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Gujarat elections 2017: South Gujarat sees highest voting, Kutch lowest

South Gujarat, which accounts for 35 seats in the state Assembly, say the highest voting, an analysis of the voting pattern in the two phases reveals. Kutch, which had gone to polling in the first phase, saw the lowest turnout.Polling for the Gujarat Assembly elections took place in two phases. Saurashtra, Kutch and south Gujarat went to polls in the first phase on December 9, and north and central Gujarat on December 14.The analysis reveals that south Gujarat, which sends 35 MLAs to the Assembly, recorded 70.40 per cent voter turnout, the highest among all regions. Of 83.56 lakh voters, nearly 58.83 lakh cast their votes.Central Gujarat, which accounts for 40 seats, was second in terms of voting with 70.04 per cent. Of 93.57 lakh voters in the seven districts of the region, 65.54 lakh exercised their right to vote.North Gujarat, which sends 53 representatives to the Legislative Assembly, recorded 69.99 per cent voter turnout, the third highest. Of 1.29 crore registered voters in seven districts of the region, including Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, close to 90.5 lakh cast their votes.Incidentally, Congress had done exceedingly well in central and north Gujarat in the 2012 elections, winning 44 seats as against BJP’s 49. Even as it is expected to increase its tally in Ahmedabad city and open its account in Vadodara city, it is seen as losing a significant number of seats in central and north Gujarat.Saurashtra, the most crucial zone in any election, recorded 64.42 per cent turnout on December 9. As against 1.14 crore registered voters, 73.71 lakh cast their votes. The low turnout in Saurashtra, a stronghold of the BJP in the past couple of decades, came as a surprise to many.Kutch saw 63.95 per cent turnout when it went to polls on December 9. Over 9.13 lakh of 14.28 lakh registered voters cast their votes in Kutch. BJP had won five of the six seats in 2012, but Congress is eyeing at least 2-3 seats in these elections.IN SOUTH GUJARATSouth Gujarat, which sends 35 MLAs to the Assembly, recorded 70.40 per cent voter turnout, the highest among all regions. Of 83.56 lakh voters, nearly 58.83 lakh cast their votes.

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Nov gold imports highest in a yr

Ahmedabad reported the highest import of gold in a year in the month of November, official data shows.GSECL, which handles cargo at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, said that 14.40 tonne gold was imported at the Air Cargo Complex in November 2017, 22% lower than 18.65 tonne imported in November last year, but the highest in a single month after that. With the exception of November 2016, gold imports at the Air Cargo Complex in November 2017 were the highest for a single month since August 2016, when 15.78 tonne gold was imported, as per the GSECL data.Some of the other months in the past year in which high gold imports were reported include May (12.95 tonne), March (11.45 tonne) and February (10.15 tonne).For the first eight months of the current financial year, ie from April-November 2017, 47.80 tonne gold was imported at Ahmedabad, an increase of 31% over 36.37 tonne in the same period of last year.SILVER IMPORTS Imports of the other shiny metal silver, which stood at 25.56 and 26 tonne for September and October respectively, stood at 0.36 tonne in November.
For the first eight months of the ongoing financial year, silver imports at Ahmedabad airport were reported at 116 tonne as against a bit under 12 tonne in the same period.
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Gujarat among worst states for children

Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday revealed that Gujarat registered a total of 1,120 murder cases in 2016. Of the total murders, 94 were of those aged up to 18 years; 53 of whom were under six years of age — this is the second highest among states. In 2015, the state recorded 1,150 murders, and in 2014, 1,124 murders were recorded.In the total number of murders in 2016, Gujarat ranks 27th among states. A total of 79 murder cases were registered in the state, where 94 victims were children aged between 1 and 18 years. Of them, 53 were children under age six — 30 boys and 23 girls.As per the data, the highest number of children below six were murdered in Maharastra (94), followed by Gujarat and Karnataka, with 53 murders each, and Uttar Pradesh, with 49.Honour & passion killingGujarat is on the third spot in honour killing and fourth in crimes of passion in 2016. A total of 1,493 cases of crimes of passion were registered in the country in 2016; 133 of which were in Gujarat.The highest number of passion killings was recorded in Uttar Pradesh, with 398 murders, followed by Tamil Nadu (180), Bihar (133) and Gujarat, with 133.In honour killing, a total of 71 cases were registered across the country in 2016. The highest number was reported in Madhya Pradesh, with 18 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh (16) and Gujarat (10).
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Delhi tops list in crimes against kids

