliament," the ANC vowed in a statement released shortly after the court's decision.

Justice Mogoeng described the no confidence vote as "one of the severest political consequences imaginable -- a sword that hangs over the head of the president to force him or her to always do the right thing".

The no-confidence vote was initially scheduled for April but delayed to allow the top court to rule. James Selfe, chairman of the main opposition Democratic Alliance party, described the court's ruling as a "victory for the people of South Africa to remove a toxic president who is destroying our country".

The United Democratic Movement, which brought the case to court, said the ruling recognised the "seriousness" of the risk of ANC lawmakers being victimised if they vote to remove Zuma.

The president, who is due to step down as ANC head in December and as president ahead of the 2019 election, has recently faced unprecedented criticism from senior party figures, including Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

He is seen as favouring his ex-wife to succeed him, former African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The ANC -- which Nelson Mandela led to power in the 1994 post-apartheid elections -- has lost popularity in recent years, taking just 55 percent in last year's local elections, its worst-ever result.

In power since 2009, Zuma has been engulfed by graft scandals and has faced several humiliating court rulings while grappling with record unemployment and a sluggish economy, which is now in recession.

His sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan in March fuelled public outrage over government corruption and prompted global ratings agencies Fitch and Standard and Poor's to slash South Africa's sovereign debt to junk status.

Zuma has been accused of being in the sway of the wealthy Indian Gupta business family, allegedly granting them influence over government appointments, contracts and state-owned businesses.

Thousands of leaked emails have recently emerged in the local press exposing alleged misconduct over lucrative government contracts awarded to the Guptas.

Last year the Constitutional Court found Zuma guilty of violating the constitution after he refused to repay taxpayers' money used to refurbish his private rural home.

He is also fighting a court order that could reinstate almost 800 corruption charges against him over a multi-billion dollar arms deal struck in the 1990s.

US Senate Republicans Unveil Obamacare Replacement Bill Thursday June 22,2017

US Senate Republicans on Thursday June 22,2017 unveiled legislation that would replace Obamacare with a plan that scales back aid to the poor and kills a tax on the wealthy, but the bill's fate was quickly thrown into question as several senators voiced scepticism.

Four conservative lawmakers said they could not support it in its current form, leaving Republicans short of the votes they need for passage. Democrats are united in opposition

The 142-page proposal, worked out in secret by a group led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, aims to deliver on a central campaign promise of President Donald Trump by rolling back former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, which has provided coverage to millions of Americans since it was passed in 2010.

Republicans view the law, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, as a costly government intrusion into the private marketplace.

Trump welcomed the bill but indicated that changes may be in store.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #Healthcarebill. Look forward to making it really special!" he wrote on Twitter.

Trump urged the House of Representatives to pass a similar bill in May, only to criticise it in private as "mean" once it passed. He said on Wednesday he wanted a health plan "with heart."

Democrats immediately attacked the legislation as a callous giveaway to the rich that would leave millions without coverage.

"The president said the House bill was mean," said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. "The Senate bill may be even meaner."

Obama weighed in on Facebook. "If there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm," he wrote.

The Senate's most conservative members said the plan did not do enough to scale back the US government's role.

"This current bill does not repeal Obamacare. It does not keep our promises to the American people," said Senator Rand Paul, who along with fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Ron Johnson said they could not support it in its current form.

Shares of hospital companies and health insurers rose on the bill's release, with the overall S&P 500 healthcare sector closing up 1.1 percent at an all-time high.

"The initial proposal I think is more generous and more positive to the industry than expected," said Jeff Jonas, a portfolio manager with Gabelli Funds

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO)'s PSLV-C38 Takes Off from Sriharikota With Cartosat-2 Satellite, 30 Co-passengers Friday June 23,2017

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) successfully took off on its 40th flight and is carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger nano satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.

The PSLV-C38 launched with the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger nano satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at 09:29 am on Friday, ISRO said
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The co-passenger satellites, comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America besides a Nano satellite from India

PSLV-C38 was launched from the First Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. This is the 40th flight of PSLV and 17th flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

The space agency said the 29 international customer Nano satellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), commercial arm of ISRO and international customers.

Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite and it is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery.

PSLV-C38 mission will is also special for Tamil Nadu as it carries a satellite indigenously developed by students of a university in Kanyakumari district.
NIUSAT satellite, developed by Noorul Islam University in Kanyakumari district, is riding piggyback with 29 other satellites of various countries.

