QBullet: India Tastes Defeat in Champions Trophy; GJM Stir Worsens

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Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed, left, jumps over a teammate after they defeated India by 180 runs during the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London. (Photo: AP)

1. Pakistan Consign India to Horror Defeat in Champions Trophy Final

A fearsome burst of pace bowling from Mohammad Amir consigned India to a horror 180-run defeat at The Oval on Sunday as Pakistan won their maiden ICC Champions Trophy title with plenty to spare.

Chasing Pakistan’s 338 for four, India went down without a fight as the defending champions lost three in-form batsmen in the first nine overs. Hasan ‘bomber’ Ali took three wickets for 19 to polish off the Indian tail. Pakistan won with 117 balls to spare.

Hardik Pandya’s 43-ball 76 was the lone bright spot in India’s batting, but his run out gave Pakistan an easy passage to victory.

Mohammad Amir, who reported fit just in time for the mouth-watering final, wiped out the top order with clever use of the seam and length as Pakistan attacked like a pack of hungry dogs.

2. GJM Resorts to 'Body Politics' as Part of Gorkhaland Stir

Even as Union home minister Rajnath Singh called for talks to end the turmoil in the Hills, the GJM on Sunday resorted to "body politics". Several thousand GJM supporters marched with the body of 28-year-old Bimal Shashankar, one of the three men killed in Singamari on Saturday, through Darjeeling town, under the hawk eyes of security personnel in riot gear and automatic weapons.

GJM activists take to streets in Darjeeling. (Photo: PTI)
GJM activists take to streets in Darjeeling. (Photo: PTI)

The protesters were shouting slogans like 'We Want Gorkhaland', 'SP Go Back', and the Gorkha soldier's battle cry 'Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali'.

Sources said the crowd that marched up and down Chowkbazar waving the Indian Tricolour and black flags comprised at least 20,000 men and women.

3. Deadline for Filing Initial GST Returns Relaxed, Regime Set for 1 July Rollout

In a breather to tax assessees apprehensive about the burden of compliance under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the GST Council Sunday decided to relax the deadline for filing of returns for the first two months following GST’s 1 July rollout. The GST Return-1 (GSTR-1), which reflects sale invoice details, can now be filed by 5 September, instead of the earlier deadline of 10 August. For August, the new deadline for GSTR-1 is 20 September instead of 10 September.

“To obviate any lack of preparedness, a slight relaxation of time for two months – July-August – has been given. From September, strict adherence to time will go on,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after the seventeenth GST Council meeting.

4. Presidential Polls: Shiv Sena Likely to Back NDA Nominee

Amid reports of sharp differences between the BJP and ally Shiv Sena over the presidential poll, a senior BJP member told TOI on Sunday that Sena would support NDA in the elections, to be held in mid-July.

BJP president Amit Shah, who met Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at Matoshree on Sunday, apparently assured him that the BJP parliamentary board would consult all NDA constituents before finalising its nominee.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP president Raosaheb Danve and Shiv Sena youth wing chief Aditya Thackeray were also present during the meeting.

"No names were discussed, but Shah impressed upon Uddhav the need for unity in NDA. From the discussion, it appears that Shiv Sena will support the NDA nominee for the presidential election," the senior BJP member said.

5. Bhim Army Steps up Call for Azad's Release

Thousands of members and supporters of the Bhim Army, an organisation championing the Dalit cause, gathered at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, demanding the release of their leader Chandrasekhar Azad.

Azad was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) and Special Investigative Team (SIT) from Himachal Pradesh’s Dalhousie on 8 June. According to Bhim Army leaders, Azad has been falsely implicated in over 47 cases.

His mother Kamlesh Devi, who was mobilising groups of women, addressed an excited crowd sporting blue ‘Jai Bhim’ caps. Cries of ‘Jai Bhim’ rang across Jantar Mantar, with several smaller organisations like the Dalit Sangarsh Morcha, Yuva Shakti Dal and Krantikari Yuva Sangathan joining in from western UP, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Source: The Hindu

6. Vasundhara Raje Hints Pratapgarh Lynching Wasn't a Murder, Gets Trolled

Breaking her silence on the lynching of social activist Zafar Hussein in Pratapgarh on Friday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Sunday tweeted that the “demise” was extremely unfortunate.

However, she also indicated that the death was not a murder by re-tweeting a tweet posted by inspector general (IG) Udaipur which said that scientific evidence did not point to a murder.

A group of government officials allegedly beat to death 55-year-old Zafar Hussein, a social activist and CPI-ML member, for trying to stop them from photographing women defecating in the open at Jagwas Kachchi Basti of Pratapgarh district on Friday.

Commenting on the incident, Raje tweeted, “The demise of Zafar Khan ji in Pratapgarh is extremely unfortunate. Investigation is on – justice shall prevail.”

7. Madhya Pradesh: Another Farmer Hangs Himself in Neemuch, Suicide Toll Now 13

A 60-year-old farmer allegedly hanged himself on Sunday from the branch of a tree in his field in Neemuch district, 402 kms from Bhopal, taking the total number of agriculture-related suicides in Madhya Pradesh to 13 since the 6 June violent protests in Mandsaur.

Pyare Lal Oud of Pipiliya Vyas village, nearly 15 kms from the district headquarters, had taken a loan of Rs 2.5 lakh from a bank and was also tense over his daughter’s second marriage, sources said.

Pyare Lal’s son Dev Karan Oud said the bank loan was one of his main worries.

Sarpanch of the village Kishan Lal Patidar said Pyare Lal Oud committed suicide as he was in distress over loan repayment issues.

8. Rs 10 Crore Secured Bail for Gayatri Prajapati, Reveals HC Probe

The bail granted to UP ex-minister Gayatri Prajapati in a rape case had led to a huge furore, and it now emerges that the relief was part of a deep conspiracy in which senior judges were involved. A sum of Rs 10 crore also changed hands in the "deal".

Gayatri Prajapati with Samajwadi party patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav. (Photo: IANS)
Gayatri Prajapati with Samajwadi party patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav. (Photo: IANS)

The startling facts came to light after Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale sought an inquiry into Prajapati's bail. The probe revealed high-level corruption in posting of judges to sensitive courts which handle cases of heinous crimes such as rape and murder.

In his report, Bhosale said additional district and sessions judge OP Mishra, who granted bail to Prajapati on 25 April, was posted as POCSO (protection of children from sexual offences) judge on 7 April when he had just three weeks left for retirement.

9. 111 Fever Deaths in Kerala This Year, CM Calls for Cleaning Drive

Kerala, which is hailed for its health indicators, has reported about 12 lakh confirmed fever cases and 111 deaths from various types of fevers till 17 June this year.

On Sunday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged people of the state to embark on a massive cleanliness drive. “The government has been making earnest efforts for waste management. But that effort has not succeeded and this is evident from the outbreak of communicable diseases,” said Vijayan, adding that only effective disposal of waste and vector-control measures can contain the outbreak.

According to the Kerala Health Services data on communicable diseases, the state has reported 12 lakh confirmed cases of fever this year. Dengue fever and H1N1 accounted for 13 and 53 deaths respectively, the data revealed.

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