Friday, June 30, 2017

GST : List of items in the 28% slab

List of items in 28% slab of Goods and Services Tax (GST):

  • Sugar and sugar confectionery
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations
  • Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastrycooks’ products
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations
  • Pan masala
  • Beverages, spirit and vinegar
  • Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
  • Salt; sulphur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement
  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
  • Tanning or dyeing extracts; tannins and their derivatives; dyes, pigments and other colouring matter; paints and varnishes; putty and other mastics; inks.
  • Essential oils and resinoids, perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations
  • Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations
  • Artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations
  • Explosives; pyrotechnic products; matches; pyrophoric alloys; certain combustible preparations
  • Chemical products
  • Plastics and articles thereof
  • Rubber and articles thereof
  • Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silk-worm gut)
  • Furskin and artificial fur
  • Wood and articles of wood, wood charcoal
  • Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard
  • Headgear and parts thereof
  • Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feather or of down – artificial flowers; articles of human hair
  • Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar material
  • Ceramic products
  • Glass and glassware
  • Articles of iron or steel
  • Copper and articles thereof
  • Aluminium and articles thereof
  • Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks of base metal; parts thereof of base metal
  • Miscellaneous articles of base metal
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and re-producers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rollingstocks, and parts and accessories thereof
  • Aircraft; spacecraft and parts thereof
  • Ships, boats and floating structures
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof
  • Clocks and watches and parts thereof
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles
  • Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories
  • Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like; prefabricated buildings
  • Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
  • Miscellaneous manufactured articles
  • Project imports, laboratory chemicals, passengers’ baggage, personal importation, ship stores.
with thanks : : LINK : for detailed news

GST : List of items in the 18% slab

List of items in the 18% slab
The list of items in the 18% slab will be divided into two sections. The first section is the goods section and will name the various items that will be in this slab. However, the second section shall include the names of the various services that will be affected and has been put in the 18% slab.
The products under the 18% slab are:
  • Trademark
  • Bidi Patta
  • Goodwill
  • Software
  • Biscuits (all categories)
  • flavoured refined sugar
  • pasta
  • pastries and cakes
  • preserved vegetables
  • jams and sauces
  • soups
  • ice cream
  • instant food mixes
  • mineral water
  • tissues
  • envelopes
  • tampons
  • notebooks
  • steel products
  • printed circuits
  • camera
  • speakers and monitors
  • Kajal pencil sticks
  • Headgear and parts thereof,
  • Aluminium foil,
  • Weighing Machinery [other than electric or electronic weighing machinery],
  • Printers [other than multifunction printers],
  • Electrical Transformer,
  • CCTV,
  • Optical Fiber,
  • Bamboo furniture
  • Swimming pools and padding pools
  • Curry paste;
  • mayonnaise
  • salad dressings;
  • mixed condiments and
  • mixed seasonings
  • Footwear costing more than RS. 500
Now coming to the Services part, the top service to be taxed in accordance with the 18 percent slab are:
  • AC hotels that serve alcohol
  • telecom services
  • IT services
  • branded garments
  • financial services
Notably, Rooms with tariff between Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,500 will attract 18 percent of GST, while restaurants in Five-star hotels will also be charged according to the 18 percent slab.
with thanks : : LINK : for detailed news

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Palbinder K. Shergill Of B.C. Supreme Court Becomes 1st Turbaned Sikh Judge In Canada

By any standards, Palbinder Kaur Shergill is an accomplished woman: a trial lawyer with her own firm and a mother of three who speaks three languages (on her way to four).
Last week, Shergill was appointed to the B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, becoming the first turbaned judge in Canada.
"It's ... especially inspiring given that she's a woman and mostly the turban is associated with Sikh men," Balpreet Singh of the World Sikh Organization told CBC News.

with thanks : huffingtonpostCA : LINK : for detailed news.

