Hotels, restaurants can sell bottled water above MRP: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on 13 December 2017 ruled that hotels and restaurants are not bound by Maximum Retail Price (MRP) in selling bottled water. Thereby, hotels and restaurants can sell the bottled water above MRP.
A bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman ruled the provisions of Legal Metrology Act, 2009 will not be applicable on hotels and restaurants selling bottled water and therefore, hotels cannot be put on trial for selling mineral water above MRP.
The apex court observed that selling bottled water is not a case of a simple sale as nobody goes to the hotel to buy or take away a bottle of mineral water.
There are composite elements of sale and service in hotels and restaurants wherein consumers also enjoy the ambience created by these commercial establishments.
Sri Lanka hands over Hambantota port to China on 99-year lease
Sri Lanka on 9 December 2017 formally handed over the strategic southern port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease and received USD 292 million out of USD 1.12 billion deal signed between both the countries in July 2017.
Two Chinese firms Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and Hambantota International Port Services (HIPS) managed by the China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPort) and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will own the port and the investment zone around it.
Through this deal dubbed as a sell-out by the opposition and trade unions, Sri Lanka aims to shed off the debts of USD 8 billion it owes to China.
INS Kalvari, first Scorpene-class submarine commissioned into Indian Navy
INS Kalvari, the first of the Scorpene-class submarines, was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14 December 2017.
The war ship is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy. It represents a significant success for the Make in India initiative. The submarines are being indigenously built by the Mazagaon Dockyard Ltd in Mumbai under Project 75 in collaboration with French industrial group DCNS.
Kalvari, a diesel-electric attack submarine, is touted as India’s deadliest submarine and is expected to bolster India’s maritime prowess.
27th National Energy Conservation Day observed
The 27th National Energy Conservation Day was celebrated on 14 December 2017 in New Delhi. The day’s celebrations were presided over by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, who was the chief guest at the event.
The event was organised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under Ministry of Power, with the aim of demonstrating India’s achievements in energy efficiency and conservation, while working for its ambition of holistic development as part of the nation’s overall effort towards climate change mitigation.
On the occasion, the President gave away National Energy Conservation Awards to industries that have demonstrated measurable reductions in their energy use as a part of the National Energy Conservation Awards Programme. The President also conferred the National Painting Competition Prizes to the respective winners
Delhi Government constitutes committees to look into complaints of fee hike by private schools
The Delhi Government on 13 December 2017 constituted 'Fee Anomaly Committees' in each district to look into complaints of fee hike by private schools in the state.
The Committees have been formed on the recommendations of the Justice Duggal Committee.
The Directorate of Education (DoE) of the state said that parents can now complain to committee if they have an issue with the fees charged by private schools. The complaint can be registered with the committee of the respective districts in the prescribed format along with a processing fee of Rs 100.
The committees have been formed in the backdrop of recent complaints by parents regarding the arbitrary fee hikes by private schools, which cited the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission as a reason for fee hike.