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Saif Ali Khan property row with Pak kin 21.10.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan — the great grandson of Nawab Hamidullah Khan, the last Nawab of Bhopal — is facing a new challenge. Yasser Mirza from Pakistan, claiming to be a great grandson of the Nawab, has laid claim to his property in Bhopal. The 29-year-old dentist, who was a resident of Lahore, Pakistan, till about three weeks ago, returned to India on an emergency passport through the Wagah border in Amritsar, Punjab, on September 29. Mirza claims his grandmother Rabia Sultan, who lived and died in Bhopal, was the Nawab's youngest daughter and by that lineage, he is the rightful heir to the property as per law. According to the impleadment application filed in the Jabalpur High Court, Mirza seeks to be recognised as a legal heir of Nawab Hamidullah Khan, thereby allowing him to contest the claim on around 30 disputed properties worth crores of rupees. However, according to a response in court, the actor and his mother Sharmila Tagore have contested Mirza's claim on the grounds that he was a ...
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Demonetization, GST, RERA defined Samvat 2073 for realty 19.10.2017 DNA: India
Implementation of demonetization, Goods and Service Tax (GST) and Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA) in Samvat 2073 changed the way realty sector performed in the country. Their combined impact will be felt for decades together, the realtors feel. The initiatives caused a severe slowdown, estimating around 70 percent. Realtors expect a couple of game-changing initiatives in Samvat 2074 and expect that new year will bring a fresh lease of life in the sector. "These were the most defining reforms disrupting the sector. Even after facing three-pronged attack (demonetization, GST, RERA), the sector is resilient," said Jaxay Shah, president of Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India (CREDAI). Vijay Shah, former President of Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers and Architects, said that while shops, offices and affordable housing in Ahmedabad witnessed demand, other sectors did not find many takers. "The sales were down by about 70%. Land transactions, land auctions have come to a grinding halt," said ...
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53% tax on tickets taking cinema out of Chennai's life 19.10.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Movie-goers in the highest cinema-consuming state of the country have been hit hard by the twin effects of GST and municipal taxes. As a result, their proverbial screens have gone black, and the must post-dinner entertainment has come to a halt. Multiplexes in the city are shut as the Multiplex Association of India has called a strike, after being saddled with the burden of local body entertainment tax, over and above the 28% GST rate levied on movie tickets. The exhibitors and producers have demanded that the additional tax being levied by the corporation be done away with, as it goes against the very principle of 'One Nation One Tax' - which the Goods and Services Tax prides itself with. After GST came into force on July 1, it subsumed the state government-levied entertainment tax on cinema tickets, which was 20% on average, across the nation. GST is levied at 28% for movie tickets priced above Rs 100, while the GST rate on tickets below Rs 100 is 18%. Through a Constitutional amendment, local bodies ...
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Comments and Suggestions Invited for Amendment of Income-tax Rules wrt Registration of Charitable or Religious Trusts 18.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Vide Finance Act, 2017, a new clause (ab) was inserted in sub-section (1) of section 12A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’) w.e.f 01.04.2018 to the effect that where a trust or an institution
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No horse trade at Pushkar fair this year 18.10.2017 DNA: India
The Pushkar fair which is popular for trade of live stock, this year will not see trade of equines and particularly horses. Rajasthan state government has passed an order to ban the entry of horses during the mela due to the spurt in glanders disease. The fair will be held from October 23 to November 4. The state has already seen the deaths of horses due to glanders in Dholpur and Udaipur districts already. The Pushkar animal fair sees a huge number of horses, particularly the Marwari and Kathiawari breed. Breeders as far as Punjab, Gujarat and even Maharashtra come to the fair for sale or purchase of the Indian horse breeds. However due to the glanders outbreak, a restriction has been imposed. "Some time back a case came to light in Dholpur and then at Udaipur. The decision has been made to not allow horses at the fair so that the disease does not spread which is fatal for animals. The orders would stand in effect till the time the authorities are sure that the disease has died out completely in the ...
