Sunday Evening News Brief, October 29

Sunday evening brief Oct 29 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Congress’s pitch for ‘Azaadi’ in Kashmir is an insult to brave soldiers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said. “Yesterday’s statement of a Congress leader on Kashmir clearly shows how the party feels on surgical strikes and bravery of our Army,” Modi said at a rally in Congress-ruled Karnataka’s Bengaluru. The Prime Minister was alluding to senior Congress leader P Chidambaram’s statement expressing support for greater autonomy in the restive state. Read
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Nearly a year after demonetisation was announced, the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bills returned to banks are still being processed, the RBI has said. The central bank in reply to an RTI query, said Specified Bank Notes are being processed in all earnest in double shift on all available machines (sophisticated counting machines). The RBI has processed about 1,134 crore pieces of Rs 500 notes and 524.90 crore pieces of Rs 1,000 junked notes, having face value of Rs 5.67 lakh crore and Rs 5.24 lakh crore respectively, as on September 30.
Virat Kohli became the sixth Indian to complete 9000 ODI runs during the series-deciding third game against New Zealand today. Kohli got to the landmark in the 37th over when he guided one off Grandhomme towards the third man for a four. He went on to score his 32nd ODI century off 96 balls and eventually got out on 113. His 106-ball knock was studded with nine fours and a six. Overall, Kohli, who played his 202nd match and 194th innings today, has become the 19th batsman to breach the 9000-run mark, making him the fastest to get there.
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As many as 431 Pakistani nationals, mostly Hindus, have been granted long-term visas by the government. This makes them eligible for PAN and Aadhaar cards and allows them to buy property, a home ministry official said. The move, amidst the strained India-Pak relations, is in line with the Narendra Modi government’s policy to help minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who come to India after facing alleged persecution in their home country.
President Xi Jinping told herdsmen from a Tibetan settlement bordering Arunachal Pradesh to ‘set down roots’ to safeguard ‘Chinese territory’. The Chinese president told the herding family from Lhunze County, near the Himalayas in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, to safeguard “Chinese territory” and hoped that the family would motivate more herders to set down roots in the border area “like galsang flowers,” and become guardians of Chinese territory and builders of a happy hometown.
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