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Sunday evening news brief, Sep 03 2017

Sunday evening brief Sep 3 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Nirmala Sitharaman is the new Defence Minister, Piyush Goyal gets Railways after Cabinet rejig. The reshuffle of the Union Cabinet saw nine new ministers being sworn in. Four ministers were also elevated to Cabinet rank. Suresh Prabhu will now take charge of Commerce and Industry. Apart from Finance, Arun Jaitley will now also look after Corporate Affairs. Read.
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PM Modi has arrived in China’s Xiamen for the 9th BRICS summit. He is expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin in bilateral talks on the sidelines of the summit. Jinping in his opening address asked BRICS members to shelve their differences and accommodate each other’s concerns by enhancing mutual trust and strategic communication.
North Korea claimed its hydrogen bomb test was a ‘perfect success.’ The bomb was designed to be mounted on its newly developed intercontinental ballistic missile, the North said in the announcement. The test has sparked international condemnation, including from China, Pyongyang’s closest ally, and US President Donald Trump.
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Low air fares on long-haul international routes may soon become a reality for Indian flyers. The debut of low-cost carriers on such routes may see one-way fare to some European cities drop to as low as Rs 12,000. Singapore Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary Scoot and Indian players like SpiceJet and IndiGo are expected to start operations to Europe in about a year’s time.
About 16 million children across India, Bangladesh and Nepal have been affected in the recent floods, UNICEF said. The most urgent needs for children are clean water, hygiene supplies to prevent the spread of disease and food supplies, the UN agency said. UNICEF, at the request of the state governments, is providing multi-sectoral planning and coordination support in Assam, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
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Saturday Evening News Brief, September 2

Saturday evening brief Sep 2 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Hockey India sacked coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings. The decision was taken in a three-day power-packed meeting to assess the way forward for Indian hockey and was attended by over 24 members. Though the federation did not say it in as many words, it is apparent that the Hockey India bosses are not impressed with the Dutchman. High Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the men’s team.
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Impromptu demonstrations and blockades erupted across Tamil Nadu today. The demonstrations were held a day after MBBS-aspirant Anitha committed suicide. In Chennai, students and politicians protested at nine places, and at least 450 people, including 80 women, were arrested by police. Anitha, a Dalit girl who scored 1,176 marks in her Class 12 examination, committed suicide as she didn’t score enough on NEET to land an MBBS course. Daughter of a daily wager, she even approached the Supreme Court against NEET regimen but it was dismissed.
Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani will not receive any remuneration, the company said. According to a postal ballot notice released to the stock exchanges on Friday, all Infosys founders, except S D Shibulal, will participate in the scheduled Rs 13,000-crore share buyback. Promoters and their families may tender up to a maximum of 1.77 crore equity shares. Out of the 19 members of the promoter group, only 16 are tendering shares. Three, including Shibulal, his daughter Shruti, and co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan’s daughter Meghana, are not participating in the programme.
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The UAE emerged as the leading destination for Indians migrating to the Gulf. According to emigration clearance data for the first six months of 2017, the UAE has toppled, by a wide margin, Saudi Arabia which used to traditionally lead the pack. The main reason for this shift in ranking is a drastic fall in migration from UP to Saudi Arabia during the first half of 2017. Oman came a close third with 30,413 migrants, which is 16.5% of the total Gulf migration. In 2016, Kuwait was the third most popular destination.
Massive landslide on the national highway near Shimla buried several vehicles. There is no report of any casualty or of anyone being trapped. The buried vehicles were parked along the roadside. “A portion of the cliff opposite the temple near Bhattakufer caved in. Boulders rolled down and smashed six-seven vehicles parked along the highway,” a police official said. The area has been witnessing heavy rainfall for the past three days.
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Friday Evening News Brief, September 9

Friday evening brief Sep 1 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will revamp his council of ministers on Sunday morning, at 10 am. Sources told that Modi is preparing to induct new faces, including from NDA allies JD(U) and the AIADMK, into his council of ministers. This will be the third such exercise since the BJP swept to power in the summer of 2014.

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​The CBI filed a 30,000-page chargesheet against former Indian Air Force Chief, S P Tyagi, and nine others in the VVIP chopper scam. The agency has revealed for the first time that Tyagi not only conspired with others to reduce the ceiling of 12 VVIP choppers, but manipulated with other operational requirements as well so that AgustaWestland gets the contract, in lieu of bribery.

