Dehradun: Chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, in a tweet on Saturday, announced that all his events in Dehradun would be held at the Janta Darshan Hall in CM’s office-cum-residence on Cantt Road instead of private hotels. This will help the government cut the cost of his events. Orders have been issued to this effect to the chief secretary, the CM’s office said. The chief minister added that the order will soon be applied to his events held in other districts as well. Sources maintained that during the CM Dhami’s visit to other districts, efforts will be made to hold events in government buildings instead of private hotels. “Events, seminars, conclaves and meetings will be held in buildings of the district administration,” a source said. It is speculated that other departments will also follow the suit as the CM limits himself to holding events in government buildings
The Saskatchewan government is raising the cost for people who want to attend big events or experience entertainment in the province.
A sweeping expansion of the provincial sales tax base was announced Wednesday with the release of the 2022-23 budget.
The changes come into effect in October 2022 and will see people paying an extra six per cent on ticket prices for big sporting events, concerts and professional theatre.
The tax is also being added to movie theatres, museums, zoos and historical sites, as well as tickets for fairs, rodeos, trade shows and arts and crafts shows. Furthermore, it will be extended to people buying memberships to the gyms, golf courses and curling clubs.
It will also be tacked on to hunting and fishing guide fees and outfitter services.
Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said the expansion will generate about $21 million annually. She said it targets events and services already taxed under the federal goods and services tax (GST).
The government did not consult with venues regarding these changes. Harpauer told reporters the expansion would not affect small groups hit hard by the pandemic.
“It doesn’t apply to your small town rodeos or events,” Harpauer said.” This is going to be bigger concert events, your Roughrider tickets. It’s your larger events.”
Opposition finance critic Trent Wotherspoon disagreed and said this tax expansion was another blow to Saskatchewan people and industries struggling because of the pandemic.
He called the government out of touch with working families, saying it didn’t make any sense for the government to add a tax onto “Rider games and concerts and rodeos and Agribition — on the things that will allow us to come together after the time we’ve had to be apart.”
The government said exemptions apply to tickets for school, university or minor league sports, amateur theatre productions that do not pay the artists and events put on by a public sector body.
Exemptions also extend to fees for youth programming, like hockey, dance and music, if the activities are run by a school or a non-profit.
Fundraisers where part of the cost of admission can reasonably be considered a donation to a charity are also exempt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address a seminar on the role of women saints and their contribution towards empowerment
New Delhi: The Centre has planned a series of events for International Women’s Day on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address a seminar on the role of women saints and their contribution towards women empowerment. Over 500 women saints will attend the seminar in Dhordo in Gujarat’s Kutch.
The seminar will be focused on culture, religion, security, social status, women’s upliftment and their role in Indian culture. The government’s welfare schemes for women will also be discussed.
Union minister Anurag Thakur will launch Mahila Suraksha Kavach under which108 motorcycles will be given to the Himachal Pradesh Police for better mobility and patrolling to ensure the safety and security of women. Hero MotoCorp is supporting the initiative under Corporate Social Responsibility.
The women and child development, education ministries and UNICEF will launch a campaign called Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav to bring back girls into the formal education and skilling system. The initiative intends to build on the existing schemes such as Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.
On Monday, the rural development ministry began its week-long International Women’s Day celebrations to celebrate the contribution of rural women. The ministry has planned a series of celebratory events and activities at the national and state levels. It also organised an event to honour the entrepreneurial spirit of rural women.
On the eve of International Women’s Day, the micro, small and medium enterprises ministry launched Special Entrepreneurship Promotion Drive for Women to provide women with opportunities to be self-reliant and independent by undertaking self-employment opportunities.
The National Museum is celebrating International Women’s Day by holding a month-long exhibition celebrating womanhood. The culture ministry said the exhibition focuses on examining the traditional notions of power, patronage, and piety through the lens of femininity.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob told government officials to only speak Bahasa Malaysia when representing the country at functions overseas, a news portal reported today.
Free Malaysia Today reported the PM, currently in Bangkok on an official visit, adding that there should be no problems in using the national language outside the country as there is existing technology that can handle translation in real time.
“In this day and age, there are modern gadgets that allow languages to be translated in real time without any delay. So the issue of delay in interpretation should not arise.
“There is no reason for us to feel awkward talking in Bahasa Melayu in other countries when others are proud of using their national languages.
“It is our national language and we should be proud of using it,” he was quoted as saying.
Ismail Sabri was reported saying that he spoke in BM at all the functions he attended in the Thai capital, barring those where all the other speakers present used English in their speeches.
The PM was also reported saying that Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had used BM in his keynote speech at the 26th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland last year.
He commended the PAS minister for setting the example for Malaysian officials.
Ismail Sabri added that he may propose that BM be made the official language of Asean as it was once the most widely spoken language in the region.
The event industry wants to open on March 11 without restrictions. “Since the government does not come up with a concrete perspective, the industry itself is now putting the dot on the (near) horizon,” the Alliance of Event Builders said on Wednesday. The industry wants the government to take the first steps and weigh in next Tuesday, February 15, so that the entire sector can open at full capacity on March 11.
“This just has to happen and will happen,” said Ruben Brouwer, director of event organizer MOJO and part of the Alliance. Brouwer said that if the government does not agree to the plan, actions like large demonstrations and parades will follow. “Last year, we saw a lot of people flocking to Unmute Us,” an event sector protest that attracted tens of thousands of protesters nationwide.
With this demand, the Alliance, which represents all kinds of organizations in the sector in discussions with the government, wants to send a clear signal. Because, according to them, the event industry has “been in talks with the government for two years,” and the sector “has cooperated in scientific research.” But “despite that, such restrictions have been imposed on the industry that large-scale events are not possible.” Events can currently only have up to 1,250 visitors, with a fixed seat. As a result, many events have been canceled or postponed.
The first events were canceled at the beginning of March 2020, including the large part of the Holland Zingt Hazes concert series. That is why the sector now wants to open on March 11, the day on which Holland Zingt Hazes is scheduled again at the Ziggo Dome.
On Tuesday, Minister Ernst Kuipers of Public Health told parliament that the Cabinet is shifting its focus in the coronavirus policy to “keeping society open.” Sources around the Cabinet also told Nieuwsuur that the government plans to relax more restrictions next week, including allowing fuller football stadiums and theaters and letting nightclubs reopen. The events sector wasn’t explicitly mentioned.