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    • It was "loud and clear" that as per the GST Act, the Centre will compensate if the states tax revenue growth was less than 14 per cent, Rao said, adding it did not mention anything about COVID-19 or natural disasters. A resolution was passed in the GST Council when Arun Jaitley was the finance minister, Rao said.

      Meanwhile,Telangana Finance minister T Harish Rao tested negative for the virus after he took the test in the wake of a staff member being found positive for the infection.

      BJP, which has maintained a political understanding with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti, on Monday held rallies against the state government and blamed it for the poor infrastructure and Covid-19 tests.

      Its revenue from operations was down 88.63 per cent to Rs 163.16 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 1,435.12 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

      Telangana Advocate General BS Prasad, representing the state government, informed the court that necessary permissions would be taken at the time of construction

      The governor has, after more than an hour of interaction with the private hospitals, asked them to form a committee to suggest a concrete plan to improve the healthcare infrastructure and protocols in Telangana to effectively handle the Covid-19 pandemic. She has appealed to them to strengthen the infrastructure with increased oxygen beds and ventilators.

      Amid ‘high positives-low testing’ scenario, Telangana had reported India’s highest positive rate at 27.7% and the country’s lowest number of tests at a mere 14,690 from June 10-23. Hyderabad recorded India’s second highest positive rate at 32.1% on June 23, after Mumbai at 33%.

      The TRS government feels the Centre is trying to usurp state’s powers apart from creating problems, especially payment of subsidies which the state government is offering to various categories of consumers.

      Some state governments have raised concerns regarding compensation on the GST. The states had pegged the pending dues at around Rs 50,000 crore. In this regard, representatives from various states held a meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier this month.

      Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in consultation with Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday announced the composition of several reconstituted parliamentary standing committees, with former Union Minister and Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal being made a member of the panel on external affairs.

      AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal communicated Gandhi’s ‘advice’ to the CMs. “Congress president has asked Congressruled states to explore possibilities to pass laws in their states under Article 254(2) of the Constitution which allows state legislatures to pass a law to override a central law which then comes for President’s assent,” Venugopal tweeted.

      Selja and Jakhar said NDA allies should support the opposition parties, the same way they extended support against the Land Acquisition Bill, which the BJP-led Union government was forced to withdraw.

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