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MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry Saturday said that the country’s security establishment has disrupted a vicious plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Makkah- the holiest site in Islam.  Quoting Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry, the Pakistan based news Daily ‘Dawn’ reported that Saudi Government launched raids in Jeddah as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, located near the Grand Mosque.

 

There, police said they engaged in a shootout at a three-story house with a suicide bomber, who blew himself up and led to the building's collapse. He was killed while the blast wounded six foreigners and five members of security forces, according to the Interior Ministry's statement. Five others were arrested, it said. Saudi state television aired footage after the raid near the Grand Mosque, showing police and rescue personnel running through the neighbourhood's narrow streets.

 

The blast demolished the building, its walls crushing a parked car as what appeared to be shrapnel and bullet holes peppered nearby structures. The Interior Ministry “confirms that this terrorist network, whose terrorist plan was thwarted, violated, in what they would have perpetrated, all sanctities by targeting the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth.”

 

“They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad whose aim is to destabilize the security and stability of this blessed country,” the statement said. The ministry did not name the group involved in the attack.  The Grand Mosque has been the target of militants before. In 1979, a group of terrorists seized the mosque, home to the Kaabah, for two weeks as they demanded the royal family abdicate the throne. The official toll of the assault and subsequent fighting to retake the mosque from hundreds of armed terrorists was over 100 people killed and 500 wounded.

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JAMMU: As of today, all the States and Union Territories (having assemblies), except the State of Jammu & Kashmir, have approved the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) Act. The State of Kerala issued an Ordinance today approving State GST Act while the State of West Bengal had issued an Ordinance in this regard on 15thJune, 2017. Now only one State is left i.e. the State of J&K which is yet to pass the State GST Act. Thus, almost the entire country including all the 30 States/UTs are now on board and ready for the smooth roll-out of GST with effect from 1stJuly, 2017.

 

The details of the States which have passed the State GST Act till today are as follows:

 

Sl. No.

Name of the State

Date on which SGST Act passed in the Assembly

1.       

Telangana

Act Passed on 9th April 2017

2.       

Bihar

Act Passed on 24th April, 2017

3.       

Rajasthan

Act Passed on 26th April 2017

4.       

Jharkhand

Act Passed on 27th April, 2017

5.       

Chhattisgarh

Act Passed on 28th April, 2017

6.       

Uttarakhand

Act Passed on 2nd May, 2017

7.       

Madhya Pradesh

Act Passed on 3rd May, 2017

8.       

Haryana

Act Passed on 4th May, 2017

9.       

Goa

Act Passed on 9th May, 2017

10.   

Gujarat

Act Passed on 9th May, 2017

11.   

Assam

Act Passed on 11th May, 2017

12.   

Arunachal Pradesh

Act Passed on 12th May, 2017

13.   

Andhra Pradesh

Act Passed on 16th May, 2017

14.   

Uttar Pradesh

Act Passed on 16th May, 2017 (in both the Houses)

15.   

Puducherry

Act Passed on 17th May, 2017

16.   

Odisha

Act Passed on 19th May, 2017

17.   

Maharashtra

Act Passed on 22nd May, 2017

18.   

Tripura

Act Passed on 25th May, 2017

19.   

Sikkim

Act Passed on 25th May, 2017

20.   

Mizoram

Act Passed on 25th May, 2017

21.   

Nagaland

Act Passed on 27th May, 2017

22.   

Himachal Pradesh

Act Passed on 27th May, 2017

23.   

Delhi

Act Passed on 31st May, 2017

24.   

Manipur

Act Passed on 5th June, 2017

25.   

Meghalaya

Act Passed on 12th June, 2017

26.   

Karnataka

Act Passed on 15th June, 2017

27.   

West Bengal

Ordinance Passed on 15th June, 2017

28.   

Punjab

Act Passed on 19th June, 2017

29.   

Tamil Nadu

Act Passed on 19th June, 2017

30.   

Kerala

Ordinance Passed on 21st June, 2017

 

STATE YET TO PASS THE SGST ACT

 

 

Sl. No.

Name of the State

1.

Jammu & Kashmir

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  • Joint CEO reviews preparations

SRINAGAR:  The Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued notification for the election of the President of India. As per the notification, June 28, 2017 has been fixed last date for making the nominations. The scrutiny of papers will be held on June 29, while as the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is July 1, 2017.

The election will be held on July 17, if necessary. The voting hours will be from10 am to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the Joint Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, Dr. Raman Kumar Kesar chaired a joint meeting of officers of concerned departments to review the preparations for  the smooth conduct of Presidential election.

 

Earlier, the Joint Chief Electoral Officer also visited Assembly Secretariat and discussed the issue with regard to the Presidential election with the   Secretary, J&K Legislative Assembly, and M R Singh. They also inspected the venue viz Assembly Lobby, fixed for holding the Presidential election.  Among others, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Krishan Lal, General Manager, Government Press, Aijaz Ahmad Akhoon, Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Kashmir Abdul Wase-ul-Deva and other senior officers from Election department attended the meeting.