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New Delhi: The former students of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) approached Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to make sure that there should be no further delay in the distribution of their original diploma certificates and convocation ceremony.

The students wrote in a petition to Jaitley that every year the convocation ceremony was held in the month of  October or November but not this time “apparently because of the delay in taking a decision about the appointment of new Director General”.

However, because of the delay in convocation ceremony, the authorities of IIMC are not distributing original diploma certificates to last year batch students, which is causing hardship to them.

“We request you to understand the situation and take an immediate action to organise convocation and speed up the appointment of DG. We hope you will not forget the fact that future of hundreds of students is in your hands,” said the petition signed by over 100 students and alumni.

IIMC previous Director General, Sunit Tandon’s term ended last year in the month of November.

“There are many students who have been working hard to get admission for foreign studies and IIMC was inevitable for them to show 4-year under graduation (3+1),” the petition also said, the students are scared that due to delay in convocation they would not be able to meet requirements of foreign universities.

Furthermore, the letter said, many universities of India have allowed the students of IIMC to join post graduation for which several students have applied and paid fees also, expecting IIMC would distribute their original diploma certificates by November 2015.(inputs from agencies)

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Lok Sabha passes amendment bill on GST cess

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that change in the GST rates was a "natural" process and linked to the rise in tax collection.

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Lok Sabha passed the GST bill today
Lok Sabha passed the GST bill today

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed an amendment bill that seeks to replace an ordinance in which tax rates on motor vehicles was hiked to a maximum of 25 per cent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

The House took up for discussion the GST (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2017 amid din as the Congress and Trinamool Congress members raised slogans and banners protesting against union minister Anant Kumar Hegde’s “amend the Constitution” remarks.

 

The increase in cess for large cars and sports utility vehicles jumped from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.
The increase in cess for large cars and sports utility vehicles jumped from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

Responding to the contention of opposition members who took part in the debate, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that change in the GST rates was a “natural” process and linked to the rise in tax collection.

The government had issued an ordinance in September to increase cess on motor vehicles,including large cars and sports utility vehicles, from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

The Cabinet had earlier cleared the bill that seeks to replace the ordinance. IANS

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