Hyatt the hero as Arnett surge

first_imgGoalkeeper Damion Hyatt was flocked by children, some of whom shook his hands, patted him and still others just tried to touch him while declaring their ‘saviour’ man of the Man of the Match.Adults soon joined them and even club chairman, Dr Omar Davies, made his way to the middle of the field to congratulate him and shake his hands.Moments earlier, the 30-year-old goalkeeper had pulled off a fine penalty save to give his team, Arnett Gardens, the three points and a place at the summit of the Red Stripe Premier League as they defeated former leaders Montego Bay United 2-1.Arnett Gardens’ 38 points inched them to one above the vanquished Montego Bay United and Portmore United, who were due to play Harbour View on Monday Night.”It was wonderful performance. I just came up big after my error and coming up big for my team in the dying moments with a penalty save. It is awesome,” said Hyatt perhaps feeling much taller than his just-over-6’0″ frame.Hyatt’s comments were also an acknowledgement of how differently things could have gone. After sailing comfortably into the first half through goals from the impressive Vishunul Harris in the 17th minute and Dicoy Williams in the 24th and ending the half comfortably in the lead, Hyatt conceded a long-range drive from Ronaldo Rodney in the 46th minute in a move that started straight from kick off.fine savesThe former Glengoffe High School star sank straight to the ground, but was quick to pick himself up. And pick himself up he did, as he pulled of off a series of fine saves to keep his team ahead.He saved his best for last as with the minutes ticking away, the outstanding Jabeur Johnson made a rare error in taking away the leg of the hard-running Owayne Gordon inside the 18-yard box, resulting in the penalty. That is when Hyatt gave of his best.Marksman Dino Williams and the competition’s leading scorer stepped up and powered his effort on goal as the small band of travelling Montego Bay United supporters looked on expectantly. The cries of jubilation which went up, however, were from the home fans.leading up to the penalty”I was really feeling disappointed after letting in a soft one and when we gave away the penalty I did not panic or anything. I just took a deep breath and just took one step to my left to throw him off because he saw me looking to my left so I just gave him the right side of the goal and dived to my right,” was how Hyatt described the moment leading up to the penalty and immediately after.”After that, it was an excellent feeling making that save as I helped my team to get a win and move to the top of the table. This can only get better right now. As long as we win the last three games in this round, we will be at least be joint leaders so that is a great feeling,” he continued.The performance, Hyatt said, reignited in him a desire to again be among the Reggae Boyz.”The last time I got called was when (Theodore) Tappa Whitmore was there and I still have hopes of getting back there. I am just 30, so I still have hopes,” he said.Getting there would be something for the man who represented Glengoffe High.”I played for Glengoffe High, the school without a field. I have to big them up because we had no field and for a talent like me to come out of there is really special and I want to do even more,” said the man who had a season of Under-20 football for Constant Spring, and two seasons of senior football with August Town before making his way to Arnett Gardens where he has been for the last nine years.last_img read more

Central Kingston shock Molynes

first_imgUnderdogs Central Kingston created a massive upset in the KSAFA/JB Rum Major League semi-finals with a 3-1 win over favourites Molynes United yesterday at Barbican Complex.They will meet the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in Friday’s final after the soldiers turned back Duhaney Park 4-2 on penalties as the teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time.In the feature clash, Central jumped into the lead through Romario Davey after 49 minutes. Akeem Robotham made it 2-0 with a superb free-kick in the 68th minute. Molynes pulled back a goal at the 90th minute, but Arsenio Hamilton cooly dispatched a penalty kick to send his team into the final.Central’s coach, Vincent Watson, said they were always confident of victory over Molynes despite that team being unbeaten in 18 games this season.NEVER BEATEN”Molynes have never beaten us in anything. Every time they meet us, they get busted,” he said. “(After going 2-0 up) I spoke to the players and told them to hold tight and do what we practised.”In the first game, the JDF took the lead when Marlon Ellis’ direct free-kick eluded the entire Duhaney Park defence and goalkeeper after only seven minutes, but the Omar Williams-coached Duhaney Park drew level on 23 minutes when Tevoy Colespring nodded home from a corner.The JDF retook the lead after the interval on a quick counter-attack when Henry Clarke scored, but Duhaney Park restored parity four minutes before the end and sent the game into extra-time when Jermaine Myers fired home from close range.However, when extra-time failed to separate the teams, the JDF, who missed their first penalty kick, rallied to take the shoot-out 4-2.JDF’s coach, Mark Miller, said it was a tough game and credited the character and determination of his team.last_img read more

