FC Porto draw at Benfica to stay 1 point behind leaders

Benfica went ahead early on Jonas’ penalty after he earned the spot kick following a foul by Felipe. (Source: AP) Benfica went ahead early on Jonas’ penalty after he earned the spot kick following a foul by Felipe. (Source: AP)

FC Porto fought back for a 1-1 draw at Benfica to keep the fierce rivals neck-and-neck at the top of the Portuguese league.

Three-time defending champion Benfica lead Porto by one point with seven rounds left.

Benfica went ahead early Saturday on Jonas’ penalty in the seventh minute after he earned the spot kick following a foul by Felipe.

But Porto pushed for an equalizer that defender Maxi Pereira found four minutes after halftime to split the points.

Sporting Lisbon rallied for a 2-1 win at Arouca to remain a distant third on Sunday.

After Mateus put Arouca in front, Alan Ruiz and Bruno Cesar scored back-to-back goals in the 34th and 36th to turn the match around.

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Ligue 1 Roundup: Nice strengthen grip on third place after beating Bordeaux

All of Mario Balotelli’s 11 league goals this season have been scored at home. (Source: Reuters) All of Mario Balotelli’s 11 league goals this season have been scored at home. (Source: Reuters)

Striker Mario Balotelli equalized from the penalty spot and then helped to create the winner as Nice rallied to beat Bordeaux 2-1 in the French league on Sunday.

The win moved third-placed Nice one point behind Paris Saint-Germain and four behind leader Monaco, although they both have a game in hand on Nice, which hosts PSG at the end of April.

All of Balotelli’s 11 league goals this season have been scored at home, and the Italian forward confidently struck a 16th-minute penalty after veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan was adjudged to have fouled right back Arnaud Soquet as he burst into the area.

Bordeaux had taken the lead in the ninth minute thanks to a fine goal from Gaetan Laborde. The striker took advantage of an error from Nice’s Brazilian center half Dante to break into the penalty area, beat two defenders and score with an angled finish.

After leveling from the penalty spot, Balotelli showed clever anticipation to cushion a pass into the path of midfielder Valentin Eysseric, who turned to hit a brilliant curling strike past goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso in the 27th minute from just outside the penalty area.

There were no goals in the second half but Bordeaux missed four chances, with forward Francois Kamano missing an open goal and missing with another strike.

“In the second half they dictated the game. If you lose the ball against them, they are lethal,” Nice coach Lucien Favre said of Bordeaux. “But you shouldn’t forget that we have several players injured, so hats off to the team.”

Bordeaux is in sixth place, one point behind fifth-placed Marseille.


Lyon missed an early penalty and conceded a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at 10-man Rennes.

Lyon failed to take advantage of having an extra man for nearly the whole game after Algerian defender Ramy Bensebaini was sent off in the fifth minute. The resulting spot kick, taken by Lyon top scorer Alexandre Lacazette, was well saved by goalkeeper Benoit Costil.

Midfielder Corentin Tolisso went close three times as Lyon dominated the first half, but the visitors had to wait until the 53rd minute before taking the lead when forward Maxwell Cornet turned in a cross from left back Jeremy Morel.

Congolese forward Firmin Mubele equalized for midtable Rennes in the 82nd with his first goal since joining Rennes from Qatari club Al-Ahli.

“Given the circumstances we should have won the match,” Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said. “So, yes, this draw feels like a defeat. We started losing track of what we were doing 15 minutes from the end, and I don’t know why. Perhaps it was a lack of concentration.”

Lyon has not won away in the league since beating leader Monaco 3-1 in December and dropped more points in its quest to catch third-placed Nice.

Lyon is 16 points behind Nice.

“Given what we showed today, we don’t deserve to be on the podium (in the top three),” Genesio said. “I’m irritated, for want of a better word.”


Burkina Faso striker Prejuce Nakoulma scored both goals as Nantes beat Angers 2-1 to move up to ninth place.

