Sunday evening saw Shashi Tharoor all charged up, despite suffering from a little cold, to interact with an auditorium filled with people about his latest book Pax Indica, a seminal work on India’s foreign policy. The evening hosted the fourth edition of Books & Authors, where Tharoor was featured to educate the audience and discuss with them the intricacies described in his manuscript.The well known author, veteran UN official and diplomat, and currently the Union Minister of state for HRD, Tharoor, graced his presence at CSOI Complex where the book was introduced by Ujjwal Singh Bhatia, who was till recently India’s ambassador to the WTO at Geneva. The evening of interactive session was moderated by Sanjeev Chopra, the current Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Pax Indica, or the Indian peace, is the thirteenth feather in the cap of the author-diplomat turned politician Tharoor. The author’s basic hypothesis is that India can use a combination of her size, trade prowess, soft power and growing influence in the world to ensure an age of domestic transformation. As far as Tharoor is concerned, Pax Indica is a foreign policy that allows India to play a role in developing a contemporary ‘peace system’ that will help ‘promote and maintain a period or co-operative co-existence’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPax Indica has been written with precision, clarity and an idea to introduce the concept of India’s Foreign Policy.Tharoor who emphasises upon India’s need to ‘cultivate good relations with countries that can assist’ us in his manuscript and thus in the process become ‘partners in our fundamental objective of keeping our people safe, secure and free’ goes some distance in explaining the seeming contradictions in India’s foreign policy.It is commendable, Tharoor said, ‘The book ensures to draw the attention of readers to the neglected Indian Foreign Service and weaves the past problems encountered by various Ministers and the laxity on the part of successive governments although he himself is a part of the system.’ He added that the book is about India and India’s position in the world. The last few chapters discuss on forward looking will the initial chapters talk about the present situation.During the interaction, Tharoor also cited few of the instances about the present political system and said that politicians by and large tend not to think beyond the next election. He even said, ‘We made our new policy with our head and not our heart and in the process we have lost our soul.’
Kolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra said on Thursday that the state government has increased the threshold limit to Rs 1 lakh for the electronic-way or e-way bill in case of movement of goods within the state, from the existing limit of up to Rs 50,000.He further announced that the generation of such bill for an intra-state movement of goods is being exempted, where goods are being sent to job workers.”The e-way bill with regard to movement of goods within the state originating and terminating within Bengal (intra-state movement but without passing through any other state), would be required where the consignment value exceeds Rs 1 lakh. Such limit is up to Rs 50,000 in other states. We have raised the limit keeping in mind the interest of our small traders,” Mitra said at the Kolkata Garment Expo 2018, organised by Bengal Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Traders Welfare Association. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedQuoting the notification that was issued by the Commissioner of State Tax, Bengal on Thursday, Mitra added: “Generation of e-way bill for an intra-state movement of goods is exempted where such goods are being sent to a job worker for job work, being sent from one job worker to another, or are being returned to the principal after such job work and where such transportation is not for final delivery of the finished goods.”It may be mentioned that the Central government had launched the e-way bill system from April 1, for moving goods worth over Rs 50,000 from one state to another and the same for intra or within the state movement was rolled out from April 15 in a phased manner. Such a bill is required when the value of taxable consignment, along with the tax value, is more than Rs 50,000. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe Finance minister also announced a textile hub at Nangi in Maheshtala, South 24-Parganas, on a land of nine lakh sq ft, for facilitating garment manufacturers and traders and a common facility centre would also be set up.According to him, nearly 30,000 artisans and entrepreneurs, including organised and unorganised sectors, have been working in Metiabruz, a hub of garments and apparel manufacturing in the state that generates over 5 lakh jobs.Mitra reiterated that the Mamata Banerjee government is leaving no stones unturned to bring the unorganised sector under an organised set-up so that they get better margins and manufacture products of export standards.”The common facility centre will house design, laboratory and other facilities for facilitating the manufacturers,” Mitra added. In Metiabruz, 90 percent small entrepreneurs and artisans are unorganised.According to him, bank lending to MSMEs in the last year was Rs 44,000 crore, exceeding the target of Rs 38,000 crore in the state.