Fuel prices: Rajasthan CM announces a 4% reduction in VAT

first_imgRajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced a four-per cent reduction in value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel on Sunday, reducing fuel prices by ₹2.5 per litre in the State. VAT on petrol will be reduced from 30% to 26% and on diesel from 22% to 18%, Ms. Raje announced at a public meeting organised in Rawatsar in Hanumangarh district as part of her ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’The revised rates will be effective from midnight. The decision will cost the exchequer ₹2,000 crore and will provide the people a relief of ₹2.5 per litre on petrol and diesel.“We have decided to reduce VAT on diesel and petrol by 4%, which will provide much-needed relief to the people of the state, be it farmers or women or others,” Ms. Raje told reporters in Rawatsar after making the announcement.Petrol and diesel prices set new records on Sunday as they continued their upward march on fall in rupee and surge in global crude oil rates. The opposition Congress has called for a nationwide shutdown on Monday over rising fuel prices and depreciation of the rupee. Targeting the Congress, the chief minister said that the party had failed to play the role of an effective opposition and came out of its shell just before the election. Assembly election in Rajasthan is scheduled for later this year. Reacting on the decision, AICC general secretary and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that Ms. Raje had to take the decision because of public support the Congress was gaining for Bharat Bandh on Monday. “The chief minister had to reduce VAT on diesel and petrol because of the public support Congress was gaining for Bharat Bandh on Monday. The reduction is not enough and the relief should also be provided on gas cylinder without any further delay,” Mr. Gehlot said in a statement. He said that the former Congress government led by him in the State had reduced ₹25 per cylinder and looking at the prices of today, there should be a cut of at least ₹100 on the gas cylinder.last_img read more

Militant who aided Jatt’s escape killed

first_imgA Hizbul Mujahideen militant who had helped Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) ‘commander’ Naveed Jatt to escape from a Srinagar jail in February last year was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. One soldier also died and another sustained injuries in the gunfight.Hizb militant Hilal Ahmad Rather, a resident of Behgambagh-Kakapora in Pulwama, was encircled by a joint search team of the Army, police and CRPF in Ratnipora area. “As the midnight searches were going on, hiding militants fired upon security personnel. Rather was killed in retaliatory fire. The operation was called off in the morning after the body was retrieved,” said the police.The police said Rather hatched the conspiracy for LeT’s Jatt alias Hanzalla to escape from a Srinagar hospital on February 6 last year. Jatt was eventually killed in an operation on November 28 last year in Budgam’s Chadoora area. “Rather a long history of terror crime. He was the main conspirator and executor in helping Jatt to flee,” said Inspector General of Police S.P. Pani.The police said he was involved in attacks on security establishments. “Incriminating material, such as arms and ammunition, was recovered from the site of encounter. All these materials have been taken in the case records for the purpose of investigation,” said Mr. Pani.An Army soldier, Havildar Baljeet, who sustained bullet wounds at the encounter site later died in a hospital. “Another injured soldier was admitted to a Srinagar hospital and is undergoing treatment,” said the police.Lt. Gen. K.J.S. Dhillon, commander of the Chinar Corps, paid tributes to deceased Baljeet, 35. A resident of Karnal district in Haryana, the soldier joined the Army in 2002 and is survived by his wife, daughter and son.Meanwhile, internet was stopped in Pulwana and train services halted in view of street protests. Authorities said many youth took to the streets during the encounter. Hundreds of locals, including women, participated in the last rites of Rather. The funeral procession witnessed anti-India slogans.Teenage boy dies in blastThe police said a 15-year-old boy died when a blast occurred mysteriously in Anderhama area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara around 3:55 p.m.“We are ascertaining the facts regarding the incident,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Shriram Ambarkar.In a separate incident, a loud explosion took place outside Srinagar’s Central Jail. The police said it’s investigating the nature of blast.last_img read more