Striker Andy Delort got his fourth goal since joining from Mexican club Tigres in January as Toulouse won 1-0 at Montpellier to go 10th.

Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo’s 10th league goal of the season helped Lorient beat Caen 1-0 as it bids to avoid relegation. Lorient is 19th but only one point behind 17th-placed Dijon.

Paris Saint-Germain beat Monaco 4-1 in the League Cup final on Saturday.

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10 Income Tax Rules That Will Come Into Effect From 1 April

Amendments in several government rules and regulations will come into force on 1 April 2017, the start of the new financial year.

The Income Tax regulations that will come into effect can be broadly divided into two parts. First, the rules for filing I-T returns and second, the rules for calculating I-T.

3 Things To Remember While Filing I-T Returns

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1. It is now mandatory to disclose the Aadhaar number while filing I-T returns. This is the most important amendment in the rules for filing I-T. Till last year, it was optional to disclose the Aadhaar number while filing the returns. Generally, the last date for filing I-T returns is 31 July. Therefore, it is advisable for tax payers to get their Aadhaar number at the earliest.

2. Another important amendment that comes into effect from the financial year 2017-18, is the provision of penalty in case the return is filed late. According to this provision, if the return is not filed till 31 December, the tax payer has to pay the penalty of Rs 5,000. If the tax payer files the return after 31 December, a penalty of Rs 10,000 will be imposed. However, the penalty has been restricted to Rs 1,000 for income of up to Rs 5 lakh.

3. Only a one-page tax return form will be provided for salaried tax payers with income up to Rs 50 lakh. The source of their income can be their salary and rental income from only one house. If the tax payer has more sources of income, he cannot file his return through a one-page tax return form. Those earning up to Rs 5 lakh and filing return for the first time will be free from scrutiny.

7 Things To Remember While Calculating I-T

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1. Income tax for those earning between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh has been slashed to 5 percent. This will result in an annual saving of up to Rs 12,500 for the maximum number of tax payers. However, this saving will rise up to Rs 15,000 for tax payers who earn Rs 1 crore or more annually, if the surcharge and cess is added.

2. After having executed the amendments in the tax rebate rules, under section 87 A, only tax payers with an annual income of Rs 3.5 lakh will be benefitted. Up till now, tax rebate benefit of up to Rs 5,000 was allowed for tax payers with an annual income of Rs 5 lakh. The rebate has also been reduced to Rs 2,500.

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Indian women’s hockey team beat Uruguay 4-2 in shootout

The Indian women’s team beat Uruguay 4-2 in the penalty shootout to begin their campaign in the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 on a winning note in West Vancouver.

Skipper Rani, Monika, Deepika and Navjot Kaur held their nerves to score in the tense penalty shootout that saw them through after the two sides were locked 2-2 at the end of the regulation time.

India got off to a good start and took the lead with skipper Rani scoring as early as in the sixth minute.

India held on to the lead till the third quarter but Uruguay struck their first goal in the 45th minute to equalise through Maria Teresa Viana Ache.

After a quick two-minute break before the final quarter began, a few key variations brought in by India chief coach Sjoerd Marijne saw Vandana Katariya convert a fine field goal in the 49th minute to take 2-1 lead.

But a defensive error in the striking circle in the 54th minute saw the Indian team concede a penalty stroke which was successfully converted by Uruguay’s Manuela Vilar.

In the last six minutes, the Indian forwards made forays into the opposition striking circle but could not fetch a goal eventually leading the match to a penalty shootout.

With the experienced goalkeeper Savita producing a good show, India held their nerves to win 4-2 in the exciting penalty shootout.

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SBI to penalise account holders for non-maintenance of minimum balance from today: 5 things you need to know

State Bank of India. (File Photo) State Bank of India. (File Photo)

After a gap of five years, the State Bank of India will start levying penalties on non-maintenance of minimum balance in accounts of its account holders from Saturday. In addition to this, the country’s largest lender has revised charges on other services, including ATMs. The Reserve Bank of India has given its nod to banks to levy charges for breaching the minimum balance limit.

