Free Press Journal

Daily Round-up: News Headlines @ 8 pm


Check out the latest updates so far on this day.

High-end diesels cars registration no more acceptable in Delhi

As a recent development in the “Odd-Even” vehicle formula of AAP run Delhi government, the Supreme Court today ordered a ban on the registration of diesel-run SUVs and cars having engine capacity beyond 2000 cc in Delhi and National Capital Region till 31st March 2016.

Dec 16 gangrape victim’s mother takes her name in public

In a brave homage to her daughter, the mother of the December 16 gangrape victim today took her name in public. “My daughter’s name was Jyoti Singh and I am not ashamed to name her” victim’s mother said. Jyoti Singh a paramedical student was gangraped inside a bus in Delhi on December 16th 2012.

GST rate to be below 18%, open to dropping 1% addl tax: FM

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today hinted at accepting Congress’ stand on scrapping one per cent additional tax. This CST will no longer be available in the new regime and a one per cent additional tax was proposed to make up for it. On the other condition that 18 per cent tax should be put in the Constitutional Bill.

Government looks to budget session for passing GST Bill

According to government sources, all parties, except the Congress and AIADMK, are supporting the GST Bill at present.“If not in April, the GST can be implemented in May, June or July… it will be a matter of delay of a few months only,” sources said.

World Bank approves $1.5bn to support ‘Clean India’ campaign

The World Bank has approved a lon of USD 1.5 billion for India’s ‘Clean India’ campaign as a helping hand for the government’s efforts to ensure all citizens in rural areas have access to improved sanitation and end the practice of open defecation by 2019.

Chidambaram blasts govt for ‘fishing & roving’ probe on son

The Enforcement Directorate today searched the office of Karthi Chidambaram, son of then Finance Minister P Chidambaram, calling it a “fishing and roving” enquiry and wondered how far a “foolish” government would go to harass him.

SC for testing of Maggi at Mysore, stays proceedings in NCDRC

The Supreme Court today said that, Nestle Maggi Noodles will now be tested in Mysore accredited laboratory at Mysore and not in Chennai as sought by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).

Switzerland makes public 2,600 dormant a/c; 4 from India

Swiss Bank today revealed the Indians names bearing accounts in a list of unclaimed bank accounts made public by Switzerland which contains over 2,600. The total holding in these accounts is estimated at about 44 million Swiss franc, though the Indian figures were not mentioned.

Arunachal Row: Modi govt trying to destabilize Congress rule, Sonia

Sonia Gandhi said the delegation “our anguish and concerns at the manner in which the Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh is sought to be destabilised”. “We have sought his protection to ensure the sanctity of the Constitution.

Artist, lawyer killings: Police get custody of fourth accused

Satyaprakash alias Sadhu Rajbhar, one of the four men accused in the sensational double murder of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambani, was nabbed and remanded to police custody till December 22 by a Borivali magistrate.

Daily Round-up: News Headlines @ 4 pm

Kejriwal continues attack on CBI, Jaitley

Attacking FM Arun Jaitley for ‘rubbishing’ his allegations on the Centre, accusing of being involved in the raid, Kejriwal said “FM lied in the Parliament yesterday. Why is Jaitley ji so scared of DDCA probe? What is his role in DDCA scam”?

CBI scrutinised DDCA file during raid: Kejriwal

Confonting with the Centre, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today made fresh allegations against the CBI, accusing it of seizing documents “unrelated” to the agency’s probe against his Principal Secretary and claimed that a file relating to DDCA was scrutinised.

US central bank expected to raise interest rates

America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve today is widely expected to raise its key interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, signalling recovery of the US economy from the financial crisis.

SC appoints Justice Virendra Singh as UP Lokayukta

The SC today exercised its constitutional authority and appointed formed High Court judge, Justice Virendra Singh, as Lokayukta of UP after the state government failed to comply with its directives.

Fiscal deficit target to be met without budgetary cuts: FM

Justifying the hike in excise duty on petrol and diesel, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said for the first time fiscal deficit target will be met without budgetary cuts, as Opposition charged the government with “profiteering” from the fall in global oil prices