Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Elections Schedule and Notification

Latest:

GHMC Hyderabad Election Results

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Greater Hyderabad Municipal Elections Schedule and Notification
will be released soon, mostly on the 23rd of July. These are for the elections to the 150 wards that fall in GHMC. This is the first time that the elections are being held for GHMC after its formation. The earlier elections were in 2002 when it was for the Hyderabad Municipal Elections.

Elections to GHMC will most likely be in the 3rd week of August.

Different political parties within the state are wooing the Hyderabad voters and the opposition parties in the state will like to gain some of the lost ground in the recent assembly and general elections.

The equation will be different when it comes to the local elections at this level and the smaller parties and independents will have more influence on the voters. Congress did very well in the general elections and need to see how it will perform this time.

Small parties to watch in GHMC 2009 elections are MIM, Loksatta and even BJP.

Keep checking here for updates on the detailed elections schedule from GHMC

For more information check:
http://www.ghmc.gov.in/

Schedule of Voters Registration and Photo Collection in Maharashtra

As you all know we will be having the 2014 Loksabha General and Assembly Elections in Maharashtra very soon, in this respect the Chief Electoral Officer of Maharashtra has issued a schedule of voters registration and Photo Collection in the state. The official website address of CEO Maharashtra is http://ceo.maharashtra.gov.in/.

You can view and download the Schedule at:
http://ceo.maharashtra.gov.in/billbox.pdf

Previous announcements:
Here are some important dates as taken from the above page:

1 Special photography campaign for non photos - photo electors in the roll-BLOs to visit house to house, collect Form-6 with photographs for inclusion of left out names and collect photographs of voters and without photographs in Form-8 - 1st June to 15th June,2009.

2 Photo merger in the electoral roll-The vendors would merge the Photographs collected in Form-8 and new applicants accepted in form-6 in the database - 15th June to 30th June,2009

3 Integration of electoral rolls. All existing supplements to be integrated with mother rolls - 1st June to 30th June, 2009

4 Draft publication of roll. 7th July, 2009

5 Period for filling claims and objections 7th July 2009 to 22nd July, 2009

6 Disposal of claims and objections by 5th August, 2009

7 Preparation and printing of supplementary list. 20th August, 2009

8 Final publication. 25th August, 2009

Also Check,
Online Search Electoral Roll (Only For Mumbai -City, MSD and Thane District)
http://220.225.73.202/

Online Search Electoral Roll (All Maharashtra State)
http://220.225.73.214/marathi

Friday, July 17, 2009

Praja Rajyam Party gets New Symbol

Chiranjeevi's Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) has got a new symbol. The new symbol for PRP is Rising Sun and the party leader Chiranjeevi hopes that the new symbol will signify the Dawn of the new party.

Rising Sun already is the part of the Parties flag - as you all know in the recently concluded AP Assembly Elections and 2009 General Elections the party didn't too well in its performance and has only won few seats in the state legislative assembly.

But with only two other parties strong in the state TDP and Congress, the party hopes that it will be the third alternative for the people of Andhra Pradesh in due course.

Let us wait and see how the new party Symbol for PRP will change its fortunes.

Monday, July 6, 2009

2013 Union Budget Highlights

2013 Budget Highlights and Tax savings for Salaried class - please stay tuned for updates when PC announces the same in Parliament on 28th FEB 2013

Previous years Budget Details
Here is the Summary and Highlights of 2009 Union Budget presented in the parliament by Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee. There is no significant changes - for working people there is an increase of 10000 in Tax exemption and FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) is removed.

Important Points of Budget

* India targets return to 9% growth

* 12 million new jobs each year and reduce poverty by half by 2014.

* Will create close to 12 million jobs

* Allocation of railways increased to 15,800cr

* Fiscal stimulus of 1,86,000cr provided

* LNG infrastructure in the country being expanded

* Rs 3937cr for improvement of urban poor

* Funding to NHAI stepped up by 23%

* Allocation for Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission raised by 87% to Rs.12,887 crore

* Tax department to work on early introduction of Saral 2 forms

* Stimulus for print media extended from June 13 to Dec 31

* Rs.1,000 crore to accelerate irrigation projects

* Agriculture development fund increased from Rs.2.87 lakh crore to Rs.3.25 lakh crore

* Market development assistance scheme for exporters increased by 148 percent to Rs.124 crore

* Pre-shipment interest subvention set at 2% for textile exporters

* Will make sufficient funds for infrastructure development

* Allocation for urban poor schemes to be raised to Rs.39,730 crore in 2009-10

* Rs 2,000 crore for rural housing fund under National Housing Bank

* For Indira Awas Yojana, allocation to be increased by 63 per cent in 2009-10 to touch Rs 8,800 crore.

* Allocation for flagship Bharat Nirman progamme is being raised by 45 per cent.

* NREGA coverage increased from 3.39 crore households in 2007-08 to 4.74 crore households in 2008-09

* Rashtriya Mahila Kosh corpus to be raised from Rs 100 crore to Rs 500 crore

* National Mission for Female Literacy with emphasis on minorities, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to be launched.

