Headlines: After Piyush Jain, IT Raids Conducted On Pushpraj Jain
After Piyush Jain, IT Raids Conducted On Pushpraj Jain
After IT raids on Businessman Piyush Jain, the Income Tax Department conducted raids on Samajwadi Party’s Pushpraj Jain, aka Pampi Jain. The IT Department has been searching around 50 locations in Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai and Delhi linked to Pushpraj Jain, who had launched a Samajwadi Party Perfume ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022. The businessman owns perfumery, petrol pumps and cold storage operations. The raid comes after Rs 196 crore cash and 23 kg gold was recovered from another businessman Piyush Jain. There have been rumours of mistaken identity row between Piyush Jain and Pushpraj Jain. However, sources from the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) refuted all rumours. They said that they had received specific intelligence inputs about the alleged tax evasion by the Shikhar Pan Masala group. A probe into the matter led them to Ganpati Road Carriers and Piyush Jain’s Odochem Industries.
Covid-Bulletin: India Records 16,764 New Covid-19 Cases; Total Omicron Tally At 1270
According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded a surge in active covid-19 cases with registering 16,764 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 91,361. Meanwhile, the country has recorded 7,585 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries stand at 3,42,66,363. The daily and weekly positivity rates stand at 1.34% and 0.89%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 67.78 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 144.54 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. The union health ministry also released the statewise status of Omicron cases, with India crossing the 1200 mark. Total Omicron cases in India currently stands at 1270, with Maharashtra (450) and Delhi (320) recording the most number of Omicron cases.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) December 31, 2021
GST Council Meet: The Council May Consider Correcting Inverted Duty Structure In Textiles
On Friday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be chairing the 46th meeting of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council in New Delhi. The objective of the meeting will be to discuss the hikes in GST rate for textiles that will come into effect from tomorrow, i.e. 1st January 2022. Apart from the pre-budget meeting, Sitharaman, representatives of states and UTs, Tamil Nadu FM P Thiagarajan and Rajasthan Technical Education Minister Subash Garg will be discussing the rate hike in textiles and might consider correcting the inverted duty structure in textiles. After the 45th meeting of the GST Council in Lucknow, the council decided to rectify the inverted duty structure for textiles and footwear, subsequently raising the GST from 5% to 12% effective from 1st January 2022. Many trader organisations, especially in the textiles industry, have demanded a rollback of the rate hikes. However, there has not been as much opposition to the rate hikes in the footwear industry.
Gunfight In Srinagar: Three Militants Killed; Four Security Personnel Injured
On Thursday night, a gunfight took place at the Gomander Mohalla of the Pantha Chowk area in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. In the gunfight, three militants were killed, and four security personnel were injured. The police had gone into the area to pick up a suspect. However, when they tried to enter the house, they were subjected to heavy firing in which two policemen were injured. Taking to Twitter, a police spokesperson tweeted about the incident: “In the initial exchange of fire, 03 Police personnel & 01 CRPF personnel got injured & were subsequently shifted to hospital. 03 unidentified #terrorists killed. #Incriminating materials including #arms & ammunition recovered. Search going on,”
One of the killed #terrorists has been identified as Suhail Ahmad Rather of #terror outfit JeM. As revealed during yesterday’s PC, terrorist Suhail was also involved in #ZewanTerrorAttack. All terrorists involved in Zewan attack have been #neutralised: IGP Kashmir@JmuKmrPolice https://t.co/8qu081u8mV
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) December 31, 2021
Liger First Glimpse Out: Vijay Deverakonda Creates The Magic We’ve All Been Waiting For!
On 31st December, Karan Johar and Vijay Deverakonda greeted fans by releasing the first glimpse of the upcoming film Liger. In the first glimpse, we see Vijay as a passionate boxer. The 1-minute gives up a glimpse of Vijay’s journey from being a chai wala in Mumbai to taking part in MMA bouts. Featuring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday in lead roles, Liger will be releasing on 25th August 2022. The film is directed by Puri Jagannadh and produced by Karan Johar, Charmme Kaur, Apoorva Mehta and Hiroo Yash Johar under Dharma Productions, and Puri Connects.
Watch Liger’s first glimpse here:
Filmmaker Karan Johar Requests Delhi Government To Reopen Theatres, Multiplexes
After New Delhi reported a surge in Omicron cases, the state government issued a yellow alert, closing all theatres and multiplexes in the national capital. On Thursday, filmmaker Karan Johar took to Twitter and urged the Delhi government to consider opening theatres, calling them one of the safe places. Karan Johar tweeted: “We urge the Delhi Government to allow cinemas to operate. Cinemas are equipped with better ability to ensure a hygienic environment while maintaining social distancing norms as compared to other out-of-home settings. @LtGovDelhi @ArvindKejriwal @OfficeOfDyCM #cinemasaresafe”. Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey was postponed for the fourth time and just three days before its release date, 31st December. In Maharashtra, theatres and multiplexes are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
We urge the Delhi Government to allow cinemas to operate. Cinemas are equipped with better ability to ensure a hygienic environment while maintaining social distancing norms as compared to other out-of-home settings. @LtGovDelhi @ArvindKejriwal @OfficeOfDyCM #cinemasaresafe
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 30, 2021