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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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Collar guide to personality

Shivaji Mohinta There is a tale for every (shirt) collar that a corporate boss wears. It is often a reflection of one’s personality and behavioral characteristics. How to determine one’s managerial style from the neck? One’s preferences for a particular style of collars can throw up a fair idea about the dominant functional style and likings (or...

Daunting task

Encephalitis has claimed 152 lives in Bihar. It is extremely distressing that such a large number of children have ‘succumbed to the disease’. Equally worrying is the fact that the physicians themselves are reported to be equivocal in many cases about whether encephalitis is behind the mass mortality. Muzaffarpur district is the worst affected and it has...

Shakib’s all-round show sinks Afghanistan

Southampton: After contributing with a crucial half century during the batting, World No.1 all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (5/29) produced a magical bowling display picking up a five-wicket haul to help Bangladesh to a 62-run win against Afghanistan in their World Cup encounter here, Monday. Chasing a getable 263 runs, the Afghans, who showed a great fight before...

Monsoon rains cover half of the country: IMD

Mumbai, June 24: India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country and conditions are favourable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, a weather department official said Monday. The monsoon’s progress will help farmers to accelerate sowing of summer-sown crops, which has been lagging due to a delay in the...

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...

Pradipta Naik all set to be LoP in House

Bhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president and Union home minister Amit Shah Monday appointed Bhawanipatna MLA Pradipta Kumar Naik as the leader of the BJP’s legislature party in the State Assembly. This will pave the way for the four-time BJP MLA to become the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the house. At the first meeting of...

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...

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