Taking into account the mass protests by some pro-Kannada groups, the Karnataka government has denied permission to Bollywood actor Sunny Leone to perform at a New Year’s Eve show in Bengaluru.
“We have denied permission fearing law and order problems in the wake of protests by pro-Kannada outfits and also keeping in view the directions of the Karnataka high court in a molestation case reported on MG Road last New Year’s Eve,” home minister R Ramalinga Reddy said. Read more
National Green Tribunal Makes It Clear That Two Wheelers Will Not Be Exempt From Next Odd-Even
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday rejected the Delhi government’s review petition seeking exemptions during the odd-even scheme, saying the whole purpose would be defeated if two-wheelers were allowed to ply during it.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar observed that there are nearly 60 lakh two-wheelers in the capital, which are one of the main sources of vehicular pollution. If the objective of the scheme was to reduce pollution levels then allowing them to ply on roads would defeat the purpose, the bench said. Read more
Rajasthan Man Shoots Daughter, Then Burns Her Alive For Having A Love Affair
In a horrific case of honour killing, a man in Rajasthan’s Dhaulpur was arrested on charges of murdering his 17-year-old daughter who was a school student.
Police said the man, identified as Banne Singh shot at his daughter from a close range with a gun, when she did not die of the bullet, the family got together and burnt her alive. Read more
To Push For More Digital Transactions, Govt To Bear Merchant Charge On Debit Card Purchases Up To Rs 2,000
In a move that will encourage small shops to accept electronic payments, the government has decided to bear the charges merchants pay to banks on purchases of up to Rs 2,000 using a debit card, Bhim or Aadhaar. The subsidy will be available for a period of two years starting from January 1, 2018.
Given that the average debit transaction in India is below Rs 1,500, accepting debit cards will become almost as cheap as accepting cash for small merchants. Read more
End Of The American Dream! Trump Govt To Stop Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders From Working In US
The Trump administration is considering revoking a rule that extends work authorisation to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a move that could affect thousands of Indian workers and their families.
Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the US on H-4 dependent visas, under a rule introduced by the previous Obama administration. Read more
Heavily Pregnant Woman Turned Away By Odisha Hospital For Not Having Documents, Gives Birth Near Drain
In a case of medical negligence, a tribal woman delivered a baby girl near a drain in the premises of a government hospital in Odisha, after she was refused admission. According to the woman’s family, authorities of Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH), turned her away as she did not have all the required documents.
However, after news about the incident spread, the hospital admitted the baby to the special neonatal care unit (SNCU) and the 30-year-old woman taken care of in the hospital. Read more