T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
JULY 21, 2017
Indian mosques of Singapore
These places of prayer,
set up by pioneer Indian
Muslim communities in
early Singapore, were
also a meeting place
for the migrants,
reminding them of home
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on road due to
(right) was forced to
land on a road at Bad-
amguda in Odisha’s
Koraput district due to
Reports said it was
supposed to carry
Border Security Force
soldiers from Koraput
It carried on its jour-
ney after stopping on
the road for an hour.
The state has been
plagued with inces-
sant rain causing flash
floods in Rayagada and Kalahandi
district, claiming one life and leav-
ing many villagers stranded.
Hefty fine for dumping waste
THOSE who dump waste within
500m of the Ganga river will be
fined Rs50,000, according to the
National Green Tribunal.
In addition, it has instructed all
authorities involved to complete
various projects including the
setting up of a sewage treatment
plant and cleaning drains within
According to the environment
ministry, the central government
has spent over Rs4,800 crores to
clean the river and its tributaries
from 1986 till June 30.
Ms Roopa has been
engaged in a public spat
with Director General
of Police (Prisons) H.N.
since June 12 over the
alleged privileges given
to Sasikala, lodged in the
women’s cell of the central
jail since Feb 15.
Bengaluru’s Old Madras
Road is city’s most
THE stretch of Old
Madras Road between
Medahalli junction is
known to be the most
dangerous in Bengaluru.
According to a study
by the city police, the 7km stretch
recorded the highest number of
208 accidents and 54 fatalities
between 2014 and 2016.
The report also showed that roads
in north Bengaluru are increasingly
becoming dangerous, especially
signal-free corridors to and from
the international airport along
Jellyfish threat to
TOURISTS who visit Goa beaches
are advised to stay clear of Blue-
bottles, a small blue jellyfish which
is known to sting humans on
The warning was issued after
lifeguards spotted a cluster of the
jellyfish washed ashore along the
They were less than 2.5cm in size.
This is the second time that blue-
bottles have been spotted in waters
off Goa beaches.
The last time was in 2014.
Airport charges to be refunded
THOSE flying in and out of Delhi
airport can claim a refund from air-
lines for the higher airport charges
paid for travel after July 7.
This is applicable for those who
had made bookings before a gov-
ernment order reducing airport tar-
iff by 89 per cent came into force.
The refund is between Rs235 and
Rs480, depending on the distance
of the journey. Inbound travel-
lers can claim between Rs207 and
Rs415 from their respective airlines.
Portable cow meat detection
kits in Maharashtra soon
POLICE in Maharashtra will be
equipped with portable cow meat
detection kits so that they know if
a meat consignment seized from a
restaurant is cow or buffalo meat.
The kit, which aims to enforce the
ban on the meat, will be introduced
in 45 mobile forensic support
vehicles deployed across the state
Currently, the state’s forensic sci-
ence laboratories receive 100 meat
samples for testing monthly but
their report takes days.
The new kit will enable the
reports to be generated in half-an-
Punjab reviewing retirement
age for civil servants
THE Punjab government is re-
viewing the extension of govern-
ment employees’ retirement for
two years. The current retirement
age is 58.
Chief minister Amarinder Singh
said that the government is re-
viewing the matter and analysing
“the implications of any change
with regard to the existing policy”.
The previous Shiromani Akali
Dal government in Punjab had
changed the policy for some cat-
egories of government employees,
allowing the retirement age to be
increased to 60 instead of 58.
Subsidised meals for Gujarat’s
MEALS costing Rs10 are being
offered to construction workers in
Ahmedabad daily as part of the
Gujarat government’s initiative
called Shramik Annapurna Yojana.
The scheme, which was
launched by Chief Minister Vijay
Rupani, provides one plate of five
rotis, a mixed vegetables, rice,
pickle and green chilli.
There are altogether 84 such
food stalls in Gujarat that offer
subsidised meals to construction
Karnataka police officer
transferred after blowing
whistle on Sasikala’s special
THE Karnataka government has
transferred Deputy Inspector Gen-
eral of Prisons D. Roopa (below),
after she charged All India Anna
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
leader V.K. Sasikala with bribing
senior jail officials to get VIP treat-
ment in the Bengaluru jail.
Her transfer to the traffic
department has sparked outrage
in the city jail with some inmates
staging protests against the move
and demanding it to be revoked.
July 21, 2017
All eyes... Indians at a TV showroom
in Mumbai on the eve of the GST
S ONE of the fastest grow-
ing economies in the world,
India becomes even more of
an attractive destination for NRI in-
vestments with the Goods and Ser-
vices Tax (GST) that came into effect
from July 1. GST is considered to be
one of the most radical tax reforms
in the history of Indian economy.
GST has since replaced all indirect
taxes with one single indirect tax.
The purpose of levying a single in-
direct tax is to unify India under the
“One nation-one tax” concept.
Aimed towards lowering the cost
of goods and services, giving a boost
to the economy and making prod-
ucts and services globally competi-
tive, GST is being hailed as the game
changer for the Indian economy
and is being labelled as the biggest
change the Constitution has seen
since the country’s independence.
Subsuming most of the state and
central taxes into a single tax, it is
expected to mitigate the ill effects of
cascading (imposition of tax on tax),
improve competitiveness and thus
improve business environment.
Those living in India are required
to make adjustments for the new tax
regime since it has changed the very
basics of the indirect tax system.
What about Indians living outside
Estimated at around 30 million,
India today has the largest diaspora
population in the world. Do NRIs
need to brace for the impact of the
If you are a non-resident and plan
to set up a business in India, it is now
mandatory to register under GST.
Non-resident Indians who contin-
ue to invest and do business in India
will find the going easier once the
entire process is stabilised. Increased
tax compliance may attract more
FDI across sectors due to transpar-
ency and ease of doing business.
Who is a non-resident person tax-
able under GST? As per GST, you
will be treated as a non-resident tax-
able person when you occasionally
make supply of goods and services
as a principal or agent, in a taxable
territory where GST applies but you
don’t have a fixed place of business
The basis of GST is that it is a con-
sumption based tax. As such there is
no GST on exported goods and ser-
vices because the place of consump-
tion is outside India in case of ex-
ports of goods and services. Import
of goods will, however, be consid-
ered under inter-state supply model.
Under GST, importers in India
have to import goods under new
Integrated Goods & Services Tax
(IGST) along with existing customs
duty and other surcharges.
Many NRIs maintain a bank ac-
count in India, either directed to-
wards managing their income from
Indian investments or towards sav-
ings from the income earned abroad.
With the implementation of GST
most of the financial services will at-
tract a higher tax of 18 per cent as
against the previous 15 per cent. As
such NRIs may have to spend mar-
ginally higher to avail these services
as and when required.
Although the overall impact of
GST can only be seen over time, it
is indeed a right step towards bring-
ing uniformity and creation of a na-
tional market aimed towards greater
productivity and efficiency.
Anjana Tandon is head of Retail
Banking, State Bank of India
July 21, 2017
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