Sanitary Napkins Now Exempt From GST

New Delhi: Sanitary napkins will be exempt from GST, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said on Saturday after a meeting of the GST Council.Sanitary napkins are taxed 12 per cent tax under the one-year old GST regime, which attracted serious criticism from various quarters.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 28th GST Council meeting, the minister also said that tax on bamboo also has been slashed to 12 per cent.This would mean there would be no input tax credit available, even though inputs in the production of sanitary napkins are taxed.

Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter Announce “Data Transfer Project”

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have announced on Friday, July 20, the Data Transfer Project (DTP), an initiative to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that users of their sites and others can easily migrate data from one platform to another.After open-sourcing the code, the four tech giants hope that other platforms will adopt their new technology and help create an interconnected web where users can easily move data from platform to platform without headaches and avoid situations where they have to set up profiles over and over and over and over again at each site they register.

Plus III 4th Semester Exam Postponed Due To Incessant Rain

Bhubaneswar: Life in most part of the state has come to a standstill, following incessant rain since Friday night.Plus-III fourth semester Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) examination, scheduled to be held on July 21, has also been postponed due to heavy rainfall.The next date of the examination will be notified later, informed Controller of Examinations, Utkal University, Dr Pradeep Kumar Behera.The higher education authorities also extended the offline admission and data updation dates in degree colleges.

New Mahindra MPV launch by Diwali 2018 – Spied testing with Toyota Innova Crysta

To be offered in 7 and 8 seater options, the new Mahindra MPV, codenamed U321 as on date, is slated for launch sometime before Diwali 2018. It has been spied testing near the company plant in Igatpuri, near Nashik, wherein, though under camouflage certain design elements have come to the fore.Mahindra U321 will be a premium offering from the company. It will be a luxurious MPV, which has been benchmarked against India’s best selling premium MPV, the Toyota Innova Crysta. The latest spy shots reveal the car in production ready body and wheels. It was spied when the car was on test along with a Toyota Innova Crysta.


No Confidence motion: Entire Andhra Pradesh is disappointed, Chandrababu Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief N Chandrababu Naidu, reacting on PM Modi’s speech on no confidence motion, said “Entire Andhra Pradesh waited for justice, only to be disappointed again. They have majority but they breached “neeti”. The Prime Minister’s speech has caused much pain. “As part of our continuous fight, we introduced this no-confidence motion. In the last four years, I went to Delhi 29 times. Instead of doing justice to AP, he is resorting political attack on me alleging I took U-turn,” Naidu added in his twitter.

Flood situation likely in Odisha, alert for 19 districts; informs SRC

Bhubaneswar: The Regional Meteorological Centre Saturday issued heavy rain and thunderstorm alert for 19 districts in Odisha.The thunderstorm alert has been issued for Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Koraput districts till 1.15 pm today. Meanwhile, the water level of several rivers including Bansadhara and Nagabali in Rayagada has started to rise while Jalaka River breached its danger mark near Mathani under Jaleswar block of Balasore district.

Trust vote sets the tone for 2019 poll

The BJP-led NDA government on Friday defeated the no-confidence motion moved against it by the Opposition and initiated by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) after a 12-hour debate that sketched the contours of the 2019 electoral face-offs. The final figures, subject to correction, stood at 325 with the government and 126 against, with no abstentions. The figures indicate that even without the Shiv Sena, the BJP got support from non-NDA parties.

Waterlogging Inundates Odisha’s Twin City, Normal Life Goes Kaput

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: Waterlogging Caused By torrential rain adversely affected normal life in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack today. Most of the areas in these two cities got inundated due to incessant rain since Friday night.Due to dismal drainage system, perennial problem of water logging put normal life out of gear in Acharya Vihar, Jaydev Vihar, Nayapali, Jagamara, Nandan Vihar, Rasulgarh and Bomikhal, etc, let alone the low-lying areas in the capital city of Odisha. Not only slum-dwellers, but also posh areas also got marooned due to the acute water-logging.

Modi-led NDA wins trust vote after 12-hour debate

After a raging 12-hour debate, the Narendra Modi-led government won the no-confidence motion by 325 votes against 126 votes in the Lok Sabha late on Friday. The day-long session in the Upper House saw the government and the opposition trade charges and a moment of drama when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked over to hug the Prime Minister.

