I&B Minister to meet Finance Minister to discuss service tax issue
Yesterday, the Information and Broadcasting ministry said it would support the film fraternity’s protest against the government’s decision to levy high service tax on actors. The latest we hear is that the I&B minister Manish Tewari will meet the Union Finance minister to discuss withdrawal of the 12.36 percent service tax. “We are with the industry and will support them entirely,” I&B secretary Uday Kumar Verma told reporters in Mumbai and added, “We will request the finance minister to reconsider the decision. We shall also support the fraternity in their demand to roll back the tax.”
However, Verma said that since I&B ministry has no control over the taxation process, he could not promise if the tax would be rolled back or reduced. Though producers, distributors and exhibitors were kept out of the tax ambit, actors, directors, photographers and choreographers were included. Bollywood is also likely to call for a strike to protest against the decision. “We will decide if we have to call for a strike. It’s not our choice, we are compelled to do so,” Mukesh Bhatt, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, had told IANS earlier this week.Click here to read more
Telugu playback singer Khushi Murali dies on the Goutami Express
Telugu playback singer Khushi Murali, who earned the title of ‘Khushi’ after his popular song in the film of the same name, died Friday following a cardiac arrest. He was 45. Murali suffered a heart attack while travelling to Kakinada from Secunderabad on the Gautami Express. He was going to participate in the Kakinada Beach Festival. “He collapsed in the train he was travelling in to Kakinada. He passed away even before he reached the Kakinada government hospital,” said a hospital administrator. In a career spanning over a decade, Murali sang over 100 songs. Some of his hit numbers are from films Khushi, 100 percent Love, Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu and Mr Perfect.
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Manisha Koirala’s surgery postponed to December 10
Manisha Koirala had flown to New York to undergo treatment for ovarian cancer. “The surgery was supposed to happen today (Thursday), but after conducting certain tests, the doctors have decided to postponed it to Monday (December 10),” Manisha’s manager Subroto Ghosh said. Click here to read more
Arya Babbar’s wedding postponed owing to grandfather’s death
Aarya Babbar was all set to marry his longtime girlfriend Shrishti Nayyar this Saturday (December 8) in Udaipur, but the wedding now stands postponed as Aarya’s grandfather, Kushal Kumar Babbar has passed away. The Babbar family is said to have booked all the major luxurious properties including some huge palaces in and around Jaipur for the wedding. A galaxy of B-town stars, politicians and business honchos were expected to fly down to the city for the marriage ceremony and reception. Preparations for the celebrations were in full swing, till this unexpected tragedy struck the Babbar family. Our condolences.
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