28th GST Council meeting in Delhi

Modi govt slashes GST rate on several products: Here're details

The GST Council has approved the process of simpler return filing. "Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of such commercial brands as Paul Newman Tampons, Muhammad Ali's Rope-a-Dope Pads, John Wayne Maxi Pads, and Joe Namath Jock Shields 'For Those Light Bachelor Days.'" The cultural references might be a bit obscure, but her witty commentary on a world of "men-struating" men who use flow as a measure for pride and worth, I suspect, will never be dated.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has pruned the 28 per cent slab by cutting tax rates on 191 goods over the past one year, leaving just 35 items, including AC, digital camera, video recorders, dishwashing machine and automobiles, in the highest tax bracket. He said, GST on imported urea and ethanol sold to oil companies for blending with petrol and diesel has been reduced to 5 per cent.

Period poverty is not only a problem affecting women in India. This could benefit 93 per cent of tax payers.

A national survey report released earlier this year said around 60 per cent of young women aged between 16 and 24 years did not have access to sanitary pads. This was also the argument of many who had supported the government's position until now.

"While GST tax on sanitary pads was cut from 12 percent to zero, rakhis were exempted from the tax, " the Finance Minister said. Sure, but generalised hand waving is not going to help, sister. Within minutes the social media platform went into overdrive.

By making sanitary napkins tax-free, the government has removed one of the biggest barriers to education for girls. "Besides revenue collection, the GST council will now focus on job creation as well". "Why can not sanitary napkins, which is an essential item, be exempted?" the court had asked.

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She addressed a camp for young Republicans in South Dakota, and stopped by at local United States gun stores and shooting ranges. Officials made a decision to track her movements to determine who she was meeting and what she was doing in the United States.

"Today's meeting has taken a number of decisions unanimously".

Now, the unhappy news. This would mean there would be no input tax credit available, even though inputs in the production of sanitary napkins are taxed.

Also idols made of stone, marble, wood, rakhi not embedded with stone, phool jhadu, sal leaves, too have been exempted.

We asked V Kesavan, a Bangalore-based chartered accountant, and he said that theoretically, this is a real possibility.

Jury is already out on whether the overall price may see a significant difference after the tax exemption (which applies only on the final product; inputs (raw materials) are still taxed).

Depending on brand, a pack of 10 ultra napkins may cost Rs 70-90. Yet a few have raised questions about what the new rate will actually mean, and why the government had spent the previous year arguing that a lower tax rate would be a bad thing.

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