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December GST kitty up

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The total revenue received under Goods & Services Tax ( GST ) for the month of December 2017 (received in December/January up to 24th January) has been Rs. Bhavna G Doshi, senior advisor at the consultancy firm KPMG, believes the upswing in GST revenues in December is likely to continue in coming months and will help the government reduce fiscal deficit to some extent. Read More »

Turkey: Erdogan visits military command center in south

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Donald Trump on Wednesday chewed out Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call, just days after Turkey bombed USA -backed Kurdish fighters in Syria. The Turkish military said late on Tuesday that it had killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and ISIS militants in its offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin. Read More »

President Trump "Looking Forward" To Mueller Interview

Flynn has now pleaded guilty to lying during that meeting and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller . The president also said he - unlike Hillary Clinton - is willing to talk with Mueller under oath in order to reach a higher standard of transparency. Read More »

In Davos, Merkel says isolation not the answer

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More than a year into his presidency, Trump has yet to visit London and many British voters have promised that if he comes to Britain they would protest against a man they see as opposed to their values on a range of issues. The dollar languished near three-year lows against the euro Thursday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin doubled down on his view that a weaker U.S. Read More »

Karnataka bandh over Mahadayi river water dispute : Life partially affected

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BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday charged that the Congress Party still nurtured the "Emergency culture". BJP has been claiming that the bandh was "politically motivated" alleging that the ruling Congress had a role to play in it. Karnataka has been asking Goa since 2001 to release 7.6 tmcft (thousand million cubic feet) of the river water. "Kannadigas' vote is not BJP's inheritance", he was quoted as saying in the report. Read More »

Poison Control Sees Increase In Pittsburghers Over 20 Ingesting Laundry Pods

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Jenifer Jones-Dees, Pediatrician. As part of a risky new online challenge, teens are attempting to eat laundry detergent pods. The bottom line is that consuming Tide Pods is very unsafe and could seriously harm your body. The concentrated formulas, enclosed in a plastic, soluble casing, can also leave chemical burns in the esophagus or irritate a person's eyes upon contact. Read More »

Trump 'to be questioned under oath' in Russia probe

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Despite Mueller securing federal indictments against four of Trump's associates, the President has maintained that the probe is a "political witch hunt" cooked up by Democrats. During a January news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump suggested that an interview may not be needed. He added: "We'll see what happens". Read More »

Former Arkansas OC expected to join Alabama staff

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The 49-year old Enos was Bielema's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas from 2015 through last season after four seasons as the head coach at Central Michigan. Jim Harbaugh hired Enos as part of the puzzle to fix Michigan's ailing offense, which finished No. 105 in total offense previous year and No. 110 in passing offense. Read More »

5 dead, 20 injured in hospital fire

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The authorities said they transferred 22 people, mostly patients, to two other nearby hospitals and 78 patients from the nursing home adjoined to the main building that caught fire escaped the area, they added. Local news channel YTN showed black smoke billowing from the windows and entrance to the hospital and flames flickering. The fire was put out in one hour and 40 minutes. Read More »

Germany, Saudi, Chinese voices heard at Davos amid US's questionable global role

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Protectionism is not the answer", Dr Merkel said in a speech, a day before the arrival of the USA president whose "America First" trade policies have raised concern among defenders of globalisation. Macron will take the same stage at Davos later today and Britain's prime minister Theresa May is speaking tomorrow. US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao speaks during a plenary session in the Congress Hall during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Read More »

Congress Has 16 Days To Avoid Another Shutdown

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It's hard to read Chuck Schumer's announcement yesterday that a border wall is "off the table" and non-negotiable as anything but an effort to sabotage any deal with the Trump White House on immigration . After a three-day government shutdown , Democrats agreed to re-open the government Monday after Republicans assured them the Senate would soon consider legislation that would protect the so-called Dreamers. Read More »

USA warns Turkey over military action in Kurdish enclave

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Islamic State militants meanwhile launched a wave of attacks against government forces in eastern and northern Syria . American support for the terror group has long vexed Ankara as Washington views the PYD/PKK-led umbrella group, SDF, as a "reliable partner" in its fight against Daesh and continues to provide it with arms and equipment in the face of strong objections from Turkey . Read More »

Crash sends cash across interstate highway

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Illinois State Police said that the driver was going too fast and lost control of his auto, hitting a safety barrier before spinning into another vehicle. Highway in IL turned into an exciting field day for local police. A person died after they were involved in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 55 in Will County. Read More »

