Friday morning news brief, Jan 05 2018

Friday morning brief Jan 5 2018
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The US has suspended more than $1.15 billion security assistance to Pakistan. This includes $255 million in Foreign Military Funding for 2016 and the entire $900 million of the Coalition Support Fund money for 2017. This comes days after US President Trump in a tweet accused Pakistan of giving the US nothing but “lies and deceit” in return for $33 billion aid over 15 years. Read
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State Bank of India is likely to cut its minimum balance requirement which is currently Rs 3,000 in urban centers. The bank is also changing the requirement from monthly average balance to quarterly average balance. SBI had increased the minimum balance requirement to Rs 5,000 in June. However, following public backlash the bank brought it down to Rs 3,000 in metros, Rs 2,000 in semi-urban and Rs 1,000 in rural centres.
The BSF heavily shelled Pakistani posts and destroyed two mortar positions in Arnia sector. A BSF spokesman said two Pakistani mortar positions were “located, targeted and destroyed by BSF troopers Wednesday night. The action was in retaliation after a BSF jawan was killed in Pakistani sniper fire. An inflitration attempt was also foiled in the same area.
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UIDAI has registered an FIR for unauthorised access to Aadhaar data, such as names and other demographic details. Misuse of the grievance redressal facility at the office of the Surat district administration in Gujarat came to light following a media report. It claimed that an “agent” available on WhatsApp facilitated access by a login ID and password to the particulars of any Aadhaar number.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has been booked for her remarks on updation of Assam’s National Register of Citizenship. She had termed the exercise a ‘conspiracy’ against Bengalis.’ The FIR followed complaints by several lawyers who alleged that her speech was inflammatory and could promote enmity between different groups in Assam.
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