Top Headlines: July 1 date with GST looks set as council clears all bills

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July 1 date with GST looks set as council clears all bills
The bills will now have to be cleared by Parliament and state assemblies. “We will try and do that expeditiously,” finance minister Arun Jaitley said after Thursday’s meeting of the council, which has representatives from all states. Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia said a July rollout now looked feasible.
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UP decimation could spur a grand alliance of Oppn
Top Congress managers told TOI that a grand alliance of SP, BSP and Congress may emerge from the rubble of the UP decimation which has left no party with the “illusion” that it can fight BJP led by PM Narendra Modi alone.
‘Pak must not meddle in our internal affairs’
Pakistan’s attempts to link the verdict in the Ajmer case to the Samjhauta train blasts case was completely untenable. “We also totally reject the completely untenable link sought to be established by Pakistan with any other matter currently under purview of the Indian courts,” the ministry of external affairs said on Thursday.

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Priority will be to restore lost glory of Punjab: Manpreet Badal
“Restoring Punjab’s lost glory is what we will work for,” Manpreet, the estranged nephew of ex-Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, told.
NIA team examines hideout of suspected terrorists in Lucknow
Along with CFSL Chandigarh based forensic experts, National Investigation Agency on Thursday visited the Haji colony located house where terror suspect Saifiullah was gunned down on March 7.
Court defers Ajmer shrine blast sentencing
On March 8, the NIA court convicted Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi (now dead) and had fixed March 16 for the sentencing.

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WhatsApp breaks silence on its ‘Status’ feature
Once the update is rolled out, users will be to set text-based status updates by navigating to the ‘About’ section of their WhatsApp profiles.
Google may be working on a third smartphone besides Pixel, Pixel XL successors: Report
For those unaware, Google assigns names of aquatic animals as codenames for its devices. The Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and Nexus 6P were codenamed ‘Hammerhead’, ‘Shamu’ and ‘Angler’ respectively.
Google Nexus 6 gets downgraded from Android 7.1.1 to 7.0 Nougat
Some Reddit users also revealed that apps on the Nexus 6 are crashing continuously after the downgrade. The device needs to be wiped to restore normal functionality.

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Ranchi Test: Smith, Maxwell make India toil
India went wicketless in the final session of Day 1 of the Ranchi Test as Australia, on the back of Steven Smith’s 19th Test century, reached 299/4 at stumps, their highest total of the series.
No serious concerns over Kohli’s shoulder injury: BCCI
Indian cricket team had a huge sigh of relief after the relevant investigations revealed that there are no serious concerns to captain Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury he suffered during the second session of the first day’s play of the third Test in Ranchi.
PM Modi outwits Ravi Shastri in sporting style on Twitter
Former Indian cricket team captain Ravi Shastri congratulated Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on their landslide victory in the recently held UP assembly elections on Thursday.

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GST Council caps cess on demerit goods at 15 per cent
The actual cess on demerit goods, which will help create a corpus for compensating states for any loss of revenue from GST implementation in the first five years, may be lower than the cap as the Council has kept a “little” headroom for future exigencies, finance minister Arun Jaitley said.
India’s engineering exports likely to cross $60 billion
Union minister for commerce and industry Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said India’s engineering exports are likely to cross $60 billion in fiscal 2016-17 on the back of revival of demand in the US and for select products like iron.
Mizoram govt presents tax-free surplus budget
Mizoram finance minister Lalsawta on Thursday presented a tax-free surplus budget for 2017-2018 amounting to Rs 8,803.10 crore.

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Akshay donates Rs 1.08 crore to martyred jawans’ kin
The actor has donated Rs 1.08 crore to the families of twelve slain jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF)
Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast
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Shahid in talks with SLB for another film?
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