Friday Evening News Brief, June 9

Friday evening brief Jun 9 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Supreme Court said that those who do not have Aadhaar cannot be forced to get it in order to file income tax returns. The apex court upheld the government’s scheme of linking Aadhaar with PAN cards saying the government must formulate a scheme to prevent the leakage of personal details. It also said the stay would hold till the Constitutional Bench decides on the privacy matter of Aadhaar.
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India and Pakistan have become full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. SCO is a China-dominated security grouping that is increasingly seen as a counterweight to NATO. India’s membership was strongly pushed by Russia while Pakistan’s entry into the grouping was backed by China. With the expansion of the grouping, the SCO will now represent over 40 per cent of humanity and nearly 20 per cent of the global GDP.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee declared the GJM-led bandh in Darjeeling illegal and upgraded Army presence in the hills. Four columns of Army are out in Kalimpong district which adjoins Darjeeling, three columns in Darjeeling and one in Kurseong. Thousand of tourists are stranded due to the bandh.
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State Bank of India has cut the interest rate on home loans above Rs 75 lakh by 10 basis points to 8.55%-8.6%, with effect from June 15. The revised interest rates will be 8.55% pa for salaried women borrowers. For others, the rate of interest will be 8.60% pa. This is the second reduction in interest rates in the last two months by SBI.
British PM Theresa May has pledged to form a government with the help of DUP. May, who visited Buckingham Palace to meet with Queen Elizabeth II, described Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party as her “friends and allies“. She said her government would provide political certainty and lead Britain in talks with the European Union to secure a successful Brexit deal.
MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said he will fast for peace and meet farmers tomorrow for open discussion. He said he will have meeting with protesting farmers from 11am tomorrow at Bhopal’s Dussehra Maidan. State has been on the boil over farmers’ protest for better prices in the drought-ravaged region that recorded a farm suicide every five hours in 2016-17.
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