GDF transcripts deliberately withheld – Commissioner

first_imgLindo Creek CoILindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Chairman, retired Justice Donald Trotman on Monday said that the Commission was forced to come to the conclusion that transcripts from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) investigation were being deliberately withheld.CoI Chairman, retired Justice Donald TrotmanThe CoI is tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres who were shot dead and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp between June 12 and 24, 2008.Justice Trotman’s statement came after GDF Major Andy Pompey last week testified that he headed an inquiry team to investigate the foundation of the allegations against the Joint Services ranks in relation to the Lindo Creek killings.He told the Commission that he interviewed a number of GDF ranks who were part of the Joint Services team charged with recapturing notorious criminal Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins and his gang. The transcripts from those interviews were subsequently handed over to the Guyana Police Force (GPF) since they were conducting a criminal investigation at that time.The Commission has requested those transcripts, according to Chairman Trotman, and to date, the GPF and the GDF through its counsels have not brought them forward. Trotman said he was now forced to arrive at the conclusion that the statements were being deliberately withheld.“At this time, the feeling [is] that they are being deliberately concealed, but I would hope that that feeling be dispelled by honouring the requests by both agencies (GPF and GDF),” Trotman noted.Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Rear Admiral (ret’d) Gary Best takes the stand before the CoI into the Lindo Creek MassacreWhen former GDF Chief-of-Staff, Rear Admiral Gary Best took the stand Monday morning, Justice Trotman renewed his plea to have the transcripts handed over. However, Best testified that the statements were handed over to the Police Force immediately after the final report of the investigation was handed over to him. He added that they have not retained any copies, nor would he have seen the statements.Meanwhile, GDF Counsel Roysdale Forde said they would have written to Crime Chief Paul Williams since last week, requesting the statements but have not received a response to date. Forde suggested that the Commission call someone from the GPF to answer the question about the location of the transcripts.Additionally, while on the stand on Monday, Best read from a prepared statement where he detailed his role during the “Operation Restore Order”. He said that as Chief-of-Staff, he was appointed to head the Joint Services Coordinating Council and after news of the killings surfaced he would have seen reports of persons accusing the ranks of committing the crime; hence, the reason he ordered an investigation.Best explained that because of jurisdiction issues, both the Police Force and Army had internal investigations that cleared their ranks of any wrongdoings. The investigation was supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service’s Special Operations Team, which was in Guyana between July 8 and July 10, 2008.He also told the Commission that he never spoke to gang member Dwane Williams nor saw the statement he gave to the Police, while stating that he also never had any interaction with the Arokium family.last_img read more

