Yogi Adityanath Orders Cops To Start Work On Banning Slaughterhouses

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, out to deliver on poll promises at breakneck speed,
today directed police officers to work on shutting down slaughterhouses. For the first time, he
clarified that only slaughterhouses without licences will be shut down. Those with licences should
follow all rules, he reportedly said at a meeting this evening.

The Chief Minister has also ordered a blanket ban on cattle smuggling and said there must be "zero
tolerance" in such cases.

Slaughterhouses allegedly running without permits have been shut down in Allahabad, Varanasi,
Agra and Ghaziabad over the past two days. There have been reports of inspections across the
state.

The BJP, which won a giant-sized victory in Uttar Pradesh, had said in its manifesto that illegal
slaughterhouses and large, mechanised abattoirs would be closed. But party chief Amit Shah had
said while campaigning that the aim was to shut down slaughterhouses, which led to confusion.

The BJP manifesto also focused on ending cattle smuggling, calling it the reason dairy-based
industries have failed to flourish in UP. The party said there has been a "fall in cattle count" during
the previous Samajwadi Party rule.

In his orders, Yogi Adityanath also directed the police to act tough against anti-social elements. He
warned that those using police security as a "status symbol" would be watched and their security
could be changed based on a review of the threat they face.
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ED attaches assets worth Rs 18 crore of Zakir Naik-led Islamic Research Foundation

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate today attached assets worth Rs 18.37 crore of
Islamic Research Foundation and others in connection with its money laundering probe against
controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.

The agency issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)
attaching mutual funds worth about Rs 9.41 crore and five bank accounts containing deposits worth
Rs 1.23 crore in the name of Naik's NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

The order also attached a school building valued at Rs 7.05 crore belonging to Islamic Education
Trust Chennai and a godown building in the name of Ms Harmony Media Private Limited worth Rs
68 lakhs.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) said it attached the assets "in view of their involvement in the
case."

The central probe agency had registered a criminal case against Naik and others last December
after taking cognisance of an NIA complaint filed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act
(UAPA).

It had also issued four summons to Naik to depose before it, but the agency said the preacher has
"avoided" all of them.

"The investigations reveal that the proceeds of crime generated through the provocative speech of
Naik have been either routed and transferred or utilised for the purpose other than for which they
have been generated, by way of creating communal disharmony and for inciting the Muslim youths
and terrorists.

"Due to the said reason, the trust/organisation IRF has been banned under the provisions of the
Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967," it said in a statement.

The agency had earlier arrested Naik's close aide, Amir Abdul M Gazdar, in this case and he is at
present in judicial custody.

The ED is looking into the charges of alleged laundering of illegal funds in the case and the
subsequent proceeds of crime thus generated.
The attachment of assets under PMLA is aimed to deprive the accused from taking benefits of his
ill-gotten wealth and such an order gets confirmed after an order is passed by the Adjudicating
Authority of the said Act within 180 days.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had earlier registered a case against 51-year-old Naik
under anti-terror laws for allegedly promoting enmity between different religious groups.

NIA and Mumbai police had also carried out searches at 10 places in the megapolis last year,
including residential premises of some of the office bearers of a foundation run by Naik. The
foundation was earlier put on 'restricted list' by the Home Ministry for receiving funds from abroad.

Naik, who is said to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after some perpetrators of the
Dhaka terror strike last year claimed they were inspired by him, has been booked along with
unnamed officials of IRF for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, and
doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony besides various sections of UAPA.

Meanwhile, the NIA today issued second summons to Naik to appear before it in Delhi on March
30.
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Congress, SP react with caution as BJP defends pick

NEW DELHI: Soon after Yogi Aditynath was chosen the Uttar Pradesh CM, Congress member
Veerappa Moily called it the "biggest assault" on secularism, a remark promptly dismissed by BJP,
which said the MP stood for development, "as reflected in his election to the Lok Sabha five times".

"Maybe, BJP or RSS would like to endorse their cause of Hinduism. India is not Hinduism.
Hinduism is not India... Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) is the very foundation of
our secular society," Moily said.

