Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a financing facility of ? 1 lakh crore under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund for agri-entrepreneurs, startups, agri-tech players and farmer groups for post-harvest management and nurturing farm assets.
Last month, the Union Cabinet had approved this fund as part of the over ? 20 lakh crore stimulus package announced in response to the Covid-19 crisis, while PM-KISAN is an ongoing scheme being implemented since 2018.
The new agri-infra fund, the duration of which will be 10 years till 2029, aims to provide medium-to-long term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets through interest subvention and financial support.
Coaching classes do not get any exemption from Goods and Service Tax (GST), this position was reiterated by a ruling given by the Andhra Pradesh bench of the Authority for Advance Rulings (AAR).
Entry No 66 of the relevant notifications provides exemption to educational services if these are provided by an educational institution, subject to certain conditions.
The AAR bench noted that such coaching is not mandatory to be conferred an Inter or Final certificate by the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Cost Accountants, both of which are statutory bodies.
Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the country's new prime minister at a historic Buddhist temple.
The Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP) leader Rajapaksa was administered the oath of office for the ninth Parliament by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The SLPP, led by Mahinda, registered a landslide victory in the August 5 general election, securing two-thirds majority in Parliament needed to amend the Constitution to further consolidate the powerful Rajapaksa family's grip on power.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has announced restrictions on import of 101 weapons and military platforms including light combat helicopters, transport aircraft, conventional submarines and cruise missiles by 2024.
The defence minister estimated that the domestic defence industry would receive contracts worth almost ? 4 lakh crore within the next five to seven years as a result of the decision to prune the import list.
The draft defence procurement policy of the defence ministry projected a turnover of ? 1.75 lakh crore in defence manufacturing by 2025.
India is one of the most lucrative markets for global defence giants. The country figured among the top three importers of military hardware in the world for the last eight years.