Ryan International School Gurgaon murder: 7 year old boy killed, bus conductor arrested
A seven-year-old boy who was found with his throat slit and lying in a pool of blood in a washroom of Ryan International School here was allegedly killed by a bus conductor who also tried to sexually abuse the minor, the police said. The police claimed to have cracked the case hours after the gruesome murder with the arrest of Ashok Kumar, one of the school’s bus conductors. Sumit Kuhar, DCP Crime, Gurgaon, said the alleged killer had also tried to sodomise the Class 2 student. “But when the student resisted and cried, he killed him and fled after leaving the knife behind,” the DCP claimed. The police, who said they had detained ten people, told PTI they zeroed in on the accused after two students saw him walking down a corridor. Ashok Kumar confessed to the crime after being grilled by a team, the police said.
Dera Sacha Sauda sanitisation: Luxury car, old notes seized from HQ; rooms sealed, says official
A luxury car without a registration plate and old currency notes were seized from the headquarters here of the Sacha Sauda Dera, a sect whose head is in jail after being convicted for rape, an official said. In a mammoth search operation being carried out by security forces and district authorities, some rooms were also sealed and hard disk drives and unlabelled medicines recovered, Haryana’s Information and Public Relations Deputy Director, Satish Mehra, who has been authorised by the administration to speak to the media, said. The exercise is being conducted amid tight security by police and paramilitary personnel, besides senior officials of various government departments.
Consumers looking forward to brand new launches by auto companies in the upcoming festival season may be a little disappointed this time. Reason: Unlike previous years, especially the last two, this time there has not been new launches by major car companies. All they have come with is model upgrades with few exceptions. Analysts attribute this to strategy as well as capacity constraints at the two major passenger vehicle manufacturers, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor, that together command a 67% market share. For instance, Maruti Suzuki, which launched its premium hatchback Baleno in 2015 and in 2016 its popular compact sports utility vehicle Vitara Brezza, saw a huge response in the form of bookings. Baleno, which had a waiting period of 25 weeks, has seen some easing during recent months with the commissioning of the first unit of the company’s Gujarat plant. The waiting period has now come down to 16 weeks. Similarly, Brezza also has a waiting period of 16 weeks, which at one point of time was as high as 20 weeks.
GST Council agenda: From SUVs, idli-dosa batter to tamarind, here is what is on the to-do list
As the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meets at Hyderabad today (Saturday), it will have a big agenda on the table, including determining the quantum of additional cess enabled by a recent ordinance on “luxury cars” and SUVs and identifying the vehicles that would be subject to the impost. At its 21st meeting, the powerful body of the Centre and states may also bring down the GST rates on a clutch of daily-use items and review the tax collection figures and returns-filing process. As per the ordinance to amend the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017, the council is empowered to raise the ceiling of the cess leviable on “motor vehicles falling under headings 8702 and 8703 including SUVs, to 25% from the present 15%”. Although it is unclear if the council will use the entire additional space for the cess hike provided by the ordinance, automakers are keenly watching this and also which among their bevy of products will suffer the extra cess.
Indian Railways to keep tabs on wagon wheels to ensure safety gets back on track
Under a cloud with the recent spate of accidents — there were three derailments, though casualty-free even on Thursday — Indian Railways is set to install wayside equipment that will keep an eye on all wheels of coaches running on its network, monitor their health and send out timely repair alerts before wheel defects lead to accidents. The transporter has awarded a supply-and-maintenance contract to Australia-based Track IQ, which manufacturers and supplies railway equipment and services to measure operating conditions, to install 25 such monitoring equipment at 20 sites across the country. “Of the 25 systems, 15 will be on single tracks and the rest on double tracks. It will take one a half years to install all these systems. Our intention is to put in place two systems a month. By the end of 2019 all systems will be in place,” said Track IQ’s business head John Dowie, who was part of a delegation that recently visited India during the Australia Business Week India 2017.
Relief for Jaypee Infrastructure homebuyers, PSU NBCC may complete 27 unfinished projects of builder
State-run National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) is assessing the viability of completing 27 unfinished Jaypee Group projects, senior government officials said. “We have just started unofficial discussions with banks (which have lent to Jaypee Infratech), the finance ministry and the developer and are trying to arrive at a viable business model to take it up. There is a huge business opportunity but the challenge will be about managing the project,” a senior government official said. The construction major sees huge potential to raise money from the unsold inventories in these projects and the vacant land parcels mortgaged by the builder to banks, the official said. “Money can be raised to complete the project from unsold inventory available in the project and monetising the unused land banks along Noida Expressway and Yamuna Expressway,” the official said, adding that the cost of construction of unfinished projects is yet to be ascertained.