Monday Morning News Brief, October 9

Monday morning brief Oct 9 2017
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The government rejected a proposal from the Election Commission to bar utility bill defaulters from contesting elections. The EC had in a communication to the law ministry requested amending the election laws to include failure to clear dues of public utilities as a disqualification from contesting Lok Sabha and assembly polls. However, in its response to the election watchdog, the law ministry had said the proposal was “not desirable”.
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BJP chief Amit Shah’s son said he will sue a news website for Rs 100 crore for an article that makes ‘derogatory imputation’ against him. In a statement, Jay Shah denied any wrongdoing and said, “The article makes false, derogatory and defamatory imputation against me by creating in the minds of right-thinking people an impression that my business owes its ‘success’ to my father Shri Amitbhai Shah’s political position… My businesses are fully legitimate and conducted in a lawful manner on commercial lines, which is reflected in my tax records, and are through banking transactions.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the preceding UPA government as ‘anti-development’ and ‘incapable of taking the right policy decisions’. “The subsequent government that ruled for 10 years despised the idea of development. It was insensitive to the well-being of people. But we have now come out with a new health policy,” Modi said, launching the ‘Intensified Mission Indradhanush’ to accelerate full immunisation coverage plan.
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal offered to take over the Metro and ‘run it efficiently without increasing fares’. In a letter to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Kejriwal said his government was ready to provide half the funds needed to meet the gap in its finances for three months. He said the city government was confident it would be able to fund the DMRC by improving its efficiency rather than effecting steep fare hikes.
The world’s largest oil exporter, Saudi Aramco, launched its unit in India yesterday. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Aramco CEO Amin Nasser jointly inaugurated the company’s office in Gurgaon, a move the minister said would take the buyer-supplier relationship between the two countries to a level of “strategic partnership” in the hydrocarbon sector.
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