Saturday Morning News Brief, December 16

Saturday morning brief Dec 16 2017
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The government will bear the charges merchants pay to banks on purchases of up to Rs 2,000 using a debit card. The subsidy will be available for a period of two years starting from January 1, 2018. Given that the average debit transaction in India is below Rs 1,500, accepting debit cards will become almost as cheap as accepting cash for small merchants. IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government was trying to accelerate digital payment in the country. Read.
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79% of people say they will vote for Modi in 2019, according to a mega online survey by the Times Group. Despite the note ban, GST and a no-holds-barred poll campaign in Gujarat, more than three quarters of respondents, in the survey conducted in nine languages across 10 Times Group media properties, said they will vote for him if Lok Sabha polls were held today. According to the survey, only 20% said they would vote for Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi in a head-to-head contest with Modi today.
The wife of the Talwars’ murdered domestic help Hemraj has moved the Supreme Court, challenging their acquittal. In October, the Allahabad high court acquitted the Talwar couple, saying they could not be held guilty in the double murder on the basis of evidence on record. Challenging the verdict, Hemraj’s wife contended that the high court order meant that no one killed the two in 2008 and sought that the guilty must be punished.
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Cabinet has cleared the national medical commission bill which seeks to reduce red tape in medical education. The bill also will give the government a say in fixing fees in up to 40% of seats in private medical colleges. The bill seeks to replace the existing apex medical education regulator, Medical Council of India, with a new body in an effort to increase transparency in the wake of corruption cases with regard to admissions to medical colleges.
PV Sindhu thrashed World No. 2 Yamaguchi 21-9, 21-13 in just 36 minutes to top group A in BWF World Superseries Finals. Sindhu, who clinched two Super Series titles this season before winning a silver at the World Championship, will on Saturday face China’s Chen Yufei, who saw off Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-18, 13-21, 21-18 in another Group B match. However, world no. 4 Srikanth suffered his third straight loss in men’s singles Group B.
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