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What’s in a Name? Chhattisgarh Couple Names Daughter as GST

The child was born on July 1st, the morning after the Goods and Services Tax was brought into reality by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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  • The baby’s father has stated that he possessed no information about GST but has been hearing the term for quite a while
  • The village head said that the little girl has already become the center of attraction in the village after being named as ‘GST’

Raipur, July 05, 2017: “What’s in a name” is a question for many! A name hardly ever matters that much, one would think. But it is all about popularity for a couple from Chhattisgarh, as they have named their newly born daughter as GST.

According to the reports, the baby’s father- Jagdish Prasad Sonwani, a carpenter by profession, has stated that he possessed no information about ‘GST’ but has been hearing about the term for quite a while.

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The child was born on July 1, this year, the morning after the Goods and Services Tax was brought into reality by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a ceremony in the Parliament on the midnight of 30th June, mentioned PTI report.

Sonwani, hailing from Basti village of Baikunthpur area in Koriya said, “I thought of making the day (1st July) memorable for my family and entire village when I was blessed with a baby. Therefore I named her as GST.”

“My wife, Sarojni (22), and me had heard a lot about GST during past couple of days that it will be implemented from 1st July. However we don’t have any knowledge about its details or provisions,” he was quoted as saying. Sarojini gave birth to ‘GST’ at a regional government-hospital around 8 am on Monday.

“We (the couple) immediately decided to name the baby as GST. My daughter will continue with this name in school too,” 26-year-old Sonwani has asserted.

Reportedly, Gorelal Sauto, the village head, said that the little girl has already become the center of attraction in the village after being named as ‘GST’. He further added that, the villagers have been visiting Sonwani’s house to bless his family, PTI has reported.

A woman from Rajasthan has also named her child ‘GST’ after he was born on 1st July.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC
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PM Narendra Modi: Government bringing Stringent Consumer Protection Law

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New Delhi, October 26: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the government was in the process of enacting stringent legislation aimed at protecting consumers along with setting up a Consumer Protection Authority (CPA).

“Consumers’ protection is this government’s priority. We are in the process to bring a new law on consumer protection keeping in mind the need of the country and business practices here,” Modi said at an International Conference on Consumer Protection for East, South and South-East Asian Countries.

“We are in the process of forming a Consumer Protection Authority, which will have executive powers, for immediate redressal.”

The rules were being streamlined to solve consumer problems in less time and at less cost, he added.

“The stress is being given on consumer empowerment. Strict provisions are being contemplated against misleading advertisements,” Modi said.

He said India was among the few countries which had enacted a law a year after the UN adopted guidelines on consumer protection in 1986.

The Prime Minister also said the prices of commodities were set to go down and consumer protection for their interest effects due to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Due to the GST, the competition among companies was going to increase. So prices will go down. It will help consumers from lower middle class and poor sections,” Modi said.

“Earlier, transportation by trucks would take five days but it has come down to just three three days now as checkposts on borders have vanished after the GST. It means transportation cost has gone down. This is going to be transferred to consumers,”

Taking a dig at those opposed to the GST, he said: “Some people may be taking advantage of the lack of awareness. However, the benefits will be transferred (to consumers) in days to come.”

Talking about the conference, Modi said: “It shows how seriously we take the needs of our citizens and how we strive hard to solve their problems”.

“It is the first conference in the region, where everyone is trying in their own ways to save the interest of consumers. However, we have to keep in mind that the world is going towards a single market,” Modi said.(IANS)

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