[Representational image] Creative CommonsDirect tax collections in the first five months of the current fiscal increased 17.5 per cent to Rs 2.24 lakh crore, mainly on account of income tax mop-ups from individuals rising.The report said that the collections in the April-August period constitute 22.9 per cent of the total budget estimates of direct taxes, which comprise personal income and corporate tax, for the current financial year 2017-18.”The direct tax collections up to August 2017 continue to register steady growth. Direct tax collection, net of refunds, stands at Rs 2.24 lakh crore which is 17.5 per cent higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year,” a finance ministry statement said on Monday.The statement said that growth rate for Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT), including Securities Transaction Tax, in terms of gross revenue collections was 5 percent and 16 percent respectively.Refunds amounting to Rs 74,089 crore were issued in the period from April 2017 to August 2017, which were 7.2 percent lower than refunds issued during the corresponding period of 2016-17, the finance ministry statement said.However, after adjusting for the refunds, the net growth in CIT collections was 18.1 percent while that of PIT collections was 16.5 percent.In the April-August period of the previous fiscal, 2016-17, direct tax collections had grown 15.03 per cent to Rs 1.89 lakh crore.
The injured undergo treatment at a hospital after the gun attack in Baghaichhari on Monday, 18 Mar, 2019. Photo: UNBSeven people, including an assistant presiding officer, were killed and 13 others were injured in a gun attack on a vehicle of a motorcade carrying election officials and law enforcers in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati on Monday.According to UNB, the deceased were M Amir Ali, 37, assistant presiding officer of a polling centre at Kanglak under Sajek and a teacher of Kachalong Girls’ School, Ansar VDP members Jahanara Begum, 40, wife of Tafsil Ahmed of Kachalong Bazar, Mihir Kanti Dutta, 40, son of Sadhu Basak of Karoshtali, Bilkis Akther, 50, daughter of Nur Ali of Paillagona, M Al Amin, 25, son of Selim of Sarikkha in the upazila, Toyeb Ali and assistant of a bus driver Mantu Chakma, 25.However, the professional identity of Toyeb could not be confirmed.Superintendent of police M Alamgir Kabir said the election officials and law enforcers were returning to the upazila headquarters in four vehicles after counting votes at the polling centre in the 2nd phase upazila parishad election.Terrorists opened fire on the last vehicle of the convoy from a hill at Noymile of the upazila around 6:30pm.The attack left the six dead on the spot and the others injured.On information, members of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh rushed in, rescued the victims with the help of locals and took them to the upazila health complex.The injured include presiding officer of the centre Abdul Hannan, five policemen and three Ansar VDP men.Of them, six were airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Chattogram where one of them was declared brought dead.Amid a tense situation, security was beefed up there.Members of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF, Proshid Khisa) might have carried out the attack.They said Barorishi Chakma, nominated by JSS (Santu Larma), contested the upazila parishad election from Baghaichhari against Sudarshan Chakma of JSS (reformists).Barorishi, however, boycotted the election halfway through, they said, adding that after the announcement of the polls boycott, various posts were made on Facebook threatening to launch an attack.Meanwhile, the election commission condemned the attack on the election officials, saying it will stand by the families of the deceased and the injured.The commission also directed for ensuring proper treatment of the injured, said a press release.
The three-day conference on ‘Defending Dalit Rights’ entitled ‘Establishing Justice, Dignity, Equality and Humanity’ is being organised by the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) and Global Conference Organizing Committee (GCOC) from on Thursday at Trinity Washington University. At the conclusion of the conference, GCOC will announce its strategy and the Declaration of Dalit Rights during a human chain demonstration in front of the White House, a statement has said. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe demonstration will implore US President Barack Obama and Congress members to support Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s House Resolution that calls for Congress to condemn discrimination against Dalit people. “The purpose of the Global Conference is to increase awareness of the injustices visited upon an estimated 260 million caste-affected individuals worldwide, who face caste-based discrimination, exclusion, inequality, and violence,” ICDR statement has said. While caste-based discrimination is widely practised in South Asian nations like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, it can also be found in other parts of the world including Japan, Yemen, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal and Somalia, it said.
