GST era begins, lucky escape for IndiGo passengers: Top stories to bring you up to date
President Mukherjee and PM Modi launched India’s biggest tax reform, IndiGo plane starts smouldering in Patna, another lynching in Jharkhand: News to bring you up to date.Updated: Jul 01, 2017 07:57 IST
From President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Modi launching India’s biggest tax reform to journalists questioning Donald Trump’s mental health, here are stories to bring you up to date:
Midnight GST show rings in India’s biggest tax reform
Pressing a button at the stroke of midnight on Friday, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s biggest tax reform from the historic central hall of parliament, cheered on by some of the country’s top names in politics, business and law. It was a luxury welcome for the long-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST), ending a 14-year struggle to enlist political support for a move that will replace some 20 federal and state levies and unify a country of 1.3 billion people into one of the world’s biggest common markets. A short film on the GST played out on television screens as soon as Modi and Mukherjee pressed a button. Read the story here and find out the tax rate for over 1300 goods and services here.
IndiGo plane starts smouldering during take-off in Patna, lucky escape for 174
As many as 174 passengers aboard an IndiGo flight had a lucky escape after pilots detected smoke billowing out of an engine while it was preparing to take off from the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan airport in Patna on Friday evening. Passengers on board Flight 6E-508 from Patna to Delhi were immediately evacuated through the emergency exit as fire tenders rushed to the scene around 5.50 pm. None of the passengers were injured. Airport sources said a propeller blade of the aircraft came off, causing the engine to spew smoke. Read the story here.
Another lynching in Jharkhand: Rape, murder accused beaten to death in Dumka
Barely a few hours after a frenzied mob had lynched alleged beef trader Asgar Ali near Bazartand area in Ramgarh district on Thursday, an angry mob in Dumka’s Jalve village mercilessly thrashed to death an alleged rape and murder accused identified as Mithun Hansda, 25. This is the third incident of mob violence in Jharkhand in the last one week. Two days ago Hansda had allegedly raped and killed a seven-year-old girl before dumping her body near a river. Read the story here.
American TV hosts question Donald Trump’s mental health, accuse him of blackmail
Two television anchors, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, questioned President Donald Trump’s mental health on Friday and accused him of trying to exert pressure on them over unfavorable coverage, calling it blackmail. Trump drew a barrage of criticism on Thursday after he called Brzezinski, “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and said she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she visited his Mar-A-Lago estate around New Year’s Eve. The two anchors responded with a column in The Washington Post on Friday titled “Donald Trump is not well.” Read the story here.
Afghanistan: IS militants killed in US drone strike
A US drone strike in the eastern Kunar province resulted in multiple casualties among fighters of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, known as Khorasan province. US forces in Afghanistan targeted the militants in Kunar’s Manogi district on Thursday night. According to the police, three militants were killed and a fourth was wounded. There was no comment from the IS on the report. The US and Nato have stepped up efforts to push back militants in Afghanistan. At a meeting in Brussels, Nato agreed to send around 3,000 troops to train and work alongside Afghan security forces. Read the story here.
KK Venugopal to be new Attorney General, will take over from Mukul Rohatgi
Eminent advocate and constitutional expert KK Venugopal is set to be the next attorney general of India, government sources said on Friday. Venugopal, 86, replaces Mukul Rohatgi, who completed his 3-year term last month and expressed his desire against a second stint. President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared the appointment, the sources said. “I expect an order to be notified in a day or two,” Venugopal told Hindustan Times. In 1992, as the counsel for the Uttar Pradesh government, Venugopal refused to defend the BJP-led Kalyan Singh government in the Babri Masjid Demolition case before the Supreme court. He withdrew from the case saying “My head hangs in shame at the incident”. But he subsequently defended BJP leader LK Advani in the case. Read the story here.
The Big Sick brings you a dose of warmth: Review by Rashid Irani
There’s nothing quite like a witty and poignant romantic comedy. Based on their real-life love story, The Big Sick is incisively scripted by Pakistani-born stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani in collaboration with his American producer wife Emily V. Gordon. Issues of the immigrant experience, clash of cultures and racism are confronted with non-judgmental candour. The stellar ensemble makes you care about the emotional highs and lows of characters. Heartwarming, compassionate and wholly human, The Big Sick is highly recommended. Read the review here.
Cricket: Clinical India team thrash West Indies by 93 runs, take 2-0 lead
India rode on fine bowling performances from Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 5-match series against the West Indies. For a while it looked like the West Indies might finally put up a fight after early wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli gave them hope as India were reduced to 34 for 2 in the 10th over. However, these proved to be false hopes as their bowling crumbled in the death overs and their batting unravelled when it was their turn and their team lost by 93 runs. Read the story here.
Cricket is now a ‘sissy’s game’, no aggression left: Andy Roberts
While the entire Caribbean is going gaga over Alzarri Joseph, who appears a rare positive emerging from the region, fellow Antiguan and former West Indies fast bowling great Andy Roberts refuses to even consider him an out and out fast bowler. “He is not fast. No, he is not fast. He bowls medium pace at 85 and 86 miles. What some of these guys need to do is speak to people, especially those from the past, and learn about their methods of training which made them bowl quick,” says Roberts. “We don’t have enough pacers in the world. No one’s bowling fast because rules for short-pitched bowling have changed, batsmen are fully protected. The rules of the game are cutting aggression. You cannot even stare hard at the batsmen else they would fine you. They are taking all the aggression out of the game.” Read the story here.