Following the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) decision to keep Pakistan in the “grey list”, India is all set to step up more pressure on Islamabad to take “credible action” against terrorists who figured in the list of most-wanted criminals handed over to it along with dossiers of evidence long ago. India will not only remind Islamabad of the evidence and dossiers given to it, but will seek a concrete answer from it on the action taken so far or how it plans to act against those terrorists in future.
Moreover, Indian diplomats will also reach out to the UN, US and other power nations of the world community explaining to them about how Pakistan is sitting on “evidence” given by New Delhi for the action against the individuals who are in the list of ‘most wanted’ terrorists.
That the Central government designated 18 key operatives and leaders of terror groups as individual terrorists under the recently-amended Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) has necessitated the MEA’s mission to exert pressure on Islamabad.
“Simply, making statements and releasing lists of terrorists would not work. What is also needed is that we should be more active in terms of exerting pressure on Pakistan so that it could be exposed for ignoring the evidence given to it by India,” says an official privy to what transpired in the meeting at South Block.
The Central government has recently designated 18 key operatives and leaders of terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Indian Mujahideen (IM) and members of the Dawood Ibrahim gang as individual terrorists under the recently-amended Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Those in the list include key 26/11 conspirators Sajid Mir and Yusuf Muzammil alias Muzammil Butt; IC 814 case accused and JeM leaders Ibrahim Athar and Yusuf Azhar; JeM chief Masood Azhar’s brother Rauf Asghar, who is key conspirator in Parliament Attack, Pathankot Airbase attack and the Pulwama CRPF convoy attack cases.
“After this move of the government, India needs to seek an explanation from Pakistan as to why it has not taken any action or why it is not doing anything against these terror elements,” said the official.
“India has in the past handed over dozens of dossiers exposing Pakistan based terrorists’ links to the violent activities in India. Clinching evidence to establish how Pakistan’s state actors were hand in glove with the terror outfits behind attacks in India,” he said. “But where is the action,” he added.
Now the diplomatic mission planners have decided to mount an offensive on Pakistan, going beyond issuing statements. According to sources, MEA leadership has asked the diplomats to take the issue of Pakistan’s connivance with terrorists up with the UN, US and other global forums afresh. “This should be in a massive diplomatic mission mode,” said an official.
Sources told TDG that diplomats have been given all the relevant documents so that they can prepare solid ground to carry forward the mission. They will be meeting diplomats in major countries with key documents that expose Pakistan on the issue of terrorism, sources added.
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SIDHU HITS BACK AFTER AAP’S RAGHAV CHADDHA CALLS HIM ‘RAKHI SAWANT OF PUNJAB POLITICS’
NEW DELHI: Hitting back at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Raghav Chadha after the ‘Rakhi Sawant’ jab, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said the former is still descending from the apes and the monkeys.
“They say man descended from the apes and the monkeys, Looking at your mind Raghav Chadha. I believe you are still descending! You still have not answered my question about notifying the Farm Laws by your Government,” tweeted the actor-turned-politician.
Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Raghav Chadha on Friday called Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu “the Rakhi Sawant of Punjab politics” after the former cricketer criticised the AAP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over farm laws.
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR ATHLETES: HARYANA CM
Haryana stood tall in the Olympics and Paralympics. Reacting to this, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said, “We feel proud that our ‘surmas’ have glorified the name of the state as well as the country.”
He was addressing the Salute Haryana programme organised by iTV Network on Friday evening. Apart from him, Jail and Power Minister Ranjit Singh, Agriculture Minister J.P. Dalal, Assembly Speaker Gyanchand Gupta, Education Minister Kanwar Pal also attended the event.
During the event, Kartikeya Sharma, founder of iTV Network, expressed his gratitude to all the guests. Former Union Minister Vinod Sharma and Ambala Mayor Shaktirani Sharma were also present on the occasion.
Lal said that there is scope for cabinet expansion in Haryana and discussion should also take place on this. There are 12 cabinet ministers present out of 14 and 2 seats are vacant and there has been discussion regarding the same as well.
CM, SPEAKER TO MEET SHAH ON NEW ASSEMBLY BUILDING
Haryana has 40 percent share in the assembly building but the state is getting only 27 percent. When Haryana was separated from Punjab, it was decided that Punjab would get 60 percent and Haryana would get the rest of the share, but this did not happen. Regarding this, Speaker Gyanchand Gupta told in the conversation that Punjab is not fulfilling the duty of being a big brother. The part which belongs to Haryana is not being given.
In such a situation, we have written to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to give land for the construction of a new assembly and also give allowance for the construction of the same.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal has also written a letter to the Centre. It is expected that soon the CM and Speaker will meet Amit Shah regarding the matter. He said that work is also being done in the direction of new eassembly.
FARMERS’ MOVEMENT IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED: DALAL
Agriculture Minister JP Dalal also participated in the program, talking about the farmers’ protest he said that it is politically motivated. “The opposition Congress party does not want the movement to end. They are completely against the farmers and are provoking them. All the Jathedars who are sitting on dharna on the border are on dharna at the behest of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder and Congress. Amarinder Singh asked the farmers not to sit on dharna in Punjab, but in Delhi and Haryana,” he added.
