Saturday Morning News Brief, November 18

Saturday morning brief Nov 18 2017
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The CBFC sent back Bhansali’s application for certification of Padmavati. Amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the movie, the CBFC returned filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s application citing “technical deficiencies” in it, likely delaying its release. The board is allowed 68 days from the date of receiving an application to grant a certificate. CBFC first reviews the application, then allots a date to review the film’s content, and then suggests changes, or grants a certificate in one of the four categories. Alternatively, CBFC may also refuse certification to a film. Read more
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Strong earthquake measuring 6.9 hit Tibet in the early hours today. The earthquake struck in the Nyingchi region of Tibet. The Nyingchi government said the quake’s epicentre was in an uninhabited region and that it had yet to receive any casualty reports. A magnitude 6.3 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage. However, there were no immediate reports of any damage. It was followed by 5-magnitude earthquake around in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Eateries which have hiked prices post GST rate cut may face the music. While restaurants are free to alter prices on account of higher costs, most have said the latest hike was the result of the GST Council’s decision to do away with input tax credit while lowering the levy from 18% to 5%. Unhappy with the price hike introduced by restaurants after a steep reduction in the GST, the government is looking to invoke anti-profiteering provisions.
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India and China held first border talks post the Doklam standoff. This will be followed by another border talks, expected next month, between special representatives of the two countries. India’s effort is to ensure that Chinese troops do not resume building a crucial road link in the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction near Bhutan, which sparked off the border standoff. The Indian embassy described yesterday’s meet as “constructive and forward-looking”.
Pakistan’ NSA accused India of creating a “two-front situation” for them. Pakistan’s national security advisor Nasser Khan Janjua said such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability. In a conversation with special representatives of Germany for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Janjua said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan but the same is under stress due to involvement of India which wants to create a “two front situation” for Pakistan.
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