Saturday Evening News Brief, November 11

Saturday evening brief Nov 11 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Delhi government has called-off the odd-even scheme after the NGT refused to exempt anyone from the car rationing regulation. Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot made the surprise announcement today, hours after the NGT gave its conditional nod to the AAP government to implement the policy from November 13 to 17. The decision to call-off the scheme was taken at a meeting chaired by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and attended by ministers. “We cannot compromise with the safety of women. We cannot take risks. PM2.5 and PM10 levels have also come down. So at the moment, we are calling it off. We will file a review application in NGT on Monday,” the minister said. Read
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Diamond jewellery and Swiss watches tumbled out of cupboards on Day 2 of income tax searches on premises owned by AIADMK leader V K Sasikala. A senior income tax official said the teams seized Rs 6 crore in cash, 8.5 kg gold worth Rs 2.4 crore and documents relating to investments worth Rs 1,200 crore, for which their owners could not provide any source of income. The officials searched the hostel of Sengamala Thayaar Educational Trust Women’s College, owned by Sasikala’s brother V Dhivaharan in the family’s native village, and seized several valuables that were hidden in unused hostel rooms, said sources.
A month after Amul approached the Indian Railways with a business proposition to use refrigerated parcel vans, the first shipment is on its way. “First refrigerator van with 17 MT Amul butter being flagged off from Palanpur to Delhi with our milk train. Thanks to Railway Ministry India for the prompt action,” Amul tweeted today. The national transporter uses Twitter extensively to address passenger woes, but this was perhaps the first time it received a business proposition from a dairy giant on the popular social site.
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The Congress has claimed credit for the GST Council’s decision to cut tax rates on 178 items of daily use. Congress general secretary in-charge of Gujarat, Ashok Gehlot said the government was forced to do so due to the pressure mounted by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and the “huge response” his campaign had been receiving in poll-bound Gujarat. “It (BJP) is rankled by trepidation that Gujarat will slip off its hands. That’s why the rates were cut. The Council did so because of the pressure Rahulji mounted,” Gehlot said.
US president Donald Trump today said his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin told him that ‘he didn’t meddle’ in the US elections. The US leader had “two or three” brief conversations with Putin on the margins of the APEC summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang. “He (Putin) said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again… You can only ask so many times… He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One on the way to a state visit in Hanoi. Putin reiterates his denial “every time” the pair meet and he seems “very insulted” by the persistent allegations, the US president said.
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