Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a four-per cent reduction in value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel on Sunday, reducing fuel prices by ₹2.5 per litre in the State. VAT on petrol will be reduced from 30% to 26% and on diesel from 22% to 18%, Ms. Raje announced at a public meeting organised in Rawatsar in Hanumangarh district as part of her ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’The revised rates will be effective from midnight. The decision will cost the exchequer ₹2,000 crore and will provide the people a relief of ₹2.5 per litre on petrol and diesel.“We have decided to reduce VAT on diesel and petrol by 4%, which will provide much-needed relief to the people of the state, be it farmers or women or others,” Ms. Raje told reporters in Rawatsar after making the announcement.Petrol and diesel prices set new records on Sunday as they continued their upward march on fall in rupee and surge in global crude oil rates. The opposition Congress has called for a nationwide shutdown on Monday over rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee. Targeting the Congress, the chief minister said that the party had failed to play the role of an effective opposition and came out of its shell just before the election. Assembly election in Rajasthan is scheduled for later this year. Reacting on the decision, AICC general secretary and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that Ms. Raje had to take the decision because of public support the Congress was gaining for Bharat Bandh on Monday. “The chief minister had to reduce VAT on diesel and petrol because of the public support Congress was gaining for Bharat Bandh on Monday. The reduction is not enough and the relief should also be provided on gas cylinder without any further delay,” Mr. Gehlot said in a statement. He said that the former Congress government led by him in the State had reduced ₹25 per cylinder and looking at the prices of today, there should be a cut of at least ₹100 on the gas cylinder.
A Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jatt to escape from a Srinagar jail in February last year was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. One soldier also died and another sustained injuries in the gunfight.Hizb militant Hilal Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh-Kakapora in Pulwama, was encircled by a joint search team of the Army, police and CRPF in Ratnipora area. “As the midnight searches were going on, hiding militants fired upon security personnel. Rather was killed in retaliatory fire. The operation was called off in the morning after the body was retrieved,” said the police.The police said Rather hatched the conspiracy for LeT’s Jatt alias Hanzalla to escape from a Srinagar hospital on February 6 last year. Jatt was eventually killed in an operation on November 28 last year in Budgam’s Chadoora area. “Rather a long history of terror crime. He was the main conspirator and executor in helping Jatt to flee,” said Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani.The police said he was involved in attacks on security establishments. “Incriminating material, such as arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Pani.An Army soldier, Havildar Baljeet, who sustained bullet wounds at the encounter site later died in a hospital. “Another injured soldier was admitted to a Srinagar hospital and is undergoing treatment,” said the police.Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, commander of the Chinar Corps, paid tributes to deceased Baljeet, 35. A resident of Karnal district in Haryana, the soldier joined the Army in 2002 and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.Meanwhile, internet was stopped in Pulwana and train services halted in view of street protests. Authorities said many youth took to the streets during the encounter. Hundreds of locals, including women, participated in the last rites of Rather. The funeral procession witnessed anti-India slogans.Teenage boy dies in blastThe police said a 15-year-old boy died when a blast occurred mysteriously in Anderhama area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara around 3:55 p.m.“We are ascertaining the facts regarding the incident,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shriram Ambarkar.In a separate incident, a loud explosion took place outside Srinagar’s Central Jail. The police said it’s investigating the nature of blast.
The Congress will hold division-wise meetings from Thursday to decide the possible candidates for the Assembly elections and finalise the seats to be contested by the party. It will also hold a meeting in Navi Mumbai to take stock of the Konkan division. “I will visit each and every division of Maharashtra to understand the party’s strength on the ground,” State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said. The party has received over 900 applications seeking candidature for the polls, which Mr. Thorat said is a positive sign. “Not every election is the same. We lost the Lok Sabha election, but we are confident of making a comeback exactly as we did in 1980. The people still trust us and the growing number of applications seeking a party ticket is an indication of that,” he said.The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held deliberations on seat sharing for two consecutive days. “We are confident about contesting the polls together. We also want all secular and progressive forces in the State to join us,” Mr. Thorat said. When asked if the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar would be a part of the seat-sharing discussions, Mr. Thorat said the Congress is always ready for talks. “We have informed the VBA that we want to hold talks and I am confident we will soon be doing so,” the State Congress chief said. Last month, the VBA had ridiculed the Congress, and had made an offer of 40 of the 288 Assembly seats in the State to the Congress. The Congress had termed the offer non-serious. Meanwhile, the Congress and NCP leaders said the alliance talks will continue for some time to sort out certain issues and chalk out a strategy to accommodate all the allies.