Here are the five things that you need to know:

1. As per the SBI’s announcement, inability to maintain a minimum average balance (MAB) in SBI accounts will invite a penalty of Rs 100 plus service tax if the balance falls below 75 per cent of MAB. If the drop is 50 per cent or less, then the penalty will be Rs 50 plus service tax. On the other hand, the penalty will range from Rs 20-50 plus service tax for rural areas.

2. The minimum balance should be Rs 5,000 if you are living in metro cities, while charges will be Rs 3,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000 if you are from urban, semi-urban and rural areas, respectively.

3. Among other revisions, the SBI will allow only three penalty-free deposits in savings bank accounts in a month. It will charge Rs 50 and service tax on each transaction beyond that.

4. If the number of transactions exceeds more than thrice from different bank’s ATM in a month, a charge of up to Rs 20 will be levied. Meanwhile, a penalty of Rs 10 will be imposed if cash withdrawal from SBI ATMs exceeds more than five times.

5. The bank will also levy Rs 15 as SMS alert charge for people who hold debit cards and maintain average quarterly balance of Rs 25,000 during a three-month period.

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Schalke mascot shows referee red card over penalty decision

Schalke’s mascot showed red card to refree. (Source: Reuters) Schalke’s mascot showed red card to refree. (Source: Reuters)

Schalke’s mascot showed referee Felix Zwayer his own red card after he failed to award the side a penalty at the end of the Ruhr derby against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Schalke’s appeals for a penalty in injury time of the 1-1 Bundesliga draw were turned down by Zwayer, who sent coach Markus Weinzierl to the stands for protesting what looked a clear decision after Marc Bartra stopped the ball with his arm.

Zwayer lost his red card in the ensuing discussions, but it was gathered by Schalke mascot “Erwin,” who held it in front of the referee as if sending him off after the game.

Former referee Peter Gagelmann says, “It shouldn’t be possible for a mascot to show (a card) to the referee.”

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Celtic thrash Hearts to win sixth consecutive Scottish title

SPL top scorer Sinclair completed his hat-trick with a penalty in the 84th minute. (Source: AP) SPL top scorer Sinclair completed his hat-trick with a penalty in the 84th minute. (Source: AP)

Celtic thrashed Hearts 5-0 away to win their 48th Scottish title on Sunday, with Scott Sinclair scoring a hat-trick as Brendan Rodgers’s side claimed a sixth consecutive Premiership.

Hearts had lost only three at home so far this season, but were blown away by the runaway leaders, who took the lead through Sinclair after 24 minutes when he fired into the roof of the net from an acute angle after fine interplay with Patrick Roberts.

The forward doubled his tally three minutes later with a sharp finish to give Celtic a stranglehold on the match, before Stuart Armstrong and Roberts wrapped up victory with second-half efforts.

SPL top scorer Sinclair completed his hat-trick with a penalty in the 84th minute as Celtic moved up to 86 points after 30 matches, 25 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, and 35 ahead of Glasgow rivals Rangers in third.

Rodgers’ side are still unbeaten having drawn just two matches and having already won the League Cup. They have a Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers coming up on April 23 so remain on course for the treble.

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The legitimacy of capital punishment

To be or not to be, is the question. To live, or to extinguish life? William Shakespeare’s question posed in Hamlet in 1602 haunts policymakers across the world still: whether or not to award capital punishment. The terms “capital” is derived from the Latin capitalis, “of the head”, referring to execution by beheading. Beheading is barbaric. Although most nations (more than 100) have abolished capital punishment, many countries have retained it. Over sixty per cent of world’s population live in countries where execution takes place, such as in India, the United States, China, Indonesia etc.

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Historically, execution of criminals and political opponents has been used by nearly all societies both to punish crime and to suppress political dissent. Normally capital punishment is reserved for murder, terrorism, war crimes, reason, espionage etc. In some countries rape, adultery, incest carry death penalty. In many countries drug trafficking is also a capital offence. In China, human trafficking and serious cases of corruption are punished by death penalty still.