Congress' official reaction though was a bit cautious with party spokesman Randeep Surjewala
saying, "Congress will continue to act as watchdog of people's interests and play a constructive role
in progress of UP." Maintaining that the prerogative of choosing a CM rested with the ruling party,
he said, "The excessive delay in arriving at a decision as also the compulsion to create two posts of
deputy CMs reflects a bitter conflict to share spoils of power despite overwhelming majority of
over 300 MLAs."

BJP stood firmly behind the Yogi. Party spokesman Siddharth Nath Singh said, "That image (of a
saffron icon) may be with media but he has been elected again and again. He stands for
development and that is the agenda we have got."

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the lone Muslim minister in the Modi government, defended the choice,
saying Adityanath would work for the party's agenda of "inclusive growth".

Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal reacted cautiously to Adityanath's elevation. "We will wait
and watch for six months."

"We hope he will change his thinking and desist from creating a divide between Hindus and
Muslims. If he does, we will go among the people and oppose him," he said.

CPM's Brinda Karat termed Adityanath's election a part of "RSS agenda". She said, "It is clearly
the RSS agenda and UP is the new experimental field for it. Since it is the victory of RSS (in UP
elections), it has chosen the CM.This gentleman has a criminal record.Several charges like rioting
and more serious offences exist against him in various courts in UP ... Then why this rhetoric of
ending criminalisation?" National Conference member Omar Abdullah, tweeted, "Can
spokespersons of BJP now put to rest their oft repeated assertion that RSS is only a social
organisation?" JD(U) spokesperson Harivansh said Yogi was "the natural choice and fit into the
politics that BJP follows".
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GST may roll out from July as Centre, states approve draft bills

India moved a step closer to implement, possibly from July, the goods and services tax (GST) after
the Centre and states buried differences on Thursday over two long-delayed proposed laws
needed to create a uniform market in the country.

The GST council approved two remaining pieces of supporting legislation that will enable states and
Union territories to introduce the GST, billed as India’s biggest tax reforms. The nod paved the
way for introduction of these draft bills in Parliament and state legislatures.

“The supporting GST laws will now be taken to the cabinet and then to Parliament for approval,”
finance minister Arun Jaitley said, announcing that the drafts of the state and Union territories GST
bills were cleared at a meeting of the council that he heads.

The government hopes to implement the GST tentatively from July, said the minister.

Also, the council agreed on capping cess on demerit goods — so-called sin and luxury products —
such as cigarettes, alcohol, colas and cars at 15%.

That means the total tax incidence on sweetened drinks and cars cannot be more than 43% — tax
rate of 28% plus cess of 15%.

The proposal on paan masala is to levy a 135% duty on the value of the item. In case of cigarettes,
the cess levied could be either 290% or Rs 4,170 for thousand sticks or a combination of both.
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BJP, Congress vie for power in Goa and Manipur

IMPHAL: Competing claims by BJP and Congress have pushed government formation in
Manipur+ towards a tense climax in which the governor and small regional parties will hold the key.

Former footballer and journalist Nongthombam Biren Singh is BJP's chief ministerial candidate+ .
Elected to lead the 21-member BJP legislature party, Singh staked claim to form the government at
the head of a motley coalition after outgoing Congress chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh resigned
on Monday.

Biren has submitted to governor Najma Heptullah a list of 32 MLAs—Manipur has a 60-member
assembly-—and letters of support from P A Sangma's party NPP (4 MLAs), NPF (4), LJP (1),
independent Ashab Uddin and T Robindro Singh, who won on a Trinamool ticket.
However, Congress, as the single largest party, is also in the race with 28 legislators.

Outgoing Congress chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh who submitted his resignation+ on Monday,
has urged governor Najma Heptullah to accept his claim to head the next government in Manipur
on the basis of a letter of support from the 4-member NPP.
"I met governor on Sunday night...we have submitted the letter of support given by NPP. As per
democratic tradition, the single largest party should be first given the chance to form government,"
he said.

When asked about NPP pledging its support to BJP too, MPCC president TN Haokip said, "Our
deal with NPP still stands." Ibobi said the governor told them that in case there was a requirement
to parade NPP MLAs, she would ask him.
27 Congress MLAs are now camping at the residence of party MLA N Loken Singh in Imphal.
While one MLA appears to have shifted loyalty to the BJP camp, the CM said the party still has
support from 28 MLAs. The lone dissenting MLA runs the risk of disqualification under the anti-
defection law if he switches sides.