Kolkata: The facility of applying online for driving licence will become available in all the Regional Transport Offices and Assistant Regional Transport Offices in the state before Durga Puja.This comes at the time when the state government has made production of driving licence mandatory to buy motorbikes, a step taken to check road accidents.According to a senior official of the state Transport department, at present there are as many as 50 offices across the state from where driving licence is given to applicants following necessary tests. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOne more office of ARTO is going to be added soon, with one coming up at Katwa. With inauguration of the ARTO at Katwa that is scheduled on September 3, the total number of the offices that deal with driving licence will go up to 51.The official said that till date, there are 28 such offices where the facility of giving online application to get driving licence is available.”We have set a target to complete developing infrastructure in all the offices for the same and we are hopeful that the facility will become available in all the offices before Durga Puja,” the official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedExplaining the process of applying online for driving licence, another official said that one needs to log in to the website www.parivahan.gov.in and click on “Driving Licence Related Services”. Subsequently, an applicant has to proceed as directed to key in all necessary information, including some mandatory fields. Finally, an application number will get generated, with which the applicant has to visit the RTO or ARTO along with all relevant documents in his or her district, to give biometric details and get the date and time when he or she can sit for an online test.The applicant will pass the test if six out of ten answers are correct and gets the learner licence within two days. In case of failure, one can again sit for the test after seven days of the first one. The same process has to be followed online to get the date and time for the trial for the permanent licence, between the 30th and 180th day from the day the learner licence is issued.
Instead of helping you slim down, repeated dieting may lead to weight gain because the brain interprets the diets as short famines and urges the person to store more fat for future shortages, a study says.The finding may explain why people who try low-calorie diets often overeat when not dieting and so do not keep the weight off.By contrast, people who do not diet would learn that food supplies are reliable and they do not need to store so much fat, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Surprisingly, our model predicts that the average weight gain for dieters will actually be greater than those who never diet,” said Andrew Higginson, Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter in England.“This happens because non-dieters learn that the food supply is reliable so there is less need for the insurance of fat stores,” Higginson said.The study, published in the journal Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, is based on observations of animals such as birds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnimals respond to the risk of food shortage by gaining weight, which is why garden birds are fatter in the winter when seeds and insects are hard to find. The researchers studied a mathematical model of an animal that knows whether food is currently abundant or limited, but does not know when things will change, so must learn about the changeability before deciding how fat to be.The model showed that if food supply is often restricted (as it is when dieting) an optimal animal should gain excess weight between food shortages. The researchers’ model predicts that the urge to eat increases hugely as a diet goes on, and this urge would not diminish as weight is gained because the brain gets convinced that famines are likely.“Our simple model shows that weight gain does not mean that people’s physiology is malfunctioning or that they are being overwhelmed by unnaturally sweet tastes, Professor John McNamara of the University of Bristol in England said.“The brain could be functioning perfectly, but uncertainty about the food supply triggers the evolved response to gain weight,” McNamara noted.So how should people try to lose weight?“The best thing for weight loss is to take it steady. Our work suggests that eating only slightly less than you should, all the time, and doing physical exercise is much more likely to help you reach a healthy weight than going on low-calorie diets,” Higginson pointed out.
Travelweek Group GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND — Grand Lucayan has officially reopened following temporary closure as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Beginning with the re-opening of Lighthouse Pointe, Grand Lucayan hopes to have the entire property operational by February 2017.“Our staff have worked tirelessly to get Grand Lucayan ready for our guests,” said Veronica Clarke, hotel manager. “We are so thrilled to be open and can’t wait for our guests to enjoy our pools, beach, spa, golf and dining options.”The 196-room Lighthouse Pointe, the traditionally all-inclusive portion of the resort, will temporarily play host to all guests, whether or not an all-inclusive package is booked. Venues including Waves Pool Bar, Portobello’s, Pizzeria Capri and Aroma Café are open. A new Sunday champagne brunch, served from noon until 4 p.m. is now offered along with a Fish Fry Party every Wednesday evening, featuring live entertainment, and ‘Welcome Back’ Bahamian Cuisine nights on Fridays.The Convention Center and wedding gazebos are also fully functional and ready to host weddings and groups. The Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed Reef Course also fared well and looks forward to hosting players, said Clarke. The remainder of the resort, including Breaker’s Cay, the Lanai Suites and additional dining venues, will be open in the first quarter of next year.More news: Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthFor more information on Grand Lucayan see GrandLucayan.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, November 10, 2016 Share Grand Bahama Island’s Grand Lucayan reopens; entire resort ready by Feb. 2017 Posted by Tags: Grand Bahama Island, Grand Lucayan