Special development councils reconstituted in 9 Odisha districts

BHUBANESWAR: Special development councils were reconstituted by the Odisha government in nine districts having a 50 per cent tribal population. The decision was taken a day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released the ‘Encyclopedia of Tribes’ in Odisha, covering the traditions and cultures of all the 62 tribal communities living in the state, on Monday. […]

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Net direct tax mop up rises 23% to Rs 7.04 trillion so far in FY23: CBDT chief

NEW DELHI: The net direct tax collection has increased 23 per cent to Rs 7.04 lakh crore so far this fiscal, the income tax department said on Tuesday. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman Nitin Gupta said the income and corporate tax collections were at a record high of Rs 14.09 lakh crore in […]

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Supreme Court allows Election Commission to go ahead with hearing Eknath Shinde group’s claim of being ‘real’ Shiv Sena

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday allowed the Election Commission to go ahead with the hearing of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde group’s plea seeking recognition as the real Shiv Sena and allocation of the party’s bow-and-arrow poll symbol to it. Justice D Y Chandrachud, heading a constitution bench, rejected the plea of the Uddhav […]

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Chinese President appears in public for first time after returning from SCO summit;

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday visited an exhibition of the Communist Party, appearing in public for the first time after his return from the SCO summit on September 16, which sparked rumours about his absence from the limelight ahead of next month’s key Congress of the ruling party. Xi on Tuesday visited an […]

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India, Pakistan both partners with different points of emphasis, says US

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan are both partners of the US with different points of emphasis, the Biden administration said Monday, a day after visiting External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar questioned the rationale behind the latest American F-16 security assistance to Islamabad. Referring to the argument made by the US that F-16 sustenance package is […]

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Russia backs India, Brazil for permanent membership in UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS: Russia has voiced its support for India and Brazil as worthy candidates for permanent membership in the UN Security Council, calling them key international actors. During the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday expressed his support for India, becoming a permanent member of the Security […]

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Nitish Kumar, Lalu Yadav meet Sonia Gandhi; say focus on uniting opposition parties to defeat BJP in 2024 Lok Sabha Polls

NEW DELHI: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav met Congress president Sonia Gandhi here on Sunday and later asserted that there was a broad agreement over taking on the BJP unitedly in 2024 but a concrete plan would be formulated only after a new Congress chief is elected. The meeting […]

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Delhi government starts process of preparing its budget for 2023-24

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has started the process of preparing its budget for 2023-24 and asked its departments to furnish estimates after a “realistic assessment” to ensure funds are utilised within the given financial year, officials said on Saturday. The Finance Department has initiated the process of preparation of the revised estimates (RE) for […]

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Congress will not retain its Lok Sabha seats in Kerala, says CM Vijayan

THRISSUR: The Congress will not be able to retain the Lok Sabha seats it had won during the 2019 Parliamentary elections in the state as MPs including, Rahul Gandhi, have ‘failed’ to resist the BJP in the national polity, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. The Chief Minister also taunted the Congress party over […]

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Tamil Nadu: BJP President JP Nadda mocked by CPI-M, Congress MPs over statement on AIIMS, Madurai

NEW DELHI: CPI-M and Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu on Friday mocked the claims made by BJP President J.P. Nadda that 95 percent of the work for the AIIMS, Madurai has been completed. The two MPs – Congress’ Virudhunagar MP Manickam Tagore and CPI-M’s Madurai MP Su Venkatesan – pointed out that the sprawling land […]

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