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The CBDT order has turned around a provision that goes back almost a hundred years, which granted exemption from Income Tax to all those who exited service with a duly certified medical disability.
A problem created by a few cases of dishonest securement of favourable disability verdicts from medical boards, surely could be rectified instead of creating a hullaballoo and giving the waiting bureaucracy one more issue to see the back of a facility enjoyed by veterans of the forces. The political community would hardly have played a role in this, but is guilty to the extent that the final approval is given by the political community.
Films about marginalised communities are often made to stress the benevolence of progressives from dominant social groups. Article 15 walks a tightrope to ensure that even as it uses Ayushmann Khurrana’s stardom to draw attention to its concerns and utilises Ayan’s quest for knowledge to enlighten the audience about caste, the screenplay does not get condescending towards Dalits and does not write him, a Brahmin, as a patron of the downtrodden who Brahminsplains caste to those suffering most at its hands.
Pakistan yawned. Pakistan slept. Pakistan have woken up. Yes, the sleeping giants have woken up. They are still alive in this World Cup. They were almost dead and now risen from the ashes. How do you explain the madness that is Pakistan? Is there a way to explain? Perhaps, facing a Mitchell Starc reverse swinging yorker is easier than trying to explain or understand Pakistan. Mercurial. Volatile. Predictably unpredictable.
For the first time, an in-depth study on the agrarian crisis and farmers' suicide conducted by the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) — an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Rural Development: has suggested that multiple factors including debt, higher tenancy cost to small land holding farmers and complete breakdown of institutional support are the main reasons for farmers' suicide.
The Sankosh project will be the most expensive hydropower project ever undertaken in Bhutan at BTN 115 billion ($1.65 billion), costing about 2/3 of Bhutan’s current annual GDP of $2.8 billion. The chance of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) only adds to the risks, with Bhutan currently facing a risk from a GLOF near Thorthomi Lake. While Bhutan is doing well in dealing with GLOFs, it is unclear whether reservoir-based hydropower will add to, or reduce this risk.
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‘Uneasy no war, no peace status’: IAF chief says Indian forces prepared for 'any eventuality' on Ladakh standoff
In an address at a conference, RKS Bhadauria said the Indian Air Force has responded to the situation with rapidity and is fully resolved to counter any 'misadventure' in the region
Where Eagles Dared: Read an excerpt from Rishi Kumar's graphic novel about Operation Safed Sagar during the Kargil War
The objective of Operation Safed Sagar was to oust Pakistani intruders from Indian positions in the Kargil sector.
The first-ever SWA Awards, organised by the Screenwriters Association to felicitate screenwriters and lyricists, was held on 27 September online.