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71st Republic Day celebrated with fervour across India: Snapshots  

The tableau of Odisha at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi

New Delhi: The nation celebrated Sunday the 71st Republic Day Sunday with a grand military parade and exhibition of its history, cultural diversity and strategic weaponry at the Rajpath. Brazilian President Jair Messias Bolsonaro was the chief guest for this year’s ceremony which started with Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes to martyrs at the National War Memorial. This was the third time that a Brazilian president was the chief guest...

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More than 300 prominent personalities stand in solidarity with protesting students, sign open letter against CAA, NRC

Mumbai: More than 300 prominent individuals, including filmmakers Mira Nair, Nandita Das, actors Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Jaaved Jafferi, Homi K Bhabha, Partha Chatterjee, Anita Desai, Kiran Desai, TM Krishna, Ashish Nandy, and Gaytri Chakravorty Spivak, among others, have signed an open letter, expressing their solidarity with the students of India who have been protesting Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and against the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Extending their support...

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Centre stares at tax shortfall of Rs 2 lakh crore; 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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Vernon Philander fined in swansong Test for swearing at Jos Buttler

Johannesburg: South African opening bowler Vernon Philander, who is playing in his final Test, has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee after a send-off of England batsman Jos Buttler during the second day of the fourth Test at the Wanderers Stadium. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Sunday that Philander had been found guilty...

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Jammu & Kashmir: 3.9-magnitude quake hits snow-bound Bhadarwah

Bhadarwah (J&K): An earthquake of 3.9 magnitude hit the snow-bound valley in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district on Sunday, triggering panic among the local residents. However, there was no report of loss of lives or damage to property from anywhere, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Aadil Rishu said. The earthquake struck around 4.34 am and lasted for 12 seconds,...

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Banned ULFA(I) claims responsibility for Republic Day Assam blasts

Guwahati: Banned outfit ULFA (Independent) has claimed responsibility for the four powerful explosions Sunday in Assam prior to Republic Day celebrations in the state. The ULFA(I), in a statement signed by Lt Joy Asom of its Publicity Department, claimed that all the four blasts were carried out by the outfit. The Paresh Barua-led ULFA(I), along with a...

India needs a strong opposition for democracy to survive: Abhijit Banerjee

Jaipur: India needs a better opposition which is the heart of any democracy and the ruling party should embrace that to keep it under check, noted economist and Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee said here Sunday. Speaking at a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), the 58-year-old India-born American economist said there was no co-relation between the...

AMU Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor

AMU Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor heckled at Republic Day function

Aligarh: AMU Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor was Sunday heckled by a group of students during his Republic Day speech here soon after he termed as "unfortunate" the recent happenings on the campus and said peaceful protests will be allowed on any issue within the ambit of law. The incident occurred when the VC was addressing the Republic...


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