What happened in Delhi today?
As parking collections take a hit in Delhi, Gurugram's auto-market revives business with the help of digital payments. Cash-based markets are using credit cards and Paytm to keep their businesses running. In another news, Shahrukh Khan came to Cyber Hub, Gurugram to promote his movie 'Dear Zindagi'. Read more on this and why Sharmila Tagore is okay with profanities on screen by tapping in.
Shahrukh and Alia promote 'Dear Zindagi' in Gurugram
Star cast of 'Dear Zindagi' landed in Gurugram on Tuesday to promote the film slated for release on November 25, 2016. Shahrukh Khan talked about his cameo role as a life coach to Alia Bhatt in Gauri Shinde's directorial venture. On being asked about her 'out of the box' film choices, Alia candidly replied that she still wishes to explore the 'box' completely.
Parking slots' collection dips after demonetization
Parking lots have seen a drop of almost 30% in their collections after Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes were demonetized by the government. Contractors said people refuse to pay charges due to lack of cash and some have stopped parking vehicles in the parking slots. Some parking contractors have allowed parking on credit and are issuing cards to regular visitors, till situation becomes normal.
March organized for justice for minorities and tribals
Students Islamic Organization of India organized a march to protest against alleged atrocities against minorities and tribals in the country. Mothers of deceased Hyderabad scholar, Rohith Vemula and missing JNU student, Najeeb Ahmed, too joined the march. Students protested against "threats" to Indian democracy in present times. A protester said that internal security is under threat due to attacks on Dalits and Muslims.
Akhilesh puts CM chair at stake for Noida visit
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav will be visiting Noida, in December, for the first time after taking reins of the state. Several former chief ministers have lost the Chief Minister's post after visiting the city; but Akhilesh is ready to break the jinx. Officials have been asked to complete all projects before 2017 assembly elections so Akhilesh can brand his government as 'pro development'.
HC to hear petition against Rs.2,000 note
A petition against the new Rs.2000 currency note will be heard by the Delhi high court on 22 November. Petitioner has alleged that the notification to issue the new note is 'unconstitutional'. Senior advocate, Kapil Sibal asked the government to specify the actions taken to address public inconvenience. Attorney General filed a transfer petition before Supreme Court seeking a stay on pleas against demonetization.
Cash based markets switch to e-payments
Shopkeepers in unorganized markets of auto spare parts have started accepting payments in digital wallet, post demonetization. President of the auto union said that auto mechanics are accepting payments through cards or Paytm because of cash crunch. Market saw an 80% dip after demonetization announcement but has revived after e-payments. Getting supplies from Delhi is still a concern as only cash is accepted there.
Censorship power in one man is disastrous: Sharmila Tagore
Sharmila Tagore, former censor board chief will be speaking at the Times Lit festival, on the journey of Indian cinema. In an interview, Tagore said that censorship laws are archaic and the power of censorship with just one man is a "recipe for disaster". She said that abusive language is a "reality" and films portray that reality. Tagore called Indian cinema 'simplistic' in worldview.
NH24 widening runs into legal trouble
The widening of NH 24 seems to be getting delayed as the Delhi High Court will hear a plea challenging the disqualification of a contractor. Bids have been received for the Delhi border to Dasna stretch but work can not be awarded until the HC passes an order. Hearings are also underway before the National Green Tribunal for permission to build bridges on Yamuna.