In Delhi, 20 children witnessed a crime in a day and as many as 10 juveniles were apprehended daily, on an average, in 2016. The fact was revealed in a data released by the National Crime Records Bureau on Thursday which also stated that Delhi recorded the highest number of crimes against children among metropolitan cities.The total number of crimes against children in 2016 was 1,06,958, which is 13.6 per cent more than in the year 2015, which saw 94,172 cases. Statistics reveal that children are increasingly becoming victims of traffickers and sexual predators across the Capital as the total number of cases of crime against children was 7,392 in the year 2016 which includes the 1,392 cases of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.Around 5,770 kids were kidnapped and abducted in the year 2016 and 79 juveniles were the victims of human trafficking. Reports also suggested that Delhi had the highest number of cases of juveniles in conflict with the law at 35.6 per cent (2,368 cases out of 6,645).Delhi also had the highest number of cases pending trial from 2016 at is 6,329.The Capital also witnessed apprehension of 3,808 children for their involvement in different crimes. A sudden rise in the murders committed by the youngsters was also recorded in Delhi 2016.
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Delhi tops crime chart among 19 major Indian cities , reveals NCRB data

Delhi has reported the maximum number of rape cases amongst 19 major cities at 40%, besides the highest crime rate in 2016, according to the data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) today.The national capital has got the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of murder, kidnapping and abduction, juveniles in conflict and economic offences. Delhi reported 33% (13,803 cases out of total 41,761 cases in 19 cities) of total crimes against women followed by Mumbai at 12.3% (5,128 cases) last year among the 19 cities with population above two million. The national capital reported nearly 40% of rape cases and nearly 29% of each of cruelty by husband and his relatives and dowry deaths, the NCRB data said.Delhi accounted for 38.8% of total IPC crime reported in 19 cities followed by Bengaluru (8.9%) and Mumbai 7. 7%. The national capital recorded the highest crime rate 182.1 compared to the national average of 77.2. Chennai has reported highest number of cases of Special and Local Laws (SLL) crimes, accounting for 32.9% of total reported cases among the 19 cities, followed by Kochi (12. 9%) and Surat (12.6%) during 2016.Also read61,974 cases of riots, group clashes in 2016; highest in Bihar: NCRBDelhi reported the highest number of kidnapping and abduction – 5,453 cases (48. 3%) followed by Mumbai with 1,876 cases (16.6%) and Bengaluru 879 cases 7. 8% during 2016. The city reported highest number of murder – 479 out of 2,194 cases- (21.8%) followed by Bengaluru 10. 4% (229 cases) and Patna 8.9% (195 cases). Highest number of cases at 35.6% (2,368 cases out of 6,645) of juveniles in conflict with law were reported in Delhi among the 19 cities during 2016.Delhi has reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences 5,942 cases (19.3%) followed by Jaipur (4,742 cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases) accounting for 15.4% and 13.6% respectively during 2016. In cyber crimes, Mumbai reported the highest number of cases – 980 (23.5%) out of 4,172 cases in 19 major cities in 2016.
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Love Jihad case: Hadiya to be taken back to medical college, SC appoints Dean as her guardian

