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GST Rollout : Ruckus in J&K assembly over new tax regime

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Srinagar, July 4: Jammu and Kashmir Assembly today witnessed chaos over the implementation of Goods and Service tax.

The assembly proceedings were adjourned twice after lawmakers created a ruckus.

Opposition MLAs belonging to the National Conference (NC), the Congress and Independents stood up on their seats and later rushed towards the Speaker’s chair as the four-day long special session started here.

The uproar also prompted Speaker Kavinder Gupta to order marshalling out of Independent MLA Engineer Rashid and some other opposition MLAs after voiced anti-GST slogans.

The opposition parties including the NC, Congress and Independents stated that they were not against the single tax regime, but were against the adoption of Amendment 101 in its present form as they believe it will infringe the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

They argued that surrendering collection of taxes to the GST Council would take away the financial autonomy of the state as guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution.

However, Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the country where the GST has not been implemented so far.

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12 dead in Mumbai shop blaze

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The 12 dead were pulled out of the rubble around 8am, after four hours of rescue operations on Monday. (Photo Credit: BMC)

Mumbai, Dec 18: At least 12 people have died and several others are feared trapped after a shop in Saki Naka, Andheri (east), caught fire and collapsed early on Monday.

According to the BMC Disaster Control, the blaze was reported in the Bhanu Farsan shop on Khairani Raod, near Laxmi Narayan Temple of Sakinaka, around 4.15 a.m.

Later the structure, said to be around 200 feet in area, came crashing down.

The fire spread to huge stock of eatables, cloth sheets and furniture, trapping many of the workers employed in the shop, according to the shop proprietor.

The cause of the fire is not clear, but around five to six workers managed to escape to safety, eyewitnesses said.

Three fire-tenders, four jumbo water tankers and ambulances fought the blaze which was extinguished within a few minutes, but left a huge trail of deaths and destruction.

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Three held for misbehaving with Bengali actor at Kolkata airport

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Kolkata, Dec 18: Three airport parking agency employees have been arrested for allegedly misbehaving with Bengali actor Kaushik Sen and his son at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport here, police said on Sunday.

An altercation broke out between an airport parking employee and the actor on Saturday night after the employee allegedly misbehaved with Sen’s driver and slapped a fine on them, claiming that they had exceeded the free car parking time of 10 minutes at the airport gate.

Police said the actor complained the employee and others continued to misbehave with his family even after they paid the fine.

“We have arrested three parking lot employees including primary accused Rangabendra Singh on Saturday night for allegedly misbehaving with the actor and his family and verbally abusing them,” said an officer from NSCBI police station.

“All three are employed with a private agency named SS Enterprise that has been recruited by the airport authority for collecting parking fee at the airport. We would produce them in court and appeal for their police remand,” the officer added.

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Girl sexually assaulted, friend attacked in Delhi

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New Delhi, Dec 18: A 16-year-old girl, who was sitting with her male friend in a park here, was sexually assaulted by three unknown assailants, police said on Sunday.

The incident occurred in a park at north Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh on Saturday evening.

“The victim works as a maid in residential localities near Haidarpur slums. She had gone to meet her male friend. When they both were chatting, the three accused persons came and started misbehaving with her. When her male friend opposed them, they beat him and sexually assaulted the victim,” said Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma said.

“The accused later escaped from the spot threatening the victim and her friend with dire consequences. The two later informed local police.

“We have registered a case against the accused persons and are examining the CCTV footage of near by shops and area to ascertain the identities of accused persons,” Verma added.

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