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Indian National Hamid Ansari meets EAM Sushma Swaraj



Hamid Ansari , Sushma Swaraj
Hamid Ansari , Sushma Swaraj , Image - ANI

New Delhi, Dec 19: Indian National Hamid Ansari who reached India after being released from a Pakistan jail yesterday, on Wednesday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi.

His mother told EAM “Mera Bharat mahaan, meri madam mahaan, sab madam ne hi kiya hai.”

Ansari, a Mumbai based man was released from a Pakistani jail after six years for alleged espionage charges, crossed over to the Indian side at Punjab’s Attari-Wagah border on Tuesday.

A weary-looking bespectacled Ansari in a jacket, muffler and a Pashtun cap, was received by his parents, Nehal and Fauzia, who were waiting at the border along with other officials.



NIA questions 2 Delhi University teachers in connection with Elgaar Parishad

This comes just over a fortnight after the NIA arrested a DU teacher – associate professor Hany Babu M T, who teaches English – citing his alleged involvement in the same case.



DU P K Vijayan

Two Delhi University (DU) teachers – P K Vijayan from Hindu College and Rakesh Ranjan from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) – were questioned on Friday by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case.

This comes just over a fortnight after the NIA arrested a DU teacher – associate professor Hany Babu M T, who teaches English – citing his alleged involvement in the same case.

All three were involved in the Committee for the Defence and Release of G N Saibaba, a former Political Science teacher of DU convicted of having Maoist links. Their membership of the committee was also allegedly in focus during the duo’s questioning.

According to Vijayan, both of them were summoned at 10 am and were allowed to go around 8.30 pm. He said Ranjan was interrogated first, and he was made to wait until Ranjan’s questioning got over.

“My interrogation began around 4 pm; then he was made to wait. Their focus was on the Bhima Koregaon violence and my role in the Saibaba defence committee,” Vijayan said. The NIA investigators, Vijayan said, told him that their names had come up during the probe – “so they just wanted to us to clarify.”

Ranjan, who teaches Economics at SRCC, did not respond to calls and texts.

Student groups of both colleges released statements condemning the questioning.

The NIA is investigating the connection between “provocative speeches” made at an Elgaar Parishad event on December 31, 2017 and the caste violence in Bhima Koregaon in Pune the following day.

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‘Tax Terrorism’, ‘Raid Raj’ are hallmarks of Modi govt alleges Congress

Congress has alleged that ‘honouring the honest’ scheme is yet another ‘amnesty scheme’ to ‘honour the dishonest’ and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s legacy is amnesty schemes for tax evaders and converting black money to white.



Randeep Surjewala

New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the new taxation scheme and launched the ‘Transparent Taxation – Honouring the Honest’ platform among other reforms.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in a statement said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday re-published the speech he delivered on February 14, 2020. Except for managed news headlines, PM’s announcements ended up being a ‘Zero-Sum Game’. Income Tax arrears under dispute have increased by 129 per cent in the last five years – and the stark reality of Modi government’s ‘Transparent Taxation’ is that income tax arrears have surged many fold.”

Citing the Budget 2020, the Congress said Rs 9,40,000 crore worth of ‘direct tax’ amount is under dispute. Of this, demands related to corporate tax amount to Rs 4,88,000 crore while taxes on income and other heads amount to Rs 4,50,000 crore. In contrast thereto, direct tax arrears as on March 2014 were only Rs 4,10,000 Crore, total increase of 129 percent in five years.

The party said the demands relating to “indirect taxes” of commodities/services amount to Rs 1,69,000 crore, taking total outstanding to Rs 11,09,000 cores. Is this “transparent taxation” or “insurmountable taxation”? asked Surjewala.

The party in a statement said “target based” tax collection is the new “tax terrorism”. Due to the target based tax collection system, Income Tax Receivables (ITR) that are under dispute have reached Rs 6,23,539 crore (according to the documents of the interim budget 2019-20). Of these, taxes due by companies or corporation tax, have touched nearly Rs 4,00,000 crore.

Questioning the government’s intention, Surjewala said, “Is announcing ‘three amnesty schemes’ back to back honouring the honest? Repeated voluntary disclosure schemes are only meant to serve the ‘dishonest’ at the cost of the ‘honest’. These are convert “black money into white” schemes.”

The Congress said for Government that came to power promising to bring back Rs 80,00,000 crore worth of ‘black money’ from abroad, these ‘amnesty schemes’ expose the jumlas sold to the people, he added.

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Pranab Mukherjee continues to be on ventilator support




New Delhi, Aug 14 : The condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee remains critical but has not worsened, his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee said on Friday.

Doctors attending on the 84-year-old former president at the hospital said his condition remained unchanged on Friday morning.

Mukherjee was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi cantonment on Monday and was operated for the removal of a clot in the brain. He had also tested positive for COVID-19.

“The condition of Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee remains unchanged this morning (14 August 2020). He is under intensive care and continues to be on ventilatory support. His vital parameters are presently stable,” the hospital said in a statement.

The former President’s daughter took to Twitter after the medical bulletin, saying his condition has not worsened.

“Without getting into medical jargons, whatever I could understand from the last two days is that though my dads’ condition continues to remain very critical, it hasn’t worsened. There’s little improvement in his eyes’ reaction to light,” she said.

Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017.

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