Sunday morning news brief, Dec 24 2017

Sunday morning brief Dec 24 2017
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MS Dhoni will be India’s first choice for keeper for the 2019 ICC World Cup. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said the selectors have almost made up their minds on continuing with Dhoni. Some of the younger keepers who have been tried, are nowhere close to the former Indian captain’s level, Prasad said. Read
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Kulbhushan Jadhav will meet his mother and wife in presence of India’s deputy high commissioner to Pakistan. The meeting is scheduled for Monday in the Pakistan Foreign Affairs Ministry in Islamabad. Jadhav was held in Pakistan for alleged spying, a charge India has denied. A military court sentenced his to death, but the International Court of Justice has put a stay on the execution.
19% Indians drink water with lethal levels of arsenic, information from the water resources ministry indicates. 65% of Assam’s population is drinking arsenic-contaminated water, while it’s 60% in Bihar and 44% in West Bengal. The WHO has warned that longterm intake of such water leads to arsenic poisoning or arsenicosis, with cancer of skin, bladder, kidney or lung, or diseases of skin.
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Senior citizens have been hit hard by a sharp rise in health insurance premiums. One reason for the increase are the withdrawals of 15% discount on premium for no claims and a family discount of 10%, available to at least two members seeking cover. The discounts have been withdrawn for everyone, but seniors have been worst affected because premiums rise with age.
CBI has lodged a corruption case against National Buildings Construction Corporation chairman cum MD Anoop Mittal. Irregularities have been alleged in the Rs 2,150-crore Pragati Maidan redevelopment project in Delhi. The agency has also arrested Pradeep Kumar Mishra, a senior government official, and one Akash Deep Chouhan. The agency did not identify Mishra’s department.
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