News flash:Constitution amendment enabling the GST bill passed in Rajya Sabha

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9.03 pm: Constitution amendment enabling the GST bill passed in Rajya Sabha

8.22 pm: We will try the most reasonable rate for the GST, says Finance Minister in RS

8.08 pm: HM Rajnath Singh speaking boarded a chopper to reach his hotel in Islamabad, a short while ago.

8.07 pm: Finance Minister speaking on GST bill in Rajya Sabha

8.00 pm: We do not want the burden on people of the nation to increase. Indirect Tax must go down, says Anand Sharma.

7.54 pm: Cabinet gives approval for Motor Vehicle (amendment) Bill 2016, to improve road safety.

7.32 pm: Anand Sharma begins his address in Rajya Sabha on GST bill.

6.54 pm: We asked Finance Minister to bring it as a financial bill. Govt loses nothing if this happens: P Chidambaram on on GST Bill.

6.30 pm: ED registers case against ex-textile Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela and others for illegal transfer of NTC land causing loss of Rs 709 cr to Government.

6.15 pm: The new facts are Chief Economic Adviser's report. The report explains why standard rate should not be more than 18%: P Chidambaram.

6.00 pm: We've not backtracked. We have persuaded the Govt that they must indicate the standard rate in CGST and IGST, says P Chidambaram on GST Bill

5.40 pm: Rajnath Singh arrives in Islamabad (Pak) for SAARC Conference, meets Addtional Secratary of Pak Interior Minister Amir Ahmed.

5.30 pm: Rajnath Singh arrives in Islamabad (Pakistan) for SAARC Conference.

5.21 pm: Dalit students from various colleges in Bihar protest over scholarship scam, police baton charge protesters.

5.18 pm: CM of Gujarat Anandiben Patel submits her resignation to the Governor, in Gandhinagar (Gujarat).

5.11 pm: Protest against Rajnath Singh in Islamabad outside SAARC Conference venue.

5.01 pm: 226 Indian passengers and crew were on board of Emirates Trivandrum-Dubai flight which caught fire at Dubai airport, all passengers safe.

4.55 pm: Both at the central and the state level, the transition towards GST model will be challenging, says Praful Patel, NCP.

4.43 pm: There can be no tax law in this country without a tax rate. Standard rate should be as low as possible, says P Chidambaram.

4.42 pm: Emergency help line number of Emirates at Trivandrum Airport is 0471-3377337.

4.30 pm: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis at the spot on Mumbai-Goa bridge collapse.

4.29 pm: Ten newly appointed Cabinet Ministers of the State sworn in Arunachal Pradesh.

4.26 pm: Supreme Court extends parole of Sahara India chief Subrata Roy till 16 September. Subrata Roy to deposit Rs 300 crore more.

4.24 pm: Rajnath Singh leaves for Islamabad (Pakistan), to attend SAARC HM conference.

4.16 pm: Can confirm that there were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board, says Emirates statement on Trivandrum-Dubai flight.

4.12 pm: Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin leads protest against HM Rajnath Singh in Islamabad.

4.11 pm: Protest against Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Islamabad ahead of his arrival for the SAARC Conference in Pakistan.

4.00 pm: Communist Party's Prachanda elected as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.

3:45 pm: We are supporting the GST bill despite having several reservations: SP's Naresh Agrawal on GST.

3:35 pm: Communist Party's Prachanda elected as the new Prime Minister of Nepal.

3:10 pm: Jet Airways Flight 9W 531 from Dubai to Mangalore reported technical snag and returned back at the Dubai airport.

2:52 pm: Sensex down by over 200 points amid GSTBill debate in Rajya Sabha.

2:45 pm: Emirates aircraft flying from Thiruvananthapuram, India, to Dubai made an emergency landing at Dubai airport.All passengers safe: Gulf News.

2:27 pm: Hope Arun Jaitley will pass GST Bill not on basis of numbers but on basis of arguments, says P Chidambaram.

2:20 pm: Congress was never opposed to the idea of a GST; Congress only wanted to fix serious flaws in the GST bill: Chidambaram.

2:14 pm: GST is one of the most reformative tax reforms: Finance minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha.

2:10 pm: 2/3rd of the voting power in the #GST council belongs to states, 1/3rd belongs to the Centre: Jaitley in RS.

2.00 pm: Debate on GST bill begins in Rajya Sabha.

1.40 pm: Maharashtra Govt has issued showcase notices to hospitals in Mumbai and in other cities who denied treatment to poor.

1.32 pm: Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi shifted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital from Army Research and Referral Hospital.

1.29 pm: Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi discharged from Army Research and Referral Hospital. More details awaited

1.27 pm: Sonia Gandhi ji got sick due to frequent in & out of AC during rally (in Varanasi), she is now recovering: S Dikshit

1.05 pm: Anandiben Patel to meet Gujarat Governor OP Kohli at Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar at 5PM today, will officially submit her resignation

1.00 pm: Sure,GSt will be passed, Centre has assured that it will help states for first 3 years in case of loss: Raman Singh

12.41 pm: DK Pathak to monitor the implementation of agreed ground rules of ceasefire with NSCN/IM and NSCN/KN and NSCN/R in Nagaland.

12.40 pm: DK Pathak appointed as the Chairman ceasefire monitoring group with Head Quarters in Kohima (Nagaland).

12.19 pm: Centre stands with Maharashtra Govt in this hour of crisis and assures all possible help: HM Rajnath Singh in LS

12.15 pm: 4 NDRF teams comprising 115 personnel including divers along with 12 boats were immediately rushed to Maha bridge collapse site- HM in LS

12.10 pm: Mumbai-Goa highway bridge collapse: 2 bodies have been recovered so far, says Raigad district collector, Sheetal Ugale

12.06 pm: LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan advises MP #BhagwantMann to not attend Parliament proceedings until a decision is taken

12.05 pm: LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan grants extension of 2 weeks to 9-member committee constituted to probe Bhagwant Mann's security breach video

12.02 pm: Gujarat HC dismisses PIL challenging appointment of P.P. Pandey, accused in Ishrat Jahan encounter case, as DGP of the state

11.59 am: United World Wrestling(UWW) has cleared Narsingh Yadav's participation in #Rio2016 : Brij Bhushan Singh, Pres. WFI

11.54 am: Mahad bridge collapse: Have info about 2 buses, few cars being missing, search ops underway: Anupam Srivastav, NDRF

11.52 am: Varanasi & Gorakhpur are two important cities,but proposal for starting metro train service should come from the state-Venkaiah Naidu in LS

11.50 am: A team of doctors from central railways & rescue personnel sent at Mahad bridge collapse site- CPRO Central Railway

11.48 am: Maharashtra Government moves SC to get clarification regarding the height of human pyramids for the Dahi Handi celebrations in the state.

11.40 am: YSR Congress MPs protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

11.28 am: I will be going to Gujarat tomorrow to meet the victims of Una incident: Mayawati.

11.20 am: There should be no politics over crime against women. If the house wants discussion, we are ready for it: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

11.15 am: Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag reaches RR Hospital to meet Sonia Gandhi.

11.00 am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to visit Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Army RR hospital in Delhi.

10.35 am: Nitin Gadkari and Saroj Pandey appointed observers, they will go to Gujarat and hold meetings, decision on next CM then: Venkaiah Naidu.

10.24 am: Mumbai-Goa highway bridge collapse: Chetak Helicopter carries out search operation for missing vehicles

10.10 am: BJP Parliamentary Board meeting ends.

9.42 am: The BJP's Parliamentary Board meeting has commenced at the residence of the Prime MInister.

9.20 am: Congress Rajya Sabha strategy meet at 10:15 am in Parliament today.

8.53 am: North Korea test missile landing off Japan's coast is 'serious threat': Japan PM Abe.

8.37 am: Bridge on Mumbai-Goa highway collapses; over 20 reportedly missing.

8.33 am: GST Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today as India Inc looks forward to it becoming reality.

8.18 am: Relief for Anurag Thakur as Himachal HC quashes FIR against Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

8.10 am: VK Singh arrives in Jeddah to assist Indians affected by food crisis in Saudi Arabia

8.00 am: The BJP's Parliamentary board meeting is scheduled to commence today at 9 AM. During the meet the resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel will be held. A decision on a new Chief Minister for Gujarat too would be discussed.

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