The new subject-wise roster, introduced by Chief
Justice of India RanjanGogoi as the master of roster, continues the legacy
of his immediate predecessor DipakMisra, keeping a tight grip on public
interest litigation petitions.
Among the Supreme Court’s 11 Benches, Chief Justice
Gogoi’s court is dominantly in charge of fresh PIL petitions. Justice Misra,
too, had kept the entire PIL jurisdiction with him.
However, Chief Justice Gogoi makes a slight exception. The
new roster, which came into existence on October 3, allows certain PIL
petitions, “allocated by the CJI,” to go to the number two judge, Justice Madan
B. Lokur. This means no fresh PIL petitions will make their way to any other
The past months have witnessed three back-to-back
judgments, reinforcing the authority of the Chief Justice of India as the
undisputed ‘master of roster.’ The first came on November 10 last year when a
five-judge Constitution Bench, led by the then Chief Justice Misra, declared his
dominance as the master of roster in order to protect the court from “anarchy.”
Gross direct tax collection during the first six
months of the financial year rose 16.7% to Rs. 5.47 lakh crore, the Finance
Ministry said on Thursday.
“The provisional figures of direct tax collections up to
September 2018 (half-yearly figures) show that gross collections are at Rs. 5.47
lakh crore which is 16.7% higher than the gross collections for the
corresponding period of last year,” the Finance Ministry said.
“It is pertinent to mention that gross collections of the
corresponding period of financial year 2017-18 also included extraordinary
collections under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS)-2016 amounting to Rs.
10,254 crore… which does not form a part of the current year’s collection.”
Net collections (after adjusting for refunds) increased by
14% to Rs. 4.44 lakh crore during the April-September 2018 period, which
represents 38.6% of the total Budget Estimates of direct taxes for financial
“While the overall growth in direct tax collections for H1
FY19 is encouraging, what is particularly inspiring is the steep increase in the
growth rate in corporate advance tax collections compared to last year,”
PranavSayta, partner and transaction tax leader, EY India wrote in a note.
The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil
Aviation, Shri Suresh Prabhu today released the policy on biometric based
digital processing of passengers at airports called “DigiYatra” at a
Addressing the media, he said that the Ministry has taken
the initiative to develop standards for digital processing of passengers at
airport to ensure uniform implementation and passenger experience across Indian
airports through a connected ecosystem.
DigiYatra will provide a pan-India powerful platform for
future, adding that Airports will have the possibility of providing innovative
services and consent based targeted services in future. “Any service provider
involved in facilitating travel of passenger from door to door will be able to
use this platform in future through innovative solutions” he said.
The Minister asserted that the ultimate beneficiary will
be the passengers, who will have all the travel related options available to
DigiYatra will bring benefits to passengers and all
stakeholders involved in the process, as Airport operator will have travel
information in advance for better resource planning and the real-time data of
passengers within the terminal will enable the operator to take proactive action
to avoid congestion.
Saudi Arabia will invest in a new oil refinery in
Pakistan’s growing deep-sea port of Gwadar, Islamabad announced on Thursday.
The agreement follows a visit last month by Pakistan’s new
Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Gulf kingdom as he seeks to attract foreign
The Saudis “have shown interest that they want to
immediately invest in (the) refinery”, Petroleum Minister Sarwar Khan said.“This
has been agreed from both sides.”
The agreement is set to be signed between Pakistan State
Sil and Riyadh’s State oil giant Saudi Aramco.Details of the refinery's costs
and capacity are to be worked out later, once a formal memorandum of
understanding that was approved by Pakistan's cabinet on Thursday is finalised,
Gwadar’s port is being developed as part of the $60
billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), an ambitious plan to build
energy and transport links connecting the western Chinese region of Xinjiang
with the Arabian Sea via Pakistan, as part of Beijing’s broader Belt and Road