Private telecom players hike rates, prepaid users to be hit

  • Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), Bharti Airtel Limited and Reliance Jio — have hiked tariff by up to 40% for prepaid customers.
  • VIL, and the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led Bharti Airtel have decided to hike the tariffs with effect from December 3, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has decided to effect the hike from December 6.


Report on financial status to be placed before public: Governor

  • Mr. Koshyari promised that a factual report showing the financial status of the State will be placed before people. In a speech delivered in Marathi, Mr. Koshyari spelled out the new government’s priorities based on the common minimum programme approved by the three parties — Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress — while forming the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government.


Operation ‘Clean Art’ to crackdown on illegal trade in mongoose hair

  • “Operation Clean Art was the first pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair in the country. There are six species of mongoose found in India and we have mostly recovered [in the raids] grey mongoose [hair],” H. V. Girisha, Regional Deputy Director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), New Delhi, told The Hindu.
  • For about 150 kg of mongoose hair, at least 6,000 animals would have been killed according to an estimate.
  • Mongoose is listed in Schedule II Part 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
  • Any smuggling or possession of its body part is a non-bailable offence.


GST revenue crosses Rs. 1 lakh crore mark again

  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue in November came in at Rs. 1,03,492 crore, crossing the Rs. 1 lakh crore mark once again, having dipped below it for three successive months.
  • Average collections in the financial year 2019-20 so far stand at Rs. 1,00,646 crore. The collections in November 2019 are the third highest since the GST was introduced, next only to April, 2019 and March, 2019.
  • According to the government, the GST from domestic transactions saw a growth of 12%, the highest during the year. The GST collections from imports continued to contract, by 13%, compared with a contraction of 20% in the previous month.