Odisha District Collectors Put On Flood Alert

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Friday asked all the District Collectors to remain alert to meet any possible flood situation with the Met Department predicting heavy rainfall across the state in the next two days.”Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) sources indicate that under the influence of a low-pressure area formed over the northwest Bay of Bengal and associated cyclonic circulation,

Justice K.S. Jhaveri As New Chief Justice Of Odisha High Court

Bhubaneswar: Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the name of Justice K.S. Jhaveri as the new Chief Justice of Orissa High Court while incumbent Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineet Saran will soon be elevated to Supreme Court.As per a recommendation by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, “Office of the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court would be falling vacant shortly consequent upon elevation of Mr. Justice Vineet Saran to the Supreme Court,

Political Parties React To BJD’s Boycott Before No Confidence Motion In Lok Sabha

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) opted for walking out of the Lok Sabha today just prior to the No Confidence Motion started protesting against Odisha neglect by the Centre, main opposition Congress and also Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reacted to such a development.

Rahul Gandhi Gives PM Modi A “Jadoo Ki Jhappi”

New Delhi: “You May Call Me Pappu, I Don’t Hate You.” Rahul Gandhi took everyone by surprise when he said this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament on Friday. He looked directly at the Prime Minister and then hugged him.The Congress president had been ridiculed for saying in a past session that if he was allowed to speak in the House, there would be an “earthquake”.

Heavy Rain Disrupts Life In South Odisha, Bansadhara Flows Above Danger Mark

Bhubaneswar: Normal life has been badly hit in South Odisha districts due to heavy rainfall under the influence of a low pressure over the northwest Bay of Bengal.Most areas in Malkangiri district are virtually cut off from the rest of the world due to heavy rain since Thursday night.

Odisha Flood Alert: SRC Directs District Administrations, Field Functionaries To Be Prepared

Bhubaneswar: Immediately after the India Meteorology Department issued a notice informing of a low pressure forming over northwest Bay of Bengal within the next two days, the Revenue and Disaster Management Department of the State today directed the district administrations to be prepared to meet any possible flood or water-logging situations.

Discharge Of Jaga, Kalia From AIIMS After Talks With Doctors: Minister

Bhubaneswar: Health and Family Welfare minister Pratap Jena on Thursday said that the decision to discharge of Jaga-Kalia separated conjoined twins from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi would be taken after a meeting with the doctors the following day.

Five Students Crushed Under Truck In Bhadrak

Bhadrak: Tension ran high at Ranitela on NH-16 in Bhadrak district on Thursday after five students were mowed down by a truck.Following the accident, an irate mob set the ten-wheeler on fire. The deceased students were identified as Kalpana Jena, Priyambada Mohanty, Sweta Sahu, Satyabrata Barik and Sukant Sahu.

Minor Reshuffle In Top Bureaucracy

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Thursday effected a minor reshuffle in senior IAS . Transport Commissioner Madhusudan Padhi has been posted as Principal Secretary to the Governor while CJ Venugopal, Principal Secretary to the Governor, will take charge as Principal Secretary, Electronics and IT.Besides, Commissioner, Commercial Tax, Saswat Mishra, has been given the additional charge of Transport Commissioner, the notification added.

LS Speaker Accepts Baijayant Panda’s Resignation

Bhubaneswar: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday said she has accepted the resignation of BJD Kendrapara MP, Baijayant Panda.I have accepted the resignation of Baijayant Panda on July 18,” Mahajan informed the members in the Lower House.In a tweet on Wednesday, Panda had said he has bid adieu after being a member of the Parliament for 18 years, 3 months, 2 weeks and one day.

Formalin Found In Fish Samples Collected From Sambalpur Market

Sambalpur: Traces of cancer-causing formalin have been found in two fish marine samples collected from different markets and outlets in Sambalpur district.“A joint team of Fisheries Department and Sambalpur Municipal Corporation, during its raid, detected formalin in two fishes collected from a fish market at Kuluthakani.


What can be best described that after decades of ‘slumber of eminence’ the dynasty driven Congress for the first time calls to halt family politics. Odisha in-charge Jitendra Singh made it clear in his recent key-note advice to Odisha Congress to make the beginning regardless of the bickering within the party.

BJP’s Allegations On Biju Pucca Ghar Baseless: BJD

Bhubaneswar: As ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD)’s political bête noire Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday came down heavily on BJD-ruled Odisha Government alleging that its claims for 17 lakh Biju Pucca Ghar across the State is a sheer eyewash and blatant lie, BJD retorted that BJP’s allegations are baseless

Bhubaneswar Smart City Ltd Launches Unified Helpline Number For Denizens

Bhubaneswar: Two helpline numbers were launched by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) today for convenience of the people living in the Odisha’s Capital.The numbers – one tollfree (18003450061) and one landline (06742548295) – are single point access for grievance and control room for BSCL, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT).

