No new taxes were levied in the budget for 2019-20 presented by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot in the State Assembly here on Wednesday, while tax relief worth ₹301 crore was extended to people of the State through various exemptions and amnesty schemes. Mr. Gehlot termed it a “people’s budget”, which had incorporated the aspirations and suggestions of the common people.Modified budgetMr. Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the modified budget for the current fiscal after the Assembly passed the vote-on-account of ₹86,906 crore in February this year in view of the Lok Sabha election. The modified budget’s estimates for total expenditure were ₹2,32,944.01 crore and those for revenue receipts were ₹1,64,004.64 crore.Taking a major step for “ease of doing farming”, Mr. Gehlot proposed the establishment of a ₹1,000 crore fund for farmers’ welfare, which would be utilised for getting remunerative prices for agricultural produces. Natural farming will also be promoted to reduce input costs and encourage traditional methods with an expenditure of ₹10 crore.Various schemesThe budget proposed various schemes in irrigation, renewable energy, water, transport, animal husbandry and health sectors and gave tax relief through new provisions for exemption in stamp duty and registration fee, electricity duty, motor vehicle tax and irrigation tax and amnesty schemes in mining, commercial taxes and industry sectors.Mr. Gehlot announced a policy for new and renewable energy projects and set a target for disbursement of short-term crop loans worth ₹16,000 crore from cooperative banks. He said his government had given “complete benefit” of loan waiver to farmers by paying on its own the dues of ₹6,000 crore left over by the previous BJP regime.The Chief Minister also announced ₹927 crore for State highways, Janata Clinics on the lines of Mohalla Clinics in Delhi, new policy for electric vehicles and exemption to micro, small and medium enterprises from obtaining various permissions for the first three years of their operations.Government jobsAs many as 75,000 vacancies in various government departments will be filled to provide jobs to the youths, while 104 types of new medicines will be included in the State government’s free medicine scheme. Loans worth ₹1 lakh each will be sanctioned to youths under the Chief Minister’s Yuva Rozgar Yojana.
Excuses have been given an entirely new dimension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). If allowing girlfriend Anushka Sharma to stay with Virat Kohli in England for the first two Tests wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, the pretext BCCI used to convince the team management is mind-boggling.BCCI told the management that the duo will get married very soon.Speaking to Mail Today, a BCCI official said that while there was a bit of a dilemma as to how the touring Indian media would react, the Board told the officials travelling with the team that it was just a matter of time before the duo ties the nuptial knot.”The team management was slightly taken aback when the BCCI approved Kohli’s plea of letting Anushka stay with him. But they were told there was no reason to worry as the two were planning to get married. And this isn’t the first time such a thing was happening. A captain’s girlfriend had travelled with the team in the past as well,” he said.In fact, the BCCI also told them that Kohli was smart enough to handle the situation and the media wouldn’t even get to know of Anushka’s presence -a definite error of judgment.”When the management enquired on how to handle the media if they questioned her presence with the vice-captain, they were told that Kohli can handle the media attention and wouldn’t let the cat out of the bag,” he said.On the view that Anushka’s presence had nothing to do with Kohli’s poor form, the official said: “Unlike football, Test cricket is played for eight hours. And when the mind is on picking and dropping friends, the result will be visible on the field itself. Off-field activities definitely play on the mind.”advertisementBut another official said that the sole reason behind the ruckus is the relationship status. “If the duo was married, nobody would have said a word. We all know how Indian culture is. And the lack of form ended up serving as fodder for the media. If he had scored runs, they would have ignored the whole issue,” he said.
TAMPA — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, has thrown off a bullpen mound.Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the Japanese right-hander had a throwing session Tuesday in New York.After a pre-spring training workout at Steinbrenner Field, said Rothschild said all the reports are good regarding Tanaka’s rehabilitation program. The Yankees said the injury dates from when Tanaka pitched in Japan. He signed with New York before the 2014 season.Tanaka was diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament in 2014, when he went 13-5 in 20 starts. He was 12-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last year and lost to Houston in the AL wild-card game.Tanaka was on the disabled list from April 23 to June 3 last season with right wrist tendinitis and a forearm strain, then missed a September start because of a strained right hamstring.MORE FROM THE MOUNDA trio of Yankees’ starting pitchers, Luis Severino, Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi, are taking part in throwing programs with Rothschild in Tampa. Eovaldi went 14-3 in 27 starts last year, but his season ended after an outing on Sept. 5 due to right elbow inflammation.TweetPinShare0 Shares
MANAWAN, Que. – A three-year-old boy and his five-year-old brother from a First Nations community in Quebec were recovering Friday after allegedly being beaten by a group of other children.Chief Constant Awashish of the Atikamekw Nation said the boys were allegedly attacked by some older children on a playground in Manawan earlier this week.“Two little boys were jumped by two or three other little boys, a little older than the victims,” he said in a phone interview.He said both boys were airlifted to hospital after a family member stopped the incident and called emergency services.The older boy was released after being sent to a hospital in Joliette, while the younger boy, who sustained more serious injuries, remained in hospital in Montreal, according to Awashish.The younger boy was “doing very well” and should be released by the beginning of next week, he said.Awashish said the incident was “traumatizing” to many in Manawan, a tight-knit community about 250 kilometres north of Montreal.“You always hear about stuff like that happening everywhere, but we never think it will happen in our own community,” he said.He said support and counselling were being made available to anyone who needed it, including the families of the alleged victims and of the alleged perpetrators.“The families of the aggressors are in shock, they’re stressed, they don’t know how to handle this,” he said.Local police as well as youth and social services were investigating the incident.