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Indian motorcycle rider CS Santosh suffers crash in Dakar Rally in coma.

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Indian motorcycle racer C. S. Santhosh suffered a crash during the ongoing Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia and was put in a medically induced coma after being airlifted to a hospital in Riyadh.

The 37-year-old, who was representing Hero Moto Sports at the world’s biggest rally race, crashed on Wednesday and is being kept under observation for 24 hours.

Santhosh, who was reportedly conscious when paramedics arrived on the scene before he was rushed to Riyadh, is suspected to have suffered a head injury in the crash, which took place on a gravel track around 135km into the stage..

The incident occurred at the same stage where Hero MotoSports rider Paulo Goncalves died while competing in the 2020 Dakar Rally. Hero MotoSports withdrew from the rally after Goncalves’ death.

This was Santosh’s seventh attempt at the Dakar Rally, considered the world’s most gruelling off-road motorsports event. He was the first Indian to complete the race in 2015, an effort he replicated in two further editions.

Santosh had a near-fatal accident during the 2013 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, suffering burns to his neck after his Suzuki MX450X caught fire.

The January 2-16 Dakar rally is divided into 12 stages and has competitors traversing 7,646km. Stage 4, during which Santhosh’s crash took place, was the longest stage at 813km.

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Bharat Bandh: Markets will be closed in the country on February 26

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The Bharat Bandh has been called on 26 February to demand a review of the provisions of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on behalf of the Federation of Trade Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The All India Transporters Welfare Association (AITWA) has supported the call for the closure of CAIT.

On behalf of the All India Transporters Welfare Association, it was said that they will also block the support of CAIT, rising fuel prices and e-way bill. Let it be said that on February 26, under the leadership of CAIT, India has been announced to withdraw the absurd and irrational provisions of GST and demand a ban on e-commerce company Amazon.

CAIT said that there will be protest demonstrations at 1,500 places across the country against the recent provisions of GST. The organization has called for a review of the GST system and further simplifying the tax slabs and making it more logical for traders to comply with the rules.

Mahendra Arya, national president of the All India Transporters Welfare Association, said the association would jam the wheel to support CAIT. AITWA seeks the elimination of the e-way bill. He said that the transport industry is facing problems due to the ever-increasing prices of petrol and diesel in the country. The central government should reduce fuel prices.

A statement issued by CAIT said that all commercial markets across the country will remain closed and picketing will be held in various cities of all states. More than 40,000 traders’ associations across the country will support the shutdown. The statement said that in the last four years, there have been around 950 amendments to GST. The GST portal includes frequent technical glitches and compliance pressures in the system’s drawbacks. Voluntary compliance is the key to the success of the GST system, as more people will join the indirect tax system. This will increase the tax base and increase revenue.

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