The satellite is built to provide multi-spectral imagery for agricultural crop monitoring and disaster management support applications, the ISRO said in a release. Following the launch, a dedicated mission control centre with UHF/VHF antenna for Telemetry/ Telecommand operations and S-Band antenna for Payload data reception has been set up at the university.

National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) Result Declared Friday June 23,2017

The National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) result 2017 has been declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). The result was declared at 10:43am on Friday June 23,2017 on official website - for the result.

“Result of NEET (UG) - 2017 has been declared as per the directives of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India. Good Wishes to all candidates from CBSE,” a declaration on the official website said on Friday morning

Ireland, Afghanistan Awarded Test Match Status by ICC Thursday June 22,2017

Ireland and Afghanistan were on Thursday June 22,2017 awarded Test status by the International Cricket Council, thereby expanding the number of elite level nations for the first time in 17 years.

Both nations were confirmed as 'Full Members' of the ICC after a unanimous vote at the ICC Full Council meeting at the Oval. 

Test status has been granted following a Membership Committee recommendation that both countries' applications met the newly approved membership criteria and should be put forward for approval.

As a result of the move, the number of countries eligible for playing Test cricket has now gone up to 12 from 10. The last country to have been given this status was Bangladesh way back in the year 2000.

Test cricket is widely regarded as the sport's top format, despite its waning popularity over the years due to the rise of shorter and more attractive formats. 

Ireland have established themselves on the international scene during the course of several World Cups, recording wins over Pakistan, the West Indies and England.

Afghanistan's progress has been even more rapid, with many Afghans' first contact with cricket taking place during the 1980s and 1990s, as refugees fled to Pakistan to escape the Soviet invasion.

Speaking about the development ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "I'd like to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland on their Full Membership status which is the result of their dedication to improving performance both off and on the field resulting in the significant development and growth of cricket in their respective countries. Both have clearly demonstrated they meet the new criteria and as such have made the progression to Full Membership."

Afghanistan and Ireland have now joined an exclusive club that also includes founder members Australia and England, who played the first Test match at Melbourne in 1877, South Africa, New Zealand, the West Indies, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Ireland international Gary Wilson welcomed the news with a statement on his own Twitter feed, saying: "An historic day for Irish cricket.

"Years worth of work feels like it has been recognised. There are many people in the background that have made this happen. Current officials, players and management have been major cogs but let's not forget the tireless volunteers who worked so many years to get us where we are.

"Men who played for free and managed for free...As well as for us, this is for them."

Thrilled at receiving this massive opportunity, Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Shafiq Stanikzai said: "For a nation like Afghanistan it is a huge and remarkable achievement, the entire nation will be celebrating across all five regions and different provinces, it is the perfect Eid gift. Everyone has waited for this news and has been so keen to hear this news. Afghanistan Cricket has gone from strength to strength and we dared to dream that this would happen and today it has become a reality.

"I would like to thank the ICC and the Board who have demonstrated today that they are committed to growing the global game and rewarding nations who are performing on and off the field. As an administrator every achievement is huge and it opens the doors to new challenges and we need to work hard to maintain and sustain our development at the top of the cricket world."

2017-18 Premier League - Liverpool Complete Mohamed Salah Signing Thursday June 22,2017

Liverpool on Thursday June 22,2017 completed the signing of a 5-year contract Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a fee reported to be 39 million euros ($43.5 million)

Salah, who has also played for Basel, Chelsea and Fiorentina, has been capped 52 times, scoring 29 international goals.

"I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy," said Salah who spent two seasons at Roma where he grabbed 29 goals in 65 Serie A appearances.

“I will give 100 per cent and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.

“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100 per cent to win something.

“Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”

Salah was a long-term target of Liverpool, who previously tried to sign him three years ago when they were pipped by Chelsea, and current manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to add more pace to his side.

Klopp said he had been a fan of the winger since his early days at Basel and believes his experience in Italy will be key for a Liverpool side returning to the Champions League next season.

"He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country," Klopp told

Transformers: The Last Knight

Transformers The Last Knight poster.jpg
 It is the fifth installment of the live-action Transformers film series and a sequel to 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction

Directed by Michael Bay, the film features Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci returning from Age of ExtinctionJosh Duhamel and John Turturro reprising their roles from the first three films and Anthony Hopkins joining the cast. 

