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Sunday morning news brief, March 18

Mar 18, 2018
Sunday morning brief Mar 18 2018
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Amit Shah welcomed the prospect of a “Modi vs the Rest” battle in the 2019 general elections. About the opposition’s bid to forge a non-BJP alliance in the aftermath of its success in the recent bypolls, the BJP chief said, “There was a time when it used to be Indira Gandhi vs the Rest and now the scenario has changed as its Modi vs the Rest.” He asserted that the Opposition will be easily defeated by a 300-plus majority commanded by the NDA in the Lok Sabha. Read more
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RBI data revealed that Rs 11,302 crore belonging to over three crore account holders is lying unclaimed with 64 banks. The largest amount – Rs 1,262 crore – is lying with the State Bank of India, Rs 1,250 crore with PNB, while all other nationalised banks together hold Rs 7,040 crore. All this money, however, is just a fraction of the total deposits of over Rs 100 lakh crore handled by banks in India.
Pakistan is likely to delay the return of its envoy Sohail Mahmood to India, diplomatic sources said. Mahmood may not come back until the time there was, as a Pakistan media report put it, improvement in bilateral ties. He is the host for the upcoming Pakistan Day celebration on March 23 but that apparently is not an issue for Islamabad as, if Mahmood doesn’t indeed return by then, this won’t be the first occasion that the high commissioner would not be present at the event.
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Vladimir Putin is on course for the second consecutive term as Russians head to polls. Opinion polls give Putin, the incumbent, support of around 70 percent, or nearly 10 times the backing of his nearest challenger. Another term will take him to nearly a quarter century in power – a longevity among Kremlin leaders second only to Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
PV Sindhu lost her semi-final encounter against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi at the prestigious All England Open Championships in Birmingham. Yamaguchi held her nerves to register a hard-fought three-game victory 19-21, 21-19, 21-18 over Sindhu in a gripping semi-final which lasted for an hour and 19 minutes. With this win, Yamaguchi improved her head-to-head record 4-6 against Sindhu. Yamaguchi will now meet World No. 1 and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei.
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