* 50% of all rural women to be brought into self-help group programmes

* Full interest subsidy for students taking courses in approved institutions. Five lakh students to benefit.

* Modernization of national employment exchanges to be carried out.

* Action initiated to provide social security to unorganized sector workers.

* First Unique Identification Card to citizens to roll out in 12-18 months. Pranab proposes provision of Rs 120 crore for the project.

* Under National Action Plan on climate change, eight national missions are being launched. For one of the missions, National Ganga Project, Government proposes to increase allocation to Rs 562 crore.

* Allocation for National Rural Health Mission to be raised by Rs 257 crore over and above the outlay in the interim budget.

* Commonwealth allocation hiked to Rs 16,300 cr

* Rs 2,113 cr for IITs and NITs

* Pension of non-commissioned officers to be hiked

* Commonwealth allocation hiked to Rs 16,300 cr

* Allocation of Rs 50 cr to Chandigrah University

* Rs 500 crore for rehabilitation of internally displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka

* Rs 25 cr each for AMU campuses in Murshidabad and Mallapuram

* Rs 2,113 cr for IITs and NITs

* Pension of non-commissioned officers to be hiked

* Rs 1,000 cr for Aila rehabilitation programme to West Bengal

* One rank, one pension scheme for ex-servicemen approved

* Goods and Services Tax to be introduced from April 1, 2010

* Govt committed to tax reforms

* Total budget expenditure for 2009-10 will Rs 10,28,032 cr

* Plan expenditure, for both Centre and States, to go up by Rs 61,000 cr

* Fiscal deficit in 2009-10 is proposed at 6.8 per cent of GDP

* Higher public investment in infrastructure

* Defense outlay has gone up

* Direct Tax code to be released in 45 days along with discussion paper

* Share of direct taxes has increased to 56 per cent in 2008-09 over 41 per cent in 2007-08

* Personal income tax exemption limit for senior citizens raised by Rs 15,000.

* No change in corporate tax

* Effort is to improve tax collection by eliminating distortions in tax system and expanding the base

* IT exemption limit raised; Rs 50,000 for Sr.citizens

* Limit raised by Rs 10,000 for tax payers, including women

* 10% surcharge on personal income tax scrapped

* Fringe Benefit Tax abolished

* Minimum Alternate Tax on book profits increased to 15 per cent from 10%.

* Commodities Transaction Tax abolished

* New pension system trust exempted from security transaction tax and dividend distribution tax

* Income tax incentives on education loans expanded to cover vocational studies after schooling

* Customs duty of 5 per cent being levied on import of set-top boxes used under Conditional Access System

* Presumptive Taxation of 8 per cent on businesses of turnover of up to Rs 40 lakh

* Small businesses up to Rs 40 lakh turnover exempted from filing advance tax returns

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Live Budget News from CNBC TV18, Moneycontrol

Pranab Mukerjee's Live Budget News from CNBC TV18, Moneycontrol

As you know Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee is all set to present the union budget today, all of us are eager to know how the budget is going to be and how will it benefit different sections of the society and different businesses and industries.

Budget Breaking News and Budget Highlights
http://budget.moneycontrol.com/budget2009/budgetflashes.html

*Total Budget expenditure for 2009-10 will Rs 10,28,032
*Subsidy outlay at Rs 1.11 lakh crore in FY10, Finance Minister
*Rs 500 crore for Lankan Tamil refugees
*Unique ID nos to be rolled out in next 12-18 months

Budget Preview
This is the first budget of Congress led UPA government in the 15th Loksabha.

You can catch all the LIVE budget action in TV - CNBC TV 18, CNBC Awaaz, Aaj Tak, Zee News, Star Business, NDTV Profit, Lok Sabha TV, CNN Business

Highlights of the budget being presented will also be available on Internet on the following channels -
MoneyControl.com, IBNLIVE.com, rediff.com, Eenadu.net, TV9.

Also check the highlights of Budget 2009 here - will post the important points here.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Live proceedings of Parliament from loksabha.nic.in

Live proceedings of Parliament from loksabha.nic.in - Anna Hazare agitation for Jan Lokpal bill - debate on Lokpal Bill

Breaking News:
Anna Hazare to end his fast

Now you can watch and listen to the LIVE proceedings of Parliament on loksabha.nic.in. See here for more details - as of now the current hot topics of Loksabha like Anti corruption bill through the Lok Sabha TV which is a 24 hours channel.

Complete Lok Sabha TV Channel Schedule:
http://10.21.192.191/ls/lstv/dailyschedule.aspx

Live proceedings of Lok Sabha on internet through web cast
http://loksabha.nic.in/ls/audio/live_proceedings_of_lok_sabha.htm

Other Channels where you can get budget highlights are:
zeebusiness, CNBC TV Asia, CNBC Awaaz, NDTV Profit, TV9, Eenadu TV, Sun TV, Star Business TV.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Union Budget and Economic survey from indiabudget.nic.in

As you know over the next few days India's Railway and Union budget is being presented in the parliament. All of us are eager to know how this new budget from Congress led UPA government is going to be.

indiabudget.nic.in is the site where you can catch all this action including the highlights of Union Budget and Economic Survey report 2009.

