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Mumbai: The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) of the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) was given the privileged honor to perform in Switzerland at the prestigious Migros Kulturprozent Classics Series, an official said on Friday.

The three-city tour of Zurich, Geneva and St. Gallen starting on January 19 will feature the first international performances of ‘Peshkar’, a concerto for tabla and orchestra composed and performed by the tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

“We are privileged that SOI has been accorded this honor as the Migros concerts are prestigious,” said Khushroo N. Suntook, NCPA chairman and SOI founder.

This will be the fourth international concert tour for SOI which is considered India’s first and only professional orchestra. The performances shall be held in the most renowned auditoriums like Tonhalle, Zurich and St. Gallen, and the Victoria Hall, Geneva.

The concerts shall be conducted by SOI Associate Music Director Zane Dalal with tabla exponent Zakir Hussain performing the ‘Peshkar’ with the orchestra.

The Migros Classics is a five-city concert circuit throughout Switzerland including Berne, Geneva, Lucerne, Zurich and St. Gallen, which feature some of the world’s top orchestras, conductors and soloists.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra are some of the upcoming concerts.(IANS)

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Harsh Penal Proceedings For Illegal Swiss Bank Deposit Holders: Arun Jaitely

A news item has appeared today indicating an increase of money by ‘Indians’ in the Swiss banking system

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Harsh Penal Proceedings For Illegal Swiss Bank Deposit Holders: Arun Jaitely. flickr

Union Minister Arun Jaitley today warned that Indians having illegal deposits in Swiss banks would face harsh penal proceedings under the black money law after Switzerland starts real time sharing of details of accounts from January onwards. Latest data from the Swiss National Bank showed that money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose over 50 per cent to CHF 1.01 billion (Rs 7,000 crore) in 2017, reversing a three-year downward trend amid India’s clampdown on suspected black money stashed by its citizens overseas.

“A news item has appeared today indicating an increase of money by ‘Indians’ in the Swiss banking system. This has led to misinformed reaction in certain circles raising a query whether the government’s anti-black money steps have yielded results,” Jaitley said in a blog. Noting that Switzerland in financial disclosures was always a reluctant state, Jaitley said the Alpine nation has amended its domestic laws involving all disclosures and entered into a treaty even with India and real time flow of information with regard to Indians would be made. “The flow of information is starting in January, 2019. Any illegal depositor knows that it is a matter of months before his name becomes public and he will be subjected to the harsh penal provisions of the black money law in India,” said the senior BJP leader and an eminent lawyer.

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Further, Jaitley said those who participate in a public discourse must understand these basic facts before expressing an opinion which may be ill-informed. “To assume that all the deposits are per se tax evaded money or that Switzerland in the matter of illegal deposits is what it was decades ago, is to start on a shaky presumption,” he added. (IANS)