Major News and Events of 15 April 2016
What Happened on 15 April 2016
Delhi Govt. bans sale of chewable tobacco for 1 year
Passport, driving licence freed from service tax
CINTAA to hold 17 counselling sessions for actors
Science and Technology
As the national capital is witnessing the implementation of the second phase of odd-even car rationing rule, startup iUnir has launched a new mobile application that can be used by people seeking ride-sharing options on private vehicles. Statistics reveal a whopping Rs. 1 crore+ seats remaining vacant in personal cars and bikes of people residing in Delhi. All these vehicles can be put to use during the second phase of odd-even scheme. Users simply need to log in to the application via their Facebook or LinkedIn account in order to get a shared ride with just the contacts saved in their smartphone.
The Delhi government has imposed a year-long ban on the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco, including pan masala, gutkha, khaini and zarda. Yesterday, the Department of Food Safety issued a notification regarding this. Unpackaged products of chewable tobacco have also been covered under the scope of this ban, which aims to counter tobacco retailers who have been engaged in selling gutkha components separately.
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has granted certain business entities exemption from service tax on a range of services provided by the government and local authorities. The list of services includes grant of a passport, visa, driving licence, and birth or death certificate to an individual who is pursuing a profession or a business. It should be noted that the service tax levy doesn’t apply in case the services are being availed by individuals hailing from government or local bodies.
In the wake of recent suicide by Pratyusha Banerjee of Balika Vadhu fame, members of CINTAA (Cine and TV Artistes Association) have decided to hold a total of 17 counselling sessions with the actors, starting from 17 April 2016. The committee aims to find the root cause of suicides, followed by eradicating the same rightaway. All actors would sit together with the CINTAA members to discuss their highs and lows.