Here are some important links regarding the same:

Economic Survey 2008-2009 - Announced on 2nd July 2009
http://indiabudget.nic.in/es2008-09/esmain.htm

Union Budget 2009-2010 - To be announced on 6th July 2009
http://indiabudget.nic.in/ub2009-10/ubmain.htm

Finance Minister's Speech - To be webcast on 6th July 2009
http://budgetlive.nic.in/

Railway Budget 2010 Highlights

Union Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee will present the 2010 Union Railway Budget on the 24th of February

Latest News and Union Railway Budget Highlights 2010:

* Railways have earned net profit of Rs 1,328 crore
* Dividend to state exchequer Rs 6608 crore in 2011
* Railways to start work on Rae Bareilly coach factory in the next one year
* Service Charge on AC class cut to Rs 20 as against Rs 40 earlier
* 101 new suburban trains in Mumbai
* Service charge on sleeper class reduced to Rs 10
* To set up more freight corridors
* Private operators can run special freight trains
* Larger section of population to get connectivity over next 5 years
* Targeting 1000 km new tracks every year
* Policies to be made easy, investor-friendly
* Railways to set up multi-functional hospitals
* Houses for all Railways employees in the next 10 years
* Not to increase freight tariff
* Special trains for Commonwealth Games
* Administrative, procedural delays discouraging people
* Vision 2020 model to formulate strategy for next 10 years
* Out of 120 new trains, 117 to be launched by March 31
* For cheap drinking water, plan to start 6 bottling plants
* Allocated Rs 1,300 crore for passenger amenities
* Plan to raise Rs 10,000-20,000 crore in the next one year
* To earn revenues, Railways need to set up a business model
* Our objective is to unite the country through rail connectivity
* Social responsibility priority in my railway budget
* Special Task Force to clear proposals for investments in 100 days
* Focus on medium term goals, planning and funds
* Time to build partnership with private players

As taken from NDTV.com website

Previous News 2009 Railways Budget:
Some important Highlights of Railway Budget - as taken from
http://www.moneycontrol.com/mccode/news/article/news_article.php?autono=404333&special=mkt_topnews

http://ibnlive.in.com/budget2009/railway-highlights.php

* To expand rail network for development
* Economic viability of projects not a key concern
* To focus on passenger passenger amenities, safety and puncutuality
* To develop 50 stations with international facilities
* To develop Mumbai CST, Pune, New Delhi, Jaipur
* Identified 375 stations for development
* Depute at least one doctor in long distance trains; arrangement for ambulance in certain identified stations
* Infotainment services in certain trains similar to Rajdhani, Shatabdi
* To introduce 50 mobile rail ticket vans
* To computerize ticketing through 5000 post offices
* e-ticketing to be simplified; to provide sms updates
* Infotainment services in certain long distance trains like Rajdhani
* Introduction of inter-city double-decker AC coaches
* Security plan for 140 stations
* Automated ticket vending services in 200 stations
* To buy 18000 wagons in FY10
* BEML, Titagarh, Texmaco to gain from wagon orders
* Special cargoes for perishable items

Budget Preview:
This will be presented in the Lok Sabha, as per reports and what the central minister told and indicated this time the Rail Budget will be pro people's budget.

Mamat Banerjee told reporters (after the all party meeting on the eve of the Budget session of Parliament) - "It will be a pro-people budget, a simple budget, people's budget"

As you know in the last Loksabha RJD leader Laloo Prasad Yadav was in charge of presenting the Rail Budget.

So check back here for highlights of 2009 Rail Budget and the new policies, new fare and new trains if any.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

West Bengal Municipal Election Results

West Bengal Civic Polls results to be available on June 5th 2012. There are total 6 civic bodies for which the counting will take place. Stay tuned for the election results outcome.

There  are total 129 seats in the six civic bodies and these are 

Please check the latest results of these 6, the main fight is between TMC, INC and CPI(M)
  • Durgapur
  • Dhupguri
  • Haldia
  • Nalhati
  • Daspur
  • Coopers' Camp
Previous:

West Bengal Municipal election results will be announced today
(Check
Star Ananda live) - these are for the 16 municipalities that went for the local elections recently. These include the elections for Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad.

There was good turn out for these polls as more than 70 percent of polling was recorded. The elections were held on June 28th.

Some of the key municipalities that went for poll include South Dum Dum, Uluberia, Rajarhat-Gopalpur, Maheshtala, Madhyamgram and Rajpur-Sonarpur.

The election results will be covered live on most of the West Bengal regional channels -

Kolkata TV, Star Ananda live, Akash Bangla, 24 Ghanta News Channel

Also check the coverage at:
http://www.starananda.in/