GST in India from 1 July

The official launch of Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be on June 30th midnight. The GST will reduce tax burden on goods by replacing the indirect taxes like VAT, Service tax, Excise etc levied by the central and state governments. GST seeks to bundle state and central levies into one and create a seamless national market throughout the country.

The GST Council (GSTC), the apex decision body for the new tax, also approved the creation of an anti-profiteering authority that will exist for two years. According to the source, the norms for filing returns have been relaxed for the first two months until September 2017. This will help Small business and traders who may not be ready for migration to GST.

The idea of moving towards the GST was first mooted by the then Union Finance Minister in his Budget for 2007-08. There would be four tax rates namely 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%. The Council has asked the Committee of officers to fit various goods and services in these four slabs keeping in view the present incidence of tax. GST would be applicable on “supply” of goods or services as against the present concept of tax on the manufacture of goods or on sale of goods or on provision of services.

According to the source, the GST returns would be applicable for business where turnover is more than Rs 20 lakh. Hence the small business and traders with turnover less than Rs 20 lakh will not have to file any return. Under GST, you need not give any details of invoices but disclose the total turnover.

A mega rehearsal has been planned tomorrow in the Central Hall of Parliament ahead of the historic GST launch on the midnight of 30 June. Tomorrow’s rehearsal has been organized to ensure that everything is well-organized and there is smooth conduct of the launch event, the sources said. The final event is likely to start at 11 PM on 30 June and will be on till half past midnight the sources said.

  • Businesses having a turnover of more than Rs 20 Lakhs have to get registered mandatorily under GST.
  • The norms for filing returns have been relaxed for the first two months until September 2017.
  • There would be four tax rates namely 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%.
  • Under GST, you need not give any details of invoices but disclose only the total turnover.
  • GST allow sellers to claim the tax already paid, so that the final liability on the end consumer is decreased.
  • From the consumer point of view, the biggest advantage would be in terms of a reduction in the overall tax burden on goods.

Reference:
http://www.cbec.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/gst/gst-concept-status-ason05Apr2017.pdf
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/guide-to-filing-gst-returns-revenue-secretary-hasmukh-adhia-makes-it-easy-for-you/articleshow/59337150.cms
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/policy-trends/gst-council-gives-relaxation-of-2-months-for-filing-of-gst-returns/articleshow/59213188.cms
http://www.firstpost.com/business/gst-from-1-july-govt-to-rehearse-launch-ceremony-in-parliament-tomorrow-3751263.html
https://cleartax.in/s/gst-law-goods-and-services-tax

Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan in Bangalore

Swachh Mandir Cleanliness is godliness and temples in Bangalore are ensuring temples and that their surroundings are clean with their Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan. Banashankari temple is one of many in the city to have adopted Swachh Mandir Abhiyaan. These temples come under the department of religious and charitable endowments or Muzrai.

Boards have been installed to educate visitors on cleanliness; they tell visitors where dustbins are located. Those who don’t dump waste at the designated place or carrying a plastic bag into the premises will be fined.

A waste audit of 40 temples in the city found they generate around 5,600 kg of waste every week. All 70 temples un der the muzrai department will undertake the waste management exercise in the coming days. The department will extend the campaign to all its 34,000 temples in the state. The department has tied up with BBMP to dispose of dry waste at recycling units.

Source: TOI

Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

No Politics Clean IndiaOn the day of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji and Lal Bahadur Shastriji, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his nationwide cleanliness campaign, the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ or ‘Clean India Campaign’ from the Valmiki Basti in New Delhi.

After paying tribute at the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Modi himself swept a pavement at Valmiki Basti, a colony of sanitation workers before the formal launch of the ‘Clean India’ drive at Rajpath.

Modi Said “Cleanliness is not only the responsibility of the ‘safaai kaamgar’, it is the responsibility of 125 crore Indians. If Indians can reach Mars at a cheap cost, can we not clean our neighbourhoods?”

Thanking the media for supporting this campaign, he said, “I know people will criticise me in the next few days, but to clean India I am ready to face the criticism.”

Modi asked people to take pictures of areas where they saw garbage, then clean the area and take pictures of the clean area. He asked people to upload these images on social media using MyGov, a mobile application.

He added, “I have also started a social media campaign, I have invited nine people to post pictures of them cleaning and they will invite another nine people. It includes Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan, Yoga guru Ramdev baba and a team of Tarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah.”

Source: DNA INDIA-Swachh Bharat Abhiyan: Clean India is responsibility of all 1.25 billion Indians, says PM Narendra Modi

Respect the National Flag

 

With a sense of national pride, people enthusiastically buy such flags but the very next day, we find these flags being trampled upon the road, in dustbins and elsewhere.

