Friday morning news brief, March 30

Friday morning brief Mar 30 2018
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Government will bring back Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, says defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In her inaugural address, Sitharaman said the government was committed to reforms and pointed to the goods and services tax (GST) as an example of bold measures. She asserted that NDA had provided a corruption-free government. All decisions made by government were policy based and not ‘discretion based’, she added. Read more.
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A match referee warned of Steve Smith and David Warner “being involved in a ball-tampering incident” in 2016, a report said. Daryl Harper said that Smith and Warner were not engaging in fair play while representing NSW in a match against Victoria in November 2016. He further said that Smith had complained about the state of the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch after his team lost. David Warner is due to address the media in Sydney on Saturday.
By 2019, Baleno compact and Vitara Brezza will sport a Toyota badge and Corolla will carry a Suzuki branding. The two companies concluded a mega crossbadging agreement for the Indian market on Thursday. Under cross-badging, partner companies share the same car with minor changes to the architecture but significant modifications to the exterior and interiors. The two companies will continue to sell the three models from their original networks and the new variants will be additions to their portfolios.
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Government has decided to deny passports to officers being investigated or prosecuted in corruption cases or facing FIR. Such officers will not be given vigilance clearance needed for grant of passport, according to revised guidelines. Vigilance clearance may also be denied to an officer under suspension or where a chargesheet has been issued against the officer in pending disciplinary proceedings.
The government is raising an army of skilled linemen, electricians to hasten pace of scheme to light up poor households. The power and skill development ministries earlier this week inked an agreement to launch the vocational training programme in Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and UP. Approximately 47,000 distribution linemen, with multiple skills in managing distribution lines, and technical helpers will be trained in the six states.
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