Cutting a cake that has the Tricolour and Ashoka Chakra design on it is neither unpatriotic nor an “insult” under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, the Madras High Court has ruled.
The court was hearing a plea filed that alleged that cutting a cake that carried a representation of the Tricolour amounted to an offence under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
Petitioner had filed a complaint after cake with the Tricolour and the Ashoka Chakra on it was cut, distributed and consumed by over 2,500 guests during a Christmas Day event in 2013.
Over nine lakh employees of the Telangana government will get a hike of 30% in their salaries with effect from April 1. The government has also decided to increase their retirement age from 58 years to 61 years.
The decision was taken based on the recommendations made by the 11th pay revision commission headed by retired IAS officer C R Biswal in May 2018.
The earlier pay revision for the employees was done in 2014 soon after the formation of Telangana, when the government had given 43% pay hike for the employees.
Supreme Court has turned down the pleas from various trade associations and corporate bodies seeking an extension of six-month loan moratorium offered by the Reserve Bank of India.
The court has said that it cannot direct the government or the central bank to announce particular financial relief or packages, nor can it ask relief for particular sectors.
The RBI had on March 27 issued the circular which allowed lending institutions to grant a moratorium on payment of instalments of term loans falling due between March 1 and May 31, 2020, in view of the coronvirus pandemic. The moratorium was later extended till August 31, 2020.