Bengaluru, Oct 23 (IANS) Karnataka's tax collection went up 11 per cent in the six months from April to September to Rs 75,634-crore, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said on Tuesday.
"Taxes to the tune of Rs 75,634-crore were collected till the end of September, which is 11 per cent more than the same period of the previous fiscal," Kumaraswamy told reporters here on the occasion of the Janata-Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government completing 150 days in office.
After forming a post-poll alliance with Congress, JD-S leader Kumaraswamy took to the chief minister's office on May 23, and presented his maiden budget on July 5.
However, a total of 38 per cent budget expenditure was made by the coalition government during its term so far, of the state's estimated total expenditure of Rs 2,18,488-crore for the fiscal 2018-19.
The Chief Minister claimed that the coalition government, which had committed to waiving farm loans to the tune of Rs 43,448-crore from state-run nationalised banks and state co-operative banks, has also begun the process of obtaining the details of the loans obtained by 10 lakh farmers.
"Information will be obtained from farmers as well. Loan details obtained will be verified in order to benefit all the eligible farmers," he added.
Jaipur, Oct 23 (IANS) The rising popularity of handmade Rajasthani dresses have fetched them a market in the US and Canada and will be showcased there, global fashion leader Peter Nygard said on Tuesday.
"The handmade Rajasthani dresses are in huge demand in America and Canada. The exquisite handmade work done by artisans here is being praised by one and all in North America and hence I am keen to showcase this grandeur of artistry in the markets out there," said Nygard, Founder and Chairman, Nygard International, a company known for creating many firsts in the global fashion industry.
He was here in the pink city as part of an agreement signed with the Art and Craft Exclusives, a Jaipur-based garment export house which has a global footprint.
According to the agreement, Nygard International will supply dresses made with Rajasthani artwork by Art and Craft Exclusives in the Canadian market, said Anil Sharma, Director, Art and Craft Exclusives.
Due to a rise in demand for traditional Indian works, the employment opportunities for village artisans have improved, he said.
The visit of the fashion entrepreneur will project Jaipur more prominently on the international map, Sharma said.