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court on Monday heard the Kerala love jihad case, with Hadiya alias Akhila present before it. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.In front of the Supreme Court, answering question about her future plans, Hadiya said that she wants her freedom back. Hadiya also said she has been in unlawful custody for the last 11 months. Hadiya pledged to be a good doctor but also wanted to be true to her faith. After listening to Hadiya, SC ordered state government to provide protection to her so that she can complete her studies peacefully. However, SC overruled Hadiya’s wish for her husband to be guardian for medical college, and appointed the college dean to do the duty. She will be now taken to Kerala on Tuesday. Earlier, CJI said that he has never seen a case like this, and the bench said normally they would just listen to the woman and take a call, but this is not an ordinary case.
ALSO READ Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of storyThe 24-year-old, Hadiya, has been in the headlines after she converted to Islam, following her marriage to Shafin Jahan. Jahan moved the apex court in September seeking recall of SC’s earlier order directing National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter, which has famously been dubbed as Kerala ‘love jihad’ case. The case reached Supreme Court after Kerala High Court annulled their marriage. Hadiya’s parents have been alleging that her marriage was a case of love jihad, or forceful conversion through marriage.The Highest Court had also asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the alleged link of love Jihad angle to the case.

City had noisier Diwali this year, Marine Drive was the loudest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city saw a noisier Diwali this year as compared to 2016, according to an NGO that raises awareness about noise pollution. This year, noise levels touched 117.8 maximum decibel (dB), rising from last year’s 113.5 dB.The figure was, however, lower than that of 2015, when the highest recording showed noise levels of 123 dB. Like last year, this year too, the maximum noise level was recorded at Marine Drive — a popular spot for the festive activity.The noisiest crackers were burst between 10 pm to 1 am, when the deadline for cracker bursting is 10 pm. “There is no formal relaxation on bursting crackers post 10 pm, like there is on the use of loud speakers during festivals period,” said Sumaira Abdulali, convenor of Awaaz Foundation, which has been spearheading the fight against noise pollution. She added, “The highest noise-level was recorded just minutes before midnight.”In residential areas, the permissible noise level is up to 55 dB before 10 pm and 45 dB after 10 pm. Commercial areas have a permissible level of 65 dB from 6 am to 10 pm and 55 dB from 10 pm to 6 am. At no place was the noise levels within the permissible limits.”When the Chief Minister said that citizens should not burst crackers, he should have told them to burst them before 10 pm,” says Abdulali, adding, “Across the city, people seemed to have burst crackers after 10 pm and it was consistently over 100 dB in areas such as Marine Drive.”Even last year, the highest noise levels were recording within this time period.Firecrackers were not burst in the run up to the festival and on the day of the festival less crackers were burst but noise and timing was a concern,” says Abdulali. She added that most on-ground police officers seemed clueless about the deadline they have to enforce. “They did not seem to know about it and their seniors did not tell what time it should all stop,” she says.The activist said a number of crackers with high decibel levels, which were detected during the test carried out before Diwali, were not burst during the festival. “We tested around 26 of them, like the atom bomb, and possibly, they were not available in market,” said Abdulali. “However, others, like the anar, that made lot of noise, were available. It is the Pollution Control and Explosives department’s job to check before they are sold in the market. One cannot expect an NGO to create awareness that explosives are bad for health. That should be done by government.” She added that the government should appeal to children to not burst crackers as they are not mature enough o understand the consequences this will have on the environment. “The Chief Minister should announce such things,” she said.