The film  was released in the United States on June 21, 2017

2017 International Yoga Day - Actors Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover celebrate Intl Yoga Day Wednesday June 21,2017

Actors Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover haven’t found just soul mates but also fitness buddies in each other. The two often post pictures of their couple workouts and now they have one-uped themselves.
Bipasha and Karan posted pictures of how they celebrated the third International Yoga Day on Instagram. They can be seen striking some insane poses and attempting some daring asanas. Check them out:

“Yoga is like Life - It’s a beautiful balance of Holding On & Letting Go. Its magical. Keep practicing , we are all work in progress. Happy #internationalyogaday #loveyourself #yogimonkey,” she wrote as the caption

Google celebrates Oskar Fischinger’s 117th Birthday with special doodle Thursday June 22,2017

Google is celebrating Oskar Fischinger’s (22 June 1900 – 31 January 1967) 117th Birthday with special doodle.

Today's Doodle aims to pay homage to him, while allowing users to compose their own visual music.
In the world of design, Fischinger is a towering figure, especially in the areas of motion graphics and animation.
He is best known for his ability to combine impeccably synchronized abstract visuals with musical accompaniment, each frame carefully drawn or photographed by hand. A master of motion and color, Fischinger spent months — sometimes years — planning and handcrafting his animations.
Fischinger was also a prolific painter, creating numerous works that capture the dramatic movement and feeling of his films within a single frame.

Gautam Gambhir blessed with baby girl Wednesday June 21,2017

Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir blessed with a baby girl  on Wednesday June 21,2017
The left-handed opening batsman announced the news on Twitter with a beautiful message describing little angel's arrival.
Gambhir has another daughter named Aazeen with his wife Natasha, after the duo were married in October 2011.
An angel blessing our family,
An angel brightening our lives,
Welcome to the world, little angel! ❤
"An angel blessing our family,
An angel brightening our lives,
Welcome to the world, little angel!"
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Usain Bolt to Race in Monaco Before London Farewell

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres at the Herculis EBS meeting in Monaco on July 21, two weeks before his final world championships appearance in London, organisers said on Wednesday.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist, who ran his final race in his home country earlier this month, last raced at the Louis II Stadium in 2011.

"Organisers of the Herculis EBS meeting have confirmed that Usain Bolt will compete at the IAAF Diamond League meeting on 21 July as part of his farewell tour," the governing IAAF said on its website.

The double sprint world record holder, who has also amassed 13 world championship medals, will make his final bow in August in the British capital, where he will only run the shorter sprint despite having a wildcard for the 200m.

World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Sanctions Vijender vs Zulpikar Fight for August 1st Week

World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has sanctioned WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title and WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title between Vijender Singh and Chinese Zulpikar Maimaitiali in first week of August 2017 in Mumbai.

Vijender is current WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight champion Singh while Zulpikar is WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion.

Neerav Tomar, Promoter IOS Boxing Promotions said:"We are happy to know on WBO's decision sanctioning Asia's biggest battle between Vijender Singh and Zulpikar Maimaithiali. The sanction is in place and we can now move forward with Zulpikar's team SECA to finalise terms and locking the date and venue in Mumbai."

Speaking on one of the biggest fight night of Asia Leon Panoncillo Jr., Chairman WBO Asia Pacific said:"After reviewing fight records of both the participants, I am satisfied with their past results and therefore approved this unification bout of the WBO Asia Pacific/WBO Oriental Super Middleweight titles."

Both the WBO title holders are number one boxers in their respective country's India and China as they both remain unbeaten since the time they made their debut in the field of
professional boxing.

With this fight both the boxers will put their respective titles at stake and it will be a double title fight.

The boxer that wins the bout will take home his defended title along with the opponents title, by the end of the bout he will have two belts on his name.

Vijender, who recently retained his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title entered professional boxing in the year 2015.

Vijender has 8 wins under his belt with 7 of them being won by KO and 1 by Unanimous Decision. He has played 30 rounds, which puts him a few rounds above his next opponent.

Vijender Singh won his maiden title last year in July after defeating Kerry Hope of Australia.

Later in the month of December the golden boy of Indian boxing was challenged by Francis Cheka of Tanzania for his title, which he gracefully retained.

