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.
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.
annu ranifinalsiaafIAAF World Championshsips First Published: September 30, 2019, 10:25 PM IST Doha: Top Indian woman javelin thrower Annu Rani qualified for the final round of the World Athletics Championships by smashing her own national record here on Monday.The 27-year-old Annu sent the iron spear to a distance of 62.43m in her second-round throw, bettering her earlier national record of 62.34m, which she achieved in March, to book a place for Tuesday’s finals. In the process, she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the women’s javelin throw in the World Championships.Annu finished third in Group A and qualified for the finals as the fifth-best performer of the qualification round.Only two javelin throwers, Asian champion Lyu Huihui (67.27m) of China and Christin Hussong (65.29m) of Germany, could cross the automatic qualification mark of 63.50m while another 10, including Annu, made up the 12, who will compete in the finals.Annu opened with a 57.05m before coming up with her career-best throw in the second round. She had a 60.50m in her third and final throw.#AnnuRani improved her own #Indian Record in Javelin Throw at @IAAFDoha2019 World Championships & qualifies for final as 5th best in the field.First Indian women 💪to reach #WorldAthleticsChamps javelin final pic.twitter.com/oRNAY6Lxsy— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 30, 2019World leader and Asian Games champion Liu Shiying (63.48m) of China and Ratej Martina (62.87m) of Slovenia finished ahead of Annu in Group A, while reigning Olympic champion Sara Kolak of Croatia was sixth with a best throw of 60.99m.The other two Indians who competed on Monday, Archana Susheendran and Anjali Devi, failed to go past the first round in the women’s 200m and 400m, respectively.The 25-year-old Archana, who got a last-minute invite from the world governing body IAAF to take part in the showpiece, finished last in heat number 2 and 40th overall out of the 43 participants who completed their races, with a time of 23.65 seconds. She has a personal best of 23.18.Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain, who had won a silver in the 100m dash on Sunday, topped the overall timings chart of 200m first round heats with 22.32 seconds.The 21-year-old Anajli, meanwhile, finished sixth in heat number 6 and 36th overall out of 46 athletes, with a time of 52.33 seconds.Anjali, who underwent a confirmatory trial before being cleared for this championships, has a personal best of 51.53, which she achieving while winning gold during the Inter-State Championships in August in Lucknow.The top three finishers in each of the six heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semifinals. The slowest time that made the cut for the semifinals was 52.23. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.