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1 killed, 2 injured as Nepal security forces open fire on Indians

In the wake of an intense standoff between New Delhi and Kathmandu over the border issue, an Indian national was killed and two others were injured after Nepal’s Armed Police Force personnel opened fire at a group of Indians.

Nepali authorities claim a group of 25-30 Indians were forcibly tried to enter into their territory after crossing the Indo-Nepal border in Sarlahi district which is 75 metres inside the Nepalese territory from the no-man’s land.

They further claimed that the group attacked the Nepalese security personnel. The group was reportedly stopped at the border area by the forward base of the Armed Police Force following which the group pelted stones on the Nepalese forces.

Nepal’s Additional Inspector General of Police of the Armed Police Force Narayan Babu Thapa said “They even snatched weapons from one of our security men.

After firing 10 rounds of bullets in the air, our personnel had to open fire in self-defence in which one person was killed and two others were injured.” Following the incident, the Nepalese security personnel held consultation with their counterparts from the Indian side and the situation has now returned to normalcy.

Govt mulling to include sudden loss of taste, smell as criteria for COVID-19 test

The government is reportedly mulling to include sudden loss of taste and smell as a criteria for COVID-19 testing, as India witnessed a surge in coronavirus instances with total caseload racing towards the three lakh mark. 

The issue was discussed in a meeting of the National Task Force on COVID-19 held on June 7th, but no consensus on the matter has been reached yet.

A senior health ministry official on the condition of anonymity told the newsagency PTI that “At the meeting, some members suggested including loss of taste and smell in the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 testing stating that several patients have been reporting symptoms like these”.

According to an expert, even though the symptom is not specific to COVID-19 as one may suffer from loss of smell and taste when they have flu or influenza, it could be one of the early signs of the onset of the disease and prompt detection may help in early treatment.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman says no fee for late filing of GST returns for entities with nil liability

In a relief to small taxpayers with turnover up to Rs 5 crore, the GST Council halved the interest on delayed filing of GST returns for February, March and April to 9 per cent, provided the returns are filed by September 2020. 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the deadline for filing returns for May, June and July has been extended till September, without any interest or late fee.

Nirmala Sitharaman added that for small taxpayers with aggregate turnover up to Rs 5 crore, interest on delayed filing for the months of February, March and April has been lowered to 9 per cent from 18 per cent, provided returns are filed by September 30.

Briefing reporters after GST Council meeting, she said late fee for non-filing of monthly sales return for others has been reduced to a maximum of Rs 500 for July 2017 to January 2020 period.

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