✔GST rate cut: Cabinet clears anti-profiteering authority
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved setting up of a National Anti-profiteering Authority under the GST, seeking to ensure consumers get the benefit of reduced prices under the new indirect tax regime.
✔ Robert Mugabe resisting priest’s mediation for graceful exit after a military coup
President Robert Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler, an intelligence source said on November 16, and is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow the 93-year-old leader a graceful exit after a military coup.
✔ London theatre receives 20 claims of inappropriate behaviour against Kevin Spacey
London’s Old Vic theatre says it has received allegations of “a range of inappropriate behaviour” against Kevin Spacey. The theatre said on November 16 the 20 allegations deal with incidents between 1995 and 2013. The allegations follow an investigation that a law firm began in October, at the request of the theatre, amid reports being circulated about Mr. Spacey’s behaviour while artistic director.
✔ Rahul targets Modi again with Rafale, accuses govt. of changing deal ‘to benefit one businessman’
Congress vce-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi again on the Rafale fighter aircraft deal and accused the government of “changing the entire deal to benefit one businessman”. His comments came after a series of critical tweets on Thursday morning where he described the Rafale deal as a “loot”.
✔ Gurugram Ryan school murder case: CBI opposes bail to bus conductor
The CBI on Thursday opposed a bail plea of bus conductor Ashok Kumar in the Ryan International school murder case. It told a court in Gurugram that there was no incriminating evidence against him in the murder case so far, but a clean chit had not been granted to him. The court fixed November 20 as next date of hearing in the matter.
✔ India-Sri Lanka Test: Lakmal rocks Indian top order on rain-hit day one
Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal wrecked the high-profile Indian top-order in overcast conditions to leave the hosts reeling at 17 for three on a rain-affected day one of the first Test here today.
✔ Pakistan CJ rejects Sharif’s appeal to club 3 corruption cases
Nawaz Sharif on Thursday suffered another jolt when the Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice rejected the ousted Prime Minister’s appeal to merge three corruption cases against him in the high-profile Panama Papers case. An accountability court on November 8 rejected an application filed by Mr. Sharif to have the three cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against him and his family merged into one.
✔ End of crisis in sight as Lebanon PM Hariri agrees to travel to Paris
The French President’s office said on November 16 that Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has accepted an invitation to come to France after his surprise resignation from Saudi Arabia nearly two weeks ago that stunned Lebanon and rattled the region.
✔ NASA tool predicts which cities will flood due to melting ice
NASA has developed a new forecasting tool that can predict which cities will be affected as different portions of ice sheets melt due to global warming. The tool looks at the Earth’s spin and gravitational effects to predict how water will be “redistributed” globally. “This provides, for each city, a picture of which glaciers, ice sheets, and ice caps are of specific importance,” researchers said.