Olympian boxer Shiva Thapa receives the Assamese of the Year 2012 award from author and columnist Shobha De at Machkhowa in Guwa

Olympian boxer Shiva Thapa receives the Assamese of the Year 2012 award from author and columnist Shobha De at Machkhowa in Guwa

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As finance minister Arun Jaitley prepares to present his first Union Budget on July 10, there are two big question marks hanging over his head like a Damocles sword. The problem is that neither he nor any of us have precise answers to these questions.

The crescent moon has been sighted over Delhi and Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari has proclaimed the advent of Ramzan. It is meant to be a month of piety and generosity, but we will turn it once again into a season of silly vulgarity.