Monday Morning News Brief, June 19

Monday morning brief Jun 19 2017
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A vehicle rammed into crowd near a mosque in north London. The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque. Several casualties are feared in the attack and the injured are being taken for treatment. One person has been arrested by the UK police so far. The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology after the 9/11 attacks in the United States but was shut down and reorganized. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.
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GST may be rolled out from the central hall of Parliament on July 1. Government sources said a mega launch for GST is planned, where the focus is on ensuring that consumers gain from the initiative through lower incidence of taxes as the cascading effect of multiple taxes &mdash; from central excise and VAT to service tax and entry taxes &mdash; is done away with. Meanwhile, the GST Council rejected demands for postponing <a href=”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/tryst-with-gst-govt-plans-midnight-launch-event-may-be-held-in-central-hall-of-parliament/articleshow/59209736.cms”>GST rollout</a> but eased the filing deadlines for the first two months to help businesses prepare better.
Several thousand GJM supporters resorted to ‘body politics’ yesterday. They marched with the body of 28-year-old Bimal Shashankar, one of the three men killed in Singamari on Saturday, through Darjeeling town, under the hawk eyes of security personnel in riot gear and automatic weapons. The protesters were shouting slogans like ‘We Want Gorkhaland’, ‘SP Go Back’, and the Gorkha soldier’s battle cry ‘Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali’. The procession took place even as Union home minister Rajnath Singh called for talks to end the turmoil in the hills.
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PM Modi asked his ministers to prepare a report card of their departments in a month. Ministers will have to make a presentation comparing the achievements of their department during the three years of NDA rule with the last three years of UPA, a government source said. As the directive came during a Cabinet meeting last Wednesday and the deadline ends just before the conclusion of the presidential poll, observers see the move as a strong indication that the appraisal may be linked with a ministerial reshuffle.
Pakistan defeated India by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final. Pakistan claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009. India entered the final on Sunday at The Oval having beaten Pakistan seven straight times in global tournaments since 2011, and overwhelmingly favored to retain the Trophy. Meanwhile, India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi Final on Sunday.
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