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Tax sops for individuals, small firms; more money for welfare: Jaitley

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NEW DELHI, Feb 01 (IANS): Hoping for a 17-per cent growth in taxes revenues, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday presented the Union Budget 2017-18, offering more money for welfare schemes, minor tax sops for individuals and small firms, with a fiscal deficit of 3.2 per cent of GDP.
In his fourth budget as Finance Minister presented in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley also made some far-reaching changes in political funding, placing a cap of Rs 2,000 on the donation which any party can receive from one source in cash.

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IO in Stanleywiss case accused of gross violation

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SHILLONG, Feb 01: The alleged multi crore land scam in Ri Bhoi district which resulted in former Umroi legislator, Stanleywiss Rymbai being remanded to judicial custody took a major turn with accusations that the Investigating Officer (IO) into the case had indulged in gross violations.
“The IO of the case, PS Paul Choudhury (DSP CID) has committed gross violation by interrogating Rymbai without permission of the Court,” Rymbai’s counsel, VGKK Kynta informed on Wednesday.
“This is in view of the fact that technically speaking, Rymbai is not in police custody. The Court has remanded him to judicial custody and is yet to grant police custody,” he said.

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GNLA reduced to 27 cadres

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TURA, Feb 01: The surrender of one of the few remaining senior cadres of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA)before East Garo Hills police on Wednesday has also led to the revelation that the once dreaded militant organization has now been reduced to a cadre strength of only 27 men.
The deputy commander of GNLA finance wing Ninja M Sangma (23) alias Megam surrendered at Williamnagar before EGH superintendent of police, Davis N R Marak. Megam surrendered without any arms.

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Kropha assures fair inquiry into charge of peon harassment

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SHILLONG, Feb 01: Seconding what was informed by the Principal Secretary of the Soil and Water Conservation department, RM Mishra, the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya, KS Kropha has assured that a fair inquiry will be conducted on charges against the Director of the department pertaining to alleged harassment of a woman working as a peon in the department.
“There will be a fair independent inquiry conducted by the institution which has been laid down (as per directions/guidelines of the Supreme Court),” Kropha said on Wednesday.

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MPMCC rallies behind HDR, demands his continuance as Home Minister

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SHILLONG, Feb 01: Rallying behind the incumbent State Home Minister, HDR Lyngdoh, the Meghalaya Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (MPMCC) has demanded that Lyngdoh is not removed from this post as has been recently demanded by women activists.
“We demand that the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma and MPCC chief DD Lapang do not drop HDR Lyngdoh as Home Minister because he is not involved in the case,” Sohiong Mahila Block Congress Committee (SMBCC) president Martis Lyngdoh Thabah informed after a Mahila meeting held at Congress Bhavan here on Wednesday.