The Maharashtra government, on Wednesday, waived off Rs 3.36 crore worth entertainment tax on American pop singer late Michael Jacksons (MJ) 1996 concert held in Mumbai.
Organised by the then Shiv Sena and Bhartiya Janata Party-led Maharashtra government, Jacksons Mumbai concert was a super hit show that involved in controversies as well.
Managed by Raj Thackeray (current MNS Chief) and Wizcraft (private event management Company), the Rs 3.36 crore tax was levied by then Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi.
This decision was challenged by the Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP), as a result of which, the waiver amount was deposited in the Mumbai High Court treasury.
In 1996, the application on tax wavier for the show was filed by Raj Thackeray, calling it as a classical concert of cultural importance, result of which, the then Opposition (Congress Party), accused Shiv Sena-BJP of promoting westernisation.
MGP argued that MJs concert wasn’t a classical concert and Wizcraft made a huge amount by selling tickets hence, they should pay the tax on the sales.
Responding to this, the Bombay High Court had called it non-application of mind. The court sent it back to the state government for reconsideration in 2011.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi-led Maharashtra government waived off the tax and Rs 3.36 crore would be paid to Wizcraft.
If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.
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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case
Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.
Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.
The bail was granted on a surety amount of ₹1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.
Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.
And that’s how a film is made – Kantara shows the way! | Movie review
Social media is buzzing with one word today and that word is Kantara! Yes, another Kannada film after KGF that has caught the people’s fancy and how. In fact, this one goes a notch higher than KGF – because the film has been released only in Kannada with English subtitles and yet – the movie is capturing the hearts of people across India and the world.
From California, London and Berlin to cities across India, high praise is pouring in for the Rishab Shetty starrer and the actor-director’s Twitter feed is testimony to this. Ordinary cine-goers are putting screenshots of housefull bookings, sharing videos of people clapping and whistling in theatres and then profusely thanking the star for making this film.
So, what’s this film about? Kantara (which means forest in Sanskrit) stands out because it has powerful storytelling at its core. It is rooted in local folklore, has the right amount of action and adventure and comes with a social message too. Man versus nature, native customs and local politics, which spans three timelines and a climax that’s to die for, is what the film’s about. Add to this some superlative performances by the cast, a stellar background score by B Ajaneesh Loknath and mind-blowing cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap that serenades Karnataka’s rustic locales and you have what can be called the perfect recipe for a blockbuster film. Telling you more will just be a spoiler! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch!