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Arrest warrant issued against Bigg Boss contestant Arshi Khan

Controversial Bigg Boss Season 11 contestant Arshi Khan could be headed for legal trouble, with a court in Punjab’s Jalandhar city issuing an arrest warrant against her.
However, there is a question mark over she being actually arrested from the Bigg Boss reality show house sets as her publicist, according to reports, claimed to have obtained a stay order on the arrest warrant till January 15 next year, the day of the Bigg Boss 11 finale.
Court sources in Jalandhar said the arrest warrant issued against Khan had not been cancelled. The court had directed the police to enter the Bigg Boss house and arrest Khan from there.
The court of a judicial magistrate in Jalandhar issued the arrest warrant against Arshi Khan for failing to appear before the court for the past three months.
The case against Khan was filed by a Jalandhar-based lawyer who said that she had violated the law and sentiments of people by painting the flags of India and Pakistan on her semi-nude body.
Khan’s counsel contended before the court that she (Khan) was locked up inside the Bigg Boss house set since October 1 and hence she could not appear before the court.
Sources in the Punjab Police said that they may have to wait till January 15 before taking any action against Khan.”We will go by the directions of the court in this regard,” a Punjab Police officer in Jalandhar said.

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Movie Review: Monsoon Shootout’s Biggest Strength Is Its Cast

Director Amit Kumar ‘s Monsoon Shootout premiered for the first time in Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and it has taken a good four years to have a mainstream release in India.
The film luckily doesn’t show much weariness as Rajeev Ravi’s dimly lit frames and Gingger Shankar’s powerful background score lends it the much-needed foreboding tone.
Monsoon Shootout is more of a whydunnit – a psychological thriller that explores the notion of justice and if the end in fact does justify the means. At the centre of this dark noir world is Anu (Vijay Varma), a rookie cop who finds himself one rain washed night chasing a criminal, Shiva, down the slimy serpentine lanes of a Mumbai slum. His gun is attentively pointed at Shiva (Nawazuddin Siddique), who is just a jump away from evading death or in a sombre scenario – an arrest. And at this precise point Anu must make the choice that his father always spoke about – the “teen raaste (3 routes) ” that life offers – Ek “sahi (right)”, Ek “galat (wrong)” and Ek “beechka (mid-way)” raasta.

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Railways to offer discounts like airlines

Just like the airlines and hotels, the railways could soon offer be dishing out discounts on tickets if trains are not fully booked, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Saturday, indicating a complete revamp of the flexi-fare scheme.
Mr. Goyal’s remarks came days after the Railway Board formed a six-member committee to review the flexi-fare scheme.
Speaking after a day-long conclave of senior officials here, the Minister said the national transporter was studying a model of dynamic pricing offered by airlines and hotels.
“We have been deliberating on a dynamic pricing policy. So far we have been discussing that the price should not go up, but I want to go a step ahead. I am exploring a possibility where suppose trains are not going full — like in airlines — we get discounted fares.”
“We will use (Ashwani) Lohani’s expertise…like there is dynamic pricing in hotels. First the prices are low… then the prices go high and then later you get discounts on the remaining rooms through bookmyhotel or other websites,” Mr. Goyal said.
He also questioned why flexi-fares were meant only for price increase in rail tickets. “Just like the airlines and hotels where a person gets discount at the last minute, it (the railways) should also offer discounts on the routes with relatively low occupancy,” he said.
The six-member committee, set up on December 11, has been mandated to recommend ways to offer a more lucrative scheme which may include loyalty and other benefits to the passengers. The board has also asked the panel to consider modifications or amendments to the the flexi-fare system to offer passengers flexibility of rates during peak season, lean season or during week days, weekends or festivals.The committee on flexi-fares has been asked to submit its report within 30 days.
The flexi-fare system, launched in September 2016, led to an increase of up to 50% in fares. Under the formula, base fares increase from 10% to 50% with every 10 per cent of berths booked.
While revenue increased, the railways lost passengers as several berths remained vacant, officials said.
Mr. Goyal also said that in the coming year, plans are being made to maximise utilisation of assets. “In the airlines, we see the maintenance of an aircraft is completed within 30 minutes and it is made ready to go for another journey. In the same way, the railway rakes should be utilised to full capacity.”
“It is a saying that one should be able to sweat one’s assets. Right now a Rajdhani Express train from Delhi to Mumbai stays at the station for maintenance. It can be maintained and cleaned by 22 teams in 30 minutes and again made fit to go on a journey of two or three hours, beside its original return journey,” he said.
“It can be utilised for a small trip in that time. Going ahead I would want that the trip between Delhi and Mumbai be completed in 11 hours and half-an-hour on each side goes in maintenance. So a round trip would become possible,” the minister said.
He was replying to a question on whether the railways was exploring the possibility of a Rajdhani Express train making a round trip within 24 hours, with half-an-hour gaps for inspection at either end, to maximise utilisation.
Mr. Goyal said while the national transporter was already trying out an experiment on the Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani by using two engines, he has also suggested that the train should depart from Delhi at 5 p.m. instead of 4 pm, allowing people one more hour to do work.
“It should reach Mumbai by 7 am instead of 6 a.m. in the morning, allowing people to sleep for an additional hour,” he added.

