India has been ranked 45th, down four notches from last year, in terms of competitiveness in the annual rankings compiled by the International Institute for Management Development's (IMD)  which saw Hong Kong topping the list.

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The government has started its media blitzkrieg to tell the common man that the upcoming GST will reduce prices of most goods. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in advertisements in leading dailies gave pictorial representations of items which are exempt from Goods and Services Tax and the ones which would attract lower tax of 5 per cent.

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ISRO's upcoming endeavours -- the GSAT-19 and the GSAT-11 satellites -- are potential game changers and can revolutionise communications by empowering a digital India and providing Internet services and streaming like never before.

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The GST Council on 3 June 2017 cleared the pending rules, including transition provisions and returns, with all the states agreeing to 1 July roll out of the Goods and Services Tax.

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