US Ambassador appeals to PSC to help Govt fight corruption

first_imgA section of the gathering at the AGM on Friday…says linked to high energy, taxes, lack of transparencyAs the executive members of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) met on Friday afternoon for its Annual General Meeting (AGM), US Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch called on the Commission to play its role in the fight against corruption; as Guyana was recently ranked number 134 of 190 countries in the World Bank’s report on ease of doing business.The Ambassador pointed out that the World Bank’s 2018 report on ease of doing business reflected a drop in ranking from number 126 in 2017 to number 134 in 2018, out of 190 countries.  Places like Iran, the West Bank, and Gaza ranked better than Guyana.She explained that this was linked to the fact that Guyana has high rates of taxation, energy, corruption and lack of transparency, coupled by a number of others.“In addition, the duties imposed on many imported items can be substantial, driving costs up beyond competitiveness.  I don’t need to tell you that the cost of electricity is one of the highest in the region, at more than 35 cents per kilowatt hour.  The power grid system is antiquated, resulting in regular power outage, forcing companies… to install their own power generation systems to cope with the blackouts,” the Ambassador said.On another note, she expressed concern over the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation, which caters for artistes and others. According to her, this legislation ought to match the advancements in technology. In fact, she warned that some companies may even avoid investing in the country if it’s without a stronger IPR legislation.The IPR legislation allows creators to safeguard their work through patents, trademarks and copyrights, resulting in prevention of plagiarism.Ambassador Lynch cautioned during her remarks that they did not intend to frighten investors away from the country, but to let them know they play a pivotal role in resolving such issues.“These issues are raised not to scare away investment, but to show that each one can be resolved over time and with the proper resources,” she noted.On this note, the US Ambassador explained that the PSC can play a role in affecting a change by offering guidance to the Government in shaping legislation. Further, it can review policies by the administration and recommend changes.The PSC can also serve as an example of transparency and ethical behaviour to the rest of the business community. She added that internally, it can encourage all its member-companies to pay taxes in a timely manner and as prescribed by law. This, she added, will boost the Guyana Revenue Authority in its tax collecting ventures, hire more staff, and provide additional training to better handle the upcoming oil sector.In the past, the coalition Government had been blasted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo for several acts of corruption.In fact, the US State Department had highlighted Guyana as corrupt, owing to a number of irregularities within various Government ministries.According to the State Department in its assessment of the situation, allegations of corruption continue to trouble Guyana. It cited the Transparency International (TI) 2017 Corruption Perception Index, which ranked Guyana at 91 out of 180 countries. To make matters worse, Guyana has since dropped to 93rd position in TI’s latest report.The index placed Guyana’s corruption perception score at 37 to tie with Gambia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia and Panama.Last year, Guyana scored 38 when it ranked 91 out of all the countries reviewed. The index came at a time when much was said about the Auditor General’s 2017 report and the sole sourcing of contracts.This included the Public Procurement Commission investigating and red flagging the sole sourcing of the Demerara river bridge feasibility study. The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company, LievenseCSO, for a feasibility study into the new Demerara river bridge crossing.US Ambassador Sarah-Ann Lynch sharing remarks at PSC’s AGMlast_img read more