Change in MahaRERA rules urged

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), since its inception, has received maximum complaints about delayed possession from homebuyers. To overcome the quantum of cases, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, has written to the authority asking them to lay down a rule that will benefit homebuyers.The rule aims to force developers to directly pay interest to homebuyers in case of project delay. And to keep a tab on whether developers have made the payment or no to these affected homebuyers, they will be required to submit a compliance report quarterly. This will in turn reduce the number of cases reaching the regulatory authority.The letter reads, “Most of the ongoing projects registered with MahaRERA are delayed for a period ranging from 1 year to even 6/7 years or even more. Huge amounts of hard earned money and even borrowed amounts of allottees are stuck with the promoters of such ongoing delayed projects. Giving the revised date of possession to MahaRERA while registering such projects does not absolve such promoters from their liability to pay interest to the allottees for the original delay.”The provision under section 18 (1) of the RERA act, requires promoters of such delayed projects to pay allottees interest on their amount paid at the SBI’s Highest Marginal Cost of Lending Rates plus two per cent interest.Advocate Shirish Deshpande, of MGP, said, “We do feel that the promoters on their own will not pay such interest to the allottees for every month of delay unless they are directed by MahaRERA. Hence, the authority should direct all the promoters of delayed projected to comply with the mandate of section 18 (1) and start paying interest. The promoter should also be directed to file compliance of the decision with MahaRERA in their quarterly updates.”The aim of this is that if such directions are issued then thousands of homebuyers will not have to file complaints seeking payment of such interest with MahaRERA. In the last one week, Runwal and Nirmal Lifestyle were asked to pay interest to the allottees for delayed projects.The letter further states, “The intention of the Parliament in this scenario is that the allottees already suffering hardships due to delays should not be forced to approach the MahaRERA or any other court. In each such case and the interest payment to the allottees by the promoters is expected to be automatic as the promoters recover interest from the allottees in case of delay in payment of any instalment by just raising a demand letter.”…& ANALYSISThere are hundreds of projects that have been delayed by developers and thousands of homebuyers who continue to suffer.
If a developer, doesn’t hand over possession on time he is bound to pay interest to the homebuyer. But then, for that, the homebuyer has to approach MahaRERA.
If this new rule is laid down and compliance report is submitted, then, homebuyers won’t have to approach the court or MahaRERA.

Siachen: Indian Army takes Swachch Bharat mission to world’s highest battlefield

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda of Swachh Bharat, the Indian army carried out the cleanliness drive at Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world.Siachen is a place where everything is ferried from the hinterland. It is a logistics challenge to move all types of waste out of the glacier so that these do not become environmental hazard.Army continues to take steps to ensure hygiene at the highest battle field, the Defence Ministry said.”The prime motive of the drive is to maintain ecological balance of Siachen glacier. Since the launch of the campaign in October 2014, Siachen troops have removed and sent back more than 63 tonnes of garbage to the base,” the Ministry added. A huge amount of garbage has been brought back through man-pack loads, porters, ponies and sometimes returning helicopters. These loads of garbage include packing material, barrels and perishables.The garbage are buried in deep trenches dug mechanically in areas on arrival of the trash to disposal areas, which are not on run of the rivers and where landmass is not fragile.

Most accidents happen during evening hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The dusky evening is more dangerous than darker night in Rajasthan, when people use transport vehicles to commute. This striking fact was revealed in a report on ‘Road Accidents in India.’ The report highlights accidents’ causes, places, age group with most fatalities and what type of vehicles are more prone to meet with accidents. Apart from them, an analysis was also conducted mentioning time zones having accidents on roads in urban and rural part of the states including Rajasthan. A general perception is set that hours of late night or wee hours are vulnerable for road accidents, as it is the time of drunk and driving and rush of vehicles on the highways. The report, though, rejects this perception clearly and reveals a ‘duskier’ tragic timing zone with higher risk of human lives in contrast. 24,072 road accidents have been reported in the largest state of the country across the year. Of them, the highest number of accidents at 4,539 occurred within three hours from 6 to 9pm. It is followed by a preceding three hours zone from 3 to 6pm, recording accidents at 4,505. In contrast, the late or wee hours have less ratio of accidents. The report states that 9pm to 12 am when roads are empty inviting rash driving, people met with accidents at less. Only 2,536 accidents were reported in this dark night zone followed by next three hours at 1,051. When contacted the department transport officials explained that the highest ratio of accidents in the evening is a result of huge rush of vehicles when people start returning to their homes after finishing works. Hence, in the late hours, accidents, most of them fatal, happen but they are very few compared to the evening time zone. Furthermore, the report indicates that driving in the morning when traffic rules do not bother people is more dangerous. Nearly 2,529 accidents between 6 to 9 am and 3,865 between 9am to 12pm were reported in Rajasthan. During 2016, 13 States accounted for 86 per cent of the total road accidents in the country . These are Tamil Nadu, MP, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, UP, AP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Haryana. Similarly, 13 States accounted for 84 per cent of the total persons killed in road accidents during 2016. These are UP, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, MP, AP, Gujarat, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Haryana and Bihar.The fifty Million-Plus Cities accounted for 18.7 per cent in total road accidents in the country, 11.8 per cent in total persons killed in road accidents and 16.7 per cent in total persons injured in road accidents. Chennai had the highest number of road accidents (7,486) while Delhi had the highest number of deaths (1,591)) due to road accidents.

Vehicle registration number 0001 sold for Rs 16 lakh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After red and blue beacons atop cars, 0001 is the new status symbol for the Capital’s who’s who. The fancy (VIP) vehicle registration number — 0001 — was sold for Rs 16 lakh to a hospitality company, the highest bid since the e-auction was introduced by the Delhi government’s transport department in 2014.While the number had over 30 bidders, the highest bid was made by Palm Land Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. in the e-auction that took place on June 17. The bidders for these numbers are politicians and industrialists.“This was the highest bid in three years for the premium number. There is a spurt in the number of bidders after the red and blue beacon ban set in earlier this year,” said Special Commissioner (Transport) KK Dahiya.Earlier, the highest bid of Rs 12.5 lakh was made for this number in September 2014 by Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited.The reserve price for the number was Rs 5 lakh. The online auction for VIP numbers in different categories takes place once a month, which is conducted by the Delhi Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (DTIDC). The other favourite fancy numbers for vehicle owners were 0007 and 0009. The number 0007 was auctioned for Rs 10.40 lakh in February in 2015 in comparison to a bid of Rs 8.50 lakh for number 0009 in September 2014 against the reserve price of Rs 3 lakh.The trend of flaunting VIP numbers had started from Chandigarh, which saw the bids going in double digits for the premium numbers.“Besides the trend picking up, the reason for more and high bids is that the entire auction takes place online. The payments are received and the allotment letter is issued to the owner online, which is a transparent and hassle-free process. Prior to e-auction the same used to run into long delays,” said Dahiya.

City’s snacks have high fat , low protein content: survey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A survey on eating habits of Mumbai residents has revealed that evening snacks are the most unhealthy part of a Mumbaikar’s diet. Love for food such as samosas and vada pav has ensured that Mumbai lags behind the rest of the metros like Delhi and Bengaluru in nutrient intake. The survey found that fat content was highest and protein content least in the snacks residents consumed. However, dinner consumed by the average Mumbaikar was found to be the most healthy meal in the course of the day.Mobile health and fitness company HealthifyMe arrived at the result after analysing food records of over 10 lakh urban Indians across several metros in the country.Mumbai also lags behind in fruit consumption. Mumbai consumes less fruit than Bengaluru and Delhi but is higher than both when it comes to vegetable consumption. However, vegetable consumption in Mumbai is lower than that of Pune and overall Maharashtra. An analysis of top 8 cities including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune revealed that the consumption of fat is the highest in Delhi (approx. 30%) out of all the metros indicating that Delhiites are at greater risk of heart disease and hypertension. Chennai and Hyderabad have the highest carbohydrate consumption (approx. 57%) due to the inclusion of idlis and dosas as staples.

Officials check equipment as Bilaspur records 49.3 deg C on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heatwave conditions intensified in isolated parts of Chhattisgarh, with Bilaspur recording the highest ever temperature in the state at 49.3 degrees Celsius on Monday, prompting a detailed investigation by officials. The record-shattering rise in mercury led weathermen to examine the temperature measuring instruments and other factors. “The maximum temperature of 49.3 degrees Celsius recorded in Bilaspur yesterday is the highest ever in the state. But, it is yet to be confirmed,” the director of the MeT officer in Raipur, Prakash Khare, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dry weather prevails in Bihar, Dehri hottest at 43.6 deg C

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Weather in Bihar remained hot and dry with Dehri-On-Sone in Rohtas district recording the highest maximum temperature at 43.6 degrees Celsius in the state today. Among the major cities of the state, Gaya recorded the highest maximum temperature at 43.1 deg C, followed by Bhagalpur at 40.7 deg C, Patna at 39.6 deg C and Purnea at 36.0 deg C, a Met office bulletin said. In its forecast, the Met office said Bhagalpur and Purnea may witness a partly cloudy sky with possibility of thunder or rain.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Petrol to cost more in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government on Friday increased the price of petrol with effect from Saturday by Rs 3 per litre by hiking value added tax (VAT) rates. On Friday, the finance department issued a notification hiking the VAT rates on petrol from Rs 6 to Rs 9 per litre. VAT collections are the highest source of revenue for the cash-strapped state government.

