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News digest: Cloud over HUL-GSK deal, GST returns, Katowice talks, and more

BS Web Team/New Delhi 09 Dec 18 | 12:28 AM

Bengaluru-based Steer Engineering moves Delhi HC against GSK Consumer


A cloud of litigation hangs over the recent deal which saw Unilever acquire GlaxoSmithKline's Indian consumer business, including Horlicks and Boost.

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Bengaluru-based Steer Engineering has moved the Delhi High Court seeking protection of the technology and know-how that it provided to GSK Consumer Healthcare in India.


The technology is used for the manufacture of food and malt-based drinks such as Horlicks and Boost. Read more 


Indirect tax dept extends annual GST returns filing date to March 31, 2019


Following complaints of procedural hassles, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has extended the deadline for filing annual returns and audit forms, under the goods and services tax (GST) regime, by three months till March 31, 2019.


Earlier, businesses had complained about these returns — GSTR 9, GSTR 9A and GSTR 9C.


The CBIC also said these forms will be made available on the common GST portal soon.

Archit Gupta, chief executive officer of ClearTax, said: “Given that the filings for GSTR-9 online had not begun, an extension was required." Read more 


India to retain top position in remittances with $80 bn: World Bank


India will retain its position as the world's top recipient of remittances this year with its diaspora sending a whopping $80 billion back home, the World Bank said in a report Saturday.


India is followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines ($34 billion each) and Egypt ($26 billion), according to the global lender.


With this, India has retained its top spot on remittances, according to the latest edition of the World Bank's Migration and Development Brief. Read more 


AILAC group breaks developing country unity at Katowice climate talks


The 136 developing country group, G77+China, was forced to dilute its stance several times through the first week of the Katowice Climate Change talks, as the eight members of the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean group (AILAC) broke ranks and blocked a stronger stance by the bloc on several critical issues.


Country groups work on consensus, and therefore the collective negotiating stance is drawn only after each sub-group agrees to the positions.


The AILAC group comprises Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. Read more 

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