Friday morning news brief, Jan 26 2018

Friday morning brief Jan 26 2018
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GST rate has been reduced from 12% to 8% on purchase of houses availing the credit-linked subsidy scheme. A first-house buyer with a household income of up to Rs 18 lakh per annum can now avail a benefit of up to Rs 2.7 lakh while buying a house or apartment of up to 1,615 sq ft carpet area. Those who do not qualify for the scheme will continue to pay GST at 12% for the same house. Read
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President RN Kovind said there can be a disagreement with another viewpoint without mocking fellow citizens’ dignity. In his first Republic Day address, President Kovind said a “civic-minded nation is built by civic-minded neighbourhoods, where we respect the nextdoor person’s space, privacy and rights.” He also spoke on maintaining integrity and discipline in the nation’s institutions.
NEET will have the same question paper translated into different languages from this year. CBSE told the Supreme Court that the current practice of preparing different sets of question papers for students taking the test in regional languages will go from this year. There had been allegations that question papers in regional languages for NEET 2017 were more difficult than the English and Hindi papers.
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One person from each of 10 Asean nations are among this year’s Padma Shri awardees. The list includes Hun Many of Cambodia for his role in public affairs, Indonesian sculptor and a pioneer of the New Art movement I Nyoman Nuarta and classical Odissi dancer Datuk Ramli Bin Ibraham of Malaysia. India is marking 25 years of partnership with the southeast Asian grouping.
Pakistan Rangers sought a meeting with the BSF after its unprovoked firing met with strong retaliation. Sector commanders of both sides met in Suchetgarh, R S Pura, on Thursday. Pakistani officers reportedly had nothing to say when charged by India with attempting to disturb peace at the border, but suggested that lines of “communication” should be kept open in such scenarios.
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