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MoU signed for a single portal, GST returns on goods, services | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: In a major development to meet World Bank requirements, the Federal Revenue Council (FBR) and four provincial revenue authorities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to move towards placing one General Sales Tax (GST) return / portal for goods and services.

Currently there are only three differences between FBR and province, including the definition of services, origin and purpose of services and all stakeholders reiterate that this issue will be resolved amicably. It was a milestone reached today between FBR and the province to introduce a single GST return on goods and services, they said. The officials said that the National Tax Council is working to develop consensus on the definition of goods and services and they have asked for proposals from four provinces, then the Center will also be combined to define goods and services clearly. They said it was hoped all outstanding issues would be resolved by consensus.

The top official source said that FBR and the province have agreed to put in place a unified portal and that returns and workable solutions will be found to facilitate taxpayers.

Taxpayers used to file five returns each month for GST on goods and services but now with harmonization, taxpayers will file single returns on one portal. GST harmonization is one of the main conditions of a World Bank loan but will also facilitate taxpayers to apply for only one GST return instead of five per month.

When contacted, the PM’s Special Assistant for Revenue Dr Waqar Masood said that PM Imran Khan’s vision is being implemented today. He said that all stakeholders have decided to develop a consensus on all issues for the improvement of the tax system in the country.

On behalf of FBR, the Memorandum of Understanding is signed by the chairman of FBR while all provincial revenue authorities sign the document on behalf of their respective departments. Representatives from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority (KPRA) and the Balochistan Revenue Authority (BRA) were physically present at the ceremony while representatives from the Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) and Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) participated virtually via zoom.

While addressing the occasion, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Revenue, Dr. Waqar Masood Khan said that the signing of the document was another step towards finalizing the prime minister’s vision of making the FBR fully automated. “This step will make it easier for taxpayers and will be very helpful in increasing the country’s position in the ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’,” he added.

SAPM on Revenue further adds that now business-related people only need to file one sales tax return instead of multiple returns. He further said that this step will help simplify the taxation system and procedures. He expressed his commitment that other problems currently existing between FBR and the provincial revenue authority would soon be resolved, which in turn would provide convenience to the business world. The chairman of the FBR said that the facilitation of this MoU would make it easier for taxpayers and would lead to simplification of the tax system and related procedures. SAPM on Revenue congratulates the chairman of FBR, head of the Provincial Revenue Authority, and the FBR Policy Wing Team on achieving this significant milestone.


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A contract was signed with China for the largest KP hydropower project | Instant News

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has signed a contract with a Chinese construction company for the construction of the 300 megawatt Balakot Hydropower Project.

It is the largest hydropower project under the KP administration and an important development in the energy sector, said an official leaflet. The 300 megawatt power plant project will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 85.00 billion over a period of six years with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

A ceremony for this effect was held here on Tuesday with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan as the main guest. Relevant officials from the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) and a Chinese construction company signed a contract to start physical work on the project.

Apart from the provincial cabinet members of Taimur Saleem Jhagra and Himayatullah Khan, the event was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Energy and Electricity. The chief minister called the project very important for the province and the achievement of a milestone in the KP government.

He said the groundbreaking of the project was expected to take place in the middle of next month, adding that hopefully Prime Minister Imran Khan himself would conduct the mega project ceremony.

Mahmood Khan stated that the completed project will play an important role in boosting industrial activities, job creation and overall development of the province. He added that during the construction phase, the project will generate around 4,000 jobs while on completion it is expected to generate revenue of Rs 14 billion per year.

Mahmood Khan emphasized that the electricity generated by the Balakot Hydropower Project will be provided to local industry as well as domestic consumers at a relatively lower price.

The Chief Minister said that the KP government had taken steps to ensure optimal utilization of the province’s hydropower potential with the aim of meeting energy needs and strengthening its economy.

He added that various hydropower projects with a total generating capacity of 160 megawatts have so far been completed by PEDO, while other schemes are under construction that will produce 216 megawatts of energy.


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PPP never signed an NRO with Musharraf, anyone, said Malik | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and senior PPP leader Senator Abdul Rehman Malik said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) never signed the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) with General Musharraf or anyone else because it was only malicious propaganda against the PPP leadership.

While reacting strongly to the Prime Minister’s speech at the National Assembly, Rehman Malik said that after listening to the prime minister’s speech, he was obliged to maintain his leadership and represent fake news about the NRO.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s accusations that Musharraf had given the NRO to the PPP were baseless and highly refuted and the prime minister should drop the false accusations. He said PPP had never signed an NRO with General Musharraf or anyone else. He said that if anyone could prove that PPP had signed the NRO, he would quit politics. “This is just false propaganda against the PPP leadership for defamation,” he said.

Rehman Malik said, “My interaction with General Pervez Musharraf on behalf of Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto is only for the purpose of restoring and transitioning democracy from dictatorship. He said that General Musharraf wanted Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to return to Pakistan after the general election but he strongly refused and said, “I have to decide for myself about my return and not General Musharraf or anyone else” and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed has replied to Musharraf that he had decided to return to the country before the election and he had promised his workers that he would return on a date, added Senator Rehman Malik.

