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Saturday Morning News Brief, May 5

May 5, 2018
Saturday morning brief May 5 2018
Good morning!
Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
A US Navy veteran has been sentenced to life for killing Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas City last year. 52-year-old Adam Purinton had pleaded guilty in the racially motivated hate crime. He was charged with murder and two attempts of murder in the shooting incident. Before shooting Kuchibhotla, Purinton yelled, “Get out of my country.” Kuchibhotla is survived by his wife Sunayana Dumala, who welcomed the court’s decision. Read
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The Government discarded the three-stage filing process of GST and moved to monthly return instead. The Centre and the states agreed to roll out the new mechanism in six months to ensure adequate preparation for the transition. The council also decided to turn GST Network (GSTN), the agency that provides and manages tech platform for the indirect tax, into a wholly owned government company but agreed to provide flexibility by allowing the hiring of professionals at market-linked salaries. Read
BJP has promised to waive loans, a commission for protection of cows and free trips to China for Karnataka farmers. In its manifesto released on Friday, ahead of the Karnataka assembly elections, BJP assured farmers of a loan waiver up to Rs 1 lakh availed from cooperative as well as nationalised banks. BJP also promised to set up Mukhya Mantri Annapoorna Canteens on the lines of existing Indira Canteen. The manifesto promised food security for all through the Annadasoha scheme on the lines of existing Anna Bhagya programme. Read
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The Supreme Court and the Centre sparred over the delay in filling up the growing vacancies in high courts. While the apex court blamed the government for not clearing the names recommended by the SC collegium for appointment as judges, causing undue harassment to litigants, the Attorney General KK Venugopal asked why the collegium was recommending few names even though there are a large number of vacancies in HCs. Presently, the high courts face vacancies of nearly 38% of their sanctioned posts, but the problem is acuter in the states of Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur.
The armed forces were told to ensure optimal utilisation of funds considering budgetary constraints. In the new Defence Planning Committee meeting chaired by national security adviser Ajit Doval, the armed forces were directed to become leaner and meaner for technology-intensive futuristic wars because there is simply not enough money for unbridled procurements in the face of the ballooning wage and pension bills. Read
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