China will implement a group of measures to cut value-added ta
x rates, ensuring that the tax burden on all industries will only go down, according to a
decision made by the State Council’s executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.
The Government Work Report this year set out a plan for l
arger tax cuts, including lowering the VAT rate in manufacturing and other industries from 16 t
o 13 percent and the VAT rate in transportation, construction and other industries from 10 to 9 percent.
A number of concrete measures were decided upon at the
Wednesday meeting to achieve the targets, which will be enacted on April 1.
Input VAT eligible for deduction will be expanded and will cove
r passenger transportation services. Taxpayers will be able to get their input tax on real esta
te payments deducted in full on a one-time basis, instead of on two occasions in two years.
postal services, telecommunications, modern services or consu
mer services will receive 10 percent additional input VAT deduction before the end of 2021.
An increase in the overpaid VAT following this round of tax cuts will be refunded.
“The planned VAT cuts must be delivered as soon as possible,” Li said.
“Their implementation must be closely monitored to ensure that tax burdens are meaningfully reduced
in the major industries and lowered to various extents in some industries. All industries will see their taxes go down, not up.
“In case of an increased tax burden due to inadequate deducti
ons in certain individual industries, the government will work out targeted solutions,” he added.
LONDON – The European Union could grant Britain’s request for a short Brexit delay if parliament vote
s next week in favour of a stalled departure deal, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Theresa May asked the European Union to allow Britain to delay its de
parture date by three months to June 30, and EU leaders are expected to discuss the matter at a summit on Thursday.
Tusk said it would be possible to grant Britain a short postponement if parlia
ment next week backs May’s divorce agreement, which it has already voted down twice.
Should that happen, Tusk said no extraordinary EU leaders’ summit would be need
ed next week before the current Brexit date of March 29. Otherwise, he might call another summit.
“I believe that a short extension will be possible, but it will be conditional on a positive v
ote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons,” Tusk told journalists.
The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certa
in live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upwards of $6,000.
“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were (secretly installed) and were consistently and secretly
watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police said.
South Korea has a serious problem with spy cameras and illicit filming. In 2017, more than
6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to police compared to around 2,400 in 2012.
Last year, tens of thousands of women took to the streets of Seoul and other cities to p
rotest against the practice and demand action, under the slogan “My Life is Not Your Porn.”
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In response, Seoul launched a special squad of women inspectors, w
ho have been conducting regular inspections of the city’s 20,000 or so public toilets to searc
h for spy cameras, though some critics have denounced the move as a superficial response to a societal issue.
before the crash has never been reported before, according to Bloomberg.
Aviation analyst and editor in chief of Airlineratings.com, Geoffrey Thomas, said it was not unusual for off-duty pilots, known as dead heads, to fly in the cockpit of planes.
“It could well be that the flight is full and he needs to get back t
o Jakarta — so as long as he is authorized to do so — then it’s absolutely fine,” he said.
However, the presence of the third pilot in the cockpit did not appear in the National Tra
nsportation Safety Committee’s (KNKT) November preliminary report into the crash.
Thomas said this fact should have been reported “as you could argue that the pilot was a distraction or an assistance,” he said.
Wall Street Journal: Transportation Department inspector general investigating FAA’s approval of Boeing 737 Max
CNN contacted Lion Air Group Captain Daniel Putut for comment and he directed questions to the KNKT.
Ocean, was described by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Cre
scent Societies (IFRC) as “terrible” following an aerial assessment conducted by the agency Monday.
IFRC spokesman Jamie LeSueur said that up to 90% of the ar
ea had been destroyed. “The scale of devastation is enormous,” said LeSueur.
On Sunday, a dam burst cutting off the last road to the city, which aid workers are now struggling to reach.
A former Portuguese colony, Mozambiq
ue gained independence in 1975 and suffered a 16-year civil war that ended in 1992. Today, despite recent eco
nomic growth, about half the population remains below the poverty line.
Cylone Idai has caused destruction on such a large scale because of that poverty and lack of infrastructure.
February 2000, Cyclone Eline also made landfall near Beira during a period of intense rain, killing hundreds and displacing 650,000 across the wider region.
Zimbabwe and Malawi
After making landfall in Mozambique, Idai moved through neighboring Zimbabwe and parts of Malawi as a Tropical Storm.
In Malawi, 56 have died and nearly 600 are injured, according to MSF.
On Twitter, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information said Monday that 98
people had been confirmed dead. Hundreds more had been reported missing, while anot
her 102 were injured and 42 marooned. The information has not been verified by CNN.
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made a disaster declaration for affected areas, the ministry said.
Idai triggered floods in Zimbabwe which swept away hundred
s of homes in the eastern and western parts of the country, authorities there said.
brother, Mukesh, and Nita, for standing by me during these trying times, and de
monstrating the importance of staying true to our strong family values by extending this timely support,” he said.
Shares in Reliance Communications spiked 10% in Mumbai on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Mukesh Ambani’s company declined to comment on how much of
the 5.5 billion rupees he provided, but local media reported it was around 4.8 billion ($70 million).
A spokesperson for Reliance Communications didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
nst reckless conduct by Musk going forward,” the agency said. “It is therefore stunning to learn that, at the time of fil
ing of the [contempt] motion, Musk had not sought pre-approval for a single one of the nume
rous tweets about Tesla he published in the months since the court-ordered pre-approval policy went into effect.”
Musk is interpreting the settlement “as not requiring pre-approval unless Musk himself unil
aterally decides his planned tweets are material,” the agency said, adding that such an approach is “inco
nsistent with the plain terms” of the settlement and makes the pre-approval requirement “meaningless.”
The SEC also said that Musk has “made no diligent or good faith effort to comply with the pre-approval provision of the court’s order.”
And it dismissed the Tesla CEO’s argument that his First Amendment rights are being
violated because needing pre-approval for his tweets does not mean “that he is prohibited from speaking.”
Lawyers representing Musk responded with a court filing seeking permission to a
ddress “unsupported assertions” made by the SEC and to submit documentation that “un
dermines” the regulator’s position. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
one of China’s most popular video-sharing platforms. They are owned by the same person who posts their videos on an account called “Liu Erdou who can speak”.