Sunday Morning News Brief, August 20

Sunday morning brief Aug 20 2017
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At least 23 people died and over 70 others were injured when 14 coaches of the Puri Haridwar Utkal Express derailed in UP. The accident, said railway sources, seemed to be the result of the failure and negligence of railways staff. An ”unofficial’ maintenance work was being carried out, and the driver of the train was unaware of it. The railways staff did not put any red flag or signal on the route.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned his ministers against staying in five-star hotels and availing of any benefit from PSUs. He is understood to have said that he was extremely unhappy with the recent tendency of some ministers’ preference to stay in five-star hotels instead of accommodation that the government provides.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said defaulters would now have to either pay up or make way for new entrepreneurs. “The message in the legislation is now loud and clear; debtors will have to make sure their debts are serviced,” he said at the National Conference on Insolvency and Bankruptcy.
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Indians continued to be the largest group of H-1B visa aspirants during the first nine months of the current US financial year. Out of the 3.36 lakh applications, the United States received till June 30, about 2.47 lakh applications are from India. A total of 36,362 applications were filed by the Chinese while Canada came third with 3,551 applications.
O Panneerselvam dropped his claim to the CM’s post, but stepped up the demand for the expulsion of general secretary V K Sasikala from the party. With this, the AIADMK factions headed by Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam moved closer to a merger. OPS may settle for the post of deputy chief minister, with a few portfolios for his aides, if he is made the chairman of a steering committee entrusted with party affairs till a formal election is held.
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