Friday evening news brief, April 6

Friday evening brief Apr 6 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Website of the ministry of defence was on Friday evening ‘hacked’. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman took to Twitter to say that “appropriate action” had been initiated in the matter. She added that steps would be taken to “prevent any such eventuality in the future.” Upon visiting, the website displayed an ‘error’ message and asked users to ‘try again later’. Read.
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RBI is delaying bonuses to the heads of top private banks as it questions the size of the payouts. CEOs at HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank are among bankers yet to receive bonuses for the just concluded financial year. Sources say RBI hasn’t signed off on the proposed payments. Experts see a poor January-March 2018 quarter for Indian banks.
Salman Khan will have to stay in jail another day, as the order on a bail plea has been delayed until tomorrow. The Bollywood star spent last night in Jodhpur Central Jail. Yesterday, his lawyer HM Saraswat filed a bail application in the sessions court immediately after the sentencing, and on the same premises. Saraswat said an appeal against the conviction too will be filed soon after going through the verdict.
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CBI is questioning former deputy governor of RBI in Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank scam. Harun Rashid Khan, who was deputy governor of the federal bank between 2011 and 2016, is also being asked about the lapses in the statutory audit of the central regulator due to which Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud remained undetected for a long time as the SWIFT messaging system was misused.
Amit Shah today compared the Modi wave to a flood against which opposition parties, like animals, were coming together for self-preservation. “There is a campaign that all Opposition should unite. Whenever there is a massive flood, all snakes, mongooses, cats, dogs and even cheetahs and lions climb up a huge tree as they fear rising water levels,” said Shah on the occasion of the BJP’s 38th Foundation Day rally in Mumbai.
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