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Karnataka CM seeks GST exemption on handmade goods

Bengaluru, Oct 19 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday urged the central government to exempt handmade products from Goods and Sales Tax (GST) regime. “As handmade products are produced by millions of artisans across the country, imposition of GST on them is having an adverse effect on their livelihood. The GST Council should exempt them from the new tax ... Read More »

Modi conveys Diwali greetings to INSV Tarini crew

New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday conveyed Diwali greetings to the crew of Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini, currently on a mission to circumnavigate the globe. Modi also communicated with the crew through video call and wished them a “Happy Diwali” on behalf of the nation. He also wished them success in their mission. ... Read More »

'Muhurat' trading: Global cues, profit booking subdue markets (Roundup)

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Samvat 2074, marking the start of the Hindu New Year on Thursday, saw both key indices of the Indian equities markets recede as rise in geo-political tensions in the Korean peninsula along with fears of higher non-performing asset (NPA) levels of the domestic banking sector eroded investors’ risk-taking appetite. The hour-long session is held every year ... Read More »

Huge Kolkata crowd won't put pressure on us: Germany U-17 coach

Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) Germany Under-17 football team coach Christian Wueck on Thursday said playing in front of an expected full house at the Vivekananda Yuva Bharati Krirangan will not pressurise them, rather it will be a “pleasure” to play in that atmosphere. “I think for us it’s a pleasure to play before 30,000-40,000 people. It is no pressure for ... Read More »

Festive fervour in Bengal as Kali Puja-Diwali coincide (Lead)

Kolkata, Oct 19 (IANS) West Bengal on Thursday plunged into religious fervour with simultaneous Diwali and Kali Puja celebrations. A light spell of rain failed to dampen the spirits as devotees geared up for double celebrations this year, with Diwali and Kali Puja falling on the same day. Durga Puja hangover had barely subsided when preparations for the “twin dhamaka” ... Read More »

'Muhurat' trading: Global cues, profit booking subdue markets (Lead)

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Geo-political tensions in the Korean peninsula along with fears of rising non-performing asset (NPA) levels of the domestic banking sector pulled the key Indian equity markets in the red during the special “Muhurat” trading session on Thursday. The hour-long session is held every year on Diwali to mark the start of the Hindu New Year. According ... Read More »

EU's Tusk lauds Italy for stemming migrant flows in Mediterranean

Brussels, Oct 19 (IANS/AKI) European Council President Donald Tusk has praised Italy for its role in cutting the number of migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean from Libya. “Thanks to Italy, the number of illegal migrants and deaths at sea are finally falling,” Tusk told reporters in Brussels ahead of an EU leaders summit. “As you know, the Italian government under ... Read More »

Fireworks, LED lighting mark 'Bandi Chhor Diwas', Diwali at Golden Temple

Amritsar, Oct 19 (IANS) Fireworks display and the newly-installed LED lighting marked the celebrations of “Bandi Chhor Diwas” and Diwali as thousands of devotees flocked to the Golden Temple complex here on Thursday. The complex, where the holiest of Sikh shrines “Harmandir Sahib” is located, was illuminated with LED lights, giving it an all-new look. The fireworks display duration has ... Read More »

Proud of my struggle: Rannvijay Singha (TV Snippets)

Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Actor Rannvijay Singha, who came into limelight after winning the first season of TV show “MTV Roadies”, says he feels proud of his struggle as an artist. “I was 20 and I didn’t have a portfolio and I use to travel by train. I had to struggle and I am proud of that. My wife boasts ... Read More »

Adityanath celebrates Diwali in Dalit colony

Gorakhpur, Oct 19 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday celebrated Diwali at the Tikonia Vantangiya Dalit colony here in his former parliamentary constituency Gorakhpur, officials said. Mingling with the people of Vantangiya tribe, Adityanath gifted the children dresses, school bags, sparkling lights (firecrackers) and sweets. He wished them a bright future. The Chief Minister also gifted certificates ... Read More »

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