Sunday morning news brief, December 10

Sunday morning brief Dec 10 2017
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India is all set to host the first ever Asean-India Connectivity Summit next week. The summit, which will be held on December 11-12, has secured participation from all 10 Asean nations. Japan will be the only country outside of Asean to participate in the summit, which aims to enhance economic and industrial relations between India and Asean or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Read.
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EC has rubbished reports of EVM tampering via Bluetooth during first phase of Gujarat elections 2017. Former state Congress president Arjun Modhwadia had claimed the EVMs were connected with external devices like mobile phones through Bluetooth at three polling booths in a Muslim-dominated area of the town. “The device which the complainant’s mobile phone detected after putting the Bluetooth on was not an EVM, but a mobile phone carried by a polling agent,” EC said.
According to a Survey conducted by Transparency International, 45% Indians paid bribe in past one year. As per the survey, Nearly 37% of the 34,696 respondents felt corruption had increased, while 14% said it had gone down. Around 45% felt the situation was the same as before. Delhi had mixed reviews, with 33% saying corruption had gone up and 38% claiming it was the same.
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Pakistan has blocked 937 web addresses and 10 websites run by banned organisations to curb terrorist activities. The government also blocked a total of 98.3 million SIMs. The ministry of information technology took action under the National Action Plan adopted in early 2015 to eliminate militancy from the country after the 2014 Peshawar school attack in which nearly 150 people, mostly school children, were killed.
ED has seized mutual funds “controlled” by former IPL boss Chirayu Amin in the Panama Papers case. ED said it seized mutual funds of Whitefield Chemtech Private Limited, “which is controlled by Amin and his family”, under section 37A of the Foreign Exchange Management Act. The names of Amin and his family members had figured in the Panama Papers case with respect to their stakes/interests in the firm in the British Virgin Islands.
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