In Brief – April 2019

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No more dhindhora
Soon, the customary beating of drums announcing auction of an attached property, will be a thing of the past. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has proposed to replace ‘archaic’ methods, such as beating drums and public auction for disposing attached assets, with more efficient ones such as newspaper advertisements and e-auctions. It is mandatory, according to the IT Act, to proclaim the attachment order and affix a copy of the order on a conspicuous part of the property and on a notice board of the office of the Tax Recovery Officer.

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No Swiggy lunch in schools
A circular to parents from a popular school in Chennai, forbidding them from ordering lunch for their children through online food apps, went viral over social media recently. “It is a question of security. I cannot let random people come to the school and deliver food. We generally discourage children from bringing junk food for lunch or snacks,” explained the Principal in the circular.

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‘Eggboy’ gets financial support
Around `30 lakh has been raised so far in an online fundraiser for Will Connolly who slammed an egg on Australian Senator Fraser Anning’s head for blaming Muslim immigration for the recent terror attack in two mosques in New Zealand. The fundraiser was started to help fund Connolly’s “legal fees and more eggs.”

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Nari Shakti, Word of the Year
The Oxford Dictionaries announced ‘Nari Shakti’ as the Hindi Word of the Year 2018 at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The phrase was chosen by a panel as it “has attracted great attention and reflects the ethos, mood or preoccupations.”

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Calvin Klein’s Nepali transgender model
Anjali Lama, a transgender, has recently bagged the campaign for Calvin Klein, making her Nepal’s first transgender, among only a handful worldwide, to model for an international brand. She burst into the fashion scene in 2017 when she walked for Lakme Fashion Week, which took her three attempts over two seasons before she was finally included in the brand’s pool of models.

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