IOCL Recommends CBI Probe Into Permission Granted To Tito For Filling Stations

Bhubaneswar: The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) on Wednesday recommended a CBI probe into grant of permission to gangster Tito alias Syed Usman Ali to set up petrol pumps.Stating that guidelines were violated while allotting two petrol pumps – Sayed Brothers filling station in Kendrapara town and Adhoc dealership outlet at Paradip Port Trust- in the name of the gangster, the IOCL demanded a thorough inquiry into the matter

Address Waterlogging In Bhubaneswar At Earliest: Naveen To Gadkari

Bhubaneswar: Expressing grave concern over the severe waterlogging of the service lane along National Highway-16 near Iskcon temple and other areas in Bhubaneswar, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry to address the issue at the earliest.

Set Up A Defence Manufacturing Cluster: Odisha CM To Tata Sons Chairman

Bhubaneswar: Strengthening the State’s relations with the leading multinational conglomerate, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proposed the Tata Group to set up a Defence Manufacturing Cluster at Naraj, during a meeting with the company’s Chairman Natarajan Chandrasekharan today.

Odisha’s Gurupriya Setu Inauguration Postponed Till Indefinite Period For Bad Weather

Malkangiri: The proposed inauguration of the much-awaited Gurupriya Setu (bridge) in southern Odisha’s Malkangiri district has been postponed till indefinite period owing to the prevailing bad weather conditions triggered by low-pressure over the Bay of Bengal following which the State is being lashed with heavy rains for the last few days.

It had been slated earlier that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik would have inaugurated it on June 18.

As the Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted more and heavy to heavy rains in the days to come, the important programme of Gurupriya Setu inauguration by the Chief Minister had to be kept on hold till the weather condition improves.

Notably, rivers in the southern parts of Odisha are already in spate due to the incessant rains since Saturday last week and Odisha Disaster Management Department has already put the District Collectors on alert.

After a pretty long wait and dilly-dallying due to technical problems as well as other circumstantial factors, the much-awaited Gurupriya Setu in the cut-off areas of the Maoist-hit district of Malkangiri had been scheduled to be inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on July 18.

This had already been informed by Chitrakonda MLA Dambaru Sisa to the people of his assembly constituency.

Also speaking to media, the MLA had informed then that all works of Gurupriya Setu have already been completed and the Chief Minister was to inaugurate it on July 18.

The 910-metre bridge is expected to resolve all the problems of communication for around 30,000 people of nearly 150 villages in the cut-off area in and around the Kalimela and Chitrakonda reservoirs.

Amid the Maoists opposing the construction of the project, round-the-clock security has already been tightened following which six high-resolution CCTV cameras have been installed at different locations of the bridge for its protection.

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8 Goa-Returned Odia Migrant Workers Affected With Unknown Disease

Balasore: Eight migrant workers of Odisha’s Balasore district were affected by an unknown disease following which they have been admitted to Cuttack SCB Medical College and Hospital after being treated at local hospital here.The afflicted migrant workers are from Bhograi and were working at a fast food stall in Goa.They are being treated in an isolated ward at SCB as the disease they are suffering from might be contagious.

Odisha CB Detains Eight Persons For Tito Link

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Crime Branch on Tuesday detained eight persons for their alleged links with arrested gangster Tito alias Syed Usman Ali.According to available information, ten teams carried out separate raids at various places in Cuttack and nabbed these persons for interrogation.The gangster was sent to Barimul jail in Kendrapara district after being produced before the SDJM court here on Monday.

Banabira Firing Case: Bail Relief For BJP Leader Jaynarayan Mishra

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Tuesday granted conditional bail to BJP leader Jayanarayan Mishra in connection with the Banabira firing case, against two sureties of Rs 50,000 each.A person was killed while Labour Minister Sushant Singh’s brother Subrat Singh sustained grievous injuries in the firing incident near Banabira village under Sohela block of Bargarh district, ahead of the Bijepur bypoll on February 22.

India’s Passenger Aircraft Fleet Will Double To 1,100 By 2027: Study

Mumbai: International aircraft leasing company Avolon has forecasted that Indias current passenger jet fleet will double to almost 1,100 by 2027.

According to the company’s white paper “India, a 21st Century Powerhouse”, the total value of aircraft to be delivered over the coming ten years in India, at the current list prices, is projected to be $60 billion.

Odisha HC Grants Bail To Industrialist Mahima Mishra In Bombing & Firing Case

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa High Court on Monday granted conditional bail to industrialist Mahimananda Mishra aka Mahima Mishra in Press Chhak bomb hurling and Tarinigada firing cases against two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each.The court also directed him not to influence any of the witnesses and cooperate in the investigation.

ASI Starts Inspection Of Jagannath Temple’s Sanctum Sanctorum & Jagmohan

Puri: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Monday started inspection of the sanctum sanctorum and Jagmohan of Jagannath Temple in Puri.A team of the ASI began the process after Lord Jagannath and his siblings departed to Gundicha Temple on their respective chariots for the nine-day annual sojourn.

Gangster Tito Sent To Barimul Jail

Kendrapara: Gangster Tito alias Syed Usman Ali was sent to Barimul jail in Kendrapara district after being produced before the SDJM court here on Monday.The gangster was produced before the court by the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch following the end of his three-day remand.Tito was taken by the Crime Branch on remand for twelve days in three phases for interrogation on his criminal activities and business links.

Bhubaneswar-Bangkok Air India Flight Suspended

Air India has decided to temporarily suspend the direct flight service between Bhubaneswar and Bangkok in Thailand from Monday.Sources attributed it to operational reasons. The flight operations will remain shut till September 30, they added.Air India had started this flight on December 10, 2017. This bi-weekly flight was the only direct flight to Thailand from Odisha capital.

Air Ventilator To Be Installed Inside Puri Jagannath Temple’s Jagmohan

he Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will install air ventilator in the Jagmohan of Jagannath Temple to improve ventilation system inside it, informed acting chairperson of ASI core committee GC Mitra on Monday.Following inspection of the sanctum sanctorum and Jagmohan of the 12th century shrine, he said, “The Jaya-Vijaya Dwar of the shrine is in distress condition. It will be repaired soon.”A team of the ASI began the process after Lord Jagannath and his siblings departed to Gundicha Temple on their respective chariots for the nine-day annual sojourn.

James Wan drops epic Aquaman spoiler photo ahead of trailer release at SDCC

Aquaman releases this weekend. But, before we get to see Jason Momoa in action, director James Wan teased fans with an epic photo from the trailer. This weekend is crucial for DC fans as they will finally get the first official Aquaman trailer at the San Diego Comic Con 2018….

ISI’s Saudi rendezvous and how it plots its attacks on India

New Delhi, July 16: The dreaded Indian Mujahideen which carried out a series of blasts across India had the complete backing of the ISI, which plotted all these attacks in Saudi Arabia, investigations have revealed.

The revelation was made by Abdus Subhan Qureshi, who has been interrogated by the special cell of the Delhi Police, Maharashtra ATS and the National Investigation Agency. Incidentally Subhan is the second top IM operative to spill the beans about the ISI’s meetings in Saudi Arabia.

He told his interrogators that all the meetings with the top brass of the IM and officials of the ISI takes place in Saudi Arabia. None of the major meetings take place in Pakistan, he also added. The ISI flies down its officials to Saudi Arabia to meet with top terrorists and plot attacks in India, he said.

Yasin Bhatkal who was the chief of the Indian Mujahideen too had revealed to investigating agencies about the Saudi meetings. They find the place safe, he also added.

Intelligence Bureau officials say that the home grown outfits have been instructed by the ISI to have all its meetings in Saudi Arabia or UAE. For the ISI, this is a safe destination and the agency feels that in case anyone is caught, it would find it easier to bail them out of the country.

IT may be recalled that the ISI had flown in Abu Jundal, the Hindi tutor of the 26/11 attackers to Saudi Arabia. Jundal was specifically instructed to re-group the Indian Mujahideen in Saudi Arabia and re-launch the terror group.

Subhan during his interrogation told the NIA that he had planned on re-launching the

Gujarat floods claim 29 lives as situation worsens

At least 29 people have been killed in Gujarat till today (July 16) due to recent floods other rain-related incidents. South Gujarat region, particularly Valsad, Navsari, Junagarh, Gir Somnath and Amreli districts have been affected the most.

There were reports of waterlogging on many of the roads, including the national highways. Due to incessant rains, five state highways and roads of around 144 village panchayats have been closed for traffic.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed at 11 locations in the state. An alert has been sounded in the state and fishermen have been advised not to venture out in the sea.
Around 50,000 residents of low-lying areas have also been shifted to safer places following heavy showers.

“Hold Your Heads High”: Croatia Coach Tells Team After World Cup

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told his players they should be proud of their sensational World Cup run and their performance in the final on Sunday, 15 July, despite losing 4-2 to France at the Luzhniki Stadium.

The Croatia players were given a standing ovation by their fans after taking the game to the French for the entire 90 minutes, dominating much of the match but falling to an own goal, a penalty awarded by VAR and two second-half strikes.

The 51-year-old gathered his players in a circle on the pitch and told them they should in no way consider the defeat a failure.

“Of course, we are downcast, but I told them ‘hold your heads up high. You have no reason to feel dissatisfied, you have given your all and you have to be proud of your performances at this tournament’,” he told a news conference.

“Chin up lads, if somebody had offered us to be runners-up at the start of the tournament, that would have been fantastic”.
“‘Sometimes in football you lose, that’s football, but we were dignified in our victories and we must be dignified in defeat, we have to respect the scoreline,’ that was the message to my players.”