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Police Accept Delay In Taking Victim Of Mob Lynching To Hospital; ASI Suspended

New Delhi: In the recent mob lynching case, the Rajasthan government on Monday suspended an assistant sub-inspector and sent three other constables to police lines for the delay in taking Rakbar alias Akbar Khan to a hospital. Akbar was allegedly lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes on suspicion of smuggling bovines.

Senior officers said the policemen made an error of judgment. The action was taken after a video purportedly showing assistant sub inspector Mohan Singh, who was posted at the Ramgarh police station, admitting to his ‘mistake’, went viral.

The video surfaced hours after allegations that the Alwar police took nearly three hours to take Khan to the Ramgarh community healthcare centre. “Mere se galti hogai...kaise bhi maan lo..saja de do ya chhodh do...seedhi si baat hai (I made a mistake...punish me or pardon me...it is simple and straight),” the ASI can be heard purportedly saying in the video.

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Congress Decides Rahul Gandhi To Be The Face Of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

New Delhi: The Congress has maintained that its president Rahul Gandhi will be party’s faceand will lead the campaign for the 2019 polls. The party on Sunday formally sounded the bugle for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as it decided to go for strategic and state-specific tie-ups to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP. It insisted that there will be “reasonable give and take” while striking alliances.

The decisions were taken at a five-hour meeting of the newly constituted Congress Working Committee (CWC), which authorised Gandhi to take a call on pre- or post-poll alliances. He was mandated to form different committees for elections. “We are setting up a group that is going to do that,” Gandhi said on being asked if the party had started forming alliances for 2019.

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GST Council Reduces Tax Rates On Over 50 Items

New Delhi: The GST Council on Saturday reduced tax rates on over 50 items and  exempted sanitary napkins, rakhis, stone, marble, wooden deities and Saal leaves from GST. Briefing media after chairing the 28th GST Council meeting in New Delhi today, Finance Minister PiyushGoyal said, GST on footwear priced below 1,000 rupees will attract 5 percent rate.

Mr Goyal said, lithium ion batteries, vacuum cleaners, food grinders, mixers, hair dryers,  paint, varnishes, water cooler, among others have been brought to 18 from 28 percent slab. He said, the decisions taken today will be applicable from 27th of this month.

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No-Confidence Motion Against Narendra Modi Government Defeated By Two-Third Majority

New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance government has obtained a two-third majority of the votes to demonstrate that it enjoys support cutting across political lines as the motion of no-confidence against the Narendra Modi government was defeated in the Lok Sabha on Friday after a 12-hour marathon debate.

The no-confidence motion received 126 votes in favour and 325 votes against with 451 members of parliament present and voting. There were no abstentions but the decision of some parties to not take part in the vote had reduced the numbers in the government’s favour.

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NDA Plans To Defeat No-Confidence Motion By Two-Third Majority

New DELHI: Ahead of Friday’s no confidence motion, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government went all out on Thursday. Not to defeat the motion — that’s a given -- but to defeat it with a two-thirds vote against it in a sort of “There, take that” gesture to the opposition, especially the Congress. The BJP called up to allies and friendly (or non-aligned) parties to ensure the attendance of all its members, even those unwell or in hospital.

The intent is to demonstrate that the coalition enjoys support cutting across political boundaries, two senior leaders of the BJP said. The party has reached out to several non-aligned parties for their support, they added, asking not to be identified.