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Monday Morning News Brief, September 4

Monday morning brief Sep 4 2017
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The government is mulling a dedicated satellite bandwidth for security forces at the border for better surveillance. The idea is to enable the border guarding forces to monitor the movement of Pakistani and Chinese troops in real time, track terrorist infiltration, map terrain and communicate effectively in remote areas, besides assessing the strength of soldiers and artillery deployed by neighbours near the border.
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Bureaucrats and former military men account for nearly 10% of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers. The list includes a former home secretary, a retired diplomat, a former Mumbai police commissioner and an ex-Army chief. The presence of such a significant number of civil servants and ex-Armymen is seen as the PM’s push to get projects implemented in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
The BRICS Summit began in China today with a group photograph of leaders of the five countries. It was preceded by a warm handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also received the leaders of Brazil, Russia and South Africa ahead of the restricted meeting of the grouping.
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India inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka with a thumping six-wicket victory in the final ODI of the three-Test series. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s maiden five-wicket haul enabled India to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 238, Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the umpteenth time anchored a successful chase in 46.3 overs with a fluent unbeaten 110.
US President Donald Trump said North Korea’s actions were ‘very hostile and dangerous to the United States’. China expressed strong condemnation+ while South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for the “strongest punishment” against the North, including new UN sanctions to “completely isolate” it.
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Sunday Morning News Brief, September 3

Sunday morning brief Sep 3 2017
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Nine new faces will be inducted into the Council of Ministers today in a major revamp by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The inductions will include former foreign service officer Hardeep Puri and former IAS officer K J Alphons. Both are not currently MPs. Others are Uttara Kannada MP Anantkumar Hegde, former home secretary and Arrah MP R K Singh, Jodhpur MP Gajendra Singh, former Mumbai police commissioner and Baghpat MP Satya Pal Singh, Rajya Sabha MP from UP Shiv Pratap Shukla, Buxar MP Ashwini Chaubey and Tikamgarh MP Virendra Kumar.
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Raghuram Rajan said he had cautioned the government about the short-term costs of demonetisation outweighing the long-term benefits. In his new book, ‘I Do What I Do: On Reforms Rhetoric and Resolve’, due to be released next week, the former Reserve Bank of India governor said that he first gave his opinion orally in February 2016 and, subsequently, the RBI submitted a note to the government outlining the steps that would be needed, and the time required, if the Centre went ahead with the move.
The government issued an alert on the spread of a new malware, Locky Ransomware, that can lock computers. Ransomware is a malicious software and the Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding ransom of half bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh. The alert, issued on Cyber Swachhta Kendra, said it has been reported that a new wave of spam mails is circulating with common subject lines to spread variants of Locky Ransomware.
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NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to earth on Saturday, capping a career-total 665 days in the orbit. Whitson, 57, ended an extended stay of more than nine months aboard the International Space Station. During her third mission aboard the station, Whitson spent much of her time on experiments, including studies of cancerous lung tissue and bone cells. She also completed four spacewalks, adding to her six previous outings, to set a record for the most time spent spacewalking by a woman.
Isro chairman AS Kiran Kumar said the PSLV-C39 rocket that failed on Thursday was not carrying any extra load. He said that the heat shield added additional weight to the launch vehicle as it failed to get detached at the second stage and went along till the fourth stage separation point. “It was not because Isro put any additional weight prior to the launch,” Kumar added.
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Saturday Morning News Brief, September 2

Saturday morning brief Sep 2 2017
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the tax officials to shift to electronic interface with taxpayers to ensure complete anonymity. Modi called for a switch to a system where functionaries did not know whose returns they were assessing or scrutinising, while the individual or the company did not know who was the officer dealing with their case. “This will help avoid complaints of harassment or favouritism and shut out “vested interests,” he said.
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17-year-old Anitha who had moved the Supreme Court against NEET-based medical examinations committed suicide. She was found hanging at her house in a village in Tamil Nadu. The Dalit girl had approached the apex court last month opposing a plea seeking admissions to under graduate medical courses only on the basis of the NEET score. Anitha, daughter of a daily wage earner, had scored an impressive 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in class XII board examinations.
The Haryana police issued lookout notices against Honeypreet Insan, the adopted daughter of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Panchkula DCP Manbir Singh said Honeypreet was charged with conspiracy for allegedly trying to free Gurmeet from cops’ custody, in connivance with the Dera chief ‘s securitymen, after his conviction on August 25.
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US President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Kenneth Juster as the US ambassador to India. Juster, who is the Deputy Assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if nominated and confirmed by the Senate.
Tennis player Serena Williams gave birth to a baby girl on Friday, her coach Patrick Mouratoglou confirmed. “Congratulations @SerenaWilliams for your baby girl. I am so happy for you and I feel your emotion,” Mouratoglou wrote on Twitter. Williams, who is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, has not competed since winning