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Israeli singer wishes to re-liver her Bollywood dream

Lod: Liora Itzhak, chosen to sing the national anthems of Israel and India to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wishes to re-live her Bollywood dream yet again. Born in Israel to Indian immigrant parents from Mumbai, Liora had to abandon that dream in the 1990s due to “homesickness”. She flew to India at the age of 15 to study Indian classical music at Sur Sarvadhan institute in Pune. After learning

GST Council to review roll-out on 5 August

New Delhi: The all-powerful GST Council will review the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax as also levies on some of the items on August 5. “The review meeting of the GST Council would be on the first Saturday of August,” Central Board of Excise and Customs chairperson Vanaja N Sarna told PTI yesterday. The meeting will take stock of the implementation of the biggest tax reform since Independence

Kiran Bedi hails GST launch

Puducherry: Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has hailed the launch of GST in a tweet and said that “India is heading to become one common market-Indian Common Market” (ICM). “So far as Puducherry is concerned the GST is the product of non-stop work personally seen it done in Puducherry by Commercial Taxes Department,” she tweeted. Puducherry has worked through the year to prepare traders, officers and consumers to prepare for GST

Theatre owners to cancel shows from 3 July

Chennai: Theatre owners in Tamilnadu yesterday decided to cancel all shows with effect from 3 July following the imposition of 30 per cent Corporation Tax on movie tickets by the State government, a senior functionary of the State cinema theatre owners’ federation said. The Federation representatives, who held a meeting here to take stock of the situation, decided to cancel the shows to urge the state government to withdraw the

9-month-old baby abducted at Tirumala traced in TN

Tirupati: A nine-month old baby boy, who was stolen from a couple while they were asleep in an open area in front of the Lord Venkateswara temple complex at Tirumala near here recently, has been rescued, police said. The baby was found in the possession of a childless couple at Rasipuram in Namakkal district of Tamilnadu yesterday police said. They have been arrested. The child was abducted on 14 June.

Couple held in abduction of 9-month old at Tirumala

Tirupati: A nine-month old baby boy, who was stolen from a couple while they were asleep in an open area in front of the Lord Venkateswara temple complex at Tirumala near here recently, has been rescued, police said. The baby was found in the possession of a childless couple at Rasipuram in Namakkal district of Tamilnadu today, police said. They have been arrested. The child was abducted on 14 June.

Liquor vends along highways in K'taka to be shut down

Bengaluru: Hundreds of liquor vends here and elsewhere in Karnataka along highways will cease to function from tomorrow in line with the Supreme Court’s ban on sale of liquor along highways. Though the apex court ban on sale of liquor within 500 metres of highways came into force on 1 April in most parts of the country, in Karnataka it will be implemented from today as the Excise Year of

Protest in Kathiramangalam turns violent

Thanjavur: A protest against “leak” in an ONGC pipe at Kathiramangalam near here turned violent as locals and activists clashed with police officials, prompting them to baton charge the protestors which left several persons, including two policemen, injured. Police said the people and some activists, who allegedly belonged to a political party, had blocked road and disrupted traffic following the reported leak in a pipe. They also prevented the ONGC

No file is held back in Raj Nivas: Bedi

Puducherry: Coming down heavily on elected representatives charging her office with “holding back files”, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi yesterday said all files are cleared after following financial and administrative rules. Those levelling charges that files were held back in Raj Nivas should show evidence, she said in a communication titled ‘Open Letter to Elected Representatives’ today. Highlighting the routine work her office does, including review meetings and open house programmes

Actress' abduction: Don't rely on suspicion, says DGP

Thiruvananthapuram: Close on the heels of questioning of popular actor Dileep and his director friend Nadirshah in the actress abduction case, State police chief T P Senkumar has asked the probe team to find out the “truth” and not to rely on “suspicion.” Senkumar, who is retiring from the top post yesterday, said he had given a direction in this regard to the investigators who are probing the sensational case.

Three arrested for murdering snack vendor

Coimbatore: Three persons were arrested here on charges of murdering a snack vendor at Vasiapuram, 45 km from here, police said. Sudhakar (50) who was selling snacks on a bicycle was fatally assaulted by the inebriated trio two days back after an argument over not paying money for the food they purchased. Hearing about the incident, Sudhakar’s wife rushed to the spot and with the help of locals, too him