Trump 'Looking Forward' To Interview With Mueller

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In some ways, it harks back to when Trump blurted out during that interview with NBC News's Lester Holt that the Russian Federation investigation was, in fact, on his mind when he fired Comey. The attorney general also may have information about the firing of then-FBI director James Comey . Previously, the White House had cited only the false statements to Pence as a rationale for dismissing Flynn. Read More »

CIA Director Mike Pompeo was interviewed by special counsel investigators

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He said he's concerned that Mueller will end his probe with a "whimper", going after "low-hanging fruit" on matters "not directly related to the thrust of the investigation". Prior Wednesday, White House squeeze secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders proposed that the president's request that there was "no agreement" with Russian Federation doesn't imply that Moscow didn't meddle with the election. Read More »

Falcon Heavy makes push for space

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The announcement came just about an hour after the Musk-founded company fired up the Falcon Heavy's 27 engines for a test in which the rocket was held down on its pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Falcon Heavy can carry one of the largest payloads in the history of space travel . Wednesday's static fire is one of the last major tests for the rocket before its maiden flight, expected to occur sometime within the next two weeks. Read More »

Alabama House approves bill to eliminate special elections for Senate vacancies

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The crowd cheers as Democratic candidate Doug Jones is declared the projected victor of the U.S. Senate race against Republican Roy Moore on Tuesday, Dec. The bill was first filed in August before the special election won by Jones. But many Democrats were skeptical. Bill sponsor, Republican Representative Steve Clouse , says the measure would save the state of Alabama a lot of money. Read More »

Trump proposes path to citizenship for 1.8 M

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Certainly border security is important; certainly decades of lax enforcement of laws doesn't legitimize its breach (though this question presented in the light of marijuana use, speeding tickets, or sexual ethics presents very different "rule of law" answers to be sure - one standard really doesn't seem to apply). Read More »

Thursday weather: Weather Service warns of possible flooding

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South southwest wind 10 to 20 miles per hour. Winds could gust as high as 38 miles per hour. Skies will be mostly clear to clear. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday - A chance of showers after 1 p.m. Monday , the high will be near 37 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Read More »

Trump seeks $25 billion for border wall, offers 'Dreamer' citizenship

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The U.S. government voted to fund the government through February 8 on Monday evening, giving lawmakers another 16 days to draft and pass an amicable long-term funding proposal. Democrats relented in return for Republican Speaker Mitch McConnell's assurances that the Senate will resume negotiations over the future of the Dreamers, border security, military spending and other budget debates. Read More »

Oprah Winfrey Won't Run For President In 2020

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In an interview with InStyle published Thursday, Oprah Winfrey cleared up whether or not she would be interested in running for president, and the answer was a pretty clear no. The matter even reached a press briefing with President Trump , with the former celebrity-turned-commander in chief saying she was a close friend and "I'd beat Oprah". Read More »

International Olympic Committee says Russian fan flag-waving 'cannot be prohibited' at PyeongChang

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The Olympic body earlier this week said that the exclusion of certain athletes from the list of eligible Russians did not necessarily mean they had doped. Hunt said: "We are going to be competing in more disciplines in PyeongChang than we have before and we've never had more athletes heading to an Olympics with genuine expectations about how well their performances will stack up against the best in the world." Gold, who won silver medals in both halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2012 Winter ... Read More »

Jim Mattis in Indonesia: Snakes Part of Survival Skills Demonstration

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Nearby, a commando rolled around on broken glass while another shot apparently live bullets at a balloon held by his blindfolded comrade - with one round missing the target, although no one was injured. Mattis was visiting the Indonesian armed forces headquarters in Jakarta on the last of his three-day visit to the country before departing for Vietnam. Read More »

You can now buy a drink in Ireland on Good Friday

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The amendment to the intoxicating liqour act was presented by independent senator Billy Lawless past year before being presented to the Dáil on behalf of the Goverment by Minister of State David Stanton today. "Being open is very important". "Holy Thursday was always a good night in the trade, but our objective was that Good Friday would be treated as a regular Friday". Read More »

Afghanistan knocks New Zealand out, storms into semifinals

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After losing their first four wickets inside seven overs, the young Kiwis battled to 107 all out, bowled out in 28.1 overs in a game dominated from start to finish by Afghanistan . Their bowlers, especially Peter Burger, delivered the goods as Kenya were bowled out for 176 runs. However, Katene Clarke and Dale Phillips stitched a partnership of 66 runs to restore sanity in proceedings. Read More »

Brian Molefe must pay back the money

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However the court says that claims of early retirement are contrived and false and its given clarity, finding Molefe did resign. According to Anton van der Bijl, head of Solidarity's Centre for Fair Labour Practices, Solidarity sought an order in the interests of justice that obliged Molefe to pay back all pension payouts and benefits granted to him. Read More »