Jio’s Diwali offer: 100% cashback on Rs 399 pack; here’s how you can get it

Under the Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer, Jio Prime customers get eight vouchers worth Rs 50 each on a recharge of Rs 399. The offer can be availed of during the Oct 12-16 period

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Reliance Jio has announce a 100 per cent cashback offer on Rs 399 recharge for Jio Prime customers. Dubbed the ‘Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer, the cashback comes in the form of eight Rs 50 vouchers that can be redeemed in further recharges. Jio Prime customers can avail of the Jio offer starting today, October 12 and the offer will continue until October 18.

The eight Rs 50 vouchers that you get on a recharge of Rs 399 can be redeemed against future recharges of Rs 309 or above, and on data add-ons booster packs of Rs 91 or above. The vouchers come with a condition of use that allows only one voucher to be redeemed at a time and only after November 15.

The offer can also be availed of by the subscribers who are still under the validity period of their last recharge. The recharge will activate only after the current plan validity of the recharge expires.

Under the Rs 399 recharge, Reliance Jio offers free calls, SMS, subscription to Jio apps and 84 GB of data with a cap of 1 GB per day, valid for 84 days. The Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer is valid for both, prepaid and postpaid subscribers.

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Tax evasion: Real estate coming under GST? Council to decide at Nov meet

Aadhaar could be made mandatory for buying international air tickets, cars


Real estate is often seen as one of the worst sectors in so far as tax evasion is concerned. To address this issue, the government might soon move to bring it within the ambit of goods and services tax (GST).

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley indicated this on Thursday while speaking at Harvard University in the US. The GST Council, at its November meeting in Guwahati, would consider covering the sector under the new indirect tax regime, Jaitley said.

While delivering a lecture on tax reforms in the country, he called the taxation system in India one of the least efficient in the world, with a very small tax base. He also hinted at making Aadhaar mandatory for buying a car or international air tickets in the future, taking a cue from the recent Supreme Court judgement.

The GST was rolled out on July 1, replacing a large number of indirect taxes with one unified tax of five rates. Petroleum, real estate, and alcohol were kept out of its ambit.

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The one sector in India where maximum amount of tax evasion and cash generation takes place and which is still outside the GST is real estate. Some of the states have been pressing for it. I believe that there is a strong case to bring real estate into the GST,” Jaitley said.

The stamp duty, which is outside the GST, has complicated the tax structure for real estate. A lot of states had opposed the inclusion of the stamp duty in the GST, as it was a source of revenue for them.

Some states want; some do not. There are two views. Therefore, by discussion, we would try to reach one view,” he said.

A 12 per cent GST is levied on construction of a complex, building, or civil structure intended for sale, wholly or partly. However, land and other immovable property have been exempted from the GST. If real estate is brought under the GST, the final tax would be almost negligible, Jaitley added.

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Godhra train burning case: Gujarat HC commutes death sentence of 11 to life

The High Court pronounced its verdict on a set of appeals challenging convictions and acquittals by a special SIT court in the 2002 Godhra train coach burning case

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The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted to life imprisonment the death sentence given by a trial court to 11 convicts in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case. The court, however, upheld the death sentence of 20 other convicts.

The court also directed the government and the railways to pay Rs 10 lakh each to families of those killed in the Godhra train burning case.

The Gujarat High Court pronounced its verdict on a set of appeals challenging convictions and acquittals by a special SIT court in the 2002 Godhra train burning case.

Coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express, in which 59 people, mostly ‘kar sevaks’ returning from Ayodhya, were travelling, was burnt on February 27, 2002, at the Godhra station, triggering riots in the state.

The special SIT court had on March 1, 2011, convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 in the case. While 11 people were sentenced to death, 20 were given life in jail.

Later, several appeals were filed in the High Court challenging the conviction, while the state government had questioned the acquittal of 63 people.

The court had convicted 31 people while accepting the prosecution’s contention that there was a conspiracy behind the incident.

All the 31 were convicted under IPC sections related to murder, attempt to murder, and criminal conspiracy.

Those acquitted included the prime accused, Maulana Umarji, the then president of the Godhra Municipality, Mohammad Hussain Kalota, Mohammad Ansari, and Nanumiya Chaudhary of Gangapur, Uttar Pradesh.

The Nanavati Commission, appointed by the Gujarat government to probe the carnage, had concluded that the fire in the S-6 coach was not an accident, but it was set ablaze.

No firecrackers in Delhi-NCR this Diwali until Nov 1

The bench said they wanted to see the impact of a cracker-free festivity at least in one Diwali

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The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region.

A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri, while restoring the order, said: “We should see at least in one Diwali the impact of a cracker free festival.”

