In the News today – 24 September 2019

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Maybe he is the Father of India : US President Trump on PM Modi

He is a great friend of India, says PM Narendra Modi about US President Trump as their meeting gets underway in New York


‘Memories from Houston, where history was made!’

@PMOIndia Tweeted :

  • Memories from Houston, where history was made!
  • PM Modi presented a framed photograph from the Howdy Modi event to US President Trump.
  • President Trump thanked PM Modi for this gesture.


Pic Credit: @PMOIndia

India on the global platform 

Syed Akbaruddin @AkbaruddinIndia – India’s  Permanent Representative to the UN:

  • India on the global platform – UNGA
  • Glimpses of activities – Day 1 at UN

PM Modi wrote to former Union Minister P Chidambaram, on 16 Sep.,  wishing him for his Birthday

@PChidambaram_IN – Former Union Minister :

I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following:

  • Dear Mr. Prime Minister Modi,
  • Pleasantly surprised to receive your greetings on my birthday (sent to my village address and forwarded to me)
  • As you have wished, I want to continue to serve the people. Unfortunately, your investigating agencies have prevented me from doing so.
  • Once the present harassment ends, I shall be back among the people that both you and I are committed to serve.


Home Minister Amit Shah launches   ‘Private Security Agency Licensing Portal’ in New Delhi today

Home Minister Amit Shah launched   ‘Private Security Agency Licensing Portal’ in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion the Home Minister said:

  • This portal will soon be available in all official languages of India.
  • Whether it is Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu or any other language, you will be able to access this portal in all regional languages.
  • I will request you all to create a corpus fund and use it for the promotion of awareness campaigns.
  • This portal will also help you cross check police verification of each and every security guard.
  • India has the best Police to private security personnel ratio with approx 30 lakh Police & Paramilitary personnel compared to 90 lakh pvt. security persons. I believe that the sector has the potential of providing employment to at least 2-3 crore people.
  • It is impossible for trade and industries to grow without private security guards. I believe that a private security guard is the first line of responder. They are the ones who confront illegal activity first.
  • There are a number of dimensions that can be added to the portal. We can add training and other aspects to it. I assure you that the Home Ministry will do this in the next few months. This will give multidimensional speed to private security guards’ sector.
Pic Credit: @BJP4India

TN CM Edappadi Palaniswami called on Defence Minister @rajnathsingh at the Governor House in Chennai : @DefenceMinIndia

Pic Credit: @DefenceMinIndia

Group photograph of Defence Minister @rajnathsingh along with Officers & personnel of India Coast Guard at the investiture ceremony held in Indian Coast Guard Air Station Chennai, today


Pic Credit: @SpokespersonMoD

‘Laying out India’s vision..’

@VikasSwarup – India’s High Commissioner to Canada :

  • The future of flight.
  • Laying out India’s vision for international civil aviation before the world.
  • Minister Hardeep S Puri attends the historic 40th Assembly of @icao in Montreal.
Pic Credit: @VikasSwarup

‘India can maximise leverage in foreign affairs if…’

Dr Subramanian Swamy @Swamy39 : 

  • India can maximise leverage in foreign affairs if India China USA triangle is made since in the developing situation India needs both our ideological friend, the US and our neighbour and cultural kin China to be on board.
  • With US alone we will become a junior partner like Japan

‘Spectacular views of pristine forests..’

  • Kattery Park near Coonoor, Nilgiris.
  • Speciality of this park is it offers spectacular views of pristine forests – flora & fauna – which no other park in the Nilgiris can offer …

‘Keh-Meh-Ha’ – ‘eating new rice’

@PemaKhanduBJP – Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh :
  • These cute little kids are from Mishmi tribe.
  • They are today celebrating their annual harvesting festival ‘Keh-Meh-Ha’, which literally translated means ‘eating new rice’.
  • Prayers to Almighty for bumper harvest, peace, prosperity and happiness!


Pic Credit : @PemaKhanduBJP


In the News today – 20 September 2019

Corporate tax rates slashed to 22% for domestic companies and 15% for new domestic manufacturing companies

Tax reforms announced by FM @nsitharaman  :

  • In order to promote growth and investment, new provision has been inserted in IT Act, w.e.f FY 2020; it will allow any domestic company an option to pay income tax at 22% (earlier 30%), subject to condition that they will not avail any exemption or incentives
  • Firms incorporated on or after 1Oct19, making fresh investment in manufacturing, have an option to pay tax @ 15%
  • Minimum Alternate Tax reduced from existing 18.5% to 15% for companies, which continue to avail exemptions and incentives
  • Companies that don’t opt for concessional tax regime and continue to avail exemptions or incentives will continue to pay tax at pre-amended rates
  • These companies can opt for concessional tax regime after expiry of tax holiday or exemption -enhanced surcharge shall not apply to capital gains arising on sale of security including those in the hands of FPI
  • No tax on buy-back of shares announced before 5 Jul 2019
  • Total revenue foregone for the reduction in corporate tax rate and other relief: 1 lakh 45 thousand crores rupees per year.

