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People solidly back demonetisation, will hold Congress accountable on GST: BJP

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BJP supporters during a rally. IANS

New Delhi, October 30: The BJP on Monday hit back at Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for attacking demonetisation and GST, saying people were “solidly standing” with the Narendra Modi government on the decision to junk high currency notes and GST is the best thing to have happened in tax administration in seven decades.

BJP spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao also took a personal dig at the Congress Vice President over his remarks on GST, saying that when it “becomes a joke when he tries to become an intellectual”.

He said the people had given the Congress “a resounding slap” when they tried to make demonetisation a poll plank in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly polls and if they seek to do it again, then people will give them a “befitting reply”.

Accusing the Congress of not acting against black money during all its time in power, he said it was instead opposing Modi’s steps against black money and tax evasion.

Terming the government’s steps in the “national interest”, he said people were “solidly standing” with Modi’s “cleaning up exercise” and accused the Congress of opposing any attack on assets abroad or money laundering since their leaders were involved in it.

He also mocked the Congress and other opposition parties’ decision to mark November 8, the demonetisation decision was announced by the government last year, as a “Black Day”.

“The more Congress tries to really cry about demonetisation, it will expose itself to the people and we are happy with this brazen, shameless public support for black money by the Congress,” he said.

On GST, Rao said Congress supported it in parliament and also claimed it was an initiative worked upon during the UPA government, while their state governments supported every decision regarding GST be it in terms of rates and commodities covered.

“It is the height of hypocrisy for the Congress to claim that Congress party is not a party to GST. It only shows their lack of willingness to accept reality. The Congress cannot run away from it. We will hold them accountable,” he said, adding that the BJP believes that GST is the “best thing that has happened to this country in seven decades”.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday described demonetisation as an “out and out disaster” and said that GST was a “torpedo” which destroyed the economy.(IANS)

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Medical Fraternity Asks Central Government To Withdraw GST on Hand Sanitizers, Masks

Hospitals, ambulance, nursing and support staff desperately require sanitisers, masks and other protective equipment in 24x7 mode

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, hospitals, ambulance, nursing and support staff desperately require sanitisers, masks and other protective equipment in 24x7 mode. Pixabay

In the wake of the increasing threat of Covid-19, the medical fraternity has asked the government to consider withdrawing GST on hand sanitiser and masks in these ‘difficult times’.

“We understand that certain ingredients (in sanitisers) are taxable, still in these difficult times or at least for next few months, hand sanitisers should not attract GST,” said Sandeep Sharma, President of Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Delhi branch.

According to Sharma, hospitals, ambulance, nursing and support staff desperately require sanitisers, masks and other protective equipment in 24×7 mode.

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“We require all these items in bulk, but at present we are paying 18 per cent GST on sanitisers and 5 per cent on masks etc. Besides, medical practitioners and public at large also require hand sanitisers and masks as a major preventive measure to keep away from the highly infectious virus. It would be a big relief for people if GST is not levied on these items,” said Sharma, who coordinates with all leading chains of top private hospitals and doctors.

Meanwhile, the President of the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), Roy K George, has appealed to all the state governments to ensure urgent and smooth supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), and essential items like masks and sanitisers to serve patients and combat the spread of the infectious disease to the medical staff.

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In the wake of the increasing threat of Covid-19, the medical fraternity has asked the government to consider withdrawing GST on hand sanitiser and masks in these ‘difficult times’. Pixabay

“Our state associations, particularly from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, have informed us that adequate supply of PPEs, masks and sanitisers has to be provided to the nurses and other medical staff,” said George, adding, “What happened in Mumbai, where 26 nurses tested positive for Covid-19 in private hospitals, suggest that frontline soldiers of the this war against virus need more attention in terms of equipments and medical kits.”

TNAI, founded in 1908, has 6 lakh nurses as its members, making it one of the largest associations of nurses in the world. It has postponed all its celebrations related to the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, legendary social reformer and founder of modern nursing.

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While nurses world over combat the dreaded infectious disease, the WHO has declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of Florence Nightingale. (IANS)

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Apple Increases Price of its Smartphones in India Post GST Hike

The iPhone 7 (32GB) which was earlier priced at Rs 29,900, is now priced at Rs 31,500

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Another hit model iPhone XR (64GB) which was priced at Rs 49,900 will now cost Rs 52,500 -- a price hike of Rs 2,600. Pixabay

Apple on Wednesday increased prices of its iPhones in India due to the GST hike from 12 per cent to 18 per cent which became applicable from April 1.

The most popular iPhone 11 (64GB) model which was earlier priced at Rs 64,900 will now cost Rs 68,300 — up by Rs 3,400.

Another hit model iPhone XR (64GB) which was priced at Rs 49,900 will now cost Rs 52,500 — a price hike of Rs 2,600.

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Apple on Wednesday increased prices of its iPhones in India due to the GST hike from 12 per cent to 18 per cent which became applicable from April 1. Wikimedia Commons

The Rs 101,200 iPhone 11 Pro (64 GB) is now priced at 106,600 while iPhone 11 Pro Max (64GB) which costs Rs 111,200 will now be available for Rs 117,100.

The iPhone 7 (32GB) which was earlier priced at Rs 29,900, is now priced at Rs 31,500.

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With the GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, increasing the GST on mobile phones from 12 per cent to 18 per cent, industry experts had indicated that it would hit the industry and brands would not be in a position to absorb this impact. (IANS)

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Realme increases Smartphone Prices in India Post GST Hike

"We sincerely hope you will continue to support not only us but also the whole smartphone industry, for more amazing technologies and surprises in the future," the company said in a statement

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According to the company, the COVID-19 pandemic has highly impacted the smartphone industry, leading to a price hike of components and supply shortage. Pixabay

Chinese smartphone maker Realme on Wednesday announced that it has increased its smartphone prices following the Indian government’s move to increase GST rate from 12 per cent to 18 per cent, which came into effect from April 1.

Realme 6 (4GB+64GB) model which was earlier priced at Rs 12,999 will now cost Rs 13,999 — up by Rs 1,000. Realme X2 (4GB+64GB) which was priced at Rs 16,999 will now cost Rs 17,999 — a price hike of Rs 1,000.

Meanwhile, Realme XT (4GB+64GB) which costs Rs 15,999 will now be available for Rs 16,999.

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Chinese smartphone maker Realme on Wednesday announced that it has increased its smartphone prices following the Indian government’s move to increase GST rate from 12 per cent to 18 per cent, which came into effect from April 1. IANS

“We sincerely hope you will continue to support not only us but also the whole smartphone industry, for more amazing technologies and surprises in the future,” the company said in a statement.

According to the company, the COVID-19 pandemic has highly impacted the smartphone industry, leading to a price hike of components and supply shortage.
Additionally, the Indian rupee rate has been continuously fluctuating and facing depreciation currently.

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“The value of money smartphone players like realme which have been very price competitive and refrained from increasing any prices thus far, will have no choice but to increase the prices to match the GST hike,” said Neil Shah, Vice President, Research at Counterpoint. (IANS)