The 22-year-old Chinese number 1 boxer Zulpikar Maimaitiali, currently holds the WBO Oriental Super Middleweight Champion Title. He has fought 8 bouts with 24 rounds under his belt.

Zulpikar has won 7 bouts with no less than 5 KO wins and one draw. The Chinese boxer made his debut in the year 2015, and won the WBO Oriental Title last year in July by defeating Thomas Mashali of Tanzania by TKO.

UK Parliament State Opening Ceremony Wednesday June 21,2017

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles walk through the Royal Gallery in the Houses of Parliament prior to The Queen's Speech during the State Opening of Parliament in London on June 21.
 Queen Elizabeth II goes to Parliament on Wednesday June 21,2017 to outline the government's legislative programme with far less pageantry than usual in a speech expected to be dominated by Britain's plans for leaving the European Union

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles sit in the House of Lords at the official State Opening of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. 

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II makes a speech in the House of Lords at the official State Opening of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. 

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn walk through the House of Commons after attending the state opening of Parliament in London, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. 

2017 Indian Presidential Election - AIADMK's OPS Faction Supports Ram Nath Kovind for President Thursday June 22,2017

The AIADMK's rival Puratchi Thalaivi Amma faction led by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Thursday June 22,2017 announced its support for NDA's Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, voicing confidence that he will perform as a "good administrator." 

Panneerselvam said BJP National President Amit Shah had sought support from him for Kovind and the matter was discussed with senior functionaries of the faction today, besides MPs and MLAs owing allegiance to him.

2017 Indian Presidential Election - Ruling AIADMK Faction Extends Support to Ram Nath Kovind Wednesday June 21,2017

Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK faction on Wednesday June 21,2017  announced its support for NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

The decision was announced in Chennai by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami.

Edapadi Palaniswami said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had requested the party's support for Kovind over phone and the decision was taken after consulting the party legislators and ministers.

The other AIADMK faction led by former Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam is also expected to support Kovind.

Goods and Services Tax(GST) - 5 Things You Need to Know About GST

1. No Tax On Tax

The current tax system in India levies cascading taxes which are ultimately borne by the common man. GST aims at cleaning the multiple tax buckets and hence lower the burden from end-users. Being a destination based tax, GST would ease inter-state trade of goods and services.

2. Taxes GST Replaces

GST India will subsume the following taxes that are currently being levied by the Central and State governments:

i. Central Excise Duty
ii. Duties of Excise
iii. Additional Duties of Excise
iv. Additional Duties of Customs
v. Special Additional Duty of Customs
vi. State Value Added Tax (VAT)
vii. Central Sales Tax (CST)
viii. Luxury Tax

ix. Entry Tax
x. Entertainment Tax
xi. Advertisement taxes
xii. Purchase Tax
xiii. Taxes on lotteries and gambling
xiv. Central and State Surcharges and Cesses on goods and services

3. GST Slabs 

The Goods and Services Tax will range from 0% to 28% depending on various product categories. 

The four-tier GST tax slabs of 5%, 12%, 18% and 28% will be set lowest for essential items and highest for luxury goods and services.

4. What GST Exempts

Petroleum products (read petrol and high speed diesel for the common man), electricity and liquor for human consumption are exempted from GST.

5. When India Implements GST

Initially, GST was to come into effect from the new financial year i.e. from April 1, 2017. However, that deadline was missed and GST will be implemented from July 1, 2017.

John Abraham Unveils First Poster of His Next Film Parmanu- The Story Of Pokhran

Actor John Abraham has shared the first look of his upcoming film Parmanu - The Story Of Pokhran.

The 44-year-old actor took to Instagram where he unveiled the first look of the film. He is also the producer of the Abhishek Sharma-directed venture.

"So happy to bring you the first look of my biggest test ever. #ParmanuFirstLook @johnabrahament @kriarj @ParmanuTheMovie," wrote Abraham.

The poster shows a part of Rajasthan's map with the nuclear testing site, Pokhran highlighted with a red dot, along with the watermark of the John's left profile superimposed on it. The film is based on Pokhran-II, the series of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted in the Rajasthan town in 1998.

The film has been produced by KriArj Entertainment, Zee Studios, Kyta Productions in association with Abraham's JA Entertainment.

 It is scheduled to release on December 8 this year.

The film also stars Diana Penty and Boman Irani.