Sunday morning news brief Oct 29 2017

Sunday morning brief Oct 29 2017
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This Republic Day parade will see several Prime Ministers from Asean nations as guests. Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong have already confirmed their participation. Malaysian PM Najib Razak and a few others too are expected to attend. This is being seen as part of India’s assertive ‘Act East’ outreach, and will be the first time that so many heads of government and state will together attend the R-Day parade. Read
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Cars manufactured after July 1, 2019, will have to be equipped with airbags and speed alert systems. Reverse parking alerts, as well as manual override over the central locking system for emergencies are also being made mandatory. The Union road transport ministry has approved the timeline for the implementation of these systems, and it will be notified in a few days.
The sports ministry has ordered conducting dope test on cricketers during domestic and international matches in India. The National Anti-Doping Agency has been given “full authority and powers” to collect in-competition blood and urine samples of cricketers at BCCI recognised tournaments and matches. NADA risked its accredition with World Anti-Doping Agency being cancelled if dope tests were not conducted on cricketers.
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The Supreme Court said a minor survivor’s deposition is not a must for conviction in a rape case. The court said said mere non-examination of a minor or a victim with unsound mind during trial was no ground for acquittal of accused. The verdict would lay down the guidelines on the procedure for cases where the victim is unable to depose and corroborate before the trial judge her ordeal during a sexual assault.
The government is set to restore a majority of benefits under the drawback schemes, meant to reimburse taxes paid by exporters. The move is aimed at fixing glitches that have emerged since the roll out of the GST. Exporters have been complaining that the new duty drawback rates have severely eroded their competitiveness, already hit by a higher working capital requirement. A committee is looking at various options to address the grievances.
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