However, the court said that the September 12, 2017 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1.

These Diwali there will be no firecrackers in Delhi & National Capital Region ruled supreme court. The bench said they wanted to see the impact of a cracker free festival at least in one Diwali.

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‘Chef’: Saif’s careers best in heartwarming culinary drama (Movie Review, Rating ****1/2)


There is a lot of teasing between the father and son ,played with endearing casualness by Saif Ali Khan and Svar Kamble. Aptly , “Chef” teases our appetite for cinema. It’s a culinary delight-warm tender, inviting and appetizing– served up in a dainty dish with a dash of debonair but played-down posturing, like a masterchef who is shy to show off his skills but can’t help it. He’s so adept at what he does.

 “Chef” conveys the kind of sagacious skill born not out of arrogance but wisdom sometimes misplaced.Like the protagonist Roshan Kalra’s traditionalist father who believes the kitchen is for women.

Speaking of which — arrogance more than wisdom — Saif Ali Khan’s Roshan Kalra (from Chandni Chowk Delhi married to and divorced from the lovely Malayali danseuse Radha Menon) is portrayed as an epitome of prideful arrogance waiting to fall.

The fall comes sooner than we expect. Director Menon wastes no time in taking on his protagonist’s burnished ego and cutting it down to size, piece by piece.

Come to think of it, Roshan’s downsizing needs no push. Saif Ali Khan’s inbuilt nawabi pride and an urbane humour that often hurts others in ways that are more permanent than permissible,seize the character to make it so imminently relatable ,I felt someone had stolen parts of my life.

Saif’s Roshan says things to earn points as a clever conversationalist. Much like the prestigious Michelin star rating for food which determines quality to the point of rendering the pleasure of food into an exercize in technical grading.

Much in the same way that music binds human relationships, food is great unifier .

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Audi launches the 5 ‘Brat Pack’ range starting at Rs 54.02 lakh

With the launch of A5, Audi bridges the gap between A4 and A6


A sportback, a performance sedan and an open-top cabriolet, how else could have Audi bridged the gap between the A4 range and the A6 range?The 5 range that Audi calls ‘BratPack’, offers a perfect blend of models for buyers to choose from.

The ex-showroom price of A5 is Rs 54,02,000. The A5 Cabriolet is priced at Rs 67,51,000 while the top of the line S5 will cost you Rs 70,60,000.

The Audi A5 sportback and cabriolet are powered by a 2.0 Litre TDI engine that churns out 190 hp and 400 Nm of peak torque and is mated to a Seven-speed S Tronic dual clutch auto transmission. Both the cars can clock a top speed of 235 kmph.

While A5 sportback takes 7.9 seconds to tick triple digits, A5 Cabriolet does it in 7.8 seconds being quicker by 0.1 seconds.

Performing duty under the hood of the S6 is a 3.0 Litre V6 TFSI mill that produces 354 hp and a whopping 500 Nm of peak torque.

This engine is married to an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and comes equipped with Quattro all-wheel-drive system (AWD). It takes a 0-100 drake in 4.7 seconds and can clock a top speed of 250 kmph.

Other than the segment standard features such as 3-zone climate control and touchscreen infotainment system, which are some of the highlights.

Like other Audi cars, all three are equipped with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi virtual cockpit that enhances the beauty and functionality of the instrument cluster and Audi smartphone interface that… Read Full Article

Forbes India rich list: Ambani richest with $38 bn net worth, Premji 2nd

Mukesh Ambani remains India’s wealthiest with a net worth of $38 bn, Azim Premji distant second

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Even as the country is facing economic hiccups and the government facing criticisms from various quarters over its handling of the economy, the wealthiest people in India do not seem to be affected. In spite of businesses facing difficulties in the aftermath of the government’s demonetisation of high-value currency last November and its rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) regime in July this year, India’s 100 wealthiest tycoons have seen their combined net worth zooming to a whopping $479 billion, up 26 per cent from $374 billion in 2016.

According to the Forbes annual list of India’s 100 richest tycoons, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani remains the country’s richest, with a net worth of $38 billion, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji is a distant second on the list with exactly half the wealth. His net worth stands at $19 billion.

