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Demonetisation legalised black money, GST hurt small businesses: Rahul

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Rajkot (Gujarat), Sep 27 : Attacking the Narendra Modi government over its manner of implementing GST and on demonetisation, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi termed the former “catastrophic” to small and medium businesses and the latter legalising the black money of “the country’s biggest thieves”.

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Interacting with businessmen, intellectuals and entreprenuers in this Gujarat business hub late Tuesday, he said anger is rising among people of country over “lack of jobs” and businesses slowing down and it could become uncontrollable, according to a video posted by the party on Wednesday.

Answering queries, he admitted that mistakes by Congress was a reason for Narendra Modi leading the BJP to a resounding victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but said the party was improving its shortcomings.

He also said that he did not believe in slogans like “Modi-mukt Bharat”, but noted that the Prime Minister has been caught in a “chakarvayu” as he has raised bar of expectations but is unable to fulfill them as he “does not believe in anyone and does not listen to anyone.”

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He said 30,000 youth were entering the job market every day but only 450 jobs were being created, while China creates 40,000 employment opportunities every day.

“If the situation is not changed, the anger among people will increase and after a certain level, it will go out of control,” he warned.

Gandhi said while half the problems with Goods and Services tax were “structural”, the other half had been created by the manner in which it has been implemented.

Gandhi, who is on a tour of the state ahead of assembly polls later this year, said Congress will try to live up to expectations of the people.

“If Modi became prime minister, it was also due to shortcomings of Congress. Our effort is to improve our mistakes. Our vision outlined in 2004 started failing in 2012. There are many reasons for Modi coming to power. Congress will try its best to fulfill your expectations,” he said.

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Publicy drinking in Goa will soon attract heavy fine: Manohar Parrikar

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Panjim, July 17: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that drinking alcohol at public places in the coastal state will attract a heavy fine from August 15.

“Mind you, there will be a heavy fine if you are found drinking (in public) from the month of August. We’re issuing a notification very soon. I intend to do it before August, so that we can implement it from August 15,” Parrikar said in a function here.

Chief Minister Parrikar also warned that littering the state with beer bottles would also invite a steeper fine.

” Similarly littering will also have a heavy fine of Rs 2,500. I have caught two-three college students going there with beer bottles. This is not done,” Parrikar said.

He further stated that bottles thrown on the rocks along the riverfront were putting other people at risk.

Earlier this year, the Chief Minister stoked a controversy for his ‘girls drinking beer’ remark.

Addressing the inaugural of the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat in February, Parrikar had said: “I have begun to fear now, because even girls have started drinking beer”.

“Today’s youngsters are crossing tolerance limits”, he added.

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Supreme Court asks Parliament to make new law against mob lynching

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New Delhi, July 17 : Criticizing the Central government for its failure to stop mob lynching incidents by vigilante groups/cow vigilantism across the country, the Supreme Count on Tuesday asked Parliament to create a new penal provision to deal with cases of lynching across the country .

Issuing a series of directions to the government  to tackle with the rising cases of lynching incidents, a bench of CJI Dipak and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud  said ‘mobocracy can’t take over’ and that law and order is the government’s responsibility.

The Supreme Court ruled, “No citizen can take law into their own hands. In case of fear and anarchy, the state has to act positively. Violence can’t be allowed.”

The  court sought a compliance report from centre and states. The top court called lynching incidents ‘horrendous acts of mobocracy’.

 Stating that no citizen can take law into his hands nor become law unto himself, the top court said that it is the duty of state to ensure maintenance of law and order so as to protect secular ethos and prevent mobocracy.

While fixing the matter for further hearing on August 28, the Apex Court asked Parliament to see whether a new law can be made into the issue.

“The State is duty-bound to ensure law and order and to prevent mobocracy,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ordered while hearing a case against cow vigilantism.

Court said mobocracy can’t be allowed and has asked the Centre and States to file compliance report on the issue.

 

 

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Foreign currencies worth Rs 2,10,00,000 recovered at Jaipur airport

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Jaipur, July 17: The Currencies of Muscat, Bangladesh, and Qatar, worth Rs 2,10,00,000 in Indian National Rupee, recovered from a Dubai-bound passenger by Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and police at Jaipur airport on Tuesday. 

The matter has been handed over to Income-Tax department.

On Monday, the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) seized 1550 pieces of US 100-dollar bill currency notes worth 1,05,40,000 INR, concealed between layers of the walls of cardboard boxes, from two passengers at NSCBI Airport in Kolkata.

Further probe is underway.

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