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Willing to discuss changes in GST Bill with Congress: Jaitley

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New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the government is prepared to discuss changes in the proposed goods and services tax (GST) Bill with the Congress, but urged the latter to reconsider its suggestions that had the potential to “damage” the system.

“We are reaching out to them, we are willing to discuss with them because some of these suggestions may not necessarily be in the larger interest of the GST structure,” he said here while addressing the annual general session of industry chamber Assocham.

The wisdom which dawned on my friends in the Congress party had not dawned on them when Pranab Mukherjee introduced the GST (in 2011). It did not dawn on them when (the then finance minister) P. Chidambaram accepted the Standing Committee recommendations,

The finance minister said it would be “extremely unfair if we try to impose in the name of political compromise, a GST with a defective architecture”.

“But to come out with the preposterous suggestion that tariff must be mentioned in the Constitution document so that in a given exigency if tariff has to be altered you need a two-third majority in both houses of Parliament and has to go to each of the states,” he added.

And when the tariff rate has to be mentioned in the Constitution itself, it is a flawed architecture because the GST with flawed architecture can actually damage the system much more than it can benefit,

The Congress had thwarted the passage of the GST Bill in the monsoon session of parliament over its demand that a revenue-neutral rate not higher than 18 percent be mentioned in the constitution amendment bill.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Apple Provides Customers’ Personal Data on Indian Government Requests

"Apple is committed to your privacy and being transparent about government requests for customer data globally. This report provides information on government requests received," said the company

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Apple lowers Q1 revenue guidance on slow iPhone sales.

The Indian government has asked Apple to provide information for 27 devices and 18 accounts in the January-June 2018 period, with the company providing data in most of the cases owing to an iTunes Gift Card fraud investigation.

The number of government requests — in various formats such as subpoenas, court orders, warrants or other valid legal requests — also included 34 financial identifiers and three emergency requests, Apple said in its Transparency report released late Monday.

For device requests, Apple provided data to the Indian government in 63 per cent of cases and 85 per cent in the cases related to financial identifiers.

“The high number of financial identifiers were specified in requests predominantly due to an iTunes Gift Card fraud investigation,” said Apple.

“One request may contain one or multiple identifiers. We count the number of identifiers identified in each request and report the total number of identifiers by type (Device, Financial Identifier, Account),” the company added.

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An Apple store in Woodbridge, Virginia. (VOA)

For account requests, Apple provided data in 78 per cent of cases and for all the three emergency requests.

Keeping with global trends, Apple has launched a new transparency report website which makes it easier to see data requests from various governments.

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Globally, the company received 32,342 demands from governments to access 1,63,823 devices, with 80 per cent of the requests granted.

In total, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker approved more than 25,000 government requests to access customer data in the first half of 2018 – an almost nine per cent rise in demands in the July-December 2017 period.

“Apple is committed to your privacy and being transparent about government requests for customer data globally. This report provides information on government requests received,” said the company. (IANS)