Month: February 2017

UN rights envoy urges inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar

UN rights envoy urges inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar

World
By Jared Ferrie YANGON (IRIN)--- The UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the Human Rights Council next month. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, told IRIN that she will urge member states to sponsor a resolution for a commission of inquiry when she presents her report to the Council in Geneva on 13 March. “I never said in the past to a reporter what I plan to put in my report,” she said in a phone interview. “This time I am making this point: I will certainly be pushing for an inquiry, definitely, on the Rohingya situation.” Rights groups have, over the past few years, been urging the UN to investig
INDIA:Union Budget-2017 Promises Affordable Housing

INDIA:Union Budget-2017 Promises Affordable Housing

Economy, India
New Delhi--- With a view to providing affordable housing, the finance minister has proposed to provide some concessions in the scheme of Income Tax exemption. The definition of affordable housing has been changed. Now the area of 30 Square Metre in four metropolitan cities and 30 Square Metre for the rest of country will be counted as carpet area instead of built-up area. The completion period has also been extended to 5 years from 3 years. The tax on Notional rental income for builders has been proposed to calculate only after 1 year from the end of the year in which completion certificate is received. Some changes in Capital Gain taxation for immovable properties have also been proposed to take effect, as holding period reduced for computation of long-term capital gain from three years