Congress to hold division-wise meetings to fix candidates

first_imgThe Congress will hold division-wise meetings from Thursday to decide the possible candidates for the Assembly elections and finalise the seats to be contested by the party. It will also hold a meeting in Navi Mumbai to take stock of the Konkan division. “I will visit each and every division of Maharashtra to understand the party’s strength on the ground,” State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said. The party has received over 900 applications seeking candidature for the polls, which Mr. Thorat said is a positive sign. “Not every election is the same. We lost the Lok Sabha election, but we are confident of making a comeback exactly as we did in 1980. The people still trust us and the growing number of applications seeking a party ticket is an indication of that,” he said.The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) held deliberations on seat sharing for two consecutive days. “We are confident about contesting the polls together. We also want all secular and progressive forces in the State to join us,” Mr. Thorat said. When asked if the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar would be a part of the seat-sharing discussions, Mr. Thorat said the Congress is always ready for talks. “We have informed the VBA that we want to hold talks and I am confident we will soon be doing so,” the State Congress chief said. Last month, the VBA had ridiculed the Congress, and had made an offer of 40 of the 288 Assembly seats in the State to the Congress. The Congress had termed the offer non-serious. Meanwhile, the Congress and NCP leaders said the alliance talks will continue for some time to sort out certain issues and chalk out a strategy to accommodate all the allies.last_img read more

BCCI bigwigs meet to ‘finalise’ portfolios

first_imgAs the annual general body meeting of the Indian cricket board draws closer, the list of aspiring candidates for some of the top posts seems to be growing longer. And contrary to belief that all the posts would be filled by consensus, elections may still take place.A virtual who’s who of the affiliated units of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suddenly got “interested” in the various posts up for grabs as N Srinivasan assumes president’s post next week.On Friday, a “crucial” meeting of all the top Board officials took place in Mumbai and the claims of the candidates are believed to have been discussed threadbare.”All the big guns met here in Mumbai and a majority of decisions are believed to have been taken. But some more discussions were likely to happen tommorrow too,” a source told Mail Today. Of all the positions available, only Rajeev Shukla, presently a vice-president from central zone, looks a certainty for the chairmanship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council. The council is now reconstituted at the AGM to give more control to the BCCI, particularly the secretary, over the lucrative twenty20 tournament.A majority of the other BCCI posts – five vice-presidents, one secretary, one joint secretary, one treasurer, and the men’s and women’s national selection panels, besides various sub committees, would be re-jigged.The most coveted of posts that are vacant is that of secretary. Among the prominent names being floated around are incumbent joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale, current treasurer MP Pandove, and Orissa Cricket Association president Ranjib Biswal.advertisement”Jagdale, a former first-class player, has the advantage of a clean image while Pandove is a seasoned cricket administrator and is also non-controversial. Biswal, a former India under-19 and Orissa captain, is very close to Srinivasan and he looks to be the frontrunner as of now,” said a source “Shukla was also offered the post of secretary, but he had politely declined citing his responsibilities as minister for parliamentary affairs,” he said.”He wanted a less hectic portfolio and the chairmanship of the IPL governing council suits him fine as he would be an ideal link between the Board and the government, especially after a lot of tax-related issues with the IPL.” For the treasurer’s post, sources say, at least three people are in the fray.”Jyotiraditya Scindia, minister of state for commerce and industry and president of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke, who’s considered to be very close to political heavyweight Sharad Pawar, and former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah are interested parties,” they said.And for the joint secretary’s position, Anurag Thakur and Amitabh Choudhary are said to be in the race.last_img read more

The Governor General Welcomes Students and Staff of Black Point AllAge School

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General, welcomed students and staff of Black Point All-Age School, Exuma, at Government House on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)last_img

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Plot cast where to watch release

first_img Culture Share your voice 77 Photos Everything we know about Disney Plus 1:29 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is headed to Disney Plus in fall 2020. Marvel If Avengers: Endgame left you wondering about the fate of certain characters — say, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes — you won’t have to be scratching your head for too much longer. While Endgame served as a conclusion for many of the Marvel heroes we’ve been following for the past decade, it was only the beginning for Wilson and Barnes, who are getting their own show (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) on the forthcoming Disney streaming platform, Disney Plus. Here’s what we know so far. Release and where to watch While there’s not a specific date attached to the show, you can expect The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in fall 2020 on Disney Plus.Disney Plus is Disney’s streaming platform, which will house not only all the animated classics you’d expect from Bambi to Frozen, but also everything Marvel and Star Wars, along with original movies and shows, like Loki, The Mandalorian and the reboot of Lady & the Tramp, to name a few. It’ll cost $7 per month. What’s the plot?We last saw Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes at the finale of Endgame, when their friend Steve Rogers gave Sam a new role. As CNET’s Mike Sorrentino points out, the logo for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show incorporates Captain America’s shield, which could be an indication of where the story is headed. At D23 in August, fans got a look at a poster for the show, featuring Sam and Bucky. Of note: Bucky’s shorter haircut and Sam’s new suit with red and white design. That doesn’t mean Sam is Captain America, though. Mackie told Variety “I am the Falcon. I will always be the Falcon.” image-from-ios Disney Plus Instagram Cast and crewSteve Roger’s story arc in Endgame probably rules out a cameo from Chris Evans, but the original Captain America is a big influence in the lives of both Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, so who knows. Anthony Mackie as FalconSebastian Stan as Bucky BarnesDaniel Brühl as ZemoEmily VanCamp as Sharon CarterWyatt Russell as John Walker/US AgentNote: This story was originally published July 30 and is updated as news rolls in. 0center_img Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Disneylast_img read more

Multicity protests denounce Trump immigration policy

first_imgThousands march through downtown Minneapolis Saturday, June 30, 2018, to demonstrate agains the Trump administration`s immigration policiesThey wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: “No more children in cages,” and “What’s next? Concentration Camps?”In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.Protesters flooded more than 700 marches, from immigrant-friendly cities like New York and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming. They gathered on the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention center where migrant children were being held in cages, and on a street corner near Trump’s golf resort at Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president is spending the weekend.Trump has backed away from family separations amid bipartisan and international uproar. His “zero tolerance policy” led officials to take more than 2,000 children from their parents as they tried to enter the country illegally, most of them fleeing violence, persecution or economic collapse in their home countries.Those marching Saturday demanded the government quickly reunite the families that were already divided.A Brazilian mother separated from her 10-year-old son more than a month ago approached the microphone at the Boston rally.”We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen. So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me,” she said through an interpreter, weeping.”Please fight and continue fighting, because we will win,” she said.The crowd erupted.In Portland, Oregon, police ordered participants in a march by Patriot Prayer to disperse after officers saw assaults and projectiles being thrown. Some arrests were made.Walden Paige, of Marshalltown, Iowa, center, looks on during a rally to protest the Trump administration`s immigration policies, Saturday, June 30, 2018The problems occurred as two opposing protest groups – Patriot Prayer and antifa – took to the streets. People in the crowd were lighting firecrackers and smoke bombs and police used flash bangs to disperse the clashing protesters.In Washington, DC, an estimated 30,000 marchers gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest protest of the day, stretching for hours under a searing sun. Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off.Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical “Hamilton,” sang a lullaby dedicated to parents unable to sing to their children. Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys read a letter written by a woman whose child had been taken away from her at the border.”It’s upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages,” said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. “Seeing everyone together for this cause, it’s emotional.”Around her, thousands waved signs: “I care,” some read, referencing a jacket that first lady Melania Trump wore when travelling to visit child migrants. The back of her jacket said, “I really don’t care, do U?” and it became a rallying cry for protesters Saturday.”I care!! Do you?” read Joan Culwell’s T-shirt as she joined a rally in Denver.”We care!” marchers shouted outside Dallas City Hall. Organizer Michelle Wentz says opposition to the Trump administration’s “barbaric and inhumane” policy has seemed to transcend political lines.”This is the issue crossing the line for a lot of people,” said Robin Jackson, 51, of Los Angeles, who protested with thousands carrying flags, signs and babies.Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd and Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including US Rep. Maxine Waters who called for his impeachment.The president took to Twitter amid the protests, first to show his support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement as some Democrats called for major changes to the agency. Tweeting Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE agents to “not worry or lose your spirit” and wrote that “the radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police.”He later tweeted that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration overhaul measures that failed last week, contradicting a post three days ago in which he urged GOP congressional members to pass them.In Trump’s hometown of New York City, another massive crowd poured across the Brooklyn Bridge in sweltering 90-degree heat, some carrying their children on their shoulders, chanting, “Shame!” Drivers honked their horns in support.”It’s important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families – that treat people as less than human, like they’re vermin – are not the way of God, they are not the law of love,” said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.Though seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators packed the rallies, others were new to activism, including parents who said they felt compelled to act after heart-wrenching accounts of families who were torn apart.Marchers took to city parks and downtown squares from Maine to Florida to Oregon; in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico; on the international bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico; even in Antler, North Dakota, population 27. People braved the heat in Chicago and Atlanta to march.Some of the demonstrations were boisterous, others were quiet.Five people were arrested outside an ICE office in Dallas for blocking a road. At least one arrest was made in Columbus, Ohio, when protesters obstructed a downtown street. Light-rail service temporarily shut down in Minneapolis as thousands of demonstrators got in the way of the tracks. A rally in Portland, Maine, grew so large that police had to shut down part of a major street.But in Dodge City, Kansas, a 100-person rally led by a Catholic church felt more like a mass than a protest.In rural Marshalltown, Iowa, about 125 people gathered for a march organized by Steve Adelmund, a father of two who was inspired after turning on the news on Father’s Day and seeing children being separated from their families and held in cages.”It hit me in the heart. I cried,” he said.”If we can’t come together under the idea of ‘Kids shouldn’t be taken from their parents,’ where are we?” he asked. “We have to speak out now while we can, before we can’t.”Drum beats and horns sounded as thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco.”We came here to let the president know that this is not acceptable,” said San Francisco resident Barry Hooper, who attended with his wife and two daughters.His 7-year-old daughter Liliana clutched a sign she made, saying, “Stop the separation.”Three thousand miles away in Washington, protesters ended their march at the white-columned Justice Department. They stacked their protest signs, written in English and Spanish, against its grand wooden doors.”Fight for families,” one sign demanded.last_img

Govt taking all steps to combat spread of dengue assures Hakim

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has taken every possible measure to prevent the spread of dengue and there is no reason to panic, state minister for the department Firhad Hakim said on Friday.Coming down heavily on those who have criticised the Urban Development department for not taking appropriate measures to prevent Dengue, Hakim said: “We have taken up the matter seriously and our aim is to reduce the number of persons afflicted with the disease to zero.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHakim met all the officials of the municipalities of North 24-Parganas at Writers’ Building to take stock of the situation. He said there was news of unknown fever from some areas. “But no need to panic. The municipalities have intensified their vigil and prompt actions are being taken.” He will meet officials of all the state municipalities on August 14.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked all the civic bodies in the state to take up anti-larvae drives seriously. As the mosquitoes have changed their breeding season, all the civic bodies had began awareness campaigns from January. At the onset of monsoon, the anti-larvae drives have been intensified by them. In North 24-Parganas there are many closed factories and abandoned mills, particularly in areas surrounding Barrackpore where the garbage has not been cleaned and there are broken sheds that hold rain water. The mosquitoes lay egg in clear water and it takes only seven days for the pupae to become adult mosquitoes. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already made a move to enter the houses that have been kept under lock and key for years, in presence of police, to clear the garbage and spray mosquito repellants.last_img read more