Man's Racist Snapchat Story Targets Sleeping Sikh On Plane Flight

Sleeping on a plane is hard enough. It’s worse when a fellow passenger mocks you on Snapchat the whole time and suggests you’re a terrorist.
That’s what a Sikh worshipper en route to Indianapolis had to endure last week. Screenshots of the posts are sparking outrage on Twitter.
The prejudiced posts were made by an unidentified man, but were captured for posterity by Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, an assistant professor in the religion department at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
with thanks : huffingtonpost : LINK : for detailed news story

British Sikh couple take legal action after being advised not to adopt

A British Sikh couple say they were told by an adoption agency not to apply as only white babies were in need.
Sandeep and Reena Mander say they were told they were unlikely to succeed as the only children in need were white
A British Sikh couple are bringing a legal case, claiming they were advised by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “cultural heritage”.
Sandeep and Reena Mander said they had wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background.
But they were told that, as only white children were in need, white British or European applicants would be given preference, meaning they were unlikely to be selected.
Instead, the Berkshire-based couple allege, they were advised to try to adopt from India – a country with which they have no close links.
“Giving an adopted child – no matter what race – the security of a loving home was all we wanted to do,” Sandeep Mander said.
“What we didn’t expect was a refusal for us to even apply for adoption, not because of our incapability to adopt, but because our cultural heritage was defined as ‘Indian/Pakistani’,” he told the Times.
with thanks : theguardian : LINK : for detailed news

Asean India meet

Asean India meet and Keynote address by EAM Sushma Swaraj with delegates from USA, Canada, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Nigeria etc.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

DSGMC file a case before NHRC against Capt. Amrinder Singh, in connection of the murder of 21 young Sikh who had surrendered themselves

 In his biography Capt. Amrinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab had stated that 21 young Sikhs who had surrendered and a case of murder has been registered by the Police, after which the sensational case has been politicalised. 

President DSGMC S. Manjit Singh G.K. and S. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, General Secretary have stated that Capt. Amrinder Singh has hand in murdering the innocent 21 young Sikhs and in this matter they have announced in today's Press Conference that they will file a case in National Human Rights Commission against Capt. Amrinder Singh.  In fact, after his biography Capt. Amrinder Singh tweeted on his tweeter Account on 17th May, 2017 that the former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar have deceived him in the matter of surrender of 21 innocent young Sikhs.

G.K. stated that during the year 1980-90 the Sikh Community again and again complained about the practice of murdering young Sikhs by the Police Administration on the recommendation of Punjab Govt., on the basis of terrorism, Capt. Amrinder had proved right this. G.K. had stated that in Punjab during terrorism innocent Sikhs were killed in three ways.  In which the false cases against sikh youths were filed and they were killed in fake encounters by pulling them out from their houses to end the Sikhism.

G.K. also stated that no doubt Capt. Amrinder singh by submitting his confession he had got himself relieved but yet it is to be seen how he will be able to get the grieved families of Sikhs compensated.  While taking a reference to the submission of Mr. Amrinder's confession G.K. had appealed to the judiciary to  suite  a case against the culprits failing which DSGMC will be first to sue Capt. Amrinder Singh by themselves.

G.K. said what was the necessity to offer a bouquet to former DGP K.P.S. Gill by Capt. Amrinder Singh after taking oath as Chief Minister-Punjab.  G.K. said that there were also allegations against KPS Gill of killing Sikhs by fake encounters.  By offering bouquet to KPS Gill what Capt. Amrinder Singh wants to tell the people? Meeting KPS Gill and to shower crocodile tears for innocent killings of Sikhs, is it logical? G.K. also said that they will approach Prime Minister regarding filing a case against Capt. Amrinder Singh as well as will approach the Central Government to have CBI investigation for Police encounters took place in 1990.

Sirsa Said that Capt. Amrinder's silence for 25 years is not sufficient to prove him not guilty, because he himself was Chief Minister from 2002-2007.  At the same time as a MP/MLA his silence through all the Parliament sessions/meetings has created suspense.  Since Capt. Amrinder Singh himself has condemned the massacre of Sikhs in Punjab, it is his moral duty to lodge the FIR against the culprits.   As Capt. Amrinder Singh is the Chief Minister he will be able to apprehend the culprits by his own Police team easily. Sirsa had also demanded that Capt. Amrinder Singh be made a witness in filing the case against the Police Officials in Punjab for the killing of innocent 21 Sikh youths by making public their names and the year of incidents.  

