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Mayawati Joins Hands With Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi’s Party In Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party led by Mayawati has formed an alliance with former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s party for the Chhattisgarh assembly elections later this year. This will force a triangular contest for the first time in the history of the tribal state.

Mayawati’s decision is seen as a message to the Congress, which has been in talks with the BSP for a tie-up in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, that it had options other than the Congress if it was not given a respectable number of seats to contest.

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Two Businessmen Arrested For Evading Taxes Worth Rs 79.21 Crore

New Delhi: Good and Services Tax (GST) officers have arrested two businessmen for evading taxes worth Rs 79.21 crore by fraudulently issuing invoices of Input Tax Credit (ITC) without actual supply of goods.

The Finance Ministry said that Gurugram zonal unit of the Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) on September 14 arrested two businessmen -- Vikas Goel, Director of M/s Mica Industries Ltd, Delhi and Bhiwadi and M/s Satellite Cables Pvt Ltd, Bhiwadi, and Raju Singh, Proprietor of M/s Galaxy Metal Products.

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Swaraj To Raise Issue Of Kartarpur Sahib With Pakistan Foreign Minister In New York

New Delhi: On the issue raised by Congress minister in the Amrinder Singh government in Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu and responded by Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the external affairs ministry responded by saying that the minister Sushma Swaraj will raise the issue of allowing access to Indian pilgrims to the Sikh holy shrine of Kartarpur Sahib during her meeting with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in New York.

Swaraj will have a meeting with Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. At a media briefing, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the issue of Kartarpur Sahib will be raised by Swaraj during the meeting. He said India has been taking up the issue with Pakistan on inclusion of the Sikh holy shrine in the protocol between India and Pakistan on visit to religious shrines.

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Shivakumar Accused The Centre Of Misusing Investigating Agencies To Torture Him

New Delhi: Hitting back a day after after it was reported that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a money laundering case against him, Karnataka minister D K Shivakumar accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of misusing investigating agencies to ‘torture’ him and his family.

Shivakumar said at a press conference in Bengaluru he was being harassed because he had hosted Gujarat Congress MLAs during Rajya Sabha elections in August 2017 and foiled the BJP’s plan to lure them.

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SC Directs NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela To Start Process Of Accepting Objections

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India directed Assam National Register for Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela to start the process for accepting claims and objections for inclusion in the Final Draft NRC from September 25.

Those excluded from the list can file their claims and objections relying on one of the 10 documents Hajela had approved from the standard operating procedure (SOP) suggested by the Centre. The process will continue for 60 days.