SPICEJET IS PLANNING TO CHARGE Rs.300/- PER KILO OF EXCESS LUGGAGE :

A day after Delhi HC set aside DGCA’s circular, SpiceJet plans to charge Rs. 300 per kg to those checking-in more than 15 kilos, say sources. Yesterday, a Delhi High court struck down a June 10, 2016 circular of aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation that capped charges for excess checked in-baggage at Rs 100 per kg for 15 to 20 kg on private flights. Airlines can now charge up to Rs 350 per kilo of excess baggage.  Rediff.com : 18th. Aug,17

ELECTION COMMISSION SHEDS LIGHT ON ‘CREEPING NEW NORMAL OF POLITICAL MORALITY’ :

The Election Commission has stated that winning the elections at all cost, without ethics, is a new normal in politics. “Democracy thrives when elections are free, fair and transparent. However, it appears to a cynical common man. We have been scripting narrative that places maximum premium on winning at all costs to the exclusion of ethical considerations. Winning the elections at all cost, without ethics, is new normal in politics,” Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said, while addressing the press conference. He also stated that it is this creeping new normal of political morality that should be a target for the exemplary action by all the political parties, politicians, media and civil society organisations, and constitutional authorities. “In this narrative, the poaching of legislators is extolled as smart political management strategic introduction of money for allurement, tough-minded use of state machinery for intimidation – all commended as resourcefulness. It is this creeping new normal of political morality that should be a target for the exemplary action by all the political parties, politicians, media and civil society organisations, constitutional authorities and all those having faith in developing quality for a better election,” he said. The elections watchdog’s comments have come in the wake of the recent report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), according to which, the corporate houses donated a total of Rs. 956.77 crore to national parties between 2012-13 and 2015-16, making up 89 per cent of the total contribution from the known sources. The BJP received the most corporate donations at more than Rs. 705 crore.At least five political parties considered for the report were the BJP, Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM). “Between 2012-13 and 2015-16, five national parties received a total of Rs. 1,070.68 crore via voluntary contributions above Rs. 20,000 out of which 89 per cent of Rs. 956.77 crore was from corporates/business houses,” the ADR report said. Every year, the national political parties are required to submit the details of donors who made donations of more than Rs. 20,000 in a financial year to the Election Commission.  Rediff.com : 18th. Aug,17

BRIGITTE MACRON SAYS “EMMANUEL MACRON, FRANCE’s YOUNGEST LEADER’s FAULT IS TO BE YOUNGER THAN ME” :

 

Brigitte Macron has opened up about her relationship with the French President as she revealed that after months living in the Elyse Palace, she “doesn’t feel like a First Lady’.  The 64-year-old came under the spotlight when the details of her romance with Emmanuel Macron, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, emerged during the presidential campaign. In her first interview since the election, she speaks about her love story with the 39-year-old which started more than 20 years ago, explaining that “Emmanuel’s only fault is to be younger than me”. Rediff.com : 18th. Aug,17

WHY PAKISTAN TERMED US’s MOVE TO BLACKLIST HIZBUL MUJAHIDEEN ‘UNJUSTIFIED’ ?

Pakistan was ‘disappointed’ with the United States’ decision to designate the Kashmiri terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist organisation and the move was ‘unjustified’, the Foreign Office said.  The US  designated the Hizbul Mujahideen as a foreign terrorist group, nearly two months after declaring its Pakistan-based chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist. “Declaring organisations or groups supporting freedom struggle in Kashmir as terrorist outfits is completely unjustified,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said during his weekly press conference in Islamabad. He said the US decision did not take into account ‘the 70-year struggle of Kashmiris’. “We are disappointed (with the US decision) in view of the fact that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute,” he said. He reiterated Pakistan’s ‘moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiri people’s struggle’. Formed in 1989, Hizbul Mujahideen is one of the largest and oldest terrorist groups operating in Kashmir. Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Jammu and Kashmir. Rediff.com : 17th. Aug,17

SIZZLING ACTRESS KATRINA KAIF AND ANUSHKA SHARMA TALKED ABOUT THEIR ON-SCREEN AND OFF-SCREEN BOND :

The sizzling actors, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, who cooked up a storm on Karan Johar’s popular talk show, will soon be seen scorching the screen with their enigmatic presence in Aanand L Rai’s next, also starring Shah Rukh Khan. This will be the second time the duo will be seen sharing screen space with each other post their hit stint in ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. Recently the two were asked if their bond off screen, helps in enhancing their on-screen chemistry and their reaction will definitely restore your faith in showbiz. On one hand, Anushka shared how things are transparent and real between her and Kat, while the ‘Jagga Jasoos’ actress was quoted saying that she is happy to work with Anushka again, as she’s a chilled out person to work with. Now that’s some serious BFF goals. The Times  of  India : 18th. Aug,17

ACTRESS ESHA GUPTA SHARED A SERIES OF SENSUAL INSTAGRAM POSTS THAT SHOW HER FLAUNTING HER CURVES IN LACY LINGERIE :

Esha Gupta has been in news for sharing a series of sensual Instagram posts that saw her flaunting her curves in lacy lingerie. Now, the actress, who is down with the flu, made it a point to show up for the ‘Baadshaho’ film promotions and look fabulous while she was at it. As an avid social media user, Esha shared a picture of herself and expressed how her team helped her look elegant for the evening and hide any traces of her illness. She posted a picture of herself in a sexy off-shoulder dress with the caption, “These girls can make anyone look better even with the flu on 😷🤧, except me, m anyways amazing 😐 love em #Baadshaho promotions”. Apart from Esha, ‘Baadshaho’ also stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Illeana D’Cruz and Vidyut Jamwal. The film is all set to hit the theatres on 1st September 2017. The Times  of  India : 18th. Aug,17

TELEVISION ACTRESS MOUNI ROY IS ALL SET FOR HER BOLLYWOOD DEBUT IN FILM ‘GOLD’ IS QUITE AN INTERNET SENSATION THESE DAYS :

Television Actress Mouni Roy who is all set for her Bollywood debut opposite Akshay Kumar in the film titled ‘Gold’ is quite an internet sensation these days. She recently took to Instagram and shared a monochrome picture of herself with a caption, “SELF MADE” She is seen wearing a crochet dress with a deep back. The heavily-kohled eyes speak volumes. Mouni who has made her way into Bollywood has come up all by herself. So it goes without saying, the caption is on point, agree? The story of ‘Gold’ is based on India’s first Olympic win as a free country. The movie also stars Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, and Sunny Kaushal. The Times  of  India : 18th. Aug,17