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Left Protesters in Kolkata Clash with Police over Anti-farmer Policy

As per reports, clash between left workers led by farmers union and police personnel took place outside the West Bengal Secretariat in Kolkata on Monday.

The incident happened during ‘Nabanno Abhijan’ in which farmers demanded fair price for their production and to maintain communal harmony.

Reports also say that left protesters included democratic rights of people in the state and food security for the people in their demand.

NIA Team Reaches Srinagar to Investigate if Separatist Leaders Received Funds from LeT

As per reports, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reached Srinagar on Friday in order to find out if hardline Kashmiri separatist leaders have actually received any kind of fund from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed.

If the accused are found guilty, they will be punished as per the law, said BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli.

EC Ready for a Public Test of EVMs

As per reports, the Election Commission is all set for public test of the Electronic Voting Machines. One of its spokesperson said the schedule for this challenge will be announced tomorrow.

Reports further say that use of EVMs and paper trail machines will also be demonstrated by EC tomorrow at a press conference.

General Motors to Stop Selling Cars in India

As per reports, General Motors will not be selling cars in India from the end of this year.

The announcement of the decision was made on Thursday as a part of a series of restructuring actions from the automaker.

GM says its brand Chevrolet will not be marketed in India anymore; however, its tech center in Bangalore will keep operating.

Karnataka IAS Officer Found Dead in Lucknow

As per reports, the dead body of a Karnataka IAS officer Anurag Tiwari was recovered by Lucknow Police on Wednesday morning. His body was found on a roadside near the government guest house in Hazratganj.

There was no injury mark in his entire body except for an injury in his chin. The body has been sent for post-mortem and police is waiting for the report.

Trinamool Congress to Take Control of Four Civic Bodies in West Bengal

As per reports, Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee is all set to take control of four civic bodies out of seven, in West Bengal.

The civic bodies where TMC won majority of votes are Domkal, Mirik, Pujali and Raiganj. Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong municipalities will be controlled by BJP ally Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

The victories in the civic bodies came almost a year after the TMC returned to power in the state after retaining 211 out of 294 seats.

CBI Raids P Chidambaram's Residence

As per reports, at least 14 locations across Chennai were raided by the CBI on Tuesday, including the residence of former Union Minister P Chidambaram. The raids were conducted after CBI found that foreign investments were received by INX Media, formerly owned by Peter Mukerjea.

The former stated that there were no such allegations against him and this was done by the government to silence his voice.

The CBI raids are underway in Gurugram, Delhi and Mumbai.

BSF Personnel Shoots Pakistani Intruder in Gurdaspur, Punjab

As per reports, BSF shot dead a Pakistani intruder on Monday in Gurdaspur, Punjab.

A suspicious movement was spotted near the Indo-Pak border, following which BSF personnel opened fire as the intruder kept walking towards the Indian side.

Further details are awaited.

Two Civilians Killed in Pakistani Ceasefire Violation in Rajouri

As per reports, two civilians including a 14-year-old girl lost their lives while five others were injured after120 mm and 80 mm mortar shelling were resorted by Pakistani troops at various places along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector on Saturday morning. Among the injured were four army soldiers and a civilian woman.

Pakistan’s mortar shelling started around 7.15 am.

Shelling was resorted by Pakistani tropps in Laam area of Nowshera on Wednesday night as well.

ECI Officer Makes Detailed Presentation on EVM Security Features in Meeting

As per reports, during a meeting with political parties, the Election Commission of India (ECI) mentioned that funds for Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) from the government have been received and it is going to be implemented by 2019. The move has been welcomed by the poll panel.

In order to discuss issues of allegations of EVM ‘rigging’, various political parties attended a meeting called by the panel. The meeting also dwelled on proposed electoral reforms.

The date of the proposed challenge will reportedly be decided after the meeting.

IT Department Launches Online Facility to Link Aadhaar and PAN

As per reports, a new way of linking Aadhaar numbers with permanent account numbers (PAN) is being offered by the Income Tax Department on its e-filing website, in order to increase compliance.

Linking Aadhaar with PAN will help the government to make sure that only intended beneficiaries get the subsidies as the tax department will be able to confirm with the other arms of the government to find out of a beneficiary of a scheme belongs to a particular eligible income group.

Five Judges from Different Religions HearingTriple Talaq Plea

As per reports, the Supreme Court’s bench of five judges who will hear petitions relating to triple talaq from Thursday are from five different religions.

The bench will be led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Abdul Nazeer.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) reportedly backs the practice, said it is a ‘valid’ way to end a marriage, no matter even it wrong.

Railway Connectivity for Chardham Yatra to Commence Soon

As per reports, the final location survey for coming up with rail connectivity to the four important Hindu shrines in the hills of Uttarakhand is going to start this week by the Indian Railways. The task of the finals survey has been taken by the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), a railway PSU, for rail connectivity to Chardham.

The nearest railway stations to Chardham include Doiwala, Rishikesh and Karanprayag.

Service Trial of Kochi Metro Starts Today

As per reports, Kochi Metro’s final service trial run started on Wednesday. The trial started after Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) received clearance certificate from Commissioner for Metro Rail Safety.

As mentioned by one of the KMRL officials, the inauguration of the metro has not been announced keeping Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dates in mind.

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar will Contest By-election from Panaji

As per reports, Goa BJP on Wednesday confirmed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is going to contest the by-election from Panaji. Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar made the announcement.

Parrikar’s close aide Siddharth Kuncalienkar is currently representing Panaji. Kuncalienkar had contested the by-election in 2014 after Parrikar resigned to join the Union cabinet.

The Aam Aadmi Party also confirmed that a candidate will be fielded against Parrikar and the name will be announced very soon.

Justice CS Karnan to Spend Six Months in Jail

As per reports, Justice CS Karnan of the Calcutta High Court will be taken into custody, wherein he will be spending six months in jail. Supreme Court sentenced him six months of jail on charges of contempt of court.

Suo motu contempt proceedings against Justice Karnan were initiated by seven judges including the CJI after Karnan named 20 ‘corrupt’ judges and demanded a probe against them.

Government has No Plan to Tax Agricultural Income, says Arun Jaitley

As per reports, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley mentioned that there is no plan of the government to tax agricultural income. He said that numbers of rich farmers are very less.

The Finance Minister further said that the farm sector is already in distress, hence, there is no point taxing agricultural income.

Lalu Prasad Yadav to Face Trial in Four Cases Related to Fodder Scam

As per reports, Supreme Court on Monday mentioned that RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is going to face trial in four cases which are all related to the fodder scam. The trial court has been ordered by the apex court to complete the trial in coming nine months.

Reports also say that Former CM Jagannath Mishra is also going to face trial in the case.

The CBI has also been pulled up by the Supreme Court for delaying in filing an appeal against the high court order in the fodder scam case.

Indian Army Suspects 12-Year Old Boy of Spying for Pakistan Army

As per reports, Indian army has arrested a 12-year-old boy from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir as he crossed over into the Indian territory along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The boy is suspected to be a spy of Pakistan army.

After being challenged by the army, the boy reportedly surrendered.

For further investigation, the boy will be handed over to the police.

Samajwadi Party to Split, Shivpal May Float New Party

As per reports, senior UP's Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav said on Friday that he might form a new party and name it ‘Samajwadi Secular Morcha’. He also mentioned that SP veteran Mulayam Singh Yadav will be made the chief of that party.

He further stated that this party will be started with an aim to bring the true samajwadis together.