He said that Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed sacrificed his life to restore democracy in Pakistan and that currently there is democracy in the country because of the ultimate sacrifice of his life.

He said Prime Minister Imran Khan and his colleagues were asked not to cross moral and ethical boundaries in politics and still respect each other.

He said that all cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari were fake and fabricated and no charges had been substantiated in court to date. “There is not any case against Asif Ali Zardari that can be proven or he has been convicted by any court,” he said.

He said he knew a lot but he wanted some sanity in Pakistani politics rather than constantly churning out. He said that more than half of the people around Imran Khan were in PPP.


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Rugby league: Former New Zealand Soldier James Maloney framed Israel Folau with gay pornography | Instant News


Israel Folau (L) receives a unique welcome for the Catalan Dragons from James Maloney. Photos / Photosport

Israeli rugby league star Folau was bombarded with gay pornography by infamous pest James Maloney when he signed with the Catalans Super League club last year.

After a turbulent week in which Folau was linked with a return to the NRL with the Dragons, the club pulled the rug from underneath as they turned around just 24 hours after first admitting interest in the former Wallabies defender.

The club’s board of directors was reportedly forced to turn around after a tsunami of anger following the pursuit of the 31-year-old.

News reports of Folau’s desire to return to Australia, despite remaining under contract with the Catalan until the end of 2021, have flooded into Australia this week.

But none of those stories will raise an eyebrow like playmaker Maloney’s rave reviews for the triple code-hopper.

When Folau signed with the Catalan 12 months ago, he reportedly got more than he bargained for when he joined the players’ private WhatsApp group.

According to rugby league reporter Andrew Webster, Maloney spammed Folau with gay pornography in a group message thread.

Webster told SEN’s Morning Glory with Matty Johns on Friday: “When he first joined the Catalans, he joined the WhatsApp group of players.

“And Jimmy Maloney, God help him, couldn’t help himself and started bombarding him with gay porn. And then he gave up.”

Folau appears less offended by hazing – signing a one-year contract extension with the French club in June.

Maloney said this week Folau would actually be a smart signing for any NRL team, despite the fact Folau has not played at the NRL since he left the Broncos in 2010.

The former NSW State of Origin star has even revealed that Folau told his teammates via the same WhatsApp group that he was exploring options to leave the team and return to Australia.

Maloney told the Sydney Morning Herald the Catalan players respected Folau’s decision to return home following news his mother-in-law had fallen ill.

“I think he will be good for this game, and you want the best players to play in the competition. He will only make NRL better,” he said.

“All the boys got along with him here, and when he told us why he didn’t come back we all understood.”

Folau’s return to NRL now appears to be dead in the water, but he is reportedly looking to explore other opportunities in the league, according to NewsCorp.

He hasn’t played at the NRL since leaving the Broncos in 2010 and in 2019 his contract with Australian Rugby was torn for making homophobic comments on social media, ending his notorious Wallabies career.

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter V’landys previously said Folau’s views on homosexuality were not accepted at the NRL.

“The game is inclusive. Israel’s comments are not inclusive,” V’landys said in October 2019.

“When I was a kid and the kids got hit a lot because they were different, I used to go and defend them. And a lot of them, it’s because their role model or their friends made them like that.

“I have zero tolerance for people who put the lives of others (at risk) or (who commit) violence. This is a big statement to make. With respect for Israel, what he says, young people listen. He is role models.. They act on that. And when you were a kid at school and you were insulted because you were different, I didn’t think that was a good thing. “


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Does your vote count? Trump said ‘Come see’ Switzerland said ‘Let’s talk …’ | Instant News

(MENAFN – Swissinfo)

Swiss voters may have signed on to buy new fighter jets, but that doesn’t mean the conversation is over. Pictured here: Boeing F / A-18 Super Hornet on test day at Payerne last year © Keystone / Valentin Flauraud

America’s election anxiety is far from unique. The experience of Switzerland’s recent referendum may offer some clues for managing polarization.

This content is published on 14 October 2020 – 11:00 October 14 2020 – 11:00 am Bruno Kaufmann

Bruno is the global democracy correspondent swissinfo.ch as well as long-term foreign correspondent for the Swiss Broadcasting Company, based in Sweden. He is also Director of International Relations at the Swiss Democracy Foundation and Vice President of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy.

More on the author | British Department

In a time of fear for American democracy, US President Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the results of the November 3 election, warning his supporters to prepare for a democratic catastrophe.

“It’s going to be a scam you’ve never seen,” he said in the first debate between himself and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Trump also questioned the fairness of voting by mail – which began in the 1880s and is now accessible to 83% of US voters – and suggested the white supremacist group ‘Proud Boys’ should ‘wait’ until the results are known.

An accident to anti-democratic behavior in the oldest modern democracies is not uncommon in the global political landscape, according to New York University Politics Professor Adam Przeworski. He counted 68 countries that have never experienced a peaceful transfer of power.


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