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Airlines fear foreign carriers’ back-door entry

Apprehending that foreign carriers could set up shops in India through the recently relaxed FDI norms, domestic private airlines are vigorously protesting against any possible back-door entry by them skirting the existing norms. The present rule stipulates that for a carrier to start flying services in the country its majority control should be in Indian hands.

SC sacks Thakur, Shirke from BCCI for stalling reforms

The Supreme Court on Monday sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke for coming in the way of the implementation of Lodha panel recommendations for cleaning up the cricket body.
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur and comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, issued show cause notice to Thakur asking why he should not be held responsible for contempt of court by obstructing its order.

SC bans seeking votes in the name of God

Seeking votes in the name of religion, caste, race, community or language is illegal, the Supreme Court said on Monday
In a verdict that could have an immediate impact on the upcoming assembly elections in five states and far reaching implications on the way poll campaigns are conducted, the SC said that candidates seeking vote in the name of religion can be penalised under Section 123 (3) of the Representation of People’s Act.
The court said that relationship between man and god is an individual choice and the state is forbidden to owe allegiance to such an activity.

Service charge in restaurants not compulsory

Good news for foodies this New Year. Hotels and restaurants can no longer ask you to pay hefty 5-20 per cent service charges on food bills. In what is seen as a victory for consumers, the government has sought clarification, saying that hotels and restaurants cannot compel people to shell out service charge for food and beverages.

NRIs need to show old notes to Customs at airport

NRIs and Indian nationals abroad can deposit up to Rs 25,000 of the demonetised currency during the 3-6 month grace period, but only if they show the junked notes to Customs officials at the airport and get declaration form stamped.

The declaration will have to be submitted at specified branches of the Reserve Bank while depositing the junked currency, a finance ministry notification stated.

While the 50-day window for such deposits at banks or post offices ended on December 30, the government has offered a grace period for those who were abroad.

Goa polls will mark beginning of BJP's downfall, claims Cong

Goa Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro today claimed that the forthcoming Goa Assembly polls will mark the beginning of the electoral downfall of BJP in the country and resurgence of his party.

"Congress party is fully attuned to the aspirations and wishes of the people of the state and will respect the same, which is certain to ensure that it (Congress) will secure minimum 25 seats with BJP battling to secure even five (seats)," Faleiro said at a press conference here.

SC removes Thakur as BCCI prez, Shirke as secretary

Cracking the whip on a defiant BCCI, the Supreme Court today removed its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, saying they should "forthwith cease and desist from" the board's work.

The apex court also decided to initiate contempt proceedongs against Thakur by seeking his response as to why he should not be held liable for obstructing the implementation of the court's directions aimed at reforming BCCI.

A crucial year for food security

Rising food inflation and imports and falli­ng exports are costing India huge money. According to the department of commerce, agri-commodities imports have gone up by Rs 1,98,734 crore between 2014-15 and 2015-16 whe­re as in the same period the country has lost export ma­rket of agri-commodities worth Rs 2,58,324 crore.
Due to ineffective agriculture and food security policies, the country is losing about Rs 4,57,058 crore a year. The impact of food inflation on other sectors of the economy as well as on public health and nutrition are not factored in.

Chaffing fact from fiction

There is an uncontested fact about agriculture — an efficient supply management is needed from both consumer and producer perspectives to balance the prices one pay, while other receives.
Thirty months after the Modi government came to power, the consumers are happy that prices are under control — although, pulses emerged as a stumbling block in the government’s claim. The agriculture ministry came out with 30-point achievement list to buttress the point that everything is rosy now.