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We will work to give you a simple GST: Rahul Gandhi


Teppotsavam (Float Festival) at Shri Kamakshi Amman Devasthanam, Kanchipuram


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Congress President Rahul Gandhi addresses media in Chennai



Rahul Gandhi made three important announcements today : Chidambaram

  • Congress will pass the Women’s Reservation Bill reserving 33% of seats for women in Parliament and State Legislatures in the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha.
  • Congress will reserve 33% of all posts/vacancies for women in Central govt, central govt organisations and CPSUs.
  • Congress will increase spending on Education to 6% of GDP by 2023-24 setting the annual goals in the first budget itself.


Congress President Rahul Gandhi interacting with students at Stella Maris Women’s College, Chennai


While addressing the students at Stella Maris College in Chennai, Congress Persident Rahul Gandhi said “There is an ideological battle in the country today and they are sharply divided. One ideology is a unifying one that believes, the country should not be dominated by any one idea. No state should feel oppressed”.


Law should apply to everybody equally. PM Modi has his name in govt documents which say that he is directly responsible for negotiating parallelly with Dassault on Rafale deal. Investigate everybody: Rahul Gandhi. You can’t have a negative atmosphere in the country and expect economic growth. Economic growth is directly related to the mood of the country. We will move the country to a place where people feel empowered and happy, he added.

How many times have you seen the PM of India standing here like this, being open to any question from anybody? Why doesn’t the PM have the guts to come and stand in front of 3000 women and be questioned by them? : Rahul Gandhi

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Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid: Supreme Court refers Ayodhya matter to Mediation

We do not find any legal impediment in referring the matter to mediation, Supreme Court. Matter referred to mediation by Supreme Court.

Mediation to be held in Faizabad. Status report as regards mediation has to be submitted in four weeks.

Mediation panel to comprise: Justice FM Kalifulla, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar , and Senior Advocate Sriram Panchu. Mediation proceedings to be confidential, media cannot publish details of proceedings.

Source : @barandbench

Sri Sri on Ayodhya Mediation


Congress announces the first list of candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections


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DMK President MK Stalin to meet all those who had applied for DMK candidature to contest in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and by-elections to TN Legislative Assembly, on 9 and 10 March at the party HQ in Chennai

Dr Subramanian Swamy:

I am heading for Chennai to attend the annual conference of Virat Hindustan Sangham. VHS has emerged in these five years as an effective all India organisation. VHS endorsements for BJP candidates are in big demand.

‘A complete answer …’

We fully support the publication of documents pertaining to the Rafale deal. The argument that they are ‘stolen papers’ flies in the face of Article 19 of the Constitution.

The celebrated judgement of the US Supreme Court in 1971 in the case of the Pentagon Papers is a complete answer to the AG’s arguments that the media cannot publish so-called secret papers.




Indian Railways announces Several Welfare Measures for License Porters

Sahayaks are the integral part of Indian Railways. They act as a link between Railways and the passengers being available round the clock for the convenience of the passengers. Presently approximately 20,000 Sahayaks are working over various railway stations of Indian Railways. With the advent of lifts and escalators on railway stations along with increased usage of luggage trolleys, the role of license porters has under gone change. In view of persistent demands from license porters and to make their working more comfortable, Indian Railways has taken several measures towards their welfare

  • Uniform:  Presently, two red shirts are supplied every year as Uniform and one woollen shirt is also given once in two years in lieu of one red shirt. It has been decided to supply  three red shirts  and  one woolen shirt  every year..
  • Issue of passes: At present, one set of complimentary cheque pass and one set of Privilege Ticket Order ( PTO)  for self and spouse is being given to Sahayaks.  It has been decided to give two sets of Privilege Ticket Orders (PTOs) for self and wife every year.
  • Extension of validity of cheque pass: Presently, the validity of the complimentary pass issued to Sahayaks  is two month. It has been decided to extend the  validity of the complimentary pass to   five months  at par with railway staff.
  • Rest room facilities : Presently,  Sahayak can utilize the facility of waiting halls, laterins, canteens etc  provided at  stations for passengers.  Some stations have also been provided with Sahayaks Rest Rooms.  Now it has been decided that Sahayaks Rest Rooms will be progressively provided at all stations having a strength of 50 and more Sahayaks.  These Rest Rooms will be provided with  TV, RO water and barrack beds.
  • Path ways: Sahayaks are free to use railways’ Light trolleys/Hand barrows for carriage of passenger luggage.  It has been decided that the  pathways shall  be constructed at all major stations for smooth movement of trolleys/Hand barrows.
  • Free Education for wards of Sahayaks:  Presently, free education facility is being provided to the wards of Sahayaks in the schools run by Railways’ and Railwaymen’s organization/Mahilla Samitis.  It has been decided to extend the facility to the schools  run by Railways and Railwaymens’ organization /Mahila samitis at any station in  the division where the Sahayaks  are working.

Source: @PIB_india



Filing of GST Annual Return  – last date extended

Filing of Annual Return in GST for the year 2017-18:The GST law mandates filing of Annual Return in FORM GSTR -9 and FORM GSTR-9A., the Last Date for filing the Annual Return for the Financial Year 2017-18 has been extended to 30th June 2019.

It is being informed to the trade and industry that the form is now available on the common portal for filing and taxpayers are requested to file their returns at the earliest.

Taxpayers may please exercise caution while filing this return as facility to revise the FORM GSTR -9 and FORM GSTR-9A is not available.

‘We want out of the box ideas’

ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan had an inspiring session with ‘future space scientists’ at ISRO HQ today. These students were from KRM Institutions in Chennai and are making a satellite to aid agriculture.

“We want out of the box ideas. The world is growing because of ideas that are different and out of the box. I am convinced by the power of youngsters in India. Our doors are always open to you,” Dr Sivan during his interaction with students, tweeted ISRO.

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I recently met a group of Small Business owners from around India, to get a sense of the problems they face in running their businesses and how we can shape our policies to help them grow and create millions of new jobs: Rahul Gandhi



‘An unique Indian design’

I was overwhelmed with emotion to visit the National War Memorial, in New Delhi today. I am happy that we have a Memorial dedicated to the thousands of India’s defence personnel who laid down their lives to defend India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

With an unique Indian design, it has four circles named Amar Chakra, Veerta Chakra, Tyag Chakra & Rakshak Chakra.

The names of all our soldiers who died in defence are etched in stone in these concentric circles. It also has the statues of all the Param Vir Chakra awardees.

Pic Credit: @VPSecretariat

Some Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs (actually standing instead of sitting!) gathered for a photo after our last meeting of the session on Friday with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. It’s been a good 5 yrs, with several landmark reports & no dissent: @ShashiTharoor

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Tata Sons Chairman N. Chandrasekaran pays tribute to Jamsetji Tata on his 180th birth anniversary

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Talented Delhi University student Anagha Sunil presents me with a “live painting” of me done while I was addressing Maitry. All the more remarkable because she could not have been sure when I would finish speaking: Shashi Tharoor


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Dear Chennaites ; Please visit Chetpet Eco park operated by @tnfdcofficial if you already haven’t been there. A very nice park with long walking track, boating & ankling facilities and a kids play area. Aquarium and virtual reality centre also started recently: @albyjohnV

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