As the annual general body meeting of the Indian cricket board draws closer, the list of aspiring candidates for some of the top posts seems to be growing longer. And contrary to belief that all the posts would be filled by consensus, elections may still take place.A virtual who’s who of the affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suddenly got “interested” in the various posts up for grabs as N Srinivasan assumes president’s post next week.On Friday, a “crucial” meeting of all the top Board officials took place in Mumbai and the claims of the candidates are believed to have been discussed threadbare.”All the big guns met here in Mumbai and a majority of decisions are believed to have been taken. But some more discussions were likely to happen tommorrow too,” a source told Mail Today. Of all the positions available, only Rajeev Shukla, presently a vice-president from central zone, looks a certainty for the chairmanship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council. The council is now reconstituted at the AGM to give more control to the BCCI, particularly the secretary, over the lucrative twenty20 tournament.A majority of the other BCCI posts – five vice-presidents, one secretary, one joint secretary, one treasurer, and the men’s and women’s national selection panels, besides various sub committees, would be re-jigged.The most coveted of posts that are vacant is that of secretary. Among the prominent names being floated around are incumbent joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale, current treasurer MP Pandove, and Orissa Cricket Association president Ranjib Biswal.advertisement”Jagdale, a former first-class player, has the advantage of a clean image while Pandove is a seasoned cricket administrator and is also non-controversial. Biswal, a former India under-19 and Orissa captain, is very close to Srinivasan and he looks to be the frontrunner as of now,” said a source “Shukla was also offered the post of secretary, but he had politely declined citing his responsibilities as minister for parliamentary affairs,” he said.”He wanted a less hectic portfolio and the chairmanship of the IPL governing council suits him fine as he would be an ideal link between the Board and the government, especially after a lot of tax-related issues with the IPL.” For the treasurer’s post, sources say, at least three people are in the fray.”Jyotiraditya Scindia, minister of state for commerce and industry and president of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke, who’s considered to be very close to political heavyweight Sharad Pawar, and former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah are interested parties,” they said.And for the joint secretary’s position, Anurag Thakur and Amitabh Choudhary are said to be in the race.
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Culture Share your voice 77 Photos Everything we know about Disney Plus 1:29 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is headed to Disney Plus in fall 2020. Marvel If Avengers: Endgame left you wondering about the fate of certain characters — say, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes — you won’t have to be scratching your head for too much longer. While Endgame served as a conclusion for many of the Marvel heroes we’ve been following for the past decade, it was only the beginning for Wilson and Barnes, who are getting their own show (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) on the forthcoming Disney streaming platform, Disney Plus. Here’s what we know so far. Release and where to watch While there’s not a specific date attached to the show, you can expect The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in fall 2020 on Disney Plus.Disney Plus is Disney’s streaming platform, which will house not only all the animated classics you’d expect from Bambi to Frozen, but also everything Marvel and Star Wars, along with original movies and shows, like Loki, The Mandalorian and the reboot of Lady & the Tramp, to name a few. It’ll cost $7 per month. What’s the plot?We last saw Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes at the finale of Endgame, when their friend Steve Rogers gave Sam a new role. As CNET’s Mike Sorrentino points out, the logo for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show incorporates Captain America’s shield, which could be an indication of where the story is headed. At D23 in August, fans got a look at a poster for the show, featuring Sam and Bucky. Of note: Bucky’s shorter haircut and Sam’s new suit with red and white design. That doesn’t mean Sam is Captain America, though. Mackie told Variety “I am the Falcon. I will always be the Falcon.” Disney Plus Instagram Cast and crewSteve Roger’s story arc in Endgame probably rules out a cameo from Chris Evans, but the original Captain America is a big influence in the lives of both Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, so who knows. Anthony Mackie as FalconSebastian Stan as Bucky BarnesDaniel Brühl as ZemoEmily VanCamp as Sharon CarterWyatt Russell as John Walker/US AgentNote: This story was originally published July 30 and is updated as news rolls in. 0 Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Disney
Kolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has taken every possible measure to prevent the spread of dengue and there is no reason to panic, state minister for the department Firhad Hakim said on Friday.Coming down heavily on those who have criticised the Urban Development department for not taking appropriate measures to prevent Dengue, Hakim said: “We have taken up the matter seriously and our aim is to reduce the number of persons afflicted with the disease to zero.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim met all the officials of the municipalities of North 24-Parganas at Writers’ Building to take stock of the situation. He said there was news of unknown fever from some areas. “But no need to panic. The municipalities have intensified their vigil and prompt actions are being taken.” He will meet officials of all the state municipalities on August 14.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked all the civic bodies in the state to take up anti-larvae drives seriously. As the mosquitoes have changed their breeding season, all the civic bodies had began awareness campaigns from January. At the onset of monsoon, the anti-larvae drives have been intensified by them. In North 24-Parganas there are many closed factories and abandoned mills, particularly in areas surrounding Barrackpore where the garbage has not been cleaned and there are broken sheds that hold rain water. The mosquitoes lay egg in clear water and it takes only seven days for the pupae to become adult mosquitoes. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already made a move to enter the houses that have been kept under lock and key for years, in presence of police, to clear the garbage and spray mosquito repellants.