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Squall, Hail And Heavy Rains Predicted In 13 States And Two UTs In India

New Delhi: Thunderstorms accompanied by squall, hail and heavy rains are likely to occur in at least 13 states and two Union Territories across the country. Heavy rains are likely at isolated places over Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura as per Indian Meteorological Department advisory.

Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh. In Haryana, all schools will remain closed on May 7 and May 8 in view of the meteorological department’s warning.

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Seven Indian Engineers Abducted In Afghanistan By Taliban

New Delhi: Seven Indian nationals working for a power company in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province have been abductedby Talibangunmen on Sunday. This is another instance of Indian interests in Afghanistan being targeted. There was speculation over the exact number of men but they are understood to have been accompanied by a driver, an Afghan national, who is also missing.

The abduction, coming days after India and China announced that they will develop a project jointly in Afghanistan, is a reminder of the vulnerability of Indian projects that have been targeted by Taliban and other extremist militia, often on the instructions of the Pakistani army and ISI.The foreign ministry in New Delhi said it was in touch with Afghan authorities and was ascertaining details of the incident.

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Fresh Dust Storms, Rainfall Predicted By Met Department

New Delhi: India Meteorological Department, IMD, has issued a fresh warning about thunder squalls and hailstorms at isolated places over Western Himalayan Region and thunderstorm accompanied with squall over northern plains from today till Wednesday. IMD, in its weather forecast issued last evening, said, isolated dust storms are also likely to continue over parts of Rajasthan during the forecast period. 

It further said that for next three to five days, conducive conditions for isolated thunder squalls and heavy rainfall prevails over north-east India and south Peninsula. 

In its weather bulletin issued last evening, IMD informed that thunderstorm was observed at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Tripura, Kerala and Tamilnadu during the daytime. 

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GST Council Does Away With Three-Stage Return Filing,Moves To Monthly Return

New Delhi: The Good and Services Tax(GST) Council led by Union finance minister ArunJaitlyon Friday sought to remove one of the biggest irritants in the new tax regime by junking the current three-stage return filing process and moving to one monthly return. The Centre and the states also agreed to roll out the new mechanism in six months to ensure adequate preparation for the transition unlike the last year when the return forms were rushed in at the last minute.

The council also decided to turn GST Network (GSTN), the agency that provides and manages tech platform for the indirect tax, into a wholly owned government company but agreed to provide flexibility by allowing hiring of professionals at market-linked salaries. Decision on two other issues — cess on sugar and incentives of up to Rs 100 for digital payments — was deferred.

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Supreme Court Once Again Refuses To Dilute Its Ruling On SC/ST Act

New Delhi:Once again the Supreme Court has refused to dilute by staying its March 20 judgment. The court was sought to dilute its judgment on the provision of mandatory arrest under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act but it brushed aside the Centre’s charge that the verdict marked an intrusion into the sphere of the legislature and rewriting of the law.

Attorney general K KVenugopal said the verdict was such that he was constrained to use harsh words and protested against the “tampering” of the constitutional scheme of separation of powers. The bench, however, remained unmoved. The arguments will continue on May 16.

Making a strong pitch, Venugopal said, “Our Constitution provides for separation of power between legislature, executive and judiciary. But the SC, in this case, stepped into the legislative domain by introducing a preliminary enquiry when the law mandated registration of FIR and providing for anticipatory bail which was absent in the act. In addition, the bench provided that if the DSP registered an FIR without conducting a preliminary enquiry, then s/he could be liable for contempt.”