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QSRs Report Consumer Spending Back On Track After New GST Regime

New Delhi: After a lull that spanned for over a year, quick service restaurants (QSRs) are reporting record-breaking numbers. Fast food may not be great for health but its booming sales could indicate that consumer spending is back on track. Westlife Development, master franchisee of McDonald's in west and south India, on said it has achieved its highest ever annual revenues of Rs 1,100 crore - 22 per cent growth year on year.

The company, which operates 277 outlets, also witnessed same-store sales growth (SSG) of around 25 per cent in the January-March quarter - a five-year high. SSG shows a difference in revenue generated by a QSR company's outlets over a period of time as compared with an identical period a year ago.

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Defence Minister Indicates Against Unilateral Ceasefire During Ramzan

New Delhi: Defence minister NirmalaSitharaman on Sunday indicated that a unilateral ceasefire as demanded by state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was not a feasible option. She said that Indian Army has to “firmly handle” any terrorist activity that threatens the peace and harmony of Jammu and Kashmir.

To a question on Mehbooba’s call for a unilateral ceasefire in the state during the month of Ramzan and during the AmarnathYatra, Sitharaman said, “I think it is important to handle J&K affairs with a great deal of sensitivity. The Indian Army will have to make sure that India is a safe country.”

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If Congress Decides To Make A Dalit The CM, I Will Give It Go Ahead, Says Siddaramaiah

New Delhi: Congress chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah won’t have any problem if his party decides to make a Dalit chief minister of the state. He said on Sunday he would not have a problem if the Congress decides to make a Dalit the state’s next chief minister. His comments came a day after the state voted for a new assembly, the result of which will be declared on Tuesday, and exit polls predicted a fractured mandate that might propel the Janata Dal (Secular) to play the kingmaker’s role.

“If the high command decides to make a Dalit the chief minister, I will give it the go ahead. But MLAs also have to give opinions,” Siddaramaiah said in Mysuru after telling reporters earlier in the day that “this will be my last election”. Exit polls predicted a hung assembly after Saturday’s vote, triggering speculation Siddaramaiah might have to make way for a new leader if the Congress strikes an alliance with the JD(S) to retain power.

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Shiv Sena Demands Bharat Ratna For Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

New Delhi: Shiv Sena takes a dig on the NDA government by saying that it has put up pictures of Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder DeendayalUpadhyaya in offices and buildings across the country, but had no space for Savarkar. Shiv Sena parliamentarian Sanjay Raut said if the BJP-led NDA dispensation at the Centre had "pure Hindu blood" in its veins, it should confer the Bharat Ratna on late Hindutva icon V D Savarkar.

"This current government should announce the Bharat Ratna for Savarkar, if it has pure Hindu blood in it... Otherwise it (the government) should declare that its Hindutva is only for politics," Raut said in an article in 'Utsav', a supplement that appears with the Sunday edition of party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. The Shiv Sena is a constituent of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

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Man Kills Relative Of His Prospective Bride Using His Minor Sister As Honey Trap

New Delhi: Police cracking a bizarre case of a man seeking revenge on the relative of a girl he had sought to marry, used his minor sister as bait to honey-trap the relative. The relative apparently who had opposed the alliance was brutally killed.

The sinister plot unfolded as per the man's plan. His sister befriended the target and called him to a "romantic meeting" at Tughlakabad Fort in southeast Delhi. The target walked right into the trap.

In the ruins of the fort, the accused and his DJ friend allegedly stabbed the victim repeatedly, then poured kerosene on the body and tried to burn it. Cops stumbled upon the body a few days ago. The victim was identified through a tattoo on his hand, but police initially got no leads on the murderer(s).