Govt rules out tax rollback on fuel, Modi, Abe in Ahmedabad, NSUI deals ABVP a blow in DUSU polls: Top stories
Govt rules out tax rollback as fuel prices rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Sabarmati Ashram with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe, Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) wrested the advantage winning the posts of president and vice president in DUSUindia Updated: Sep 14, 2017 08:09 IST
Govt rules out tax rollback as fuel prices rise, says hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacted crude prices
The government said on Wednesday it will not step in to adjust prices of petrol and diesel, which are at its highest in three years, and blamed a spike in international crude oil prices for the increase. The price of petrol in Delhi, for instance, has increased by Rs 4.90 a litre in the last two months, triggering criticism from consumers and the opposition. “It is not in the good interest of the general public for the government to intervene in the day-to-day business of oil marketing companies,” oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said after a meeting with the heads of state-run refiners on Wednesday. Petrol cost Rs 70.38 a litre on September 13, up from Rs. 65.48 a litre on June 16 when the government introduced the system of revising fuel prices daily in sync with international oil markets. Read the story here.
India-Japan bonhomie on display as Modi, Abe visit Sabarmati Ashram, historic mosque in Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Sabarmati Ashram with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, soon after he arrived in Gujarat for a two-day visit. Modi received Abe and his wife at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Airport, where he waited for around half an hour to greet Abe with an embrace. The two leaders and Japan’s first lady, Akie Abe, left for the ashram in an open vehicle to the accompaniment of music and cultural fanfare. The three spent some time by the Sabarmati riverfront behind the ashram. They then headed to the Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jaali, an ancient mosque. The architectural marvel, located in the eastern part of the city, is known across the world for its intricate stone lattice work – locally known as ‘jalis’. Read the story here.
DUSU election 2017: NSUI deals ABVP a blow, wins top posts; Congress says wake-up call for PM Modi
It is two-two for Delhi University’s campus rivals in the student union elections but the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) wrested the advantage winning the posts of president and vice president on Wednesday. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won the posts of secretary and joint secretary in the hotly contested polls. The RSS-affiliated association had three posts in the outgoing panel. The results signalled a comeback for the NSUI, which held the president’s position in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) five years ago. Read the story here.
SC tells Jaypee to pay 10 homebuyers Rs 5 lakh each over project delay in Noida
The Supreme Court asked Jaypee Associates on Wednesday to pay Rs 5 lakh each to 10 homebuyers who did not get their flats on time, expressing concern “about the tears of the homebuyers who cannot be taken for a ride by builders”. The ruling adds to the woes of the real estate developer which is in the middle of insolvency proceedings. Jaypee is one of several prominent builders that have delayed the delivery of flats in the National Capital Region, locking lakhs of money paid by mostly middle-class homebuyers. The bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra ordered the penalty as interim relief to 10 homebuyers who got their flats at the Kalypso Court, Noida project five years later than promised. Read the story here.
FCRA registration revoked, JNU, DU, IGNOU, SC Bar can’t receive foreign funds
Prominent academic institutions like JNU, Delhi University, IIT Delhi, ICAR besides Supreme Court Bar Association are among several hundred organisations barred by the Centre from receiving foreign funds. The registration of these institutions under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 (FCRA) has been cancelled by the Union home ministry as these have failed to file their annual returns for five consecutive years. No organisation is allowed to receive funds from abroad unless it is registered under the FCRA. Read the story here.
Govt asks 1,222 NGOs to validate bank accounts, failure will invite action
As many as 1,222 NGOs across the country have been directed by the home ministry to validate the bank accounts in which they receive foreign contribution, failure of which will invite punitive action. Among others, the list includes Sri Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission, Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust, Coimbatore Christian Charitable Trust, Delhi School Of Social Work Society, Hindu Anath Ashram and Madani Darut Tarbiyat. In a circular, the ministry said all NGOs registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) should receive foreign donations in a single designated bank account. Read the story here.
Former minister Jayanthi Natarajan on ED’s radar for abuse of power
Trouble mounts for former environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan as she is on enforcement directorate’s (ED) radar for alleged abuse of her position as minister. Just four days back CBI had registered an FIR against Natarajan for illegal diversion of forest land in Jharkhand for mining by a private company, Electrosteel Casting Ltd. Top sources in ED said that they have asked for the details of the case from CBI to probe if there has been any more laundering. ED is probing paybacks that Natarajan might have received for allowing Electrosteel to mine in the Saranda forests of Jharkhand, despite her predecessor Jairam Ramesh’s and the forest advisory committee’s rejections. Read the story here.
India to send relief materials for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
India will send a consignment of humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh tomorrow for Rohingya Muslims, days after Dhaka briefed New Delhi about the problems faced by it due to the influx of refugees from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation. Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali had met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week and discussed the issue of Rohingyas in detail. “An Indian aircraft will carry the first consignment of humanitarian assistance tomorrow...It will land at Chittagong airport at 11 am,” an Indian high commission spokesman said. According to the UN estimates, over 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh since August 25 when fresh wave of violence erupted. Read the story here.
Aung San Suu Kyi to address nation next week on Rohingya crisis
Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi will address the crisis engulfing Rakhine state next week, in her first speech since scores were killed in violence that has sent nearly 380,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh and sullied her reputation as a defender of the oppressed. At a press conference on Wednesday government spokesman Zaw Htay said Suu Kyi would “speak for national reconciliation and peace” in a televised address on September 19. He said the Nobel laureate, who has been pilloried by rights groups for failing to speak up for the Rohingya minority, would skip the United Nations General Assembly next week to tackle the crisis unfurling at home. Read the story here.
Paris confirmed as 2024 Olympics venue, Los Angeles gets 2028 Games
The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday awarded the 2024 summer Olympic Games to Paris and the 2028 edition to Los Angeles following a vote in the Peruvian capital. Paris, which has hosted two previous Olympics, will stage the event 100 years after its last Games in 1924 while Los Angeles will also organise its third Games after 1932 and 1984. There were no other candidates for either the 2024 or 2028 Games and the votes were a formality. IOC President Thomas Bach said the votes for both cities were “unanimous”. Read the story here.
You don’t need to sell kidneys for iPhone X. Here’s how you can get it cheaper
Apple’s anniversary special iPhone X is so expensive that your classic kidney-for-iPhone jokes will fall flat. The iPhone X is the most expensive iPhone so far, and it is even dearer in India. The smartphone will go on sale from November 3 at a whopping Rs 89,000. For the top end model of the iPhone X, you need to shell out more than Rs 1 lakh. To be precise, it costs Rs 102,000. While iPhones are traditionally more expensive in India, prices in some markets such as Hong Kong and the UAE are a lot lesser. So, suppose you have a budget of Rs 90,000, we suggest you book a ticket to Dubai for a one-day trip. Read the story here.