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

London terror attack: Sikhs offer refuge, help at Gurudwaras

London was on Saturday hit by a second terror attack in almost three months when a van drove into people on London Bridge which was immediately followed by a stabbing spree in the nearby Borough market. (UPDATES)
Thousands of people flooded the popular market but were stuck as police cordoned off the area, many unable to get home with nearby subway stations shut. However, locals were quick to offer assistance, including Sikhs who posted information about refuge at nearby Gurudwaras on social media.
Phaldip Singh, who describes himself as an entrepreneur and youth activist, tweeted that the Sikh temples were open to provide food and shelter for those affected.
with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK : for detailed news

Nihang teaches yoga and life management skills

AMRITSAR: The sight of a man in a Nihang's robes may be unexpected at the beaches of Maldives. But Dr Kamalroop Singh, a Ph.D in Sikh studies from the UK, adds to the idyll of this retreat by teaching yoga, pranayam and de-stressing techniques to tourists who swarm the place. Not only do tourists get their dose of relaxation, they are also familiarised with the teachings of the Sikh gurus. All this is done with a scientific angle that make his arguments all the more persuasive.

"I wanted to do sewa, so, after researching Western academic material on stress, I created a system to tackle modern day stress based on scientific findings and yoga," said. According to him, his work is based on the work of Dr Benson, who coined the famous 'relaxation response' to the fight or flight instinct that produces stress. Singh swears by the efficacy of his techniques, which include guided relax ation, stretches, deep breathing, meditation, maintaining balance and composure. Singh said the crux of his teaching is the art of going with the flow.Guru Nanak Dev, he said, exhorted humanity to remain within "hukum."

"If we look at this from a religious viewpoint, it means following the divine will or going with the flow. When we go against the current of life, we get stressed. We must be in the moment and move with the current. That is what I teach my students through yoga, pranayam and mantras," he explained.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK : for detailed news.

Sikhs in France want Modi to take up turban issue

AMRITSAR: Sikhs in France have urged PM Narendra Modi to take up the turban issue with French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to the country.

"Despite a very long battle, Sikh students are not allowed to wear turban or 'patka' in schools. Sikhs can't do government jobs wearing turbans, which has come up as a major obstacle in the growth of community," said Iqbal Singh Bhatti, general secretary of Dastar Action Committee, France, while talking to TOI over phone from Paris on Saturday.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK : for detailed news

Saturday, June 3, 2017


Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café!

As the nomenclature suggests, House of Cards is a concrete homecoming of political terror which is further unravelled in the season 5 Episode 1 of the series. The hypocrisy of the protagonist is highlighted with his non conformist attitude. You must view the upcoming series of the  “Home Coming of Terror”, on Z Café. Must watch to view an epitome of political drama which comprehends political philosophy, with the sole aim of gaining power & strength. The series does not actually depict Donald Trump, but the desires & aspirations of the Actor in the series, exactly matches with him.

In this political series, a journalist is killed, while Frank and Claire Underwood, try their best to convert the attack to their advantage. It begins with a direct telecast, where Claire is saying, “You have nothing to be Afraid of. We are here to protect you”.  She continues, “There’s a lot of noise out there, a noisy press that’s choosing to dwell on the past instead of what’s happening right now,” But as soon as the camera zooms, it reveals that it was the recording of an election telecast.

The scene moves to the American Congress, where a senate wants a debate on the actions of the President and his declaration of war on terror. But the reply he gets from the Frank was, " I don't care. I don't care of your investigative committees". He continues, “ I am on my way to the funeral of an American patriot. A good man. A husband. A father who was beheaded on American soil. And this chamber chooses to debate me".

The flamboyancy of Frank seems captivating the genre of the thoughts of the general public who is being outwitted very deceptively. It exhibits the President of the United States of America, with no regard to the political values. Frank tries to overcome the growing popularity of his Republican rival Will Conway, and manipulates the situation, by waging a war against the terrorist organization ICO / ISIS, with the sole aim of creating fear in the general public so that he could retain his presidency in the coming elections.

His working style is starkly opportunistic,  corresponding with that of Donald Trump, the President of United States of America. He absolutely capitalizes the issue of the insecurity of the people in the hands of the terrorists, manipulating the entire mindset of the masses, just to regain his popularity as well to retain his seat. The show is all set to engross the viewers by its spectacular gripping plots.

Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café! You can view more details about the new series at #HOConZCafe