Browne takes first lead of the year

first_imgOlin Browne waited six years before getting back to the winners-only Mercedes Championships, and played Thursday as if he doesn’t want to wait that long again. Browne was the only player to break 70 in blustery conditions at Kapalua and finished with a 4-under 69 to take a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh as the PGA Tour season began without some of its biggest stars. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen decided to take the week off, leaving a 28-man field to tackle a Plantation course that played long and soft, and deceptive because of its new greens. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson His 69 matched the highest score to lead after the first round in the eight years the Mercedes Championships has been played at Kapalua. Jesper Parnevik also had a 69 in 2000. Singh, coming off a year in which he won four times but surrendered his No. 1 ranking to Woods, overcame some more balky putting with consecutive birdies down the stretch, but he tried a high pitch from just off the par-5 18th green that ran some 20 feet past the pin. Two-time defending champion Stuart Appleby hit his tee shot into the weeds on the 17th and took bogey to settle for a 71, leaving him in a group that included David Toms, Carl Pettersson and Sergio Garcia. Jim Furyk, who has a house beyond the 18th green, might have joined them except for a penalty stroke he called on himself on the 14th green when a gust moved his ball a fraction of an inch as he stood over a putt. He made the 5-foot putt, but had to score it as a par. Captain King Betsy King was selected Thursday as U.S. captain for the Solheim Cup next year in Sweden, where she will try to lead the Americans to only their second victory overseas. King, with 34 victories and six majors that got her into the Hall of Fame, will have the most Solheim Cup experience of any previous captain. She played in the first five matches, earning eight points, and was part of the team that defeated Europe in Wales. “I look forward to the preparation and competition over the next two years,” King said. Helen Alfredsson previously was picked as captain of the European team for the Solheim Cup, which will be held Sept. 14-16, 2007 at Halmstad Golf Club in Sweden. Europe earned its most decisive victory since the Solheim Cup began in 1990 when it was played three years ago in Sweden, leading from the opening day for a 17 ½-11 ½ victory at Barseback Golf Club. The United States won last year at Crooked Stick in Indiana behind a mix of youth and experience, as 19-year-old Paula Creamer and two other rookies paved the way to a 15-12 victory. Beth Daniel at 48 was the oldest player in Solheim history, and she will be an assistant captain next year. Daniel, another Hall of Fame member, has played in all but one Solheim Cup. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Only nine players managed to break par. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Browne said. “I would like to play well enough to be invited back. And there’s only one way to get back.” last_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgCOUNTY DONEGAL GAA RESULTSSenior Res League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Jun-2014 Naomh Mhuire 1 – 17 1 – 7 Realt na Mara G.F.C The Banks MullachderghDivision 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Jun-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 3 – 9 1 – 5 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin LetterkennySenior League Div 5Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Pettigo 0 – 14 0 – 10 Glenswilly PettigoSenior League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 21-Jun-2014 Gleann Fhinne 1 – 10 6 – 17 An Clochán Liath Pairc Ghleann FhinneSenior League Div 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Convoy 2 – 10 1 – 14 Naomh Ultan Convoy Senior Res League Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Gaoth Dobhair 5 – 11 2 – 9 Naomh Conaill Machaire GathlanDivision 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Convoy 2 – 13 0 – 7 Naomh Ultan ConvoySenior League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Naomh Colmcille 3 – 10 5 – 11 Urris Pairc ColmcilleSenior Res League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Naomh Colmcille 5 – 16 3 – 10 Urris Pairc ColmcilleSenior League Div 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Letterkenny Gaels 3 – 7 2 – 11 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin LetterkennySenior Res League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Gleann Fhinne 0 – 6 2 – 17 An Clochán Liath Pairc Ghleann FhinneSenior League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Milford 2 – 8 0 – 17 Burt Moyle Park MilfordSenior Res League Div 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment21-Jun-2014 Milford 3 – 9 4 – 5 Burt Moyle Park MilfordSenior League Div 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Jun-2014 Cloich Cheann Fhaola 0 – 15 0 – 10 Realt na Mara G.F.C TBCDONEGAL NORTH RESULTSU16 League Group 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment20-Jun-2014 Malin 1 – 9 1 – 13 Naomh Padraig Muff Malin Inishowen semi final20-Jun-2014 Carndonagh 2 – 6 2 – 8 Moville Urris-Pairc Ui Chraimhsaigh Inishowen semi finalDONEGAL SOUTH RESULTSUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment19-Jun-2014 Naomh Brid 2 – 2 5 – 10 Killybegs Naomh BridUnder 14 Championship Division 1 Group 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Jun-2014 Aodh Ruadh 3 – 7 6 – 14 Four Masters TBC 2nd Place Group A PLay-OffUnder 14 Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Jun-2014 Bundoran 8 – 6 6 – 8 Naomh Ultan BundoranUnder 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment18-Jun-2014 Naomh Muire 3 – 6 7 – 19 Naomh Conaill Naomh MuireUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Naomh Brid 2 – 5 8 – 9 Naomh Columba Naomh BridUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Naomh Conaill 2 – 10 0 – 6 Dungloe Naomh ConnaillUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Kilcar 4 – 9 3 – 10 Naomh Ultan KilcarUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Naomh Naille 3 – 10 6 – 7 Aodh Ruadh Naomh NailleUnder 12 Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Bundoran 0 – 6 11 – 11 Killybegs BundoranUnder 12 Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment16-Jun-2014 Ardara 1 – 11 2 – 5 Four Masters ArdaraALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal GAA resultslast_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: GLORIOUS DAY FOR THE DONEGAL MARATHON

first_imgIT was probably the best morning of a wash-out August as hundreds of runners took on the Donegal Marathon and the Donegal Half-Marathon today.Brendan Delap took these snaps of the runners taking off.The county is buzzing this weekend with a series of events. Hundreds of people are in Letterkenny taking part and watching the marathon.The glorious weather won’t last though.Met Eireann says a band of rain is on its way from Munster.And the forecast for Monday is pretty horrible. So enjoy the last few rays of sunshine.PICTURE SPECIAL: GLORIOUS DAY FOR THE DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HAIR HAIR! MOVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE RAISE €4,000 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY

first_imgMoville Community College was a hive of activity yesterday with over 150 students participating in a ‘Shave, Dye or Oh My’ fundraising event for the Irish Cancer Society.A brave ‘volunteer’ from Moville Community College’s shave or dye event.A total of 28 students shaved their heads, with two very brave sisters, Rochelle and Madisson Logue, shaving half off theirs!With the help of Derry Regional College’s hairdressers and local hairdressers the event was a huge success. To top of the day, Michael Murphy paid a visit and got the county colours sprayed on his head.So far the school has raised over €4000 for this worthy cause, with the final amount to be confirmed after the Easter Holidays.We’re told it was a hair-raising experience for everyone involved!The huge crowd at the shave or dye event.   HAIR HAIR! MOVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE RAISE €4,000 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY was last modified: March 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMoville Community CollegeShave or Dyelast_img read more

Abortion referendum: Inishowen to vote no according to early tallies

first_imgA number of boxes have been opened in the Inishowen electoral area has suggested that the peninsula will return a no vote in the abortion referendum.A number of boxes in rural Inishowen have suggested a strong no vote.It is slightly closer in the more urban areas such as in the heart of Buncrana and Moville where the vote is split in many places while there is a slightly stronger yes vote in some. It is early days here in the count centre at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny.Boxes are still being opened with both the no and yes campaigns suggesting a very close contest in Donegal.Abortion referendum: Inishowen to vote no according to early tallies was last modified: May 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Poll-bound Rajasthan announces farm loan waiver, tax relief in budget

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a ₹ 8,000-crore loan waiver for farmers, ₹ 650 crore tax relief and ₹ 44,135 crore expenditure on social and community schemes in the budget for 2018-19 presented in the assembly on Monday.The state government has tried to touch every section of society including women, young, students, farmers and sectors like infrastructure, medical and healthcare, industries, education and others, the chief minister said.Ms. Raje, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the budget for 2018-19 which envisage total outlay of ₹ 1,07,865.40 crore on schemes and projects.A major share of the proposed outlay, 40.92 per cent, amounting to ₹ 44,135.20 crore has been allocated to social and community services schemes as the state goes to polls this year. Power sector got 25.08 per cent while and rural development sector 13.42 per cent of the planned outlay.The chief minister announced one-time crop loan waiver up to ₹ 50,000 for small and marginal farmers, exemption of ‘lagan’ on land (land revenue) and constitution of Rajasthan state Farmers Debt Relief Commission for settlement of crop loans on merit basis.The loan waiver would cost ₹ 8,000 crore to the exchequer.The estimated fiscal deficit for 2018-19 is ₹ 28,011.21 crore, which is 2.98 per cent of GSDP while estimated total revenue receipt for 2018-19 is ₹ 1,51,663.50 crore.The budget has the estimated revenue deficit of ₹ 5,454.85 crore without the effect of UDAY scheme and ₹ 17,454.85 crore with the effect of UDAY scheme.After presenting the budget, Ms. Raje told reporters that the budget is well within the limits of the fiscal responsibility and budget management act.“We have tried to touch every sector and section of society and have tried to make best use of the public money to support those deprived,” Ms. Raje said.In tax proposals, Ms. Raje announced to set up a traders welfare board with initial corpus of ₹ 10 crore for speedy disposal of problems related to dealers, their social security and insurance needs etc., 50 per cent exemption in stamp duty for the establishment of IT, entertainment and tourism sector units, increase of ten per cent in SGST based investment subsidy from 30 per cent to 40 per cent.To promote agro-based industries and services, the maximum limit of interest subsidy in a year increased from ₹ 5 lakh to ₹ 7.5 lakh per year.Ms. Raje also announced 10 per cent reduction in existing rates of stamp duty on agriculture, residential and commercial land with effect from February 13, 2018, no increase in valuation of agriculture, residential and commercial land by the DLC in the year 2018-19.Ms. Raje in her budget speech informed the house that 1.81 lakh new taxpayers have been registered under the GST and the tax base of the state has increased by more than 35 per cent as compared to the VAT regime.She also said that GST rates of commodities like marble and granite, gems and jewellery, handicraft, textile, hotel, tourism were reduced by the GST council due to efforts by the state government.last_img read more