Despite all the challenges over the last six months, the IT industry in the state has managed to smoothly transition to work from home and is fulfilling all the commitment to their global customers apart from increasing the export growth of Tamil Nadu, a senior government official said on Saturday.

“I am very glad to inform you that we have shown Rs. 25,000 crore exports in the last 2 quarters of this financial year which is actually more than last year’s exports during these two quarters,” said. Sanjay Tyagi, Director, Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

“So this is something which is phenomenal and the ICT have actually enabled the IT industry to operate from the home and the transition was very smooth,” he added.

He was delivering a special address at a virtual curtain raiser event for ‘CONNECT 2020’, the 19th edition of the premier annual conference and exhibition

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As the GST compensation debate intensifies, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention in revisiting Finance Ministry’s stance in order to help States have adequate funds.

He requested the Prime Minister to direct the Finance Ministry to agree to a mechanism in which the Centre raises the required funds as a loan and lends it to the GST Compensation Fund against future cess receipts, so that the GST compensation can be paid in full to the States in 2020-21.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister also requested the Prime Minister to ensure that the States get their full dues of the compensation in the current year itself, and reduce neither the compensation payable nor the already announced and committed additional borrowing permissible to States of 2 per cent of GSDP under the Atmanirbhar Bharat stimulus package in any circumstances.

The Finance

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Tamil Nadu has extended the Covid-19 lockdown till September 30 with many relaxations, including dropping the need for e-pass to travel within the State. However, the e-pass system will continue for entry into the State.

The fresh relaxations will not apply to any Covid-19 containment zones across the State.

Intra-district bus services (both government and private) and Chennai Metropolitan bus services will resume from September 1 with Standard Operating Procedure in place. Metro rail will commence from September 7. However, sub-urban rail services will continue to be under suspension.

Intra-district bus services (both government and private) and Chennai Metropolitan bus services will resume from September 1 with Standard Operating Procedure in place.   –  PTI


The State government has increased the number of flights to arrive in Chennai to 50 from the present 25. In Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Thoothukudi and Salem the existing norms will continue, said a statement issued by

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The Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) in Coimbatore region have sought the State government’s support to make issuance of ePass easy and hassle-free for smooth functioning of the units.

The Joint Council of Associations of Coimbatore – an umbrella of 10 industry associations, today said that they have been suggesting to the Government and District Administration for issuance of a permanent pass for each unit.

“We understand that by restricting the movement of people, the government is trying to track and curb the spread of the deadly disease. But considering that the department is flooded with such ePass requests on a daily basis – both from the public and business undertakings and the delay in getting the ePass, we feel that the authorities should consider issuance of a permanent pass for each industrial unit. The units will maintain a register of the movement of their respective employees between districts

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