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Petrol, diesel prices reduced by Rs 2.50

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New Delhi, Oct 4: The central government on Thursday reduced petrol and diesel prices by Rs 2.50.

While addressing a press conference, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “excise duty to be reduced by Rs.1.50 and Oil marketing companies (OMCs) will absorb 1 rupee. So, a total of Rs.2.50 will be reduced on both diesel and petrol”.

“We are writing to the state governments that as the centre is cutting Rs 2.50 on both petrol and diesel, they do the same”, he added.

Last month, the governments of Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh cut taxes on fuels.

The Union Minister further asserted Rs 10,500 Crore will be the impact of excise duty cut this year.

On inflation, he said that several macroeconomic data is indicating stable measures. The first quarterly results have shown an 8.2% growth, adding  Inflation is still moderate less than 4%.

After Jaitley’s announcement, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took to social media and tweeted “Maharashtra Government decided to give additional relief of ₹2.5/litre on Petrol to give a total benefit of ₹5 per litre in the State of Maharashtra”.

Meanwhile, Gujarat has also decided to reduce Rs.2.50 on both petrol and diesel. Thus petrol and diesel will be Rs. 5 cheaper in the state.

In the recent past, transport fuel prices have continued on a daily record-breaking upward movement with petrol inching closer to Rs 84 in the national capital and having already crossed the Rs 91 a litre mark in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Brent crude oil hit $86 per barrel on Wednesday, marking its highest level in 4 years.

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UP Cong, PSPL protest against farm laws

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 The Congress and the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL), on Monday, held separate agitations in Lucknow to protest against the farmers’ bills.

Hundreds of workers of both the parties clashed with the police, which had to use mild force to disperse the crowds.

The Congress workers broke the barricades at the Parivartan Chowk while the PSPL workers shouted slogans outside their office in the Mall Avenue area.

Many workers of both the parties were taken into custody.

UPCC president Ajay Kumar Lallu said, “The police have used unwarranted force on our workers who were agitating peacefully. This is an infringement of our democratic rights. A large number of our leaders have been placed under house arrest while workers have also been prevented from participating in the programme.”

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NIA court sentences IS recruit Subhani Haja to life imprisonment

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 A special NIA court here on Monday sentenced Islamic State recruit Subhani Haja Moideen for life and ordered a fine of Rs 2.10 lakh for waging war against the Government of Iraq.

The court on Friday had found Moideen guilty of the charges and said the punishment would be delivered on Monday.

Among the charges that the court found against Moideen include criminal conspiracy, besides Sections in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) also.

Moideen was arrested by the agency in October 2016.

Incidentally Moideen pleaded innocence in the court and said he has not undertaken any terror related activities and has not waged a war against any country.

However, Moideen is alleged to have received arms training along with Salah Abdeslam, an accused in the 2015 Paris terror attack which left 130 people dead.

The French police in 2018 had come to a jail here where Moideen was housed and took his statement.

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SC allows CLAT aspirant suspected of Covid to appear for exam

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The Supreme Court permitted an applicant, who is suspected of being Covid-19 positive, to appear in the CLAT 2020 entrance exam scheduled on Monday.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said the court is of the view that the applicant should be permitted to take his CLAT examination on September 28, in a separate isolation room to be provided by his Centre Superintendent.

The bench asked the applicant to ensure that a downloaded copy of the top court order is presented before his Centre Superintendent as early as possible by any other non-symptomatic person. “On such order being produced, Centre Superintendent shall provide a separate room for applicant to appear in the examination. Applicant shall enter into centre after other candidates take entry and shall first leave the examination centre,” said the bench.

The bench, disposing of the application, observed that the Centre Superintendent may also request the Chief Medical officer of the District or Superintendent, government hospital to provide a medical staff to render necessary assistance.

In the application, the student aspiring to clear the CLAT exam said that he is presently in isolation due to his being suspected of being Covid positive. “He is otherwise fine and is fully ready and prepared to give the Common Law Admission Test, 2020 (CLAT) examination scheduled to take place on September 28,” said the application.

The bench noted that according to its order on September 21, it had paved the way for CLAT 2020 taking all precautions and care for health of the students after following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

The applicant had argued that as per the admit card issued, Covid-19 symptomatic candidates will be allocated an isolated room but instructions have been issued by the consortium that candidates, who have been tested positive and are under medical surveillance or in isolation will not be permitted to take the CLAT, 2020 examination.

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