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SC gives Subrata Roy time to surrender
The Supreme Court on Friday gave Sahara chief Subrata Roy time till September 30 to surrender.
 
The court had earlier on Friday morning recalled its interim order granting him parole.
 
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur also said that they will hear an application moved by Sahara on September 28.
 
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HC allows new privacy policy of WhatsApp with rider
The Delhi High Court on Friday allowed WhatsApp to roll out its new privacy policy but said it cannot share data of its users collected up to September 25, 2016.
 
A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said WhatsApp will not share users' data collected under its old privacy policy over the years up to September 25, 2016, with Facebook or any other related company. 
 
WhatsApp has to completely delete all data of users who chooses to opt out of the instant messaging app after the coming into force of its new privacy policy, said the court.
 
The court also said that WhatsApp will delete users' data up to September 25, even of those who choose not to opt out of the instant messaging app and agree with new privacy policy. 
 
"We have taken note of the fact that under the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the users are given an option to delete their WhatsApp account at any time, in which event, the information of the users would be deleted from the the servers of WhatsApp. We are, therefore, of the view that it is always open to the existing users of WhatsApp, who do not want their information to be shared with Facebook, to opt for deletion of their account," the court held.
 
The court also directed the government to consider the issue of functioning of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and take an appropriate decision as to whether it is feasible to bring them under the statutory regulatory framework. 
 
On August 25, WhatsApp made extensive changes to its privacy policy. Under the new norm, it announced it would and could share users' personal information, including their phone numbers, with its parent company Facebook.
 
WhatsApp had given its users a 30-day period to opt out of the new privacy policy which expires on September 25.
 
The new privacy policy is in stark contrast to the earlier one that existed from July 7, 2012. 
 
The court's order came on a PIL which said privacy of the users was threatened by the new policy announced by Facebook, which now owns the mobile messaging service.
 
WhatsApp has maintained that it does not retain information of its users on its servers once the account has been deleted by the user. 
 
Petitioners' advocate Pratibha M. Singh had opposed WhatsApp's submission saying that user information continues to be retained for a longer period of time even after it is deleted.
 
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GST exemption limit fixed by Council, decision on rates later
In its first set of decisions, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council on Friday fixed the turnover-based exemption limit from such levies at Rs 20 lakh, but left the decision on fixing the actual tax rates and the finalisation of draft rules for later.
 
Briefing the media after the two-day, maiden meeting of the apex decision-making body on the new indirect tax regime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the council also decided that exemption for assessees in the northeastern region and hill states will be Rs 10 lakh.
 
The base year for compensation to states -- on the basis of which they will get a share of the GST revenue -- has been fixed as 2015-16, said the Council Chairman. "We have also decided that the compensation should be given at regular intervals to states."
 
The Finance Minister, who is also Chairman of the Council, said the jurisdiction over assessees with a turnover of Rs 1.5 crore and below will solely be with the states and for those above, it will be jointly with the central and state governments.
 
The council is scheduled to reconvene on September 30 and again from October 17-19.
 
"All existing cesses will be subsumed in GST," Jaitley said, even as officials added that the draft rules and the model laws could be taken up on September 30. 
 
"We will try to finalise the rates and the slabs during our meeting on October 17, 18 and 19," said the Finance Minister on a matter that has widely divergent views among the states and the Centre.
 
Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian recommended a standard rate of 17-19 per cent in a recent report, even as some states have demanded a rates as high as 26-27 per cent.
 
On Thursday, it was evident that the task ahead towards consensus was not easy.
 
"Today, starting from September 22, we have roughly two months time till November 22 to resolve all the outstanding issues. Therefore, a draft timetable has been given, which also have been adopted," Jaitley had said after the first day of the council meeting.
 
On the issue of appointing a co-chair, the Finance Minister said: "Will elect the Vice Chairman at a subsequent date. The appointment for Vice Chairman can be done unanimously or by voting."
 
The central government is trying to resolve all outstanding issues over the uniform pan-India indirect tax regime at the earliest in a bid to meet deadline for its implementation from April 1, 2017.
 
Jaitley had also said the target roll-out of GST will depend on the passage of the Central GST and the Integrated GST (IGST) bills in Parliament and adoption of respective State GST bills by each state.
 
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