QBengaluru: Cabinet Expansion Delayed; State to Oppose Hike in GST

1. BSY Delays Cabinet Expansion, Rebels May Have to Wait to Become Ministers

Signalling a delay in the expansion of his ministry, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday said he may not go to New Delhi for about a week to discuss about it with the BJP high command.

After his government retained majority in the Assembly by sweeping the 5 December bye-polls, Yediyurappa had said he would be travelling to Delhi soon to hold discussions with the BJP central leadership on the Cabinet expansion.

"For three-four days I will not go (to Delhi), whenever national president (BJP- Amit Shah) asks me to come, I will go. Most probably I may not go for a week," Yediyurappa told reporters in response to a question about his New Delhi visit. There is talk within BJP circles that the Ministry expansion may get delayed as Dhanurmasa (considered inauspicious month among Hindus) begins on 16 or 17 December and would end with Makar Sankranti in January third week.

(Source: The News Minute)

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2. State Set to Oppose Hike in GST Rates

GST Bhavan. 

A proposal to levy additional cess on certain commodities and to hike GST rates is snowballing into a huge problem for the state government, worried as it is over the increasingly difficult task of generating revenue.

Thanks to the economic slowdown, the state hasn’t met targets for motor vehicle tax and stamps and registration duty, although collection from other sectors has been relatively robust. The government is worried additional cess and a hike in GST rates will push up prices and add to the slump. Falling demand for fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) — cosmetics, hair oil, toothpaste and biscuits — is another case in point.

The GST council is scheduled to meet on 18 December where the proposal to increase cess will be discussed. Karnataka, at the meeting, is likely to oppose the decision.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read: End of road for GST rate cuts? Council to mull tax revamp

3. Nithyananda Case: HC Stays all Proceedings

Swami Nithyananda.

In a new twist to the criminal case involving godman Nithyananda, the high court on Thursday stayed all proceedings pending before a trial court at Ramanagara where he is facing trial on charges of rape, criminal intimidation and other offences.

State public prosecutor VS Hegde told the court that K Lenin, the complainant, had only challenged the warrant issued against him by the trial court and had urged the court to consider his statements recorded prior to 2014 as his testimony. However, justice G Narendar wanted to know what purpose would be served if the accused (Nithyananda) is allowed to flee and only witnesses would be being questioned in the court.

When the case hearing commenced, the judge asked the prosecutor about the whereabouts of Nithyananda. Hegde replied that the godman had got permanent exemption from the proceedings in the case as per an order passed by the high court.

(Source: The Times of India)

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4. Kerala Team to Meet BSY on Bandipur Night Traffic Issue

Bandipur’s animals now have access to drinking water. 

A high-level delegation will be soon calling on Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to discuss the Bandipur night traffic issue.

An all-party delegation from Kerala will also possibly meet union ministers to discuss Kerala’s pleas on the matter. A meeting convened by Kerala Transport Minister A K Saseendran on Wednesday also directed principal secretaries of the Kerala forest and public works departments to prepare the affidavit to be submitted in the Supreme Court on the matter. Kerala would urge the Karnataka government and the Centre not to fully shut NH-766 passing through Bandipur tiger reserve, connecting Wayanad and Mysuru.

It may seek for maintaining status quo and allow limited number of transport bus services on both sides during night.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

Also Read: Rahul Gandhi, Kerala CM Discuss Bandipur Traffic Ban, Flood Relief

5. 26-Year-Old Lures 6-Year-Old to Play With Him, Rapes Her

Representational image of a crime scene.

A 26-year-old man lured a six-year-old girl to play with him and allegedly raped her at an agriculture field near his house at a village in the taluk on Wednesday evening.

The suspect is Sunil Balu Balnayak, a married man, is a resident of Lakshmi Galli. The girl’s father came looking for the girl near Sunil’s house and the incident of sexual assault came to light. The suspect fled the spot. The girl’s father then informed the police about the incident. It is said that Balu Balnayak, the suspect’s father, tried to hush up the incident. Kakati police inspector Shrishail Koujalgi visited the village for inquiry.

The victim has been admitted to the district for treatment and tests.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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