Bihar CM is not expert on all issues, nothing wrong in hiring Prashant Kishor as advisor: SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar government’s decision to appoint political strategist Prashant Kishor as an advisor to Nitish Kumar got a thumbs up from the Supreme Court which said today the chief minister is not an expert on all issues and can have person as an advisor on matters of public importance.A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said there was nothing wrong on the part of the chief minister to appoint his advisors as he is not an expert and can appoint advisors for seeking suggestions on various issues of public importance.”He (Nitish Kumar) is chief minister. He can seek advice on various subjects of public importance. He can appoint anyone as his advisor and can pay them accordingly. The chief minister is not an expert who knows everything. There is nothing wrong in the appointment,” a bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said. Kishor, who is a political strategist and advisor to the Bihar chief minister on policies and programme implementation, is a public health expert by training and had formerly worked with the United Nations for eight years.The court was hearing a PIL filed by one Rajesh Kumar Jaiswal seeking quashing of the appointment of Kishor as advisor to the Bihar chief minister and restraining the state government from making such appointment. The plea which the court termed as dismissed as withdrawn after Jaiswal counsel agreed to withdrew it also sought laying of uniform guidelines for appointment of advisors to the state government, saying the salary payable to advisor cannot be paid beyond six months as per the Constitution.The plea said that the state government has no power to revise or redetermine the salary by an executive order and it cannot utilise tax payers money for political gains for rewarding its men which should be done by its own political funds. Jaiswal in his plea said that state government’s action has to satisfy the test of reasonableness and public money sent for political or partisan purposes is impermissible in the Constitution. “Highest officers have become personal prerogatives of political heads who engage outsiders having no accountability on contractual basis defeating the bureaucratic set-up,” his plea said.

Moderate heat wave condition subsides in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After facing a ‘moderate heat wave’, temperature dropped across Maharashtra bringing respite to the people from the scorching heat. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Chandrapur yesterday recorded the highest maximum temperature of 44.2 degree Celsius in the state. A day earlier, Akola had recorded a maximum temperature in the state at 44 degree Celsius. “The overall drop in minimum temperature is the main reason behind relief,” IMD Director, Mumbai, V K Rajeev told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

China H7N9 bird flu death toll 61 in Feb – govt data

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>China reported 61 fatalities and 160 cases of human infection from H7N9 bird flu in February, the government said on Monday, much higher than in previous years and bringing the death toll in this winter’s outbreaks to 161 since October. While the total for last month was lower than January’s 79, it was the highest number for the month of February since the deadly strain was first identified in 2013. The death toll from bird flu infections tends to drop towards the end of the winter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttarakhand Assembly polls: 53 per cent polling till 3 pm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polling in Uttarakhand went on at a brisk pace today with around 53 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise by 3 pm, officials said. Haridwar led the rest of the districts recording the highest polling percentage of 62, followed by Uttarkashi and Udhamsingh Nagar which recorded a 60-per cent voter turnout each at 3 pm, the state election office said here. Chief minister Harish Rawat is contesting from two seats — Haridwar (Rural) and Kichha in Udhamsingh Nagar district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

