New Republican Congress reverses ethics move after outcry

Republicans are to drop a plan to gut the independent body that investigates political misconduct, after an outcry. President-elect Donald Trump had criticised Republicans after they voted to strip the Office of Congressional Ethics of its independence. “Focus on tax reform, healthcare and so many other things of far greater importance!” Mr Trump said in a tweet. The proposal was dropped in an emergency meeting at the new Congress, unnamed lawmakers told the US media. Mr Trump made cleaning up corruption in Washington a key theme of his campaign, and…

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Congress seeks dialogue to bring Kashmir Valley out of unrest

Accusing the ruling coalition of betraying people in Jammu and Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) on Monday sought a “sustained and meaningful” dialogue with all stakeholders, including the separatists, to address Kashmir issue and bring the Valley out of the nearly four-month-long unrest. “We have been seeking talks with the Hurriyat for over three months now. We told the Governor that this government is committed to dialogue but they have kept dialogue at the backdoor (sic) now, which is a betrayal with the people. “There should…

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Congress, Is That A Yes? ‘Broad Understanding’ On GST Reform, It Says

  HIGHLIGHTS Vote on GST tax reform likely on Wednesday in Rajya Sabha Congress says – broad understanding – reached with government GST creates national sales tax to subsume matrix of tariffs NEW DELHI: India’s biggest tax reform in decades could become a reality on Wednesday with the main opposition party, the Congress, declaring that it has arrived at “a broad understanding” with the government after months of negotiations. The government wanted the national Goods and Services Tax or GST to be debated and voted on tomorrow, but the Congress forced…

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