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Centre stares at tax shortfall of Rs 2 lakh cr; minimal room for income tax cut

New Delhi: Tax collections in the current fiscal may fall short of targets by as much as Rs 2 lakh crore on faltering economy, leaving a very little room for Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for offering any meaningful reduction in personal income tax rates. Sources with direct knowledge of the development said income and corporate tax collections are likely to miss FY2020 targets by as much as Rs 1.5 lakh crore...

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Odisha celebrates 71st Republic Day with fervour

Bhubaneswar:  The 71st Republic Day was celebrated across Odisha with gaiety and enthusiasm Sunday amidst tight security. Governor Ganeshi Lal unfurled the tri-colour and took the salute at the state function at the Mahatma Gandhi Road here. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik attended the celebration as guest of honour. This was for the first time that the Chief Minister did not unfurl the National Flag and take salute during the Republic Day...

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Orissa POST awards readers who shunned single-use plastic

Bhubaneswar: Orissa POST, the only homegrown English newspaper Saturday awarded its readers who came onboard for the ‘My Paper Bag Challenge, launched by this newspaper to work towards creating sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic. Out of thousands of winners who created carry bags by using newspapers, selected winners Saturday were awarded for their valuable contributions to the environment. Many Odia entertainment industry stars also joined the bandwagon and urged people to...

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Former ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes given Padma Vibhushan

New Delhi: Eminent personalities, including former union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, Olympian boxer Mary Kom, former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Jugnauth have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan on the Republic Day this year, officials said Saturday. Former Defence minister Manohar Parrikar, Industrialists Anand Mahindra and Venu Shrinivasan, Olympian badminton player P V Sindhu, former Nagaland chief minister S C Jamir and Jammu and Kashmir politician Muzaffar...

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OIL may acquire 74% in BPCL’s NRL

New Delhi: State-owned oil and gas explorer Oil India (OIL) and the Assam government may acquire Bharat Petroleum Corporation's entire 61 per cent stake in the Numaligarh Refinery (NRL), retaining the public sector character of the Assam-based entity. According to official sources, while OIL may pick up close to 48 per cent stake, Assam has indicated to...

Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston ‘back in love’

Los Angeles: Hollywood's former couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have reportedly "reignited their romance". According to their close friends, the exes dated at least five times prior to their screen reunion last weekend, reports mirror.co.uk. A confidante of the actress said: "I don't think she's ever really stopped loving him, even though he broke her heart...

Investors can soon buy farmland in 30 days in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Investors would soon be able to buy agricultural land directly from farmers within 30 days for setting up their industries in Karnataka, state Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Saturday. "We are amending section 109 of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act in the ensuing budget session of the assembly in March to enable investors buy lands...

India’s oldest living first-class cricketer Vasant Raiji turns 100

Mumbai: It was a century in real life for Vasant Raiji, India's oldest living first-class cricketer, who turned 100-years-old Sunday. Raiji, a right-handed batsman, played nine first-class matches in the 1940s, scoring 277 runs with 68 being his highest score. Raiji, also a historian, was 13 when India played his first Test at the Bombay Gymkhana in...

Air pollution linked to more severe rhinitis symptoms

London: Researchers have found that the nasal symptoms of rhinitis are more severe in people exposed to higher levels of outdoor air pollution. Rhinitis, a condition that affects between 20 per cent and 50 per cent of the world's population, is a disorder of the nasal mucosa characterised by congestion, sneezing, rhinorrhoea, nasal irritation and, in some...

Four arrested for extortion bid directed from jail

Four arrested for extortion bid directed from jail

Cuttack: Police Saturday arrested four persons including the parents of a jailed gangster for allegedly helping their son continue his extortion activities from inside the prison, police said. The arrested persons have been identified as Pratap Behera(54) and his wife Puspalata Behera (49) from Gopalsahi along with Ullash Behera (24) and Rahul Murmu (19) from Basundhara lane...

India A beaten in third ODI, lose series 1-2 to New Zealand A

Christchurch: Ishan Kishan was left stranded on an unbeaten 71 as India A lost four wickets in nine balls to suffer a narrow five-run defeat in the deciding third ODI against New Zealand A, here Sunday. Chasing 271 for a series-win, India A needed seven runs from the final over with two wickets in hand but wicket-keeper...

New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20I: Live Updates

India restrict Kiwis Auckland: After an initial onslaught, Indian bowlers managed to take out both New Zealand openers Martin Guptil (33r 20b 4x4 2x6) and Colin Munro (26r, 25b 2x4 1x6), restricting the hosts to 73/2 at the end of ten overs. Good start for New Zealand Auckland: New Zealand openers Martin Guptil 25 (16b) and Colin...

 

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