Friday Evening News Brief, May 19

Friday evening brief May 19 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Goods and Services Tax Council exempted education and healthcare from the tax regime. Four tax rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent have been finalised. Rail, air and road transport will fall in the 5 per cent tax slab. Non-air-conditioned restaurants will attract a tax levy of 12 per cent whereas air-conditioned restaurants will fall in the 18 per cent tax bracket. The tax rate on gold has not been finalised yet.
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Tamil superstar Rajinikanth dropped hints to his fans that he may enter politics. “What is wrong in serving the people who have raised me to the top? Why should I not expect their lives to improve too?” Rajinikanth said. “The system is corrupt, we all need to work together to change it,” he added.
China said it is not against the joint naval exercise of India and Singapore in the South China Sea. &ldquo;We have no problem, if such exercises and cooperation are for the benefits of regional<a href=”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/india-singapore-naval-drill-shouldnt-hurt-others-china/articleshow/58750737.cms”> peace and stability</a>,&quot; China&#39;s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. Held since 1994, it is the 24th edition of the annual exercise between the two countries.
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Pakistan has decided to set up a new team of lawyers to argue the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice. The new team will “present Pakistan’s stance vigorously” at the ICJ, said Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister. Meanwhile, rights activists in Pakistan have raised the question why consular access to Jadhav was denied in the first place.
Defence minister Arun Jaitley said India forces will give “adequate response” to any form of ceasefire violation on the border. &ldquo;I would compliment the Indian Army for the level of <a href=”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/army-will-give-adequate-response-to-border-violations-arun-jaitley/articleshow/58752264.cms”>preparedness and enthusiasm</a>. Our soldiers are fully confident that they would not allow any form of infiltration to take place,&quot; he said after visiting LoC.
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