The Centre is all set to begin the $87-billion river interlinking project in a month. The plan entails linking nearly 60 rivers, including the mighty Ganges, which the government hopes will cut farmers’ dependence on fickle monsoon rains by bringing millions of hectares of cultivatable land under irrigation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked tax officials to be friendly with honest taxpayers. Inaugurating the second edition of ‘Rajaswa Gyan Sangam’ – the joint conference of direct and and indirect tax officials – Modi asked them to ensure that the benefits of the biggest tax reform since Independence, GST, reach the common man by way of reduced prices.

China passed a law against mocking the national anthem, with singers facing up to 15 days in jail. From National Day on October 1, the song “The March of the Volunteers” can only be played at formal occasions. It can no longer be played as background music in public places and “inappropriate” private performances of the song are also forbidden.

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Thursday Evening News Brief, August 31

Thursday evening brief Aug 31 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
China said it would beef up patrols along a disputed stretch of its border with India. “The Chinese military will continue to carry out its mission and responsibilities, strengthen its patrols and garrisons in the Donglang area and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security,” defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqing said, after the two countries ended a more than two-month standoff.

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Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was declared absconding in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. Nearly 10 years after her assassination, former Rawalpindi CPO (City Police Officer) Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad were sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each. As an absconder, Musharraf legally must be arrested and brought to trial if he returns to Pakistan. The anti-terrorism court acquitted five people in the case.

India’s GDP grew 5.7 per cent on a year-on-year basis during the April-June period (Q1). During the previous quarter (January- March), the GDP had grown by 6.1 per cent. The GDP growth rate has been slowing every quarter since March 2016, when it stood at a whopping 9.1 per cent. Analysts have owed the slowing rate of growth to disruptions in the economy caused by demonetisation and teething problems after the roll out of GST.

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The Trump administration said Pakistan can access $255 million US military assistance only if it does more to crack down on internal terror networks. The dueling messages sent to Pakistan &mdash; promising aid but attaching strings if the country&#39;s counter-terror efforts fall short &mdash; are part of an increasingly <a href=”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/arms-sale-to-pakistan-has-strings/articleshow/60305336.cms”>confrontational </a>turn in an alliance that has long been strained.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
India posted 375 for five against Sri Lanka in the fourth One-day International of the five-match series. India did not get off to the best of starts by losing Dhawan early, but Virat Kohli (131) and Rohit Sharma (104) smashed the Lankan bowlers black and blue. Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni, too, steadied the ship. This is the highest total by any team against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

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Wednesday Evening News Brief, August 30

Wednesday evening brief Aug 30 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
In major reforms in the Indian Army after Independence, about 57,000 officers will be re-deployed. The reforms to ensure better utilisation of resources will be carried out by December 31, 2019. The ministry said civilians will be redeployed in different wings of the armed forces for improving efficiency. The reform initiatives were recommended by a committee headed by Lt Gen DB Shekatkar (retd).

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A day after severe flooding, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation chief said the situation is now under control. The Suburban train services on the western line resumed and the stranded passengers were evacuated. “The quantum of rainfall was extremely high. We had 325 mm of rainfall and there were almost 26 locations where the rainfall exceeded 250mm. So, it was one of the highest unprecedented rainfalls,” BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said.
There will be no tax cut on petrol and diesel to cushion the impact of drastic price hike. “That situation has not come where we should relook at tax structure,” Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. While petrol prices have increased by Rs 6.08 to reach Rs 69.12 a litre in Delhi, the highest since August 2014, diesel rates have risen by Rs 3.65 to Rs 57.01.

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The Reserve Bank of India said only 1.4 per cent of the old Rs 1,000 notes have not come back into the banking system. The central bank said, the cost incurred by RBI in printing notes has doubled to Rs 7,965 crore in the financial year 2016-17 from Rs 3,421 crore in 2015-16. It said that the surge in cost is on account of printing of new currency notes post-demonetisation.

Bangladesh spun their way to a first Test victory over Australia with Shakib Al Hasan’s second five-wicket haul of the match. Chasing 265 to win, Australia lost five wickets in an eventful morning session, and whatever hopes they had were snuffed out when Shakib bowled Glenn Maxwell with the first delivery after the lunch break.

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