Friday Morning News Brief, Jan 12

Friday morning brief Jan 12 2018
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad complained he’s being treated like a common prisoner. Lalu complained that the authorities were not letting him meet his party leaders and other visitors. To his complaint, the judge – Singh who sentenced him for 3.5 years in jail with a fine of Rs 10 lakh in the fodder scam – said visitors will only be allowed as per the rules. “This is why I recommended you to be taken in an open jail,” Singh added, tongue in cheek. Read
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The Income Tax department attached benami assets worth Rs 3,500 crore since November 2016. The assets included immovable properties across the country worth Rs 2,900 crores. As per regulations, the IT department can confiscate benami property and prosecute the owner. This provision was made in more than 900 cases which included plots of land, flats, shops, jewellery, vehicles, deposits in bank accounts, fixed deposits.
Fertility rate has dropped below replacement levels in all religious communities except for among Hindus and Muslims. According to the National Health Survey of 2015-16, the community with the lowest fertility rate of 1.2 was the Jain community. This community also has the highest level of education. The Jains was followed by Sikhs (1.6), Buddhists or Neo Buddhists (1.7) and Christians (2). The fertility rate for Muslim households fell to 2.6 from 3.4. Among Hindus, it fell to 2.1 from 2.8, said the survey. India’s overall fertility rate was 2.2.
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The Maldives has emphasised that it has committed the highest priority to its relationship with India. Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim reiterated his country’s ‘India First’ policy on Thursday, and in a meeting, briefed his counterpart Sushma Swaraj as well as PM Narendra Modi on the issues affecting the bilateral relationship between the two countries. According to official sources, Asim assured that the Maldives will do nothing to jeopardise India’s security interests.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari attacked the Navy for obstructing development projects in Mumbai. &quot;I have come to know that the proposal for a floating jetty at Malabar Hill was stayed by the high court due to the Navy&#39;s objections. Where is the Navy at Malabar Hill? A mindset has developed to create roadblocks in projects,&rdquo; he said. Gadkari said the <a href=””>Navy </a>should secure the borders instead of raising objections to projects.
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