HC seeks reply of govt, Shelar to contempt plea on Dahi Handi

first_imgMumbai, Mar 16 (PTI) The Bombay High Court today gave two weeks time to Maharashtra government and BJP leader Ashish Shelar to file their responses to a contempt petition filed against them for failing to comply with its earlier directions on precautions to be taken during the Dahi Handi festival. A bench of Justices Abhay Oka and G S Kulkarni was hearing a petition filed by Swati Patil seeking contempt action against Principal Secretary of Home department Swadheen Kshatriya and Ashish Shelar, head of Dahi Handi Samiti set up by the government in February last year. The Judges asked the government and Shelar to file their replies within two weeks and warned that no further time would be given to them. The Dahi Handi Samiti was set up by the government following directions from the high court on precautions and restrictions during the Dahi Handi festival. The high court had, among other directions, asked the government to ensure that Dahi Handi (formation) is restricted to only four layers and the height of pyramids is reduced to prevent people from falling down and getting injured. In her petition, Patil claimed that the high courts directions were flouted by several pandals across the state and the Samiti and its members failed to comply with the court orders. The court, while seeking response of the government and Shelar, had earlier remarked “adults can take part in any sport as they have the right to do so. But children are involved here and hence we have to keep their interests in mind.” PTI SVS DK PALadvertisementlast_img read more

Study industry left behind in the technoworld

first_imgOutdated payment methods costing the travel sector. The travel industry will likely be left behind in the growing technological world, according to a new study, which found hidden fees from use of out-dated payment systems and methods to be costing the sector.Payment solutions group, eNett and PhoCusWright found agents, wholesalers and tour operators are facing several challenges in their ability to compete because many are yet to fully embrace new payment methods.According to the group’s research, hidden costs behind manual processing, reconciliation and reporting, foreign exchange, delayed cash-flow and supplier default are creating burdens for the industry, at a time where many are under pressure to cut costs and increase margins.“One such example is the cost of reconciliation, with agencies turning over $1million and $5million requiring one part time staff member to manage reconciliation, fraud, chargebacks and related functions,” the study reported.Additionally, research found using outdated systems could cause agents to miss out on unpaid commissions.eNett managing director Anthony Hynes said a business’ ability to succeed in the current environment was dependent on how “well-placed it is to control costs, minimise risk, utilise its data and ultimately enhance revenue”.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more