Narendra Modi-led NDA government has presented its first Union budget for 2015-16 in parliament today. Finance minister Arun Jaitley's budget has increased service tax from 12.36 per cent to 14 per cent. Against all expectations of the salaried class, there is no change in the existing income tax rates for the individuals. The government has decided to go with the existing tax slab.
On the issue of suspicious Pakistan boat that blew itself after being intercepted by Indian Coast Guard on December 31, 2014 -January 01, 2015, Coast Guard DIG BK Loshali had been issued notice for misrepsenting facts in media. The Coast Guard has found his reply unsatisfactory to the notice and has ordered Board of Inquiry to further investigate the case.
With reference to the headline news published in the English daily The Indian Express and subsequent audio video reports in electronic media on a statement by Indian Coast Guard's DIG BK Loshali during the launching ceremony of Coast Guard Interceptor Boat C-421 on 16 Feb 2015 at Surat, Indian Coast Guard has clarified that the service stands by its earlier reports and media briefs on the subject and there is no discrepancy from the earlier stated facts of the case.
Participating in a function to celebrate the elevation to sainthood of two great saints of Kerala - Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Saint Euphresia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government would ensure that there is complete freedom of faith and that everyone has the undeniable right to retain or adopt the religion of his or her choice without coercion or undue influence.