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I-T raids against importer in Haryana, Delhi, Bengal

I-T raids against importer in Haryana, Delhi, Bengal

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New Delhi, October 16 The Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) today said income tax sleuths have detected cases of "large-scale" under-invoicing of imports following raids on the premises of a trader of laptops and phones in Delhi, Haryana and Bengal on October 10. The CBDT said, "The evidence seized during the search revealed that the payments for such under-invoiced goods to foreign consigners were made through hawala channels and the entire business has been found to be run through such modus operandi." Rs 2.75 crore cash was seized. The taxmen found the modus operandi of the group involved import of goods in the name of shell entities at under-valued and/or wrongful declaration of description of goods imported, with an intent to evade customs duty, the CBDT said. —TNS
NSCN-IM firm on separate flag

NSCN-IM firm on separate flag

India
Kohima, October 16 Hardening its stand on peace talks with the government, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) has said its position on the demand for a separate Naga national flag and constitution is unchanged as these are emblematic of the Naga political struggle and identity. The NSCN-IM, which resumed talks to find a solution to the decades-old Naga political issue after a gap of almost two years, said in a statement on Friday the problem is "deeply rooted in India's malicious pleasure, violating historical and political rights of Naga people". Meanwhile, AK Mishra, the Government of India's representative for Naga talks, held a meeting with the Working Committee members of Naga National Political Groups (NNPG), an umbrella organisation of seven outfits opposed to NS...
Why NCB staffer’s ‘friend’ made a witness in three  cases, asks Malik

Why NCB staffer’s ‘friend’ made a witness in three cases, asks Malik

India
Mumbai, October 16 Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Saturday asked why the NCB's zonal director Sameer Wankhede used a "family friend" as an independent witness in three investigations. Talking to reporters here, Malik demanded to know the connection between Wankhede and one of the 'panchas' or independent witnesses used by the Narcotics Control Bureau during its recent raids. Wankhede is in news after he led a raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast earlier this month and arrested actor Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan among others following alleged drug seizure. Independent witnesses which are present at crime scenes should have no prior connection to the investigation agency, said Malik, the state minority affairs minister. But this partic...
Congress president  poll by Sept 20 next year

Congress president poll by Sept 20 next year

India
Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 16 Sonia Gandhi will continue as interim chief until the Congress elects its new president by September 20 next in line with the internal election schedule the party's working committee approved at a four-hour meeting held on Saturday. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) unanimously urged Sonia to continue till then, reposing faith in her leadership and dismissing recent voices of distrust emanating from the G-23. Two senior G-23 members, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, attended the meeting. Lakhimpur a diabolic attack on farmers: CWC The CWC called Lakhimpur Kheri a diabolic attack on farmers, slamming the Centre for not sacking MoS (Home) Ajay Mishra whose son was accused of murder in the case. Restoration of full Jamp;K st...
MP: Mob forces girl to take off burkha, shoots video; 2 men let off after warning

MP: Mob forces girl to take off burkha, shoots video; 2 men let off after warning

India
Bhopal, October 16 A girl was forced to remove her burkha and face covering by a group of people in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday afternoon after suspecting that the man on whose scooter she was riding pillion was a Hindu, police said. No case has been registered in connection with the incident that took place in Islam Nagar and a video of which went viral soon after, but preventive action had been taken under Section 151 of the IPC against two people, an official sad. In the video, a man from the group, who is apparently shooting the video, is heard telling the girl that her act was disgracing her community, while some women can be seen trying to force her to show her face. "A youth and the girl arrived in Islam Nagar in the afternoon. Some people stopped them and asked the gir...
97.62 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India: Govt

97.62 crore Covid vaccine doses administered in India: Govt

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New Delhi, October 16 The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 97.62 crore with more than 38 lakh jabs given on Saturday, the Health Ministry said. The figures are based on the 7 pm provisional report. The daily vaccination tally is expected to increase with the compilation of the final reports for the day by late night, it said. Cumulatively, 39,25,87,450 first doses and 11,01,73,456 second doses have been administered to individuals in the 18-44 age group across states and union territories since the start of phase-3 of the vaccination drive, according to data issued by the ministry. The ministry further said that cumulatively, 69,45,87,576 first doses and 28,17,04,770 second doses have been administered in the country so far. India's Cov...
BJP questions Congress silence on Singhu border killing, mocks the Congress Working Committee meeting

BJP questions Congress silence on Singhu border killing, mocks the Congress Working Committee meeting

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Tribune News ServiceNew Delhi, October 16 The BJP on Saturday mocked the Congress Working Committee meeting as "parivar bachao working committee", claiming that it offered no answers to the party's "internal rift and leadership failures" and instead resorted to "spreading lies". BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia also criticised the CWC for not reacting to the gruesome murder of a Dalit man at the Singhu border and questioned if the opposition party stood with the "Talibani mindset" behind the killing. Anarchic elements are using farmers for their politics, he also claimed. Bhatia claimed the Opposition, especially the Congress, will maintain a "deafening silence" because "it does not suit their political narrative". He also attacked farmer leader Rakesh Tikait for his reported remarks th...
SP, BSP district chiefs among seven arrested for 17-year-old girl’s rape in UP’s Lalitpur

SP, BSP district chiefs among seven arrested for 17-year-old girl’s rape in UP’s Lalitpur

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Lalitpur (UP), October 16 Seven people, including the district presidents of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, have so far been arrested in connection with the rape of a 17-year-old girl here, police said on Saturday. The Samajwadi Party (SP) said it has dissolved its Lalitpur district unit. Superintendent of Police Nikhil Pathak said the arrests were made following the girl's complaint that she was raped for five years in different parts of the city. She named 25 people in her complaint along with three unknown persons, Pathak said. A case was registered at Sadar Kotwali police station on October 12 against 25 people—including the victim's father and her uncle—and three unknown persons. The official said a hotel in Mirzapur district was raided on Friday from where Tilak Ya...
Actor dies on stage during Ramlila in UP

Actor dies on stage during Ramlila in UP

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Bijnor (UP), October 16 A 62-year-old actor, who was playing the role of Lord Ram's father King Dashrath, died on stage while enacting a scene during a Ramlila here, officials said on Saturday. The incident took place in Hasanpur village in Afzalgarh, about 65 km from the district headquarters, on Thursday night, they said. The actor, Rajendra Singh, suffered a heart attack and fell on the stage while calling out Ram's name during a scene in which he is leaving for exile, the officials said. By the time his co-actors tried to pick him up, he had already died, they said. Singh had been playing Dashrath's role for the last 20 years. —PTI
India to reach 100-crore Covid vaccination mark next week: Health minister

India to reach 100-crore Covid vaccination mark next week: Health minister

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New Delhi, October 16 India will cross the landmark of 100-crore Covid-19 vaccine doses next week, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday as a Covid-anthem penned by singer Kailash Kher was released to dispel myths and shed vaccine hesitancy. Till this evening, as many as "97.23 crore have been administered the first dose of Covid vaccine in the country", he said at the launch event. The vaccines administered suggest about 70 per cent of the population getting at least one dose and about 30 per cent of the population has got two doses, he said. "We administered 2.5 crore doses one single day on September 17 and next week we will reach the 100 crore mark," he said. "This has happened because of the effort put in by all." Covid-19 infections are decreasing in India, with 15,...