Wednesday Evening News Brief, September 13

Wednesday evening brief Sep 13 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Apple’s much-awaited new iPhone models, Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, were launched in California. Both the new iPhones will come in two storage variants – 64GB and 256GB. Users in select countries, including India, can pre-order the two smartphones starting September 15. The smartphones will be available in India from September 29 at a starting price of Rs 64,000. Read

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said Hinduness is not about what one should wear or eat but accepting others as they are. Interacting with diplomats, Bhagwat also spoke out against trolls, calling them aggressive, adding that their extreme expressions on the internet amounted to hitting below the belt.

​The Supreme Court ruled that it is not mandatory for Hindu married couples to wait for six months for separation in case of mutual consent. The court ruled that the stipulation under the Hindu Marriage Act for a six-month wait could be done away with if all efforts for mediation and conciliation intended to reunite the parties had failed. The waiving off can be considered if the parties had already lived separately for at least a year.

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Eateries that are still collecting service charge may soon have to pay tax. Under the Consumer Protection Act, eateries were warned not to charge customers for anything other than food and beverages as this would amount to an unfair trade practice. But many eateries are continuing with the practice. “In view of seriousness of issue, Deptt. of Consumer Affairs has written to CBDT to consider inclusion of service charge while assessing tax,” consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Pawan tweeted.

An ultra-light howitzer M-777 that India imported from the US was damaged during field trials. While a probe is on, the incident is being considered a setback for the Army as the force is desperately in need of howitzers. The country last inducted Swedish Bofors guns in the 1980s. Since the Bofors payoff controversy, India has not been able to acquire howitzers.
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