2008 Malegaon blast case: SC grants bail to Lt Col Shrikant Purohit

2008 Malegaon blast case: SC grants bail to Lt Col Shrikant Purohit

Tripods of television crew stand in front of the Indian Supreme Court building in New Delhi

Today’s Paper : The Supreme Court today granted bail to Lt. Col. Shrikant Prasad Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon serial blast case.

A bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre said they are setting aside the Bombay High Court order by which the bail was denied.

The apex court said it has imposed certain conditions on Purohit while granting bail.

On August 17, Purohit had told the apex court that he has been caught in the “political crossfire” and languishing in jail for nine years.

Purohit had moved the apex court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order dismissing his bail plea.

Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on September 29, 2008, at Malegaon, a communally-sensitive textile town in Nasik district of north Maharashtra.

A special MCOCA court had earlier ruled that the ATS had wrongly applied this law against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Purohit and nine others.| readmore…


Just 10 days left to file GST return: A step-by-step guide to do it

Last date of filing GSTR-3B for July 2017 is August 20 and for the month of August is September 20

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Today’s Paper : Businesses can start filing their first GST return under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime as the GST Network has started the facility for return filing and paying taxes on its portal.

The GST returns for July and August will be filed on the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) portal by filling up GSTR 3B form in which the taxpayer needs to provide consolidated details of outward supplies and input credit.

The taxpayer has to file a summary of self-assessed liabilities, input tax credit (ITC) and details of tax payment. The last date of the filing the GSTR-3B for July 2017 is August 20, 2017, and the same for the month of August 2017 is September 20.

Here is the process of uploading invoices on GSTN:


Chandigarh stalking case: Haryana BJP’s son Barala to appear in court today

On August 5, Vikas Barala was arrested for stalking, harassing IAS officer’s daughter in Chandigarh

Vikas Barala

Today’s Paper : After massive outrage on streets and in the Parliament, the accused in the Chandigarh stalking case, Vikas Barala and his friend Ashish Kumar, will appear before a Chandigarh court on Thursday.

The non-bailable charge of attempting to abduct under section 365 of the IPC and section 511, which relates to attempt to commit an offence punishable with life or other imprisonments, had also been pressed against the two.

On August 5, Vikas Barala, son of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Haryana unit President Subhash Barala, was arrested on the charges of stalking and harassing an IAS officer’s daughter in Chandigarh. He was, however, granted bail on the same day.

Subhash Barala, however, rebuffed the claim of pressurising or influencing the police in the case.

Vikas and Ashish Kumar appeared in Chandigarh Sector 26 Police Station yesterday.

Director General of Police Chandigarh Tajender Singh Luthra had said that Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala’s son Vikas and his friend Ashish were slapped with charges of abduction. | readmore…

Prices of subsidised LPG zoom 16 per cent since Modi took charge

Global crude oil prices have slumped by 49 per cent during the same period

LPG prices slumped by 49%

Today’s Paper : The prices of subsidised cooking gas zoomed by 16 per cent, from Rs 414 per cylinder when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government came to power in May 2014 to Rs 479.77 in August 2017, despite global crude oil prices dipping by about 49 per cent.

The Narendra Modi-led government had stormed to power in 2014 on the back of serious corruption charges against the Congress-led regime and the rise in prices of commodities like cooking gas, against which the BJP had raised its voice. Interestingly, the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) was revised 22 times by oil marketing companies (OMCs) like Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) since May 2014, when the BJP government took charge.

However, on the back of a 49 per cent drop in international crude prices, from $102.71 a barrel on May 30, 2014, to $52.16 (Brent crude) on August 3, 2017, prices of non-subsidised cylinders dipped 44 per cent, from Rs 928.50 per cylinder in May 2014 to Rs 524 in August 2017.

Also, in an effort to reduce the subsidy burden or to completely do away with the subsidy, OMCs are authorised to increase prices of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders by Rs 4 per month till March 2018. “The government stands committed and will continue to provide subsidy assistance to the needy and poor households,” said an official close to the development. | Readmore…

Imran Khan sends obscene texts, harasses us, says woman who quit his party

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Ayesha Gulalai said Imran Khan used to send her indecent text messages

Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Today’s Paper : Former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ayesha Gulalai has alleged that Imran Khan used to send her inappropriate text messages.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, the PTI MNA from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced to quit the party, calling for an inquiry into her allegations against the former cricketer, Geo News reports.

“I am not concerned about a party ticket or NA-1 seat. I did not leave the party over the issue of NA-1,” she said, adding that she had to go through mental agony due to the situation.

“Among many things, sending text messages is one of their bad habits,” she said.

“I received the first message in October 2013, you can check Imran’s Blackberry,” she said, adding that the PTI chairman “urges other women to use Blackberry cellphones so messages cannot be traced.”

“Check his Blackberry and you will know everything,” she added.

“The messages contained words that cannot be tolerated by any respectful individual.”

Imran Khan cannot keep himself under control.”

Gulalai further claimed that many women in the party are facing a similar situation.

Gulalai also alleged that Imran suffers from psychological issues and added that he does not like talented people. | Readmore…

Kashmir: Top LeT terrorist Abu Dujana among 2 killed in Pulwama encounter

Dujana was wanted in over 3 dozen attacks on security forces, civilians; carries reward of Rs 15 lkh

Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorist

Today’s Paper : Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) top commander Abu Dujanah has been gunned down in Jammu & Kashmir following an encounter that broke out early morning Tuesday in Hakripora village of Pulwama district.

A local militant identified as Arif Lalihaari was also killed in the gunfight. Two more terrorists were reportedly trapped inside a house along with Dujana and Lilhaari.

A fierce gun battle started between the trapped militants and security forces. According to reports, there are two or three LeT terrorists who are engaged in the encounter.

The LeT commander identified as Abu Dujana was trapped inside the village along with two to three other militants, the spokesman added.

Acting on specific input, joint cordon and search operations (CASO) was launched by 182 Battalion, 183 Battalion, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), 55 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG) at 4: 30 am on Tuesday morning in Hakripora village. | READMORE…