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GST Council decides Feb 1 rollout of e-way bill system

Amid concerns over tax evasion and dip in revenue collections, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its 24th meeting on Saturday approved February 1, 2018 as the date for mandatory rollout of e-way bill system for inter-state movement of goods across the country. The Council in its meeting, which was held via video conferencing, also fixed June 1 as the implementation date for a uniform nationwide e-way bill system for both inter-state and intra-state movement of goods, with states having the provision to choose their own deadlines for implementation of e-way bill for intra-state movement of goods before June 1, 2018.
Under the GST regime, the e-way bill has been proposed by the government with an aim to track both intra-state and inter-state movement of goods of value exceeding Rs 50,000 for sale beyond 10 km, with tax officials having the powers to check e-way bill at any point during the transit to check tax evasion.
“It was represented by the trade and transporters that this is causing undue hardship in the inter-state movement of goods and therefore, bringing in an early all India system of e-way bill has become a necessity. The GST Council today reviewed the progress of readiness of hardware and software required for the introduction of nationwide e-way bill system,” a finance ministry statement issued after the meeting said.
The nationwide e-way bill system will be rolled out on a trial basis by January 16, 2018 and the traders and transporters can start using this system on “a voluntary basis” from January 16, 2018, it said. The rules for the nationwide e-way bill system for inter-state movement of goods on a compulsory basis will be notified with effect from February 1, 2018. “This will bring uniformity across the states for seamless inter-state movement of goods,” it said.
Delhi’s finance minister Manish Sisodia, however, objected to the e-way bill system. “Delhi govt does not support e-way bill under GST. What is the purpose of ‘one nation one tax’ if we want tax-inpectors to stop goods vehicles at every distric/state borders? It will increase Inspector Raj,” Sisodia tweeted.
In its 22nd meeting held on October 6, the GST Council had put the rollout of e-way bill in abeyance as there were concerns related to the functioning of the GST Network (GSTN) portal. The Council then was of the view that loading the portal with the additional burden of generation of the e-way bill would have been counterproductive. On October 6, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the e-way bill system shall be introduced in a staggered manner with effect from January 1 and shall be rolled out nationwide with effect from April 1 next year.
The decision for early implementation of e-way bill follows after the sharp decline in GST revenue to Rs 83,346 crore for October — the lowest since the July 1 rollout of the indirect tax — and which was also a decline of Rs 12,000 crore from the Rs 95,131 crore collected for the preceding month. The finance ministry, in a statement on November 27, had said the GST revenue in October declined as the tax compliance may not have been up to the mark on account of deferment of implementation of some of the main features of GST such as, matching of returns, e-way bill and reverse charge mechanism.
The e-way bill provisions were approved by the GST Council in its meeting on August 5 and were subsequently notified on August 30. According to the notified e-way bill rules, the permits issued would be valid for one day for movement of goods for 100 km and in the same proportion for following days. The supplier or the transporter would not be required to furnish the e-way bill in case the goods are transported for a distance of less than 10 km within the state/union territory from the place of business of the consignor to the place of business of the transporter for further transportation.
Tax and industry experts expressed concerns over the additional compliance burden which would arise on account of the rollout of e-way bill system and the readiness of the technology system for the e-way bill system. Abhishek Jain, Tax Partner, EY said, “Once implemented it would help the government to check evasion of taxes but on the flip side it would add to the compliance burden of taxpayers. Further, the government should ensure that the IT systems are completely ready before such implementation.” Pratik Jain, Leader, Indirect Tax, PwC India said, “If implementation of this system is not done properly, it could lead to significant supply chain bottlenecks and somewhat dilute the objective of ‘one nation one tax’.”

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | BJP leaders chalk out strategy ahead of D-Day

After the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections got over on Thursday, BJP leaders met at state party’s headquarters Shri Kamalam near Gandhinagar on Saturday.
The meeting of top brass leaders was called by party chief Jitu Vaghani and attended by CM Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel, Gujarat in-charge of BJP Bhupender Yadav and others.
The senior leaders also met party candidates and the counting agents (who are present at counting venues) of BJP deputed for all 182 seats across the state. The party leaders guided them on the counting process, issues and objections that can be raised during counting, counting through VVPAT slips and EVMs and other aspects they should take care of.
Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Vaghani said, “Bhupender Yadav is a lawyer in the Supreme Court and has good understanding of laws. He guided counting agents on the process and related acts. We appealed our workers besides those of Congress and other candidates that they should maintain peace and composure during the counting process and should not create any ruckus in case of adverse results.”
He added, “Congress has already started to cry foul over the issue of EVMs when even the counting process has not started leave aside results. They have conceded to their defeat and are trying to pass the buck on BJP and EVM to shield the failure of their leader Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat polls.”
On the other hand, it is also learnt that the Gujarat government has booked the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad for oath taking ceremony of the new cabinet. The booking for December 25 has been made with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).
Sources in AMC said, “We have received the booking application of Sardar Patel Stadium three days back for oath taking ceremony of new cabinet. The booking date indicates that the ceremony can be held on Christmas on December 25.”
BJP won the Assembly polls with 116 seats in 2012 and Narendra Modi became the chief minister of the state. He along with seven cabinet ministers and nine state level ministers had taken the oath at Sardar Patel stadium on December 26, 2012.

