HC re­fuses to stay Cold­play con­cert at BKC on Nov 19 In­dia lodges strong protest with Pak against cease­fire vi­o­la­tions SUR­GI­CAL STRIKE AF­TER­MATH

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The Bom­bay high court on Thurs­day re­fused to stay the Global Cit­i­zens In­dia Fes­ti­val to be held at BKC on Saturday, but di­rected the state gov­ern­ment to se­cure an un­der­tak­ing from the or­gan­is­ers that they will pay en­ter­tain­ment duty as may be payable un­der pro­vi­sions of the Bom­bay En­ter­tain­ment Duty Act, if the court holds that they are li­able to pay the duty.

A divi­sion bench of chief jus­tice Man­jula Chel­lur and jus­tice MS Sonak re­fused to stay the pro­gramme say­ing as of now there wasn’t enough ma­te­rial placed be­fore the court to is­sue any di­rec­tions. The court was hear­ing a PIL filed by busi­ness­man He­mant Ga­vande and ac­tivist An­jali Da­ma­nia, and a suo-motu pe­ti­tion based on a let­ter writ­ten by Thane res­i­dent Pravin Wate­gaonkar, chal­leng­ing the va­lid­ity of the state gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to grant an ex­emp­tion from pay­ment of en­ter­tain­ment duty to the or­gan­is­ers of the Global Ci­ti­zen In­dia Fes­ti­val.

The state gov­ern­ment con­tended that the per­for­mance of Bri­tish band Cold­play is just part of an eight-hour long pro­gramme and is meant to at­tract the young gen­er­a­tion. The pur­pose of the is to cre­ate aware­ness about 17 univer­sal goals set up by the United Na­tions and global lead­ers in var­i­ous fields will be at­tend­ing the event, said act­ing ad­vo­cate gen­eral Ro­hit Deo.

In­dia on Thurs­day lodged a strong protest with Pak­istan for its con­tin­ued vi­o­la­tion of cease­fire along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) and con­demned in­creased con­cen­tra­tion of ter­ror­ists in the vicin­ity of the neigh­bour­ing coun­try’s for­ward posts.

This is the third such de­marche In­dia is­sued to Pak­istan this month as ten­sion be­tween the two neigh­bours spiked in the wake of ter­ror at­tack on an army camp in Uri in Septem­ber. In­dia blamed Pak­istan for the at­tack.

The Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs called in a coun­selor rank of­fi­cial of the Pak­istan High Com­mis­sion on Wed­nes­day to is­sue the de­marche on the con­tin­ued vi­o­la­tion of cease­fire along the LoC, the min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swarup said.

“We con­veyed that de­spite calls for re­straint, Pak­istan forces have com­mit­ted twelve cease­fire vi­o­la­tions be­tween Novem­ber 9 and Novem­ber 15, 2016 dur­ing which Pak­istan Army de­lib­er­ately re­sorted to cal­iber es­ca­la­tion by em­ploy­ing ar­tillery and 120 mil­lime­ter heavy mor­tars against In­dian posts”, he said.

Sawrup said the vi­o­lent acts were a clear vi­o­la­tion of the Cease­fire Agree­ment of 2003.

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