Tuesday Morning News Brief, August 8

Tuesday morning brief Aug 8 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Gujarat all set for an on the edge of seat contest in the Rajya Sabha elections today with Amit Shah and Ahmed Patel in fray. The ruling BJP has fielded party chief Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani for the three Rajya Sabha seats. Congress candidate Ahmed Patel said he has support of “enough” number of MLAs, including those belonging to the NCP and JD(U), to win the polls. The results of the election, which is being conducted from 9am to 4pm, will be known by 6pm.
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Pakistan’s banned terrorist outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa, run by Hafiz Saeed, launched a political party called ‘Milli Muslim League’. Saifullah Khalid, closely linked to Saeed, announced the formation of ‘Milli Muslim League’ in Islamabad following weeks of campaign in Punjab’s provincial capital Lahore. “We would soon file application with Election Commission of Pakistan for its registration,” said party president Khalid.
The government sought a report from the Chandigarh administration in the case relating to alleged stalking of a woman. Sources said home minister Rajnath Singh directed home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Monday evening to call for a detailed report on the stalking allegations made by daughter of an IAS officer against accused Vikas Barala as well as an update on the investigations so far.
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India and the US will conduct the “Yudh Abhyas” joint exercise between their Armies in September. The finalisation of the Yudh Abhyas exercise will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the US from September 14 to 27. The exercise will further boost the interoperability between the two armies at the battalion and company level. It will also help the Indian Army understand the doctrines, battle drills and procedures of the US Army,” said an officer.
The income tax department said there was a 25% rise in the number of returns filed this year. In all, 2.82 crore returns were filed by the extended deadline- August 5, compared to 2.27 crore in the same period last year, a rise of 24.2%. Last year, the growth was just a shade under 10%. The effect of demonetisation was visible in the growth in direct tax collections, the I-T department added.
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