JP Dalal also said that it is clear from the statement of the Captain that he is using the farmers for his political gains.
HARYANA HAS ONLY 14% LINE LOSS: RANJIT SINGH
Ranjit Singh spoke on many issues related to his department. He said that new reforms are being adopted continuously in the electricity department. The number of villages where 24 hours electricity is being provided is increasing continuously. The line loss in Haryana is only 14 percent and the department has done a great job even in the time of Covid, due to which the profit has increased. As far as providing job on contract is concerned, this is being done so that the matter of recruitment does not get stuck in any court affair.
He also said that there is continuous improvement in the jails as well. Their facilities for prisoners are being improved and infrastructure is also being strengthened.
SOON INDIA WILL OVERTAKE CHINA: RAJESH JAIN
Rajesh Jain, chairman of LPS Bossord, said that India will soon overtake China in field of industry. Today, the slogan ‘Make in India’ given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has brought a new enthusiasm among all the industrialists of the country. This is the reason that today there has been a sudden increase in production in all industrial areas.
Did Sonu Sood violate Foreign Contributions Regulation Act?
Actor Sonu Sood is presently on the Income Tax radar and IT sleuths are searching over 30 premises linked to him, sources said on Friday. A source involved in the search informed ANI that preliminary investigation revealed that the actor has allegedly violated the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) and that the searches are still underway.
Certain documents proving that Sonu Sood had violated FCRA norms by receiving foreign funds have been recovered during the searches. “Large amounts of foreign contributions were found to have been spent for other means,” said sources.
Another source said that the IT officials have found a huge amount of tax evasion. “The tax evasion relates to payments from Sonu Sood’s personal finances. Accounts of the Sood Charity Foundation are also being examined,” they said.
Source told ANI that a number of unaccounted receipts have been found. “Documents such as bogus loans and bogus billing have been found and are now in the custody of the Income Tax Department,” they mentioned.
Further, it was informed that proof of circular trading has also been found during the searches. “Chain of documents, which are now in possession of the Income-tax sleuths, shows that money has been routed through different accounts and the real beneficiary is Sonu Sood,” they added.
Sources also informed that the actor has evaded tax by false claim expenditure.Today is the third day of searches on premises linked to the actor by the income tax officials. The searches began on Wednesday. ANI
Kashmir tourism players reach out to Bollywood to renew old ties
Tourism players from Jammu and Kashmir have reached out to Bollywood to rejuvenate old connections when the Valley used to be the favourite destination for shooting movies.
Director Tourism, Kashmir, Dr G.N. Itoo and Director, Tourism, Jammu, Vivekanand Rai, who are on a promotional visit to Maharashtra held a series of discussions with leading Bollywood production houses and filmmakers and impressed upon them to further revive their connections with Jammu & Kashmir.
During their interactions, the visiting officers underscored the potential of film tourism in Jammu & Kashmir and the need to further strengthen the bond the place has been having with Bollywood.
The officers informed the leading producers and film personalities that the J&K administration has recently launched a Film Policy which is aimed at providing a single-window mechanism for shooting of movies. They were informed that besides the Film Policy aims at incentivising shootings in the UT and the Tourism Department would be doing all coordination in this regard.
The delegation also met the heads of Reliance Entertainments, Yash Raj Productions, Mukesh Bhatt Productions, Producers Guild, Motion Picture Association of America, Excel Entertainment and other production houses.
Most film units and production houses evinced warm response to the call of shooting in Jammu & Kashmir while reaffirming to promote J&K through their film projects and hoped to shoot their upcoming projects in the UT. They recalled with nostalgia their past connections with J&K and the warmth they have received from the local people.
Several tour operators from J&K besides their counterparts from Maharashtra were present during these interactions.
It may be recalled here that to promote film tourism and persuade film world to consider J&K as their preferred shooting location, the UT administration has recently launched Film Policy which has made the permission process hassle-free besides including incentives for producers opting for J&K as a shooting location.
VICE PRESIDENT, LAW MINISTER TO ATTEND RAM JETHMALANI LECTURE SERIES TODAY
Ram Jethmalani memorial lecture series is back with its second edition and will be streamed live on NewsX on Saturday from 5 pm.
In a tribute to the late jurist and Member of Parliament, the Ram Jethmalani memorial lecture series is back with its second edition and will be streamed live on NewsX on Saturday from 5 pm. Addressing an issue, which has recently found itself at the hotbed of Indian politics, India’s who’s who will share their take on ‘Is disruption to parliamentary proceedings an MP’s privilege and/or a facet of parliamentary democracy?’
Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha M. Venkaiah Naidu will be the guest of honour at the lecture series and will be joined by other esteemed panellists including Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal and Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta.
Union Cabinet Minister For Women & Child Welfare Smriti Irani, Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra, former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, former Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, Tughlak editor S. Gurumurthy and former Rajya Sabha MP Pavan Varma will also mark their presence at the memorial series and share their views on this pertinent topic.
