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New Delhi, January 3: Service charge is a fee levied by a restaurant for the service it gives to the customers.

Usually, the restaurants charge 5%-25% of the meal’s bill as service charge. In view of the current debate on paying the service charge in India, here’s a quick look at top cities in the world to find out how they charge for service in their country:

1. New York

• Many hotels and restaurants charge a 15-25% gratuity on bills, which has to be paid mandatorily. Several outlets that cater to tourists often include a service charge on top of the gratuity.

• Most people tip in the US. The rate is typically 15%-20% for wait staff, room service and taxi drivers.
2. London

• Restaurants here add a discretionary 12.5% charge, especially when there’s a large group of customers. One can either pay the fee or leave a generous tip.

• It is customary to tip 10-15% of the bill for the wait staff.

3. Paris

• As part of the European Union, France levies a TVA (European Value Added Tax) and French restaurants always add a 15% service charge on top of the TVA.

• While tipping is appreciated here, it is not obligatory. However, tipping taxi drivers is considered a given irrespective of the quality of service provided.

4.Hong Kong

• Most dining establishments add a 10% service charge to the check. If it is stated on the menu, you are required to pay it. In recent years, more and more restaurants are adopting a “no service charge” policy.

• Tipping here is not required, except for exceptional service. In fact, tips in regular restaurants could be seen as patronizing.

5. Sydney

• Australia has an overarching 10% Goods and Services Tax. On public holidays, a 15% service charge is applied to bills. Some establishments may also levy a fee of upto 10% for large bookings.

• Tipping is common in Sydney restaurants, with 10% of the total bill being the norm.

6. Tokyo

• Most restaurants charge 8% consumer tax, though luxury restaurants may also add 10-15% service charge to the bill. Many bars and eateries have a custom of ‘sekiryou’, which is a nominal fee for your seat in the establishment.

• Japan levy no such charges. Insisting on leaving tips is likely to offend the staff or hosts.

 Wefornews Bureau

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Summit with Kim Jong-un could still go ahead on June 12: Trump

A day earlier, Trump in a letter to Kim announced to cancel their June 12 summit meeting in Singapore. He blamed Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger” and “open hostility” for his decision.

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Washington, May 25 : US President Donald Trump today said that his administration is now talking with the North Koreans and hinted that the summit with Kim Jong-un could still go ahead on June 12, a day after he cancelled it.

“We’ll see what happens. We are talking to them now,” Trump said at the White House before boarding Marine One for a commencement address in Annapolis.

“They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We will see what happens,” he said.

Trump appeared to be optimistic even about the cancelled June 12 summit in Singapore. “It could be even on 12th June, he said in response to a question. “We will see what happens,” said the US President.

A day earlier, Trump in a letter to Kim announced to cancel their June 12 summit meeting in Singapore. He blamed Pyongyang’s “tremendous anger” and “open hostility” for his decision.

Later the White House said a “trail of broken promises” by the North Koreans, including keeping a team of US officials waiting in Singapore for a preparatory meeting, left Trump with no choice but to cancel his proposed summit with Kim.

In a statement, North Korea regretted the cancellation of the summit and said that it was willing to meet anytime in any way. Trump described it as a very good news.

“It was a very nice statement they put out. We will see what happens,” he told reporters in response to another question.

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Pakistan bans screenings of Indian films during Eid

The restrictions would be in place around the period of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Azha.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], May 25: The Pakistan government has imposed a ban on the screenings of Indian films in the country during the time of Eid.

According to a May 24 notification issued by Pakistan’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the exhibition and screening of Indian and foreign films will be banned for two days before the Eid to until two weeks after the holidays.

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Under this ban, no cinema across Pakistan will be allowed to show Indian movies during the Eid holidays which usually run for four days and bring in big business for the new Pakistani, Bollywood and Hollywood films.

The restrictions would be in place around the period of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Azha.

The ministry, in its letter, said the move was taken in order to “revive and promote the local film industry in Pakistan.”

“All the importers/distributors of the foreign films have been directed to restrain from the screening of Indian films in cinema houses all over the country during the above mentioned time period,” the letter stated.

An official in the ministry said the step had been taken after Pakistani film exhibitors, distributors and production houses complained about facing stiff competition from the Indian and Hollywood movies due to which their films get restricted to a limited number of screens in the country.

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Ready to sit down for talks with US anytime: North Korea

The North Korean side expressed regret over US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the summit with Kim Jong Un, previously scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.

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Pyongyang, May 25 (IANS) North Korea said on Friday that it is ready to sit down for talks with Washington anytime to solve problems between them, after the US side cancelled a planned summit with Pyongyang.

The North Korean side expressed regret over US President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel the summit with Kim Jong Un, previously scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Kim Kye Gwan also said that Trump’s decision does not conform to the international community’s aspiration for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the whole world.

Trump on Thursday sent a letter to Kim Jong Un, saying that their planned meeting will not happen.

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