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Top Headlines: Amarnath: On June 25, intelligence input had warned of possible strike

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Daily Newsletter | Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Amarnath: On June 25, intelligence input had warned of possible strike
“Intelligence input received from Anantnag SSP reveals that terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 yatris and about 100 police officers. The attack may be in the form of standoff fire on (a) yatra convoy which they believe will result in flaring of communal tension throughout the nation,” the alert stated.
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LeT denied hand due to global pressure on Pak?
Amarnath yatra is far from being sancrosanct for Lashkar and terror groups. The extremist and separatist elements in the Kashmir valley have also seen it as an imposition and it does not fit their narrative of the Valley being the exclusive preserve of one community
Ravi Shastri appointed new head coach: BCCI
This marks an eventful return to the Indian setup for former allrounder Ravi Shastri, who last June was overlooked by the CAC for Anil Kumble, and subsequently had a public spat with former captain Sourav Ganguly.


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CU’s BPEd and MPEd courses unrecognised, says NCTE
In a blow to the Calicut University, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has warned the varsity that the BPEd (Bachelor of Physical Education) and MPEd (Master of Physical Education) courses run by the varsity on the campus do not have the mandatory recognition of NCTE.
Rains bring chaos in Kolkata as KMC presses 342 major pumps to flush out water
For the first time in recent memory the Kolkata Municipal Corporation pressed into service 342 major pumps out of a stock of 363 in all principal drainage pumping stations to flush out storm water from arterial roads across the city but could not prevent large-scale inundation of the city.


Xiaomi to launch third smartphone brand this month: Report
Xiaomi is reportedly planning to launch a new sub-brand later this month. The upcoming sub-brand is said to focus on the offline retail market.
Lava A93 smartphone with 3,000mAh battery launched at Rs 7,999
Lava has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of a new smartphone. Dubbed A93, the handset is priced at Rs 7,999 and comes in Gold colour option.
Nokia 5 will be available in India by August 15
HMD Global launched its three Nokia-branded Android smartphones – Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 – in India last month. While Nokia 6 is an Amazon exclusive, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be available in offline stores across the country. But the two smartp…


Shastri appointed new head coach and Zaheer bowling coach: BCCI
This marks an eventful return to the Indian setup for former allrounder Ravi Shastri, who last June was overlooked by the CAC for Anil Kumble, and subsequently had a public spat with former captain Sourav Ganguly.
Big W: Djokovic eases past Mannarino into last eight
Second seed Novak Djokovic eased into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a routine 6-2 7-6(5) 6-4 win over France’s Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday. The match was postponed after the marathon battle between Rafa Nadal and Gilles Muller concluded late on Monday.
Zaheer Khan: A profile of India’s new bowling coach, the best man for the job
While he has no formal coaching experience, the 38-year-old Zaheer brings a vault of experience to his most high-profile role since he retired from international cricket in October 2015 and will rank as one of India’s best fast bowlers.


FbStart Apps of the Year: Maya wins Asia Pacific App of the Year award
Maya, a Bangalore-based mobile app that helps women track their menstrual cycles, won the Asia Pacific App of the Year at FbStart Apps of the Year awards announced by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Tuesday.
India’s June gold imports spike as buyers tried to beat GST
The rush of buying by retail consumers in the world’s second-biggest consumer of the precious metal will likely lead to lower July imports, GFMS said. That would put pressure on global gold prices that are already trading near their lowest level since mid-March.
Jio reduces validity on Rs 309 plan; unveils new packs
According to information on the company’s website, Jio will now offer 56 GB of data for 56 days for Rs 309, which effectively means that pre-paid consumers will get 1GB data per day. Earlier, the pack was valid for 84 days for the same amount with 1 GB data per day.


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When Bollywood’s stars had their fan moment
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Katrina Kaif-Ranbir Kapoor’s equation post break-up
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Friday morning news brief, June 30, 2017

Friday morning brief Jun 30 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
1.30 lakh people of Indian origin acquired citizenship of another country in 2015. This makes India the top country of naturalised citizens across the world. The next three spots went to Mexico, Philippines and China. Humanitarian migration, rather than migration for better jobs or lifestyle, dominated the overall scene during 2015, the report by Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development said. Read
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There is no let up in the border tensions between India and China in the Sikkim sector. The two armies strengthened their positions at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction by deploying around 3,000 troops each. India has made it clear that it will not allow China to construct a road to the region through the Bhutanese territory of Doklam plateau.
India is bracing with tense anticipation the GST rollout, slated for midnight tonight. Proponents say that by doing away with the plethora of taxes and barriers on state borders, GST will accelerate economic growth. But political opinion on the matter is divided, and several opposition parties will boycott the grand inauguration function in the Parliament.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly won a confidence vote in Parliament on Thursday. With support from the Democratic Unionist Party, May&#39;s legislative programme was approved by 323 votes in favour and 309 against in the 650-seat Parliament. <a href=”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/british-pm-may-wins-confidence-vote-in-parliament/articleshow/59375396.cms”>DUP agreed to back</a> May&#39;s minority government in confidence and budget votes, in return for an extra &pound;1.0 billion in state aid for Northern Ireland.
Twitter India has come out with a public education initiative, ‘Tweesurfing’, aimed at improving online behaviour. It includes online and offline workshops as well as a set of guidelines on how to interact and stay safe on Twitter. An official said, the primary issue was a knowledge gap amongst Twitter users in India, who didn’t know about checks and measures to block, report or avoid tweets.
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Thursday Evening News Brief, June 29