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‘Annapurna’ CM begins scheme 17.10.2017 DNA: Money
Women belonging to Dalit and Muslim communities on Monday literally had a mouthful as chief minister Vasundhara Raje personally served them food during the launch of the second phase of Annapurna Rasoi in Ajmer. Raje, while praising the scheme, said that it was being implemented by states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana and Karnataka. On December 16, when the first phase of scheme was rolled out in Jaipur, Raje fed a Dalit and Gurjar women, furthering the same strategy, Raje fed Dalit and Muslim women in Ajmer while launching the second phase in which 51 vans will run in Ajmer under the scheme to provide breakfast for Rs5 and lunch or dinner for Rs8. “By December 13, the government has set a target to run 500 vans in all 191 urban local bodies. So far, common vans were engaged to distribute food, now we have decided to run Smart Vans to provide food. Under new vans, the consumer through live video conferencing can give feedback on quality and quantity of food to the centre being set by ...
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U.S. Supreme Court to decide major Microsoft email privacy fight 16.10.2017 DNA: Top News
The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. The justices will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation. That decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals marked a victory for privacy advocates and technology companies that increasingly offer cloud computing services in which data is stored remotely. Microsoft, which has 100 data centers in 40 countries, was the first U.S. company to challenge a domestic search warrant seeking data held outside the country. There have been several similar challenges, most brought by Google. "If U.S. law enforcement can obtain the emails of foreigners stored outside the United States, what's to stop the government of ...
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Footwear Design & Development Institute Act 2017 making FDDI an ‘Institute of National Importance’ comes into force 16.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) has been declared an ‘Institute of National Importance’ under Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
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With CRZ nod pending, Shipping Min flags award of work for Haldia terminal by IWAI 16.10.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
The Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has flagged concerns regarding the award for work for Haldia multi-modal terminal even as a final order on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance is pending. In an advisory sent in August, the MoS told the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), that it should have waited for a formal orders on CRZ clearance from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) before it awarded work for the Rs.516 crore Haldia multi-modal terminal. MoEF&CC's expert panel on infrastructure and CRZ recommended for the project clearance on May 11. As per procedure, the recommendations of the expert panel are processed by the minister for approval or rejection. The IWAI had to seek CRZ clearance as the Haldia terminal site falls within the CRZ area. The West Bengal State Coastal Management Authority appraised the project on January 10 and recommended it to Centre for clearance on January 24. According to the MoS, in December 2016, Mumbai-based ITD Cementation India Limited won ...
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Legislation should guarantee for providing service to peoples: Vice President 15.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Legislation should guarantee for providing service to peoples. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the book 'The Mavericks of Mussoorie' authored by Shri M. Ramachandran, here today.
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Can amend RERA to make it buyer-friendly 15.10.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Addressing allegations that Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is going soft on builders, the state's Housing Minister, Prakash Mehta, on Saturday said that the state government can always amend the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act to make it more buyer-friendly in case the government gets representations for the same from common citizens and the real estate industry. "RERA has proved to be very helpful for homebuyers who were facing problems owing to delayed possession, but if there are allegations that it is not being tough on builders, the state government can always amend the RERA. If we get representations or request for a change in certain provisions we will amend RERA," Mehta told DNA. There were allegations in the past that MahaRERA was going soft on builders in terms of levying fines for late registration. A bunch of housing activists had also written to the state government in September citing that MahaRERA is levying fewer fines for late registration with the ...
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Ban on plastic cups, plates likely by '18 15.10.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
By 2018, not just plastic bags, but other plastic products for consumer use like cups and plates may also be banned. State environment department sources told DNA that they were planning to ban not only plastic bags, but also plastic cups and plates considering their impact on public health and the environment. However, the move will be implemented in stages. Earlier, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam had announced a ban on plastic bags by Gudhi Padwa (Maharashtrian New Year) in March next year. After the July 26, 2005 deluge in Mumbai, the state had banned plastic bags below 50 microns. However, officials admit that bags below permitted standards are clandestinely brought in from neighbouring states and used by roadside hawkers and vendors. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials said estimates suggested that around 3 to 5 per cent of municipal waste comprised of plastic. Mumbai generates around 10,000 ton solid waste daily. "We are planning to ban plastic in stages beginning with plastic ...