34 people held in 26 drug addiction cases in Rajouri, Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirty four people were arrested in 26 drug addiction cases registered in various police stations of Rajouri and Poonch districts in Jammu and Kashmir last year till November. As per the figures released by the State Home Department, police has registered 26 cases in various police stations of Rajouri and Poonch districts relating to drug addiction and arrested 34 people in this connection in the year 2016 till November. There is no drug de-addiction center in Rajouri and Poonch districts. However, four drug de-addiction centers are presently functional in the state at Jammu, Srinagar, Anantnag and Baramulla. During last two years upto ending October 2016, as many as 3,864 patients have been treated in these four drug de-addiction centers. Highest number of 2,260 patients have been treated in Srinagar district, followed by 610 in Jammu, 603 in Anantnag and 391 in Baramulla district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sweet reminder of demonetization: West Bengal bakery makes themed cake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If one thought people going on social media to criticise demonetization was the start, there are individuals who are taking a step further to add a creative touch to it. A baker in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district has baked a 29 kig cake with a model of the Reserve Bank of India and people queuing outside ATMs has been making news.On January 2, the cake was auctioned to the highest bidder. According to India Today, Anjana Saha, the owner of the bakery who is the brains behind the auction, believed that the cake would be sold for at least Rs 20,000.According to Saha, the cake weighs 64 pounds (29 kg) and shows people queued outside the ATM and RBI. There is a dustbin nearby in which a thrown Rs 1000 note can be seen.

GST deadlock continues over dual control, high sea taxes

New Delhi: The deadlock over the Goods and Services Tax (GST) continued today with the Centre and states refusing to budge from their respective positions on issues like control of tax payers and taxing high sea trade, a stalemate that threatens to delay the rollout till September.

The two-day meeting of the all-powerful GST Council, the 8th in a row, made little headway in brokering a solution even as non-BJP ruled states saw September as more likely deadline for the rollout of the indirect tax regime.

The next meeting of the GST Council, headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state representatives, on 16 January would discuss the issue of jurisdiction over assessees as well as try to reach a finality on taxation of territorial waters.

A screengrab from the GST web portal.A screengrab from the GST web portal.

A screengrab from the GST web portal.

Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said the other remaining issues before the GST Council include ways to fund the compensation to states for GST rollout and states participation in Integrated GST (IGST).

“Working overtime, it should be possible to meet the deadline of September. I am not very optimistic about rolling GST out in June/July. Because it is a new tax and lot of complexity involved, it would be better to move in after full preparation. So GST, to my understanding, will be implemented from September,” he said.

Isaac said some states wanted the GST revenue from the highest tax bracket to be shared in 60:40 ratio with the Centre, instead of the present 50:50 sharing.

“There are 4 different rates that have been fixed. Highest bracket is 28 percent and of this how much will be the Centre and state’s share, nowhere in the law it defines and it seems to be taken for granted it is 50:50. Ever since the Independence in the Centre-state financial relation the imbalance has been growing wider and states’ rights have been curtailed.

“That can be corrected by ensuring that state’s share in GST will be 60 percent. Many states also supported this. The Centre did not respond to the demand but it was decided to be discussed later,” he said.

Isaac said convergence has been growing between the Centre and states. “The Centre seems to be in a mood to rethink some of the positions that the Centre has been adopting… On the whole the Centre has been taking a step backward and if it really takes one more step backward I think we will have a deal.”

As regards the treatment of IGST, Isaac said one interpretation of the Constitutional amendment is that IGST tax is levied, collected and assigned by the Centre. During the meeting states said that IGST cannot be implemented without states’ participation and dual control.

He said certain states continue to demand sole control over assessees with turnover of below Rs 1.5 crore. The total share in revenue of assessees below Rs 1.5 crore turnover is 15 percent. The issue of dual control was not taken up by the GST Council in its meeting today.

“The Centre seems to be understanding and appreciating the position of states and if they can take a decision on January 16 there can be some forward movement. On the whole the Centre has been taking a step backward and if it really takes one more step backward I think we will have a deal,” Isaac said.

As regards taxing territorial waters, he said: “Though SEZ is a state territory, but it is deemed to be an independent territory. Somewhat similar treatment can be given to coastal waters under GST law. The Centre seems to be accepting the position, it has not given its word but will respond on January 16.”

First Published On : Jan 4, 2017 16:37 IST

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