Thursday evening brief Jun 29 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Killing in the name of cow worship is not acceptable, PM Modi said today. Addressing a gathering in Ahmedabad, PM said, “No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country”. Meanwhile, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi termed as “mere lip service” the prime minister’s statement against violence in the name of cow protection and said the BJP and Sangh-affiliated outfits have put a lower premium on human life.
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The Congress said it won’t attend the launch of the Goods and Services Tax. The GST launch is scheduled for midnight on June 30 in a special Parliament session. “Midnight session of parliament was held only thrice starting with August 15, 1947. In 1972, session was held to mark silver jubilee and the third time it was for golden jubilee of our Independence,” Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad said, adding, “May be 1947 has no relevance for BJP because they played no role in freedom struggle.”
Indian Army should learn “historical lessons”, China warned India. The warning, an oblique reference to the 1962 war, came after it asked India to withdraw its troops from the Donglong area in Sikkim sector as a precondition for a “meaningful dialogue” to settle the boundary issue. The Donglong (Doklam) is a tri-junction area near the Chumbi Valley. It is under China’s control. However, Bhutan claims sovereignty over the area.
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The Iraqi government troops captured the mosque in Mosul today. Seizing the 850 year-old Grand al-Nuri Mosque hands a symbolic victory to the Iraqi forces who have been battling for more than eight month to recapture Mosul, the northern city that served as Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq. Iraqi authorities expect the battle to end in the coming days as Islamic State has been bottled up in a handful of neighborhoods of the Old City.
43 McDonald’s outlets in Delhi will shut today, 1700 will lose jobs. In an unprecedented move, the infighting between Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL), the 50:50 local joint venture between Vikram Bakshi and the US-headquartered McDonald’s that operates the fast food chain in north and east India, and the global burger giant took an ugly turn with the CPRL board deciding to shut down 43 out of 55 restaurants in Delhi.
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Wednesday evening news brief June 28 2017

Wednesday evening brief Jun 28 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Living in gated housing societies and banking services are likely to cost more after GST rollout. Monthly maintenance charges for such societies exceeding Rs 5000 will attract 18% under GST against the current 15%. Service charges on ATM transactions, Credit and Debit Cards, and insurance premiums are also likely to cost more. Read
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China has removed an old bunker of the Indian Army at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan in Sikkim. The forcible removal of the old bunker with a bulldozer came when the Indian side did not agree to a request by the Chinese authorities to dismantle it. China has not taken kindly to India building new bunkers and upgrading older ones along the border in Sikkim.
India’s communication satellite GSAT-17 will be launched tomorrow from Kourou in French Guiana. GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3,477 kg will carry payloads in normal C-band, extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services. It also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services.
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Linking existing Aadhaar numbers with PAN cards will be mandatory for tax payers from July 1. The intention is to check tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards. Over 2 crore taxpayers have already linked their Aadhaar with PAN. The Supreme Court had upheld the validity of an I-T Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and ITR filing.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday face a vote on whether to maintain increasingly unpopular austerity. This will be her first parliamentary challenge since a disastrous election earlier this month, in which the Conservatives lost majority in the House of Commons. The opposition Labour party is hoping to exploit concerns within May’s Conservative party that voters are tiring of its 7-year spending squeeze.
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Monday evening news brief, June 27 2017

Tuesday evening brief Jun 27 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Low-risk Indian travellers to the US will now experience a speedy entry into the country. This becomes possible after India joined the International Expedited Traveler Initiative, a US Customs programme that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. British and Swiss citizens are also a part of the programme. Read
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Netherlands today on the final leg of his three-nation tour. He will have an official meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and call on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima. He would also be meeting with CEOs of major Dutch companies and encourage them to join the Indian growth story.
Former cricketer Ravi Shastri is likely to submit his application for the position of Indian cricket coach. Shastri, 55, will join Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Dodda Ganesh and Richard Pybus on the list of contenders. He had been critical of the BCCI committee comprising Tendulkar, Ganguly and VVS Laxman, that picked Anil Kumble over him for the coach’s role last year.
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The threat perception for the Amarnath Yatra this year is very high, BSF DG KK Sharma has said. However he assured that BSF and security forces are well-prepared to ensure a peaceful yatra that begins on June 29 and will end on August 07. Those below 13 or above 75 years will not be allowed to take the pilgrimage to the shrine, situated at an altitude of 12,756 feet in J&K.
The European Union has slapped a $2.72 billion fine on Google for breaching antitrust rules with its online shopping service. European regulators said, “Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.” It gave the company 90 days to stop, or face massive fines.
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