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Disturbed Areas Act imposed in Surat, Vadodara 15.10.2017 DNA: Popular News
The state revenue department issued a notification on Saturday imposing the Disturbed Areas Act in several parts of Surat and Vadodara cities. The notification makes it compulsory to take prior consent of district collector or concerned authorities before selling or transferring immovable properties in urban areas. As per Article-3 of the Gujarat Prohibition of Transfer of Immovable Properties and Provision for Protection of Tenants from Eviction from Premise in Disturbed Area Act-1991, collector notifies areas of cities as disturbed areas. Possessors of house or residential plots cannot be transferred in the name of any person of other religions without permission from the collector. The revenue department also released a press note stating they had received representations from various people, organisations and groups demanding strict implementation of act. Sources in government said, "BJP MLAs from these cities had made representations on different levels up to the CM, complaining that Muslims were ...
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Pranab Mukherjee defends amending I-T Act retrospectively 14.10.2017 DNA: Popular News
Former President Pranab Mukherjee, whose decision as the Finance Minister to amend the Income-Tax (I-T) Act retrospectively in 2012, in the backdrop of the Vodafone case, had led to an uproar, has strongly defended the move, saying it was borne out his conviction that India's Direct Tax Policy should not discriminate between domestic and foreign entities. In his book 'The Coalition Years 1996-2015', which was released on Friday, Mukherjee says he remained resolute on the decision, despite being advised to take the middle path. Retrospective tax has been one of the most contentious issues in corporate world in the last five years. It is related to a tax dispute between Vodaphone and tax department. A huge controversy had broken out on the issue as soon as Mukherjee had announced in his Budget Speech of 2012-13 that he proposed to amend the I-T Act, 1961, with retrospective effect, to undo the Supreme Court (SC) judgment in the Vodafone tax case. This was after the SC, in January, 2012, set aside a Bombay ...
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Bureau of Indian Standards Act comes into force from October 12: Government 14.10.2017 ET: Policy
Parliament had in March 2016 passed the law to replace the BIS Act of 1986. The consumer affairs ministry finalised the rules for the new law only this week.
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Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 brought into force with effect from 12th October, 2017 14.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
A new Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 which was notified on 22nd March, 2016, has been brought into force with effect from 12th October, 2017. The Act establishes the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India.
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Donald Trump ends key insurance subsidies, vows to dismantle Obamacare 13.10.2017 DNA: Money
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday pledged to dismantle Obamacare "step by step" after he scrapped subsidies to health insurers that help low-income Americans pay out-of-pocket medical expenses, a move that raised concerns about chaos in insurance markets and could face legal challenges. Trump's action, announced late on Thursday, took aim at a critical component of the 2010 law, his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. Frustrated by the failure of his fellow Republicans who control Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump has taken this and several other steps to chip away at it. The administration will not make the next payment to insurers, scheduled for Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. The subsidies cost $7 billion this year and were estimated at $10 billion for 2018, according to congressional analysts. Trump's action came just weeks before the Obamacare open enrollment period begins on Nov. 1 for 2018 insurance policies through the ...
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Vice President asks Governors to keep out of controversies 13.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked the Governors to avoid controversies by adhering to the provision of Constitution and also to promote simple living habits through regular interaction with the people. He was addressing the 48th Conference of Governors, in Rashtrapati Bhawan, here today.
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Not acceding to Indian jurisdiction in tax case: Vodafone to HC 13.10.2017 ET: Policy
The company has initiated arbitration proceedings in connection with the tax demand raised in relation to the acquisition of Hutchinson Telecom.
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Donald Trump signs executive order to weaken Obamacare 12.10.2017 DNA: Top News
President Donald Trump on Thursday made it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans, using his presidential powers to undermine Obamacare after fellow Republicans in Congress failed to repeal the 2010 law. Trump signed an executive order aimed at letting small businesses band together across state lines to buy cheaper, less regulated health plans for their employees with fewer benefits. It was Trump's most concrete step to undo Obamacare since he took office in January promising to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer accused Trump of "using a wrecking ball to single-handedly rip apart our healthcare system." "Having failed to repeal the law in Congress, the president is sabotaging the system," Schumer said. The House of Representatives in May passed Republican legislation to gut Obamacare. But attempts by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare failed in July and September, in ...
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