In India, recent terrifying rape-and-murders gave rise to calls for death to rapist-murderer. So, will Law Panel’s recommendation of death for terrorists give a leeway for a demand for the inclusion of rapists-murderers? Where do the demands stop? And are these demands justified?

Also Read: Emotions and word of law

Although several members of the Constituent Assembly were opposed to death penalty, yet founding fathers of India’s Constitution retained capital punishment. Parliament, through law, prescribed death penalty in many situations such as murder, mutiny by a member of armed forces, waging a war against the government etc. First fetter was imposed in 1973 when Section 354 (3) of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1973 impelled the judiciary to give special reasons for capital punishment.

Then, on May 9, 1980, came the landmark verdict of a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in Bachan Singh vs State of Punjab [1980 (2) SCC 684], in which the constitutional validity of death penalty for murder provided in Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and the sentencing procedure stipulated in Section 354 (3) was impugned. The Supreme Court by a split verdict of 3 to 2 rejected the challenge to the constitutionality of Section 302 of the IPC and Section 354 (3) of the CrPC (Justices Chandrachud, Gupta and Untwalia). The minority view (Justices Bhagwati and Sarkaria) struck down Section 302 of IPC as unconstitutional and void in so far as it provides for imposition of death penalty as an alternative to imprisonment for life.

Also Read: Why capital punishment must stay

The Bachan Singh judgement propounded “rarest of rare” doctrine. It is now well settled that life sentence is the rule and death sentence an exception. This is also buttressed from the fact that in several important judgments involving serious crimes, the Supreme Court declined to award death penalty to convicts. Judgements pertaining to Graham Staines, Jessica Lall, Priyadarshini Mattoo etc., bear testimony to this jurisprudential trend. But then Bachan Singh case also opened up a challenge to the judiciary: What constitutes “rarest of rare”? There is no statutory definition. It is entirely in the realm of judicial discretion without any legislative yardstick. Of course, who else, but only a Judge, can award a death sentence. An element of discretion/conscience is always ingrained in every judicial function. And, as American Chief Justice Earl Warren [1891-1974] said, in civilised life, the law floats in a sea of ethics.

Law Commission of India took note of above situation and, in its 262nd report recommended that death penalty be abolished for all crimes other than terrorist related offences and waging war against the Government of India. The Commission felt that time has come for India to move towards abolition of the death penalty. The Commission further hoped that the movement towards absolute abolition will be swift and irreversible. With respect, it is difficult to agree with Law Commission’s majority opinion. The line of demarcation between terrorist related offences and other heinous offences is blurred. Criminals must face punishment. Greater the ferocity of offence, higher should be the penalty. India is a vast country with multi-faceted strife in every field. It is premature to abolish death penalty now or swiftly in future. Time is not ripe yet. Existence of death penalty acts as a deterrence, and awarding death sentence must continue to remain in the realm of judicial discretion/wisdom. Also, under Articles 72 and 161 of the Constitution, the President and Governors, respectively are powered to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence.

Although death sentence may be retained, but procedure to execute must improve. Beheading or hanging till death is barbaric, uncivilised and epitomises state cruelty. Penalty of death sentence can surely be executed in a more civilised manner; for example, extinguishing life by injecting painless medicine. Article 21 of India’s Constitution sanctifies extinguishing (depriving) life by “procedure established law”. Extant established procedure of hanging till death is most cruel. Indian civilisation in 21st century cannot afford to remain so insensitive. The State must invent a better procedure to extinguish life. Cruelties committed by criminals can, by no means, justify contra procedural cruelty committed by the State. Death penalty may thus be retained in rarest of rare cases, but the State may extinguish life in a civilised and less cruel manner.

The writer is Senior Advocate,Supreme Court of India and former Additional Solicitor General of India
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