Dainik Bhaskar group faces raids by income tax officials; Opposition CMs condemn the action
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-07-2021; One of the country’s largest media companies, the Dainik Bhaskar Group, has come under the control of tax collectors. The Income Tax Service has launched extensive search operations and raids in various locations including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
- According to sources, raids / search operations by IT teams are taking place at the group’s office in Delhi, Bhopal and Indore in Madhya Pradesh, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Mumbai in Maharashtra and some other places. also.
- More than 30 premises, including offices and living quarters of the group’s promoters, are being registered / registered by more than 100 tax collectors in a joint exercise launched on Thursday morning. In Bhopal, I-T staff also raided the residence of Sudhir Aggarwal, the promoter of the Bhaskar group.
- On the website of Dainik Bhaskar, one of the most widely circulated Hindi dailies, the group said that “frightened by its coverage of corpses floating in the Ganges during the pandemic, the government has launched raids against the Bhaskar group.”
- He added that in addition to offices, computer detectives are also raiding the residences of key personnel in the group. “Tax collectors confiscated employees’ cell phones,” he said, adding that there were no women in the IT teams who came to raid the group’s offices and other facilities. .
- However, sources in the IT department maintain that the searches are carried out following a notice received by the department regarding allegations of tax evasion by the group and its various companies.
- Based in Madhya Pradesh, the Dainik Bhaskar group has more than 60 editions operating in a dozen states in many languages. Meanwhile, Congressman Rajya Sabha and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh tweeted that tax officials “are present” in half a dozen of the group’s premises, including its office in press complex in Bhopal.
- The chief ministers of Rajasthan and Delhi, Ashok Gehlot and Arvind Kejriwal, as well as other political leaders also condemned the action of the tax collectors who raided the premises of a gigantic press house.
- The Dainik Bhaskar and its publications in other languages have aggressively reported on the extent of the devastation of COVID-19 during the second wave of April-May and its aftermath.
- The group’s newspapers ran a series of reports criticizing official statements during the pandemic that saw the country’s health system overwhelmed.
- In Uttar Pradesh, IT teams raid the premises of a local news channel, Bharat Samachar, which is also very critical of the local government’s handling of the pandemic in the state. The residence of its publisher Brajesh Misra is also in the process of being registered by tax officials.
Trinamool and BJP MPs fight in Rajya Sabha against Pegasus spy line
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-07-2021; Rajya Sabha’s proceedings took a turn for the worse on Thursday when Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stood up to read a statement on the Pegasus spyware episode, only for TMC MP Shantanu Sen to rip your papers and tear them up. A few minutes later, after the adjournment of the House, TMC and BJP MP almost came to blows.
- Opposition members from many parties, including the TMC, Congress and the Left, were in the House protesting various issues when the incident occurred. Their protests had already resulted in two postponements, the first just a minute after the House was called at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 12:00.
- Vaishnaw struggled to read his statement amid the din, when suddenly TMC MP Shantanu Sen tore up and tore up the statement. Fearless, Vaishnaw got another copy and tried to read on. But in the middle of the statement, he postponed it and the meeting was adjourned.
- The BJP, however, alleged that it was Sen who attacked the Union Minister. BJP sources said they would bring forward a motion calling for the senator’s suspension.
- TMC’s parliamentary party leader Derek O’Brien said the party wanted a “structured debate” on the espionage issue in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi would answer questions from the opposition. He said: “Our direct question is whether or not you [the government] used Pegasus spyware.”
- He added that the TMC will not allow the government to sweep the issue under the rug.
- The Rajya Sabha, unlike the Lok Sabha, may request clarification on a minister’s statement. In Thursday’s din, however, that opportunity was lost. “When the government uses military-grade spyware, the assumption that this is a question that the Minister for Information Technology can answer is absurd,” O’Brien said. He added that only a few members could ask for clarification and that too for a very short time.
Strongly support the results of the Pegasus project: Amnesty International
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-07-2021; Amnesty International said on July 22 that it “strongly supports” the findings of the Pegasus Project and asserted that the data is irrefutably linked to possible targets of the NSO Group‘s Pegasus spyware.
- The Amnesty International comments came after some news reports citing some Israeli journalists said the human rights group claimed it never said that the recently disclosed phone numbers were specifically a list of Pegasus spyware target numbers.
- Amnesty has claimed that the “false rumors” spread on social media are aimed at distracting attention from the widespread illegal attacks on journalists, activists and others that Project Pegasus has exposed.
Farmers debate farm laws in parallel Kisan Sansad in front of Parliament
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-07-2021; A small group of 200 farmers arrived on Parliament Street on Thursday to start a protest in Kisan Sansad, which coincided with the proceedings in Sansad Bhawan, just a kilometer away.
- “We show them how to run a Parliament with informed debates. The government says farmers are not educated, they say they have to educate farmers about the impact of these three farm laws.
- Listen to the discussions here. Is it not clear that farmers have understood to what extent these laws will affect their lives and livelihoods? Said All India Kisan Sabha Secretary General Hannan Mollah.
- Regarding the Pegasus issue that has been in Parliament for a long time, several agricultural leaders have said privately that they suspect it may also be the subject of surveillance.
- Even when the parliament session was underway, more than 20 MPs from Kerala came to Kisan Sansad to express their solidarity, but were not allowed to go on the farmers’ stage.
- “We just want to say that we support the farmers’ struggle. We don’t see this as a party problem, Kerala MPs support all parties, ”said V. Sivadasan, Rajya Sabha MP from the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Amarinder to attend Sidhu’s enthronement as head of Punjab Congress
Daily NEWS Summary | 22-07-2021; Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will attend the Congress party ceremony on July 23, where his detractor Navjot Singh Sidhu will assume the presidency of the Punjab Congress with four acting presidents.
- Before the ceremony, the prime minister on Friday invited all the legislators, deputies and senior party leaders to Punjab Bhawan, and asked them to go together for the installation of the new team of the Punjab Pradesh Congressional Committee in the office of the match.
- Nagra and Gilzian addressed the invitation to the prime minister, which was signed by more than 50 lawmakers, including Sidhu.
- The move is seen as a show of force and a pressure tactic in the context of Captain Amarinder’s continued opposition to the elevation of Sidhu as the party’s head of state.
- Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) denounced Congress, saying that the congressional high command had already accepted that his government had “failed the Punjabis miserably” and that the party was now trying to eliminate its ineffectiveness by causing a change of face in its government.
- Former SAD minister and leader Daljit Cheema said: “It is a fact that congressional legislators have informed the party’s high command that they will not be able to enter the villages because the state government has failed to fulfill any of the promises made to them. people.
- The high command acknowledged this failure by handing over an 18-point to-do list to the prime minister. Simultaneously he appointed Navjot Sidhu Chairman of the Pradesh Congress to blame Captain Amarinder for the party’s non-compliance. “
Covid updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,12,67,887 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,19,215.
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