The Goa Police on Friday launched a probe into the allegations of molestation against a priest at Shree Mangueshi temple in south Goa. A First Information Report (FIR) was filed at the Ponda police station late on Thursday based on a complaint filed, police said on Friday. “We are investigating the case. A FIR has been filed at the Ponda police station by the victim under section 354 (outraging modesty) of Indian Penal Code,” Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas told The Hindu on Friday morning.The priest accused of the alleged molestation, Dhananjay Bhave, will be summoned formally, an official also said. Two young women of Goan origin, including a student of medicine studying in the U.S., have accused the temple priest of molestation. Both complaints were submitted to the temple committee in June.“He (priest) came to the locker area (outside the sanctum) and on the pretext of asking me to take ‘pradakshina’, he beckoned me to come near and then acted inappropriately with me,” a victim has said in her complaint to the police. The complaints had earlier been submitted to the Shree Manguesh Devasthan Committee. In its response to the victims’ complaint, the Committee’s Secretary Anil Kenkre had said that it “could not lay hand on any dependable evidence to establish a prima facie case,” and had in separate emails, urged them to take up their respective grievances with an “appropriate authority”.On Friday, Arts and Culture Minister Govind Gaude expressed satisfaction that the victim lodged a police complaint. He told The Hindu, “I am confident, now that the complaint has been lodged with police, our police will probe the same fairly and promptly to ensure that justice is done.”
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The US Federal Reserve forecasts pointing to four interest rate hikes in 2016 show what the US central bank means when it says it anticipates raising rates at a “gradual pace”, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said on Friday.”That’s half the rate at which we raised rates in the last tightening cycle. So that’s what ‘gradual’ means to me,” Lacker told reporters in Charlotte, North Carolina after participating in a business panel discussion.The US Fed raised the range of its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday and indicated that further hikes would be gradual. The US central bank also said its median policymaker forecast expected the equivalent of four quarter-point hikes next year.Lacker said he had been in favour of raising rates this past June and was confident inflation would rise “noticeably” toward the Fed’s 2% medium-term target in 2016 if oil prices and the value of the US dollar stabilised.”I hope we’re not behind the curve,” Lacker, who will not have a vote in Fed policy decisions in 2016, said in reference to the US central bank’s monetary policy.In its policy statement on Wednesday the Fed said it would probably not begin trimming its massive holdings of bonds until rate increases were “well under way”, but Lacker said on Friday he favors reducing the balance sheet “as soon as possible”.
PVR and Inox Leisure shares gained in the range of 6.50 percent to almost 10 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Friday, two days after the Rajya Sabha passed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.Multiplexes are seen as benefiting from the GST regime as the taxes on movie tickets are poised to come down from the current levels of about 25 percent to about 18 percent.PVR shares rose 9.85 percent on Friday to close at Rs. 1,218.45 apiece, while Inox Leisure ended at Rs. 267.45, up 6.49 percent from its previous close.Entertainment tax levied by states on cinema tickets are about 25 percent, though in Tamil Nadu it is 30 percent. “PVR and Inox pay about 22 percent net entertainment taxes. With GST rate expected at 17-18 percent, these firms’ taxes would decline, but this benefit will be partially offset by an increase in VAT. Net-net, we expect about 200-300bp EBITDA margin growth for these firms at a GST rate of 17-18 percent,” BoAML had said earlier in its note.Another brokerage said that PVR could see its pre-tax profit going up by about 5 percent if GST rate is fixed at 18 percent.”PVR will benefit with ~4-5% EBITDA margin expansion, if GST rate is at 18%. Stock price rally of 33% over the last 3 months partially factor-in benefit of GST,” Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd. said in a note early this month.PVR operates 552 screens at 127 properties in 47 cities across India, while Inox Leisure has 423 screens in India, including the launch of its recent property in Bengaluru (Bangalore) in June this year. Cinepolis India, the Indian arm of Mexican multiplex chain Operadora Cinepolis SA de CV, operates about 240 screens and had indicated at plans to increase it to 400 by December 2017. It also plans to open new screens under the Fun Cinemas brand it acquired last January.Another chain, Carnival Cinemas, operates about 324 screens in 89 Indian cities.The GST (122nd Constitutional Amendment) Bill was passed unanimously by the Upper House of the Parliament on Wednesday and will be taken up again by the Lok Sabha next Monday in view of the amendments made that have to be ratified. The Lok Sabha had passed the earlier version of the indirect tax reform legislation last year.
People sustained injuries in a road accident in Narayanganj have been undergoing treatment at the Dhaka medical College Hospital on 26 February. Photo: Dipu MalakarAt least 10 people, including two children, were killed and 50 others injured in a road accident on Dhaka-Chittagong highway at Tribordi in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj on Monday noon, reports UNB.One of the deceased was identified as Yasmin, a worker of Ananta Trading garment.A Chittagong-bound ‘MD Yasin Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka hit a lorry when its driver lost control over the steering, leaving eight passengers of the bus dead on spot and 52 others injured around 2:00pm, said Abdul Qaiyum, officer-in-charge Kanchpur Highway Police.Among the injured, two succumbed to their injuries on way to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, the OC added.Locals rescued the injured and sent 24 of them to DMCH and the rest to Sonargaon Upazila Health Complex.Additional superintendent (crime) Motiar Rahman has already visited the spot.