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As migrant workers flout quarantine norms, increase in UP's COVID-19 cases triggers fear in rural areas; Nigrani Samitis prove toothless
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As migrant workers flout quarantine norms, increase in UP's COVID-19 cases triggers fear in rural areas; Nigrani Samitis prove toothless

Some villagers groused that the panchayat pradhans are not reporting the issues to the police or concerned authorities.

Govt releases Rs 92,077 cr towards devolution of central taxes to states for April, May, says Nirmala Sitharaman
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Govt releases Rs 92,077 cr towards devolution of central taxes to states for April, May, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The government on Thursday said it has released Rs 92,077 crore towards the devolution of central taxes to states for April and May

Stimulus package impact: Fiscal deficit of Centre, states likely to be at 12% of GDP, says DBS Bank
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Stimulus package impact: Fiscal deficit of Centre, states likely to be at 12% of GDP, says DBS Bank

The combined fiscal deficit of the Centre and states will top 12 percent of the GDP because of the recent economy-boosting measures, and higher borrowings by States to meet COVID-19 exigencies, says a report

Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan says 20 states getting ready for launch of ration card portability from 1 June
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Food minister Ram Vilas Paswan says 20 states getting ready for launch of ration card portability from 1 June

Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday said as many as 20 states and union territories are getting ready for implementation of the ambitious ration card portability service 'One Nation-One Ration Card' from 1 June

Finance ministry sanctions Rs 46,038 cr as states share in central taxes and duties for April
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Finance ministry sanctions Rs 46,038 cr as states share in central taxes and duties for April

The Finance Ministry on Monday said it has sanctioned Rs 46,038 crore for the devolution of states' share in central taxes and duties for April

Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt allows fresh exemptions for lockdown period, includes construction in rural areas, sanitation work
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Govt allows fresh exemptions for lockdown period, includes construction in rural areas, sanitation work

In a communication to all States and Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also said collection, harvesting, and processing of minor forest produce, non-timber forest produce by Scheduled Tribes and other forest dwellers in forest areas were also allowed to be carried out during the lockdown which will last till 3 May.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Gross state borrowings to touch Rs 7.8 lakh cr in current fiscal, says ICRA
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Gross state borrowings to touch Rs 7.8 lakh cr in current fiscal, says ICRA

ICRA has said states with the higher patient count, returning migrant labour, as well as a greater dependence on GST compensation, will face the sharper risk of fiscal slippages this fiscal

Coronavirus Outbreak: Finance ministry allows states to borrow Rs 3.20 lakh cr from market
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Finance ministry allows states to borrow Rs 3.20 lakh cr from market

The Finance Ministry has allowed all states to borrow a cumulative Rs 3.20 lakh crore from the market between April-December

Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre releases Rs 14,103 cr GST compensation to states; more to be released soon
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre releases Rs 14,103 cr GST compensation to states; more to be released soon

In a bid to provide further relief to states amid the coronavirus outbreak, the finance ministry has released about Rs 34,000 crore in two phases to states as compensation for their revenue loss in the goods and services tax (GST) regime

States scramble for funds as coronavirus takes toll on coffers; seek central government and RBI support
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States scramble for funds as coronavirus takes toll on coffers; seek central government and RBI support

A three-week nationwide lockdown is testing the resilience of state governments, with analysts warning that essential public services and health care for millions of Indians will be in jeopardy without further central government and RBI support

Poor dam management, manipulated flood lines in Maharashtra leave people living along riverbanks at the mercy of raging waters during monsoons
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Poor dam management, manipulated flood lines in Maharashtra leave people living along riverbanks at the mercy of raging waters during monsoons

The rainfall pattern is getting erratic by the day, where dry spells are widening and days of torrential rains increasing, which exposes people who live close to the rivers to further flooding.

States shun imported onions despite Centre offers at Rs 55 per kg landed cost; govt fears stock may rot in godowns
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States shun imported onions despite Centre offers at Rs 55 per kg landed cost; govt fears stock may rot in godowns

Forced to import onions to check spike in prices, the Union Government now fears that the key kitchen staple may rot in godowns as states have shown little interest in buying them despite its offer to bear the transportation cost

GST compensation: States say Centre staring at sovereign default; GST Council sees first-ever voting
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GST compensation: States say Centre staring at sovereign default; GST Council sees first-ever voting

In a development with far-reaching implications, non-BJP ruled states on Wednesday said the union government may be headed for a sovereign default as it has refused to assure them of paying on time the GST dues guaranteed to them through a Constitutional amendment

Union Budget 2020-21: Some states pitch for relaxation in fiscal deficit target to 4% to boost consumption
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Union Budget 2020-21: Some states pitch for relaxation in fiscal deficit target to 4% to boost consumption

With tax revenue slowing in a sputtering economy, some states on Wednesday suggested Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to go for fiscal expansion and relax the deficit target to 4 percent of the GDP

Cabinet extends term of 15th Finance Commission by one year to 30 October 2020
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Cabinet extends term of 15th Finance Commission by one year to 30 October 2020

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday extended the term of 15th Finance Commission, which is to decide on the division of tax and other resources between the centre and the states, by one year to 30 October, 2020

States need to raise infrastructure spending to Rs 110 lakh cr over next decade: CRISIL
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States need to raise infrastructure spending to Rs 110 lakh cr over next decade: CRISIL

States need to scale up investments to Rs 110 lakh crore over the next decade to achieve India's massive infrastructure targets, rating agency CRISIL said on Tuesday

Uttar Pradesh bears I-T burden of its MLAs with 'meagre earnings' of Rs 1.9 lakh a month; India's VVIP culture runs deeper than defunct red beacons
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Uttar Pradesh bears I-T burden of its MLAs with 'meagre earnings' of Rs 1.9 lakh a month; India's VVIP culture runs deeper than defunct red beacons

According to the affidavits filed by the candidates in the Legislative Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, more than 80 percent of MLAs were multi-millionaire.

FIR against UP journalist Pawan Kumar Jaiswal for exposing irregularities in mid-day meal blot on Indian democracy
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FIR against UP journalist Pawan Kumar Jaiswal for exposing irregularities in mid-day meal blot on Indian democracy

The arrest of Pawan Kumar Jaiswal is a clear case of trying to intimidate a journalist and erode the foundations of a free press to protect the corrupt.

States, UTs have used only 16% of allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan till February, reveal minutes of national council meeting
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States, UTs have used only 16% of allocated resources for Poshan Abhiyaan till February, reveal minutes of national council meeting

It aims to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0 to 6 years from 38.4 percent to 25 percent by 2022

Kashmir after Article 370: Valley struggles to rid self of uncertainty with communication clampdown, rumours and little faith in administration
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Kashmir after Article 370: Valley struggles to rid self of uncertainty with communication clampdown, rumours and little faith in administration

Communication networks, including landlines and internet, have been blocked since last Monday and news channels on cable networks have been restricted to the state-run Doordarshan and two private news channels.