Commenting on the event, Kartikeya Sharma, founder of iTV Network, said, “In tribute to one of India’s greatest jurists and MPs, I can’t think of a more fitting subject that merits the focus of stakeholders in this panel of speakers. Democratic systems often lead to deadlock, but surely there is a way to bring back the poignancy of debate that Ram Jethmalani embodied at the bench, both in court and parliament. The object is to keep India forging ahead. I’m hoping that such efforts to recall whence we came will help us chart whither we go.”
Rishabh Gulati, Managing Editor, NewsX, said, “The people of India now have great expectations from those who are elected to serve. Parliament has become raucous oftentimes as has the Indian media. We had the opportunity to get some of India’s most committed minds to discuss the Indian media in the first edition of this memorial lecture series, it’s a merit that so many stakeholders are willing to take on a vexatious topic like this. As a journalist, I look forward to listening, rather than talking through this one.”
Ahead of the lecture series, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Majeed Menon shared his take on the topic and said, “Disruption should be, as far as possible, avoided. It is not just the protesting member of the parliament but it is the ruling party. It is the chair also that has to respect the reason for protest and make necessary amends so that the parliament can discharge its duty as required by the constitution and democracy.”
P.P. Chaudhary, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, said, “Basically, if there is disruption in the parliament, in my opinion, it is not the privilege but a breach of privilege. The people are electing the member of Parliament.”
Apart from NewsX, the show will be aired on all our social media channels and major OTT platforms—Zee5, Dailyhunt, JioTV, Shemaroo, Mzaalo, Watcho, Flipkart, Paytm, Tatasky and MX Player.
Not the time to bring petrol, diesel under GST: Nirmala Sitharaman
Petroleum products will not be included under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), said Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday.
Sitharaman stated that the GST Council discussed the topic of inclusion of petrol and diesel under the tax structure after the Kerala High Court order. “On the direction of court it was brought on to table but members spoke very clearly they do not want it to be included in GST,” Sitharaman said. “This will be reported to the high court as the GST Council felt it was not the time to bring petroleum products under the GST,” she added.
The 45th meeting of the GST Council was held on Friday in Lucknow under the chairmanship of Sitharaman.
Briefing the media persons after the meeting, the Union Minister said, “There has been a lot of speculation on whether petroleum products will be brought under the ambit of GST. I make it absolutely clear that this came on today’s agenda purely because of the Kerala High Court order where it suggested the matter be placed before the GST Council. GST Council Members made it clear they do not want petroleum products to be included under GST. We will report to the Kerala High Court that the matter has been discussed and the Council felt it was not the time to bring petroleum products under GST.”
Sitharaman announced a reduction in the GST rate on biodiesel, which is supplied to oil marketing companies for blending with diesel, from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Giving relief to transporters and exporters, the Finance Minister said, “National Permit Fee charged by states for granting permits to goods vehicles to operate throughout India or in contiguous states is being exempted from GST. Transport of export goods by vessels and air is exempt from GST; this was given due to difficulties being faced by exporters for getting Input Tax Credit refund due to technical issues on GST Portal. Although the GST portal is stable now, keeping in view the COVID19 pandemic, this exemption is being extended by one year, so that exporters do not suffer.”
The minister said that the GST on retro-fitment kits for vehicles used by Divyang Persons with Disabilities has been reduced to 5 per cent. “To give prominence to skill development, training programmes wholly funded by Central/State governments are already exempt from GST. Training programmes where the government bears 75 per cent or more of the cost shall now be exempt from GST. GST on pen parts is 18 per cent, while GST on certain kinds of pens is charged 12 per cent. It has been decided to correct this inversion by making the rate on all pens and pen parts to 18 per cent,” she said.
The Council also extended GST concessions on Covid-related medicines till 31 December this year. Sitharaman said extension has been given in existing concessional GST rates on Covid-19 treatment drugs up to 31 December. The exemption was valid till 30 September. These drugs are Amphotericin B (nil), Remdesivir ( 5 pc), Tocilizumab (nil) and anti-coagulants like Heparin – (5 pc).
The minister spoke about tax concessions on medicines not related to Covid-19. “We have seen in the last one year and probably earlier that some life-saving drugs, which are not connected with Corona and are very expensive. Exemptions have been given for such drugs. I am giving the names of two because those two are very expensive drugs—Zolgensma and Viltepso. These two are very important drugs which cost something like Rs 16 crores. So the council has decided to grant exemption from GST for these two,” she said.
“Drugs that are suggested by the Ministry of Health for treating muscular atrophy, on the recommendation of the Health Ministry and Department of Pharmaceuticals, are also exempted for IGST on import for personal use. The concessional GST rates on corona-related medicines have been extended till December 31, 2021. GST rate on seven other medicines, which are recommended by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, have also been recommended for reduction from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. That is also extended till December 31, 2021,” she added.
Sitharaman said that cancer-related drugs—Keytruda—along with similar other medicines used in the treatment of cancer as per the Health Ministry are being recommended for tax concession from 12 to 5 per cent.
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