Planning a trip to Amsterdam? A proposed tourist tax hike could make it more expensive

In an effort to attract big spenders and curb “falafel-eating” tourists, who spend most of their holiday loitering around the red-light district, Amsterdam’s city officials are considering a tourist tax hike that could make visits to the Dutch capital more expensive. Currently, visitors pay 5% of their room rate in the city centre, which is expected to rise to 6% next year. But if Alderman Udo Kock has his way, that could rise to as much as €10 per night in 2019, according to local newspaper Het Parool. Because while the…

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IIT-Bombay students’ hunger strike: MP Shashi Tharoor calls fee hike ‘unreasonable’

A day after students of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) started a relay hunger strike against a fee hike imposed by the institute, support is pouring in from all avenues. On Tuesday morning, day two of the hunger strike, MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted in support of students and requested the government to stay the hike and intervene in this matter. “Students at IIT-Bombay protesting an unreasonable fee hike. Government should stay the hike and provide full explanation,” stated a tweet by Tharoor on Tuesday afternoon. Students at IIT-B…

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10% back-to-back fee hike for three years in IISERs, students demand rollback

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) decided increasing their fees by 10% each year till 2019. But these colleges will still remain far less expensive than private institutes or universities abroad offering similar degrees. The hike will be only for students taking admission this year. These freshers will have to pay Rs 27,500 for each of the two semesters in the session beginning 2017. The latest change is a back-to-back move after fees at the seven IISERs, the country’s premier science education institutes, were hiked from about…

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3,800 Mumbai parents protest against fee hike, write to CM demanding refund

Stepping up their attack against schools flouting norms pertaining to fee hike, parents wrote to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday and demanded it roll back claiming that it violates the Maharashtra Educational Institutions Regulation of Collection of Fee Act, 2011. They also demanded refund of the amount already paid. Parents staged a day-long protest at Azad Maidan on Sunday against the exorbitant fee hike by schools for the upcoming academic session. This is the second protest by parents in the past two months. Though it saw a low turnout…

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Delhi Metro fare hike may pinch mid-distance travel

The new fare structure implemented by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is likely to have the maximum impact on passengers travelling between five and 21 km. Of the six fare slabs — based on the number of kilometres travelled — announced by DMRC, 62% passengers travelled between 5km and 12km and 12km and 21km distance slabs. Earlier, there were six fare slabs between 5km and 21km and passengers had to pay between Rs 12 and Rs 21 for their journey. The fares for travelling the same distances now has…

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