Scope of CSR 2 percent spending expanded

  • The Government has also decided to expand the scope of CSR 2 percent spending.
  • Now CSR 2% fund can be spent on incubators funded by Central or State Government or any agency or Public Sector Undertaking of Central or State Government, and, making contributions to public funded Universities, IITs, National Laboratories and Autonomous Bodies (established under the auspices  of ICAR, ICMR, CSIR, DAE, DRDO, DST, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology) engaged in conducting research in science, technology, engineering and medicine aimed at promoting SDGs.

Inputs : PIB

‘Our government is leaving no stone unturned to make India a better place to do business’

@narendramodi – Prime Minister :

  • The step to cut corporate tax is historic.
  • It will give a great stimulus to Make In India, attract private investment from across the globe, improve competitiveness of our private sector, create more jobs and result in a win-win for 130 crore Indians.
  • The announcements in the last few weeks clearly demonstrate that our government is leaving no stone unturned to make India a better place to do business, improve opportunities for all sections of society and increase prosperity to make India a $5 Trillion economy.

‘Amazing what PM is ready to do for a stock market bump’

@RahulGandhi – Congress leader :

  • Amazing what PM is ready to do for a stock market bump during his Howdy Indian Economy jamboree.
  • At + 1.4 Lakh Crore Rs. the Houston event is the world’s most expensive event, ever!
  • But, no event can hide the reality of the economic mess “HowdyModi” has driven India into.

PM Modi and President of Mongolia jointly unveil a statue of Lord Buddha and his two disciples

Pic Courtesy : @MEAIndia

India and Mongolia: An ancient spiritual connect strengthening with time.

  • PM@narendramodi & President of Mongolia @BattulgaKh remotely unveiled the Buddha statue at Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar gifted by India.
  • Shared Buddhist heritage is among the many strong strands of the multifaceted India-Mongolian ties

Ceremonial welcome of President of Mongolia at Rashtrapati Bhavan

My upcoming USA visit would include various high-level programmes that would further cement India’s ties with USA: PM Modi

My upcoming USA visit would include various high-level programmes that would further cement India’s ties with USA, important multilateral events and interactions with the Indian community as well as business leaders.

Here are the details.

For past many months, Govt has been indulging in vendetta politics against P Chidambaram: Jairam Ramesh – Congress leader

  • For past many months, Modi Govt has been indulging in vendetta politics against former Home Minister P Chidambaram. In INX media case, the investigating agencies have not revealed an important fact that is crucial to the case, I want to shed more light on that.
  • The Foreign Investment Promotion Board i.e. FIPB was set up in 1991. Whenever there is an FDI proposal, the FIPB analyses it. Their 6 secretaries look into it and submit their recommendations that go to the Finance Ministry.
  • INX Media file went to FM along with 24 other proposals. Then FM, Chidambaram on 28 May 2007, signed it and so did 11 others – 6 FIPB secretaries, Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Joint Secretary, Additional Secretary & Finance Secretary.
  • No officer raised any objections when signing the file. The investigative agencies spoke to some of the officers but never have they raised any questions against the other officers or said that they committed a crime.
  • If the Investigative agencies feel that the officers committed no crime by signing that file, then how does the 12th person, Mr P Chidambaram become a criminal?

MNM President Kamal Haasan’s emotional video message on Subasri

MNM President Kamal Haasan in an emotional video message on Subasri :

  • If you (people) are scared of them (the Govt.), just hold my hand.
  • Makkal Needhi Maiam will raise the voice on people’s behalf.
  • Come join us and let’s all raise valid questions.
  • Let’s create a new leadership

Kamal Haasan takes a metro ride…

Pic Courtesy : @Anees_Offl

Union Home Minister Amit Shah chairs the 29th Meeting of the Northern Zonal Council 

  • The 29th Northern Zonal Council meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister @AmitShah in Chandigarh today.
  • To discuss and deliberate on a broad range of issues involving the Centre and the states falling in the Northern Zone.

@AmitShah – Union Home Minister :

  • Chaired the 29th Northern Zonal Council Meeting at Chandigarh.
  • Had extensive discussions and many inter-state issues were amicably resolved.

@capt_amarinder – Chief Minister of Punjab :

  • In Northern Zonal Council meeting, called for greater regional cooperation between northern states by evolving a common ecosystem.
  • With GST, there is need for greater rationalization of tax rates in the region, especially on excise, petrol & diesel.
  • Hope we can find common ground soon
  • Shared my deep concern with the NZC about the growing water crisis in all States, especially regarding the depletion of ground water.
  • While Punjab has no surplus river water to share, we must cooperate to improve water-use efficiency to conserve our most precious resource.
  • Raised our long-standing demand to maintain the agreed 60:40 ratio between Punjab & Haryana in administrative positions in UT Administration, Chandigarh.
  • This should be respected both in senior positions of IAS or IPS officers, as well in other cadres and subordinate staff.

Pic Courtesy : @PIBHomeAffairs

‘Sharing a lighter moment…’

Capt. Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab : 

Sharing a lighter moment during the 29th Northern Zonal Council meeting held in Chandigarh.


Pic Courtesy : @capt_amarinder