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Saturday Evening News Brief, July 1

Jul 1, 2017 , , , ,
Saturday evening brief Jul 1 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India’s biggest automakers and retailers announced discounts today as the new GST tax regime came into effect. Maruti dropped prices on some models by up to 3 per cent, passing the “entire benefit of GST rates” to customers. Hypermarket Big Bazaar announced discounts of 2 per cent to 22 per cent on groceries and household supplies in 26 states while fashion portal Myntra also announced price cuts.
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Top LeT terrorist Bashir Lashkari was gunned down today by security forces in Kashmir. Laskhari and his group were involved in the brutal killing of SHO Feroz Ahmad Dar and five other policemen in Achabal area of south Kashmir. Security forces killed another LeT man Azad Dada during the operation that took place in Brenti-Batpora village in Dialgam area.
Manohar Parrikar today revealed that the surgical strike in PoK was planned 15 months in advance. Recapping events that led to the surgical strike in September last year, Parrikar told a gathering of industrialists that he felt “insulted” when he heard about the June 4, 2015 incident in which NSCN-K ambushed an army convoy in Manipur and killed 18 jawans.
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The opposition’s presidential nominee Meira Kumar said that she is not a ‘scapegoat’ in the upcoming election. Asked why she was contesting when the numbers were in favour of BJP-backed candidate Ram Nath Kovind, a visibly-irked Kumar replied: “This is the same question that I am asked everywhere. Why have an election if the winner is already decided?”
The I-T department has introduced a one-page form to manually apply for linking Aadhaar with PAN. The taxpayers can also link their Aadhaar with Pan through a mobile-based SMS facility, by logging on to the website of PAN service providers like NSDL and UTIITSL or on the e-filing website of the tax department.
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