At 80, Sheila Dikshit back as Delhi Congress chief to steer party in Lok Sabha elections

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was on Thursday appointed the state Congress chief, days after Ajay Maken resigned from the post citing health reasons. P C Chacko, the AICC member in charge of Delhi Congress, announced the appointment. Devendra Yadav, Rajesh Lilothia, Haroon Yusuf have been appointed as working presidents. Advertising Eighty-year-old Dikshit will have an enormous task at hand to rejuvenate Congress’ fortunes in the national capital with just three months remaining for the Lok Sabha elections. She recently underwent surgery in France. Congratulating the former CM on…

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Won’t Allow Gay Sex In The Army, Says Chief General Rawat

Gay sex is not acceptable in the Indian Army, its chief General Bipin Rawat said on Thursday when asked to comment on the Supreme Court decriminalizing homosexuality last year. “Aap logon me chalega to chalne do. Humare yahan nahi chalega (We will not allow this to happen in the Army) In the army LGBT issues… are not unacceptable. We will still be dealing with them under various sections of the Army Act,” said General Rawat, addressing his annual press conference. “We are not above the country’s law but when you…

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AFC Asian Cup 2019, IND lost To UAE 0-2

India beat Thailand 4-1 in the opening match of the Asian Cup 2019. But the road gets tougher for Stephen Constantine’s boys as they have an even bigger task at hand. Their next opponents are hosts UAE who are nearly 20 places above India on the FIFA rankings. India have three valuable points, a place on top of the group and a goal average of plus three. UAE are the highest ranked team but they put up an ordinary performance in a 1-1 draw against Bahrain in the tournament opener.…

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GST exemption limit doubled to give relief to small businesses

The GST Council on Thursday approved doubling of the exemption threshold under Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime to Rs 40 lakh along with raising the turnover limit under composition scheme to Rs 1.5 crore from current Rs 1 crore with effect from April 1. States, however, will have the option to choose between the two exemption thresholds of Rs 20 lakh and Rs 40 lakh and will have to intimate their decision within a week. Advertising The Council also allowed Kerala to levy a 1 per cent disaster cess…

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PM-Led Committee Removes Alok Verma As CBI Chief

New Delhi: Alok Verma, reinstated as chief of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) by the Supreme Court barely 48 hours ago, was removed this evening by a committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which said he “had not acted with the integrity expected of him”. Mr Verma lost his high-profile job just weeks before his retirement on January 31. The decision was two against one: PM Modi and Justice AK Sikri representing Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who had recused himself from the panel favoured Mr Verma’s removal. Congress…

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NCP chief priases Naveen for women’s quota bill

NCP chief priases Naveen for women’s quota bill

Bhubaneswar: The chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sharad Pawar, extended support to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s initiative of 33% reservation for women in the legislative assemblies and the Parliament. In a letter, the NCP chief congratulated the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo for taking up the remarkable initiative of women empowerment in the country. “In my fourth term as Chief Minister of Maharashtra in 1991, I brought a legislation to pave the way for women empowerment. The Women’s Bill provided for 33% reservation for women among elected representation…

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Odisha DGP Stresses Need for One More Police District in Bhubaneswar

Odisha DGP Stresses Need for One More Police District in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Rajendra Prasad Sharma today stressed the need for setting up the second police district in Bhubaneswar as the capital city is fast growing in various aspects, such as population, education, IT, transport, and traffic. Speaking at the 11th Raising Day ceremony of Commissionerate Police at OSAP 7th Battalion Ground here, the DGP said, “There is a necessity for creating another police district in Bhubaneswar which will be instrumental in maintaining law and order. Therefore, I request the Police Commissioner to prepare a proposal…

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Brown sugar seized in city, 2 held

Brown sugar seized in city, 2 held

Bhubaneswar: Excise sleuths on Thursday seized 10 gm of brown sugar and arrested two persons in this connection from Kolathia Square in the city. The arrested were identified as Lilu Pradhan and Debasish Patra. Acting on a tip-off about the presence of the accused duo, the excise officials conducted a raid and apprehended them near Kolathia Square. During the search, 10 gram of brown sugar was seized from their possession. A motorcycle was also seized from the possession of the accused persons. A case has been registered against the accused…

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Mumbai woman visits same ATM everyday for 17 days, catches man who duped her

Mumbai woman visits same ATM everyday for 17 days, catches man who duped her

A 35-year-old woman, Rehana Shaikh, who was cheated by a 36-year-old conman at a Bandra ATM, caught him on Wednesday after laying a trap there for more than two weeks. According to the police, the accused, Bhupendra Mishra, is a habitual offender and has seven cases registered against him at various police stations across the city. “On December 18, the woman alighted from the train to go to her office at Pali Hill. She then went to the ATM adjoining the Bandra station and tried to withdraw money. She was…

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Baby’s body split into two as doctors botch up delivery in Rajasthan

Baby’s body split into two as doctors botch up delivery in Rajasthan

A newborn baby’s body was split into two when a nurse pulled it out with brute force during delivery. The woman, Diksha Kanwar, then went to a different hospital with a part of the baby’s body still inside her. Tilok Bhati, the baby’s father, alleged that staff at the government hospital in Jaisalmer’s Ramgarh didn’t inform him about the botch-up and hid the part of the body that they had pulled out. Bhati also alleged that the hospital staffers were drunk and misbehaved with them. After the botch-up, doctors at…

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