Centre-farmer talks fail to make headway for 5th time; next meet on Dec 9

The fifth round of meeting between protesting farmer groups and the central government once again failed to reach any conclusion, with farmers sticking to their stand of a total repeal of the contentious new farm laws, and the central government once again reiterating that all sticking points, including concerns over the minimum support price (MSP) mechanism, could be addressed.

The leaders staged a silent protest during the meeting, seeking a clear reply in ‘yes’ or ‘no’ from the government on the said Acts. As the talks headed for another deadlock, the Centre once again called for a meeting on December 9 and agreed to come up in that meeting with concrete proposals to modify the laws. The government also sought help from farmers in the form of their proposals to come up with concrete suggestions.

After more than four hours of discussions with three Union ministers and senior officials, farmer leaders said the government sought more time for internal consultations to present a final proposal in the next meeting to resolve the issue.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, however, said the government wanted some firm suggestions from the 40 farmer leaders present at the meeting on

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Maruti Suzuki’s production in November rises 6% to over 1,50,000 units

The country’s largest carmaker India on Saturday said its total production in November increased 5.91 per cent to 1,50,221 units.

The company had produced total 1,41,834 units in the same month last year, India (MSI) said in a regulatory filing.

Passenger vehicles production stood at 1,46,577 units last month as compared with 1,39,084 units in November 2019, a growth of 5.38 per cent.

Production of mini cars comprising Alto and S-Presso models stood marginally up at 24,336 units last month as against 24,052 units in the year-ago period.

Similarly, manufacturing of compact cars, comprising WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno, Dzire, stood at 85,118 units as against 78,133 units in November 2019, an increase of 8.93 per cent, MSI said.

Production of utility vehicles Gypsy, Ertiga, S-Cross, Vitara Brezza and XL6 however declined 9.07 per cent at 24,719 units as compared to 27,187 units in the same month last year.

MSI said production of its light commercial vehicle Super Carry stood at 3,644 units as against 2,750 units in the year-ago month.

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Over 80% of self-employed are not claiming a simple tax allowance

With less than 60 days to go for submitting a self assessment tax return, many self-employed people in the UK are not taking advantage of an allowance that could help them pay less tax.

According to data received through a Freedom of Information request from HMRC obtained by TaxScouts, at least 86 per cent of sole traders who are claiming expenses and capital allowances of less than £1,000 are not claiming the entire Trading Income Allowance.

The Trading Allowance lets sole traders claim the first £1,000 of income from self-employment as a flat tax-free allowance.

If they earn less than £1,000 from self-employment, they don’t need to pay anything: it’s completely tax-free. They just need to file a self assessment.

If they earned more and their expenses are less than £1,000, self-employed individuals can just claim this full allowance instead – it’s bigger and they don’t need to worry about providing receipts (though, everyone should save their receipts if needed in the future).

The data obtained from the HMRC show that 471,000 sole traders who could be claiming this allowance are not doing it. Out of this number, only 67,000 (roughly 14 per cent) filed a claim for the

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