  • When the Flag is in a damaged or soiled condition, it shall be destroyed as a whole in private, preferably by respectful burning or by any other method consistent with the dignity of the Flag. – Flag Code of India 2002, Section II, Point 2.2 (xiii)
  • The flag must never touch the ground or water, or be used as a drapery in any form.
  • The flag should always be flown between sunrise and sunset, irrespective of the weather conditions.
  • One “reads” a flag like the pages of a book, from top to bottom and from left to right.
  • Whenever the flag is displayed indoors in halls at public meetings or gatherings of any kind, it should always be on the right (observers’ left), as this is the position of authority.
  • The Indian flag cannot be flown at half-mast.
  • Whenever the National Flag is displayed, it should occupy the position of honour and should be distinctly placed.
  • As per the guidelines of Prevention of Insults to National Honour (Amendment) Act, 2003, the Indian Flag shall be made up of hand-woven wool, cotton or khadi silk buntings. The flag shall not be used as a portion of a costume or uniform of any description.

What you can do?

  • Form a group in order to educate people.
  • Circulate the information to schools & School children
  • Put the dos and donts on the notice boards.
  • Spread the message in Twitter, facebook & other social medias
  • Collect spoilt flags and respectfully dispose them by burning of or burial.
  • Form a group in order to educate people on this issue and prevent disrespect of flag.
  • Share the snaps and details of volunteer program you conducted to prevent disrespect of flag.

Why do readers share honest blogs more?

This articles was inspired from economic times featured article on Employee blogs. Their article was discussing about employees blogs and need for encouraging employees to blog. I too agree with thier article that an employee writing blog should be honest blog and not a blog post to increase company PR. Readers subscribe and more likely to return to blogs to reader his or her other posts.

If an employee discuss negative posts, the reader attaches greater credibility. Employee blogs would be shared for following reasons.

First, Employee blogs that contain honest criticism about the company are perceived to be more credible with readers. Readers feel goodwill towards such bloggers and reciprocate by sharing their blog with others, thereby improving the blogger’s stature.

Second,readers take pride in sharing their “discovery” with others, thereby improving their own stature.

Third, honest blog postings are considered interesting because they are unexpected, and consequently get more publicity in the traditional media as well as from other bloggers.

Company benefits tremendously from having an army of employees who are credible bloggers.When there are new developments that the company wants to share with its stakeholders (such as a new product launch, a recruitment effort, or a new corporate initiative), it is much easier to get the word out through employee blogs.

Ensure Employees maintain professional standards and not reveals confidential information such as financial performance or information about new product launches etc.

Precautions against bomb blasts

With the Mumbai serial blast, people concerned for the safety of their relatives. Safety and security is a top priority for apartments and buildings located in city centers where risks are higher. You can take following precautions or safety measures to protect people and property and minimize the risk of personal injury.

  • Verify the antecedents of tenants before renting out the premises.
  • Inform the police about any suspicious happening or unclaimed object found in suspicious circumstances
  • Do not touch any unidentified object and do not accept any parcel from strangers.
  • Make an enquiry if a taxi or auto-rickshaw is seen parked inside the compound or outside the building for a long time.
  • Visitors parking should be restricted, if possible, to 300 feet from your building or any building in a complex.

Read More… commonfloor.com/articles/bomb-blast-precautions

Swimming Pool an Unavoidable Destination this Summer

From hotels to clubs or high-end townships, swimming pools have become a norm. Swimming pools are no longer considered a luxury as the facility has become increasingly popular and more accessible to people across all socioeconomic brackets. The scorching heat and the humid weather makes the swimming pool an unavoidable destination this summer.

Experts suggest tips for Swimming pool maintenance

Be it an indoor or outdoor pool, they require equal care and maintenance. V Suresh, Manager, Loss and Prevention Department, Accord Metropolitan, says, “The pool is packed during summer with regular customers as well as tourists. We clean the pool on a daily basis and Chlorine is added every day to keep insects and flies at bay. Once in a month we drain the water and clean it completely.”

L Bhaskar, an employee of Cosmopolitan club says, “As it is an outdoor pool, it requires constant cleaning as leaves and insects tend to fall into it. During summer we clean the pool twice a day, and the rest of the year it suffices if we clean it once a day. The pool is closed for maintenance once a week.”

S Ramakrishnan, CEO, Marg properties, says, “A decade ago, maintaining a pool was a tedious affair; everything was manual. Now things have undergone drastic changes, the entire maintenance system is computerised. With the use of high-end technology, water wastage can be kept to a bare minimum.” A digitised swimming pool is on the cards for their current project on MOR.

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Mohamed Anwar who runs a pool maintenance company throws some light on the various aspects of keeping a pool clean and tidy. “My clientele includes a range of hotels, beach houses and celebrities. Constructing a pool within the house is an increasing trend and maintaining a pool is like maintaining a house. One must constantly engage in underwater vacuuming and suction sweeping. Whether the pool is being used constantly or not, Chlorine and other chemicals must be added and the pool must be brushed regularly. A recycling system is a must in any pool otherwise it will become a breeding ground for algae, fungus and other microscopic organisms. Maintaining a pool costs about a few thousands a month based its size,” he explains.S Sarada, Managing Director, 5th field realtors, a city-based real estate company, speaks about the latest preferences and demands when it comes to building places with a swimming pool. “Over the last few years, the demand has increased tremendously; today it’s a common sight on ECR and OMR road to find a house or an apartment with a swimming pool. In the near future I am sure that pools will start mushrooming even within the city due to the soaring temperatures and relatively low costs of constructing a pool.”

Courtesy: Times of India