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Udaipur Murder: One Of The Two Assailants Of Kanhaiya Lal Has Pakistan Links Says DGP

Udaipur Murder: One Of The Two Assailants Of Kanhaiya Lal Has Pakistan Links, Says DGP

On Wednesday, Rajasthan Minister of State for Home Rajendra Singh Yadav said that one of the two assailants of the Kanhaiya Lal murder case, Ghouse Mohammad had Pakistan links. Ghouse had been to Karachi in 2014 and has been making phone calls to Pakistan for the last 2-3 years. The development came after Udaipur saw massive protests against the brutal killing of Kanhaiya Lal by two men, later identified as Ghouse Mohammad and Riaz Akhtari. In a video, the two assailants claimed that they killed Kanhaiya Lal to avenge the insult of Prophet Mohammad as Kanhaiya Lal was supporting the remarks made by former BJP-leader Nupur Sharma. The Director-General of Police (DGP) M L Lather said that Ghouse Mohammad had visited the office of Dawat-e-Islami in Karachi. The DeI is a Sunni Islamic proselytising group which was founded in Pakistan in 1981 by Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qadri. “Ghouse went to Karachi in 2014 and spent about 45 days there. Then in 2018-19, he had movements in Arab countries and also visited Nepal a few times. And for the last 2-3 years, he was making calls to 8-10 phone numbers of Pakistan.” said Minister Rajendra Singh Yadav. “The crime they have committed is not one which could have been committed by a common man. So the NIA has lodged a case, and their network will be found out, and the guilty will be jailed,” added the Minister. As outrage poured over the Udaipur murder case, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot chaired a top-level meet with state officials. The Rajasthan CM said that the preliminary investigation reveals that the Kanhaiya Lal murder has been committed to spread terror and fear, and it appears that the assailants had a connection with international organisations. Mr Gehlot further added that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Team would probe the incident, and the State’s Special Operations Group (SOG) and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) would extend complete support to NIA. The original FIR and the NIA FIR have been lodged against Ghouse Mohammad and Riaz Akhtari under INP Sections 302, 452, 34,153A, 153B, 295A, as well as Sections 16,18 and 20 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 18,819 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.55%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has registered 18,819 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,04,555. Meanwhile, the nation has recorded 13,827 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,28,22,493. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 4.16% and 3.72%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 86.23 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 197.61 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Maharashtra Political Crisis: CM Uddhav Thackeray Resigns, BJP Might Form Gov. With Over 170 MLAs Support

After Uddhav Thackeray quit as Maharashtra Chief Minister ahead of the floor test, Shiv Sena rebels may meet the Maharashtra Governor in Goa today, where they arrived last night. According to sources, Eknath Shinde, who triggered the political crisis in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, led a group of rebel MLAs and toured BJP-ruled states, will meet the Maharashtra Governor in Goa to discuss further course of action. Meanwhile, Eknath Shinde, in a tweet, said: “There has been no discussion yet with the BJP about the details of ministerial posts, but it will happen soon. Until then, please don’t believe the ministerial lists and rumours about it,” Though there is no official confirmation on BJP forming the government in Maharashtra, BJP Leader Girish Mahajan claimed that the party has the support of over 170 MLAs and might form the government in the next 3 days. On Tuesday evening, Devendra Fadnavis met the Maharashtra Governor and is being projected as the top choice for the Chief Minister’s post. In a video clip tweeted by Maharashtra BJP, the caption reads: “I will come again. For the creation of a new Maharashtra! Jai Maharashtra”. It is being speculated that Devendra Fadnavis might become the Maharashtra CM, and Eknath Shinde is likely to be Mr Fadnavis’s deputy. The rebel camp has not indicated any intention of breaking away or joining hands with the BJP or even forming a new political party. The rebel group says that they are the real Shiv Sena and that the Uddhav Thackeray camp is a small minority. There are rumours that the Eknath Shinde-led rebel camp may try negotiating with the Thackeray camp. With the rebellion group having 50 MLAs’ support, the era of the MVA (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress) coalition government has effectively ended. 

GST Council Meet: Union Government Hikes GST On Curd, Buttermilk, Unbranded Food Items, Low-Cost Hotels Etc

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting concluded on Wednesday after a marathon two-day meet. As things stand right now, the GST Council has hiked the GST rate on over two dozen goods and services and lowered it for about half a dozen goods and services. In the meeting, most of the states wanted the GST compensation to be continued for some more time, as the GST marks the completion of 5 years on July 1 2022. The GST rates have been hiked on 17 goods and services, including LED lights, solar water heaters, writing inks, tetra packs, cut and polished diamonds, job work in relation to the manufacture of leather goods and footwear, work contracts for railways, metro, effluent treatment plant, crematorium, roads, bridges and low-cost hotels. Meanwhile, the GST council has cut the rates on certain items, including ostomy, transport of goods and passengers by ropeways, and renting of truck/goods carriage. The new GST rates will be effective from July 1, 2022. Vivek Johari, the Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC) has said that the GST Council has done rate rationalisation for removing the inverted duty structure. “Those items where rate have been increased would not have much impact on consumers as most of the items are used in business to business activities,” said Mr Johari. “Items like Printing, writing or drawing ink, knives with cutting blades, Paper knives, Pencil sharpeners and blades therefor, Spoons, forks, ladles, skimmers, cake-servers will not have much impact on consumers. There is some relief to consumers too,” he further added. 

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