Mukesh Ambani remains India’s wealthiest for the 10th time in a row with a net worth of $38 bn, Azim Premji distant second in the Forbes India Rich List 2017

Here are the top 10 richest Indians by net worth on Forbes annual list of India’s 100 richest tycoons:

1. Mukesh Ambani 

Net Worth: $38 billion
Chairman, Reliance Industries
2. Azim Premji 

Net Worth: $19 billion
Chairman, Wipro
3. Hinduja Brothers

Net Worth: $18.4 billion
Ashok Leyland
4. Lakshmi Mittal

Net Worth: $16.5 billion
CEO, Arcelormittal
5. Pallonji Mistry

Net Worth: $16 billion
Chairman, Shapoorji Pallonji Group
6. Godrej Family

Net Worth: $14.2 billion
Godrej Group
7. Shiv Nadar

Net Worth: $13.6 billion
Chairman, HCL Technologies
8. Kumar Mangalam Birla
Net worth: $12.6 billion

Chairman, Aditya Birla Group
9. Dilip Shantilal Shanghvi

Net Worth: $12.1 billion
MD, Sun Pharmaceuticals
10. Gautam Adani

Net Worth: $11 billion
Chairman, Adani Group

To view the full India’s 100 Richest 2017 list, click here

China deploys 1,000 troops near Sikkim; builds road at Doklam Plateau

Sources said China has been slowly increasing its troop level in the Doklam Plateau

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China has maintained a sizeable presence of its troops near the site of the Sikkim border standoff with India and even started building a road on the Doklam Plateau, just 10 km from the location of the last conflict. The Doklam Plateau is claimed by both Beijing and Bhutan as their territory. India backs Bhutan’s claim.

Sources said China has been slowly increasing its troop level in the Doklam Plateau which could further escalate the current situation as India has reasons to be concerned over it.

Thwarted in its last attempt, China has now shifted its unused road construction material North and East of the face-off site. According to NDTV, the road construction workers brought into the area are accompanied by up to 500 soldiers. There is no indication that the soldiers will be permanently based in the area – the Chinese town of Yatung, said the report.

A The Indian Express report, however, said that 1,000 Chinese troops are still present on the plateau

An indication of tension between the two countries due to the presence of Chinese forces in the Chumbi Valley in the Doklam Plateau was also given by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on Thursday.

“The two sides are not in a physical face-off as we speak. However, their forces in Chumbi Valley are still deployed and I expect them to withdraw as their exercise in the area gets over,” Dhanoa told reporters.

There has been territorial disputes between China and Bhutan over Doklam row and India has been staunchly supporting Thimphu over the issue.

Troops of India and China were locked in a 73-day-long standoff in Doklam since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the building of a road in the…. Read Full Article

Microscope trailblazers win 2017 Nobel prize for Chemistry

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A trio of Swiss, American and British scientists won the Nobel Prize 2017 in Chemistry on Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy, allowing researchers to see biological molecules frozen in action.

The work by Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson makes it possible to image proteins and other molecules after freezing them rapidly to preserve their shape, providing a powerful new tool for medical research.

It’s like frames in a movie. Each of these pictures represents a frame and they can be put together into a movie and we can see what the molecules do,” said Peter Brzezinski, a member of the Nobel committee for chemistry.

The new approach fills a previously blank space by generating images of everything from proteins that cause antibiotic resistance to the surface of the Zika virus. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awarded the 9 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize, said the technology had moved biochemistry into a new era.

By freezing bio-molecules mid-movement, scientists can unravel previously unseen processes — a major advance both for basic understanding and the potential development of new drugs.

Scottish-born scientist Henderson used an electron microscope to generate a three-dimensional image of a protein at an…. Read Full Article

Over 20 lakh biz due to file final GST returns in 6 days

The final GSTR-3, matching GSTR-1 and 2, is to be filed by November 10


As the deadline for filing the final GST returns for the first month of GST nears, the Sushil Modi-led Group of Ministers has asked the IT backbone provider GSTN to send reminder text messages to 20 lakh businesses which are yet to submit the tax forms.

In its second meeting, the Group of Ministers (GoM) asked the GST-Network to brace for the rush of last-minute filers.

The last date for filing of final sales returns for July in GSTR-1 form is October 10, while the date for uploading of purchase returns in GSTR-2 is October 31.

The final GSTR-3, matching GSTR-1 and 2, is to be GST filing by November 10.

So far 33 lakh businesses have filed GSTR-1 for July, while 53 lakh had filed the initial GSTR-3B returns.

So 20 lakh more businesses have to file in the next six days,” GoM Chairman and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi said.

We appeal to people to file the returns on time. Infosys has prepared a list of businesses who are yet to file returns. GSTN will be sending out mobile messages to these 20 lakh businesses reminding them to file returns,” he said.

Besides, the GoM has also asked Infosys, which has prepared the back-end of the GST Network portal, to be prepared to handle the load that would come for GSTR-2 filing between October 11 to 31.

The GST Council in its meeting on October 6would be apprised of the deliberations of the GoM and the improvement in… Read Full Article