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Patnagarh MLA Meher arrested over PwD engineer sit-up row

Bolangir: Bowing to severe criticism and public pressure, the district police Monday arrested BJD’s Patnagarh MLA Saroj Meher in connection with the incident of forcing a government official to do sit-ups as punishment for alleged poor quality of road construction work in his constituency. The government official, who was forced...

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Adhir Chowdhury apologises for ‘naali’ remark against Modi

New Delhi: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stoked a controversy Monday with his ‘naali’ (drain) remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha, with the BJP launching a scathing attack on him and his party, stating that this ‘arrogance’ will finish them. Later, Chowdhury, the Congress leader in the LS, clarified that his intention was not to insult the Prime Minister and he regrets if Modi was hurt by...

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Jharkhand youth lynched to death for refusing to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’, 5 arrested

Seraikela-Kharsawan (J’khand): Five persons were arrested Monday in connection with the death of a 24-year-old man, who was thrashed by a mob for alleged theft and seen in a purported video being forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’, police said. A special investigation team (SIT) has been set up to look into the death of Tabrez Ansari, who was declared ‘brought dead’ by doctors at the Tata Main...

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Income tax exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh may not be raised in 2019 Budget

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: The current basic income tax exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh is unlikely to be raised in the forthcoming full Budget 2019-20, according to informed sources, as the Finance Ministry has already announced a provision whereby individuals earning up to Rs 5,00,000 can get full tax rebate under Section 87A. Those earning Rs 5,00,000 per annum will, however, be required to file tax returns even if they have zero...

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Satabhaya victims still await justice in colony

Kendrapara: Around 600 households in the picturesque coastal villages of Satabhaya panchayat in Kendrapara district, who were victims of climate change and massive coastal erosion engulfing major areas of the seven villages here, are far from living a normal life. These aggrieved villagers were later shifted and resettled at Bagapatia – a low lying area close to the troubled site. Unfortunately, even after almost two years of their settlement they are...

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17 dead in lightning, rain-related incidents in UP

Lucknow: At least 17 people have lost their lives, while 19 others have sustained injuries in various incidents of lightning and excessive rainfall across the state, officials said Monday. The casualties took place on Sunday, a UP government statement said. "Seventeen (17) persons lost their lives, while 19 persons sustained injuries across the state. All the deaths...

Wood crunch delays chariot work in Dhenkanal

Dhenkanal: Delay in construction of three chariots ahead of Car Festival here is attributed to unavailability of new timber. The Endowment and the Forest departments which should have sorted out the problem long ago are holding each other responsible for the delay. The construction of the second chariot has begun at Rathagada. But lack of new wood...

Drone cameras to track jumbo movement near railway tracks

Dhenkanal: Dhenkanal which ranks second in elephant population after Satkosia sanctuary in the state is witnessing a rising number of elephant deaths due to train accidents and electrocution. This has become a cause of concern for the forest department which is now planning to deploy drone cameras near railway tracks to track the movement of the pachyderms....

2 servitors suspended; MLA in soup over Snana Purnima ritual violation

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Monday served a show-cause notice on Puri MLA Jayanta Kumar Sarangi and placed two servitors under suspension for allegedly violating norms on Snana Purnima. “Servitors Somnath Khuntia and Rajaram Khuntia had allegedly facilitated Puri MLA Jayanta Kumar Sarangi to reach the Snana Mandap on Snana Purnima in brazen violation of...

‘Hair cutting is not art but science’

BHUBANESWAR: Cutting hair is termed as art by many but, I say, it is not an art but a science, said Jawed Habib, popular hair-expert, Monday. Habib was in the city to launch a hair and beauty store near Nayapali at Indradhanu market. Speaking to the reporters, he said, “We think hair-cutting is an art but people...

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