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Abu Jundal, 6 others get life imprisonment in 2006 Aurangabad Arms haul case

The key plotter of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and six others have been sentenced to life in the 2006 Aurangabad Arms haul case.

On 28 July, the special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court convicted Abu Jundal and 11 others in the above-mentioned case. Among the 22 accused was Lashkar-e-Taiba operative and 26/11 terror attack mastermind Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.

The arrests were made on 8 May 2006, when the Maharashtra ATS team tracked down a Tata Sumo and an Indica on Chandwad-Manmad highway near Aurangabad. The team arrested three terror suspects and seized 30kg of RDX, 10 AK-47 assault rifles, and 3,200 bullets.

Rajya Sabha to take up GST on Wednesday

The long-pending GST Bill has been listed for consideration and passage in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday amidst strong indications that the most far-reaching taxation reform in independent India would be supported by Congress and all other major political parties.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which has been in the making for over a decade, entails introduction of a single indirect tax regime across the country.

"The GST Bill is listed for consideration and passage on Wednesday in Rajya Sabha and we seek support of all political parties. The mood is in favour of its passage," Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.

Bulandshahr gangrape victims kin threaten suicide if accused not punished

Days after a woman and her teenage daughter were gangraped in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr, the family members of the victims have threatened to commit suicide if the attackers are not punished.

"We were looted, beaten up and we all know what they did to my daughter...I want my wife and daughter to punish them. If they are not punished within three months, then all three of us will commit suicide," said the cab driver, whose wife and daughter were brutually gangraped.

Three of the accused have been sent to 14-day judicial custody.

Amid the outrage over the incident, opposition parties have demanded the resignation of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Sonia Gandhi to hold roadshow in Varanasi today

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will kick off her roadshow in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constiuency of Varanasi on 2 August.

The roadshow, which will cover a distance of around eight kilometers in three hours, will be inaugurated with prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

The roadshow will attended by the likes of Congress' chief ministerial candidate for UP Assembly polls 2017, Sheila Dikshit, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and senior leaders such as Ghulam Nabi Azad and Salman Khurshid, among others.

The roadshow will conclude at Englishiyaline where Gandhi is expected to deliver a short speech and garland the statue of former Union Minister and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister late Kamlapati Tripathi.

Opposition takes Centre to task on Anandiben Patel's offer to resign

Following Anandiben Patel's offer to resign as Gujarat Chief Minister, opposition leaders have unleashed a tirade against the ruling party.

On 1 August, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that Anandiben was exiting in a bid to prevent an embarrassing takedown by his party in the upcoming elections.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 13-year-rule as Gujarat CM that had left the state in a terrible condition.

"13 years of Modi rule, not 2 years of Anandiben are responsible for Gujarat burning. Sacrificing the scapegoat won't save the BJP," he tweeted.

Talgo Train Trial On Delhi-Mumbai Route Aims For 130 Kmph

Spanish-made train Talgo started its third and final phase of trials from Delhi to Mumbai on 1 August.

The train, which runs at a maximum speed of 130 kmph, aims to cut the travel time between Delhi and Mumbai to 12 hours.

"This is the timing trial and we want to find out how much time it is likely to save if we allow such type of coaches to run on our track. Four such trials will take place with speed ranging from 130 kmph to 150 kmph," Railway Board Member (Mechanical) Hemant Kumar was quoted as saying.

The second trial will be held on 5 August, the third on 9 August and the fourth and final on 14 August.

Assam floods: 218 animals including 17 rhinos, 166 hog deer dead in Kaziranga

The overall flood situation in Assam is showing signs of improvement as the water-level has considerably receded in the past two days. But the world-famous Kaziranga National Park (KNP), which is still 80% under water, has been robbed of as many as 218 animals, 17 of them being rhinos and over 166 hog deer by the floods in a span of just seven days.

The park suffered an unprecedented loss of animal life. Eleven wild boar, nine swamp deer, six sambar, three buffalo, two hog badger, one porcupine and one python were also killed in the period between 25-31 July.

"While 13 rhinos died due to drowning and four died of natural death due to old age, hog deer suffered the worst with 152 of them getting drowned and 12 knocked down by vehicles on National Highway 715 that forms the southern boundary," the DFO was quoted as saying.