Earlier, the governor told ANI that she had asked Ibobi to put in his papers so that the government
formation process could be started and that Ibobi should bring NPP legislators to the Raj Bhavan
in person.
AICC general secretary CP Joshi said going by a Supreme Court ruling and democratic traditions,
in case of a hung assembly, the single largest party should be invited to form government first.

Meanwhile, BJP central observers, power minister Piyush Goyal and HRD minister Prakash
Javadekar, met with the 21 elected BJP members.

Goyal said Nongthombam Biren Singh Biren was elected unanimously as legislative leader after
consultations with elected MLAs and a discussion with party president Amit Shah, who was tasked
with selecting the new leader by BJP's parliamentary board. Goyal said the BJP would form the
government and Biren would be the new CM.
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BJP, Congress vie for power in Goa and Manipur

IMPHAL: Competing claims by BJP and Congress have pushed government formation in
Manipur+ towards a tense climax in which the
governor and small regional parties will hold the key.

Former footballer and journalist Nongthombam Biren Singh is BJP's chief ministerial candidate+ .
Elected to lead the 21-
member BJP legislature party, Singh staked claim to form the government at the head of a motley
coalition after outgoing
Congress chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh resigned on Monday.

Biren has submitted to governor Najma Heptullah a list of 32 MLAs—Manipur has a 60-member
assembly-—and letters of support
from P A Sangma's party NPP (4 MLAs), NPF (4), LJP (1), independent Ashab Uddin and T
Robindro Singh, who won on a Trinamool
ticket.
However, Congress, as the single largest party, is also in the race with 28 legislators.

Outgoing Congress chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh who submitted his resignation+ on Monday,
has urged governor Najma
Heptullah to accept his claim to head the next government in Manipur on the basis of a letter of
support from the 4-member
NPP.
"I met governor on Sunday night...we have submitted the letter of support given by NPP. As per
democratic tradition, the
single largest party should be first given the chance to form government," he said.

When asked about NPP pledging its support to BJP too, MPCC president TN Haokip said, "Our
deal with NPP still stands." Ibobi
said the governor told them that in case there was a requirement to parade NPP MLAs, she would
ask him.
27 Congress MLAs are now camping at the residence of party MLA N Loken Singh in Imphal.
While one MLA appears to have shifted
loyalty to the BJP camp, the CM said the party still has support from 28 MLAs. The lone
dissenting MLA runs the risk of
disqualification under the anti-defection law if he switches sides.

Earlier, the governor told ANI that she had asked Ibobi to put in his papers so that the government
formation process could
be started and that Ibobi should bring NPP legislators to the Raj Bhavan in person.
AICC general secretary CP Joshi said going by a Supreme Court ruling and democratic traditions,
in case of a hung assembly,
the single largest party should be invited to form government first.

Meanwhile, BJP central observers, power minister Piyush Goyal and HRD minister Prakash
Javadekar, met with the 21 elected BJP
members.

Goyal said Nongthombam Biren Singh Biren was elected unanimously as legislative leader after
consultations with elected MLAs
and a discussion with party president Amit Shah, who was tasked with selecting the new leader by
BJP's parliamentary board.
Goyal said the BJP would form the government and Biren would be the new CM.
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Justice Karnan hits back at SC, says targeted because he’s Dalit

Calcutta high court justice C S Karnan hit back at the Supreme Court calling its warrant against him
“unconstitutional” and “an attempt to ruin” his life as he was a Dalit.

“I am being targeted as I am a Dalit. This is a caste issue. The order has been deliberately issued
against me. This is an attempt to ruin my life. The warrant is unconstitutional,” Karnan told the
media at a hurriedly organised press conference at his residence in New Town.

A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar had issued the warrant order
earlier in the day, directing Karnan’s presence on March 31 after the judge ignored earlier
summons in connection with contempt proceedings initiated against him for accusing several judges
of the Madras high court, where he had earlier served, and an SC judge of corruption, nepotism
and casteism.

The SC said the warrant should be executed through West Bengal director general of police.

Justice Karnan also signed an order in front of reporters, directing the Central Bureau of
Investigation to “register, investigate and file a report before the appropriate court of law under
Article 226 read with Section 482 CrPC to prevent abuse of process of any court....”
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