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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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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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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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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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Schedule for the General Election to the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh 12.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The term of the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh is normally due to expire as follows:
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Order hailed by activists, few queries unanswered 12.10.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
Experts termed the Supreme Court's judgment that criminalises sex with a minor wife as landmark, but said it has left a few questions unanswered. For instance, while it is now illegal for a man to have sex with his wife if she's in the age group of 15 to 18, the marriage itself can continue. Child marriage is illegal but widely prevalent in India because of poverty, weak law enforcement and patriarchal norms. "How will one ensure that the man is not having intercourse with his wife? And if he continues to do so and impregnates her, how does that play out? Will the medical officer send her back, or will they terminate the pregnancy? All these questions remain unanswered," says Enakshi Ganguly of Haq. Haq along with other NGOs working for child rights has held a consultation with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on child marriage in April. The inconsistency among laws framed against rape, child abuse and underage marriage was one of the contentions of NGOs. Section 375 of the ...
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Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar chairs the Meeting of Industrial Tripartite Committee on Plantation Industry on proposed amendment in Plantation Labour Act, 1951 11.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Second Tripartite meeting to discuss the Plantations Labour (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was held at Ooty, Tamilnadu on 11.10.2017.
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PIL seeks ban on tobacco sale outside schools 10.10.2017 DNA: Opinion
The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday sought the response of the Centre and the city government on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), seeking to enforce a complete ban on sale of tobacco and cigarettes near educational institutions in the national Capital. A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued notice to the governments' Education Department and all the civic bodies, directing them to file their status reports on the allegations raised in the PIL. The Bench stated, "It is a really important issue." It directed the authorities to place their stand before it by the next date of hearing, January 30 next year. NGO Doctors For You had moved the court, alleging that despite a ban on sale of tobacco products near educational institutions, one can easily find a number of shops selling such products near schools in the city, in violation of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003. As per Section 6 of the COTPA, sale of cigarettes and other tobacco ...
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Govt lost in chaos of its own making: Congress 8.10.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
The main Opposition party, Congress, on Saturday dismissed the sops announced at the end of GST Council meeting on Friday as "inadequate" and accused the Central government of lacking any plan to address the structural issues in the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime through fair and transparent consultations.A day after the Narendra Modi-led government made sweeping changes to GST to provide relief to small and medium businesses and exporters, Congress communications in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said GST, which should have been a "good and simple tax" has instead become a "grossly scary tax". Surjewala said that the Indian GST rate was the highest in the world and the 'one nation, one tax' has become 'one nation, seven taxes' and more. He also pointed out that the government forgot to give relief to two biggest employment generating sectors — agriculture and textiles. "This mammoth opportunity is being lost due to sheer incompetence of a panic-stricken Modi government, driven ...
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GST still has some way to go before it becomes a genuinely uncomplicated tax 8.10.2017 ET: Policy
Industry has been largely supportive of GST and, with a notable exception of textile sector, there was little or no resistance across the country.
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Haj Committee presents report on New Haj policy 2018-22 to Shri Mukhrar Abbas Naqvi 7.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India had constituted a Committee to review the existing Haj Policy of the Government for 2013-17 and to suggest framework for new Haj policy 2018-22.
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Delhi Metro fare hike can't be put on hold: Centre tells Arvind Kejriwal 7.10.2017 DNA: India
The Centre on Saturday told Arvind Kejriwal government that the Delhi Metro fare hike can't be put on hold as it would be against the Metro Act. “Your (Delhi government) suggestion that this ministry direct that the fare increase be kept on hold overlooks the fact the Central government does not have any such authority. Tampering with the recommendations of FFC is legally untenable,” Union Minister Hardip Singh Puri was quoted as saying by the Times of India. The Union Minister also sent a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that has ruled out any rollback on the fare hike. Puri, who has taken a firm stand on the issue, had said that the last fare hike was implemented in 2009. He had said that the Delhi Metro needs money else it would turn into DTC, referring to the poor condition of buses run by the Delhi Transport Corporation. Reacting on Puri's statement, Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said that the DTC may be suffering losses, but it was at least serving the people. "The ...
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Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017 -18– Series-III 6.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18 – Series-III. Applications for the bond will be accepted from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017. The Bonds will be issued on the succeeding Monday after each subscription period. The Bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges viz., National Stock Exchange of India Limited and Bombay Stock Exchange. The features of the Bond are given below:
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India – EU Joint Statement during 14th India-EU Summit, New Delhi (October 06, 2017) 6.10.2017 Govt of india: PIB
1. The 14th annual Summit between India and the European Union (EU) was held in New Delhi on 6 October 2017. The Republic of India was represented by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The EU was represented by Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Mr. Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.
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NGT ban ‘madness’, say Jantar Mantar residents 5.10.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
Delhi’s favourite protest square Jantar Mantar is set to be stripped of slogans and agitations with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordering a complete ban on the protests and use of loudspeakers in the area. The protesters have been asked to move to Ramlila Grounds.  The green court also asked the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to clear garbage and solid waste from Jantar Mantar Road and clean the entire area.  A two-member bench, headed by Justice Raghuvendra S. Rathore, passed a detailed judgment in this regard while hearing a plea of Jantar Mantar residents. The residents had moved the court on the grounds that Jantar Mantar, designated as a residential area, is a constant source of noise, congestion and garbage that is posing a health hazard and disturbing peace in the area.  The bench observed in its judgment that while citizens have a right to free speech and expression using loud speakers, others too have a right to not listen. “Undoubtedly, freedom of speech and right to expression are ...
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SC issues notice to Centre, EC on PIL against political funding by electoral bonds 3.10.2017 TOI: India
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Pre-certification of films can’t be done away with: Centre 2.10.2017 TOI: India
Pre-certification of movies could not be done away with as it had stood the test of time and continued to be relevant, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. It also said the censor board did not do moral policing as only a minuscule number of films were rejected.
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Misuse of dowry laws takes new turn 1.10.2017 DNA: Mumbai
It is not uncommon for women to accuse their husbands of cruelty, while filing for divorce. In fact, the misuse of dowry laws is so common that a few years ago, the Supreme Court (SC) issued a set of guidelines to be complied with before arresting anyone in cases carrying a prison term of seven years or less. Instead of helping the matters, however, this led to the emergence of a disturbing trend. It is being seen that to bypass the conditions of the arrest, the women are now using the provisions under Sections 354 (molestation), 376 (rape), and 377 (unnatural sex) of the Indian penal Code (IPC) to "strengthen" their dowry case and reach a speedy settlement. According to criminal lawyer Tanveer Ahmed Mir, this trend has emerged after the Arnesh Kumar judgment, under which these guidelines were passed. In the July 2, 2014 judgment, the SC had observed: "Section 498 A (anti-dowry act) was introduced with avowed object to combat the menace of harassment to a woman at the hands of her husband and his ...
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