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Benami transactions amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha

The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 was introduced in the house by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and is part of initiatives of the government to fight black money

 

The benami transaction amendment bill, which provides for attachment and confiscation of benami properties and also a fine with imprisonment, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
 
The Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 was introduced in the house by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and is part of initiatives of the government to fight black money. 
 
The bills seeks to amend Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988. It was later referred to standing committee. 
 
Jaitley, in his budget speech, outlined a number of steps the government intended to take to curb the menace of black money generated in the country -- both in terms of what is retained within the country and what is stashed away abroad.
 
"As regards curbing the domestic black money, a new and more comprehensive benami transactions prohibition bill will be introduced in the current session of the parliament," the finance minister said. 
 
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday also referred the The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015, the National Waterways Bill, 2015 and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015, to the respective standing committees.
 

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MPs ask aviation minister to stop air fare cartelisation

Led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and chairman of parliamentary committee on energy Kirit Somaiya, the MPs expressed their concern over the conduct of airlines and asked the government to stop the arbitrary fare hike by Indigo, Jet Airways and others

 

A group of 20 members of parliament on Wednesday submitted a representations to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju to look the exploitation of passengers by the airlines.
 
Led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and chairman of parliamentary committee on energy Kirit Somaiya, the MPs expressed their concern over the conduct of airlines and asked the government to stop the arbitrary fare hike by Indigo, Jet Airways and others.
 
"As there is no proper forum, regularisation, redressal system, the air companies used the monopolistic atmosphere, go for cartelsation and exploit the air travellers," the MPs alleged in the representation.
 
In summer, Diwali and Christmas vacations fares are hiked in monopolistic manner, it added.
 
Somaiya told IANS that the minister has assured the MPs that he would try to find ways.

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Don't ill-treat elephants during festivities or otherwise, says SC

The court's ad interim order came on an application by Gauri Maulekhai seeking direction that elephants are not to be exhibited, paraded or used for performance in any religious festival, programme in Kerala unless the owner or person in charge of the animal obtains registration under the provisions of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001

 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked owners of elephants that are used in festivals or religious activities to ensure that they are not treated with cruelty and any failure to treat them with care and concern including on the part of the organisers of such events would be deemed contempt of the court.
 
"As an ad interim measure, all the organizers, owners of the elephants and the festival coordination committee are directed to see that any elephant that is engaged in the performance of any festival activities or any activity relating to any festivity is not treated or meted with cruelty," said a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C. Pant in their order.
 
"If it is established before this court that an elephant has been meted with cruelty, the organizers, the Committee members and anyone involved with it shall be impleaded in this case and be proceeded for contempt," it said and directed the listing of matter on July 14 for further hearing.
 
The court's ad interim order came on an application by Gauri Maulekhai seeking direction that elephants are not to be exhibited, paraded or used for performance in any religious festival, programme in Kerala unless the owner or person in charge of the animal obtains registration under the provisions of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001.
 
Senior counsel Siddarth Luthra who appeared for Maulekhi told the court that there is a statutory prohibition for engaging elephants for performance in any festival or any activity relating to any festivity. The Animal Welfare Board has supported the position taken by Luthra.
 
However, senior counsel Vaidyanathan, who appeared for the Festival Coordination Committee, told the court that there was no legal prohibition on employing elephants during religious functions. He sought time to address the court on this count.
 
The court adjourned the hearing on Wednesday as Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar had sought four weeks time to file a response to the application. 

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