Sunday Morning News Brief, January 7

Sunday morning brief Jan 7 2018
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Donald Trump has said he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un on the crisis over Pyongyang’s nuclear drive. Voicing hope that rare talks between North and South Korea could help de-escalate the crisis, Trump said “at the appropriate time, we’ll get involved,” adding that if something could come out of the talks, “that would be a great thing for all of humanity.” Read
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The income tax department has prepared a detailed dossier against Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav, along with two of Lalu’s daughters, in a Benami Transactions (prohibition) Act case. The dossier has been prepared for a property worth Rs 40 crore acquired using ‘unaccounted money’ in New Friends Colony, Delhi. The I-T department has already attached the property and is waiting for confirmation from the adjudicating authority before confiscating it and launching a prosecution in the court.
After a 24-hour long rescue operation, Authorities have rescued two teenagers and recovered 10 bodies, including five women, who had gone missing in an avalanche in J&K’s Kupwara. The passengers had gone missing after their vehicle was buried in an avalanche in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday. With the conclusion of yesterday’s search operation, the death toll in the accident has risen to 12.
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Pakistan has said those providing funds to banned groups, including the ‘charities’ run by Hafiz Saeed, will face up to 10 years in prison along with a hefty fine. Pakistan yesterday took out ads in newspapers across the country listing 72 groups, including Jamat-ud-Dawa, Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation and Lashkar-e-Taiba of Saeed and Jaish-e-Muhammed of Masood Azhar, banning aid to them. Their properties can also be confiscated, it said. The move comes days after the US suspended more than $1 billion in security assistance to Islamabad.
The government has drawn up a plan to provide ‘customised fertilisers’ based on the quality of soil to farmers. Eighteen ‘customised fertiliser’ grades for rice, maize, sugarcane and potato, based on soil health card data, have been identified for 126 districts across five states – Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, to cut down on input costs and raise productivity.
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