Source: The Hitavada      Date: 22 Jan 2019 12:58:50










ALL is not Greek for the tennis world! There are signs of a new bloom even as the old guard blossoms with its effervescence. The welcome signal was served by a highly promising Stefanos Tsitsipas, who shocked the unstoppable Roger Federer at the ongoing Australian Open in the fourth round. Of course, writing off Federer will have its own pitfall but the emergence of a new challenger must be lauded wholeheartedly. The youngster from Greece has shown a spark which was conspicuously missing from the NextGen of tennis. Despite a sporadic show of brilliance from a few youngsters, tennis’ top bracket is still occupied by the golden oldies. Now with the imminent exit of Andy Murray providing a new opening it was necessary for the game to get a new star. Tsitsipas perfectly fits the bill, though he has still a long way to go. At least, Tsitsipas is no Nick Kyrgios who has a propensity to flirt with controversies thus overshadowing his brilliant game. The bad boy from Australia was seen as a worthy competitor till his attitude issues made him a false dawn. But a new star is ready to serve.


AFTER the coming into force of the Goods and Services (GST) Act, the next step was to introduce stringent measures to ramp up compliance by businesses. The Government has now warned that those businesses which have failed to file GST returns for six consecutive months would be barred from generating e-way bills. The e-way bills are necessary for movement of goods and the transporter is expected to produce these bills when asked for by the inspector. With the bar coming into force for non-compliers they would not be in a position to move their goods. With the passage of time the number of return filers is growing. However, there are still several others who are bent on evading filing of returns. That the Government has detected as many as 3626 cases of GST evasions or violations involving a whopping Rs. 15,278 crores is indicative of the tendency among the country’s businesses to evade taxes. The GST in fact was meant to curb the incidence of tax evasion. But it appears the Government will have to get tougher.