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After Gujarat and ahead of K’taka, Modi eyes NE

After hectic electioneering in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP are focussing on the North-East before they devote full attention to Karnataka Assembly polls.
Polls are due in CPM-ruled Tripura, Congress-ruled Meghalaya and BJP-backed Naga People’s Front governed Nagaland in February 2018. Mizoram, also ruled by the Congress, goes to polls in November 2018. BJP poll strategists say that the PM and party chief Amit Shah will concentrate on these states before they brace up for the next big challenge in Karnataka, which goes to polls in April next year.
As the North-East states account for 25 Lok Sabha seats, the Assembly polls in these states are considered very important for the winning plans.
As the poll managers put it, the Congress was in power in five of the eight States, that is Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Manipur, till last year. But today, the BJP and its smaller allies are ruling in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Sikkim.
In the Manipur elections this March, the Congress won 28 of the 60 seats and the BJP got 21. But the BJP managed to form the ministry with the help of rebel MLAs of the Congress and the Trinamool Congress.

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In first speech as Congress chief, Rahul Gandhi assails ‘politics of hate’

Taking over the reins from his mother Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi Saturday sought to paint the political narrative of the BJP as a vehicle of hate and present the Congress party’s journey as a caravan of love. His party, the new Congress president said, had brought India into the 21st century, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking it back to a “medieval past”.
As party workers set off a seemingly unending burst of celebratory firecrackers outside the Congress’s 24 Akbar Road headquarters, Rahul drew a comparison with what he said was the BJP’s inflammatory politics.
“You have an example before you. Ek baar aag lag jaati hai, to usey bujhana bahut mushkil hota hai,” he said. “This is what we are trying to make the BJP people understand. Ek baar aapne desh main aag lagaa di, to usko bujhana bahut mushkil hota hai. Today, the BJP is trying to spread fire and violence across the country, and there is only one force that can stop it — the workers of the Congress and its leaders.
“They divide, we unite. They ignite fires, we douse them. They show anger, we show love. That is the difference between us and them,” Rahul said.

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NIA goofs up, no Interpol RCN for Zakir Naik

In a setback to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Interpol has rejected the government’s request to issue a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, saying Indian agencies have failed to file a charge sheet against him.
NIA Director YC Modi told DNA, “RCN was not issued against Naik so far. If Interpol has stopped now from issuing, it can be further pursued.” “The request for RCN against Zakir Naik was not accepted by Interpol as charge sheet had not been filed when the request was submitted to the Interpol Headquarters,” said sources in NIA.
“Now NIA will submit a fresh request to Interpol as a charge sheet has already been filed in the concerned NIA court in Mumbai.” NIA had requested RCN against Naik on 19 May for ‘promoting enmity between two different religious groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony, being a member of unlawful Association, etc’.
The Indian government, through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had banned Naik and his organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). The NIA said that Indian youth, who joined the terrorist organisation ISIS, were highly influenced by his speeches.
Within 10 days, the request was contested by Naik through London-based attorney Peter Binning of Corker Binning law firm on 29 May. The Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files heard Naik’s plea and in a letter dated 11 December to Binning, the Interpol said, “After a thorough examination, the commission found that the data challenged raised questions as to compliance with applicable roles. As a result, it considered that the retention of this data in the Interpol information system was not compliant with the Interpol’s rules and decided that it should be deleted.” The law firm had earlier written to Secretary General of Interpol, France, seeking for a refusal to issue RCH against Naik.
After hearing the plea and also the Indian government arguments, the Commission for the Control of Interpol’s Files observed on 26 October, 2017, “The commission considered that according to the Ministry of External Affairs, an extradition request for an accused /fugitive can be initiated after a charge sheet has been filed. Furthermore, it considered that in its list of documents required to be enclosed as part of the dossier to extradite a fugitive criminal from a foreign country to India, a copy of charge sheet, duly countersigned by the competent judicial authority is required.”
The commission further pointed that the information published by the Ministry of External Affairs on its guidelines for extradition appears different from that provided by the National Central Bureau (NCB) of Interpol of India, concerning the requirement to include charge sheet for extradition.”
“Therefore, in light of all of the aforesaid circumstances, the commission finds that, at this stage of the proceedings, the issuance of RCN for the Applicant’s arrest with a view of his extradition is premature and that maintaining the data in Interpol’s files would not be appropriate,” the Commission said.
Naik’s foundation issued a statement saying that the Interpol’s Commission found after thorough examination that the request from the Indian NCB was not compliant with Interpol’s rules. Furthermore, the Interpol general secretariat has informed all Interpol NCBs that it has deleted the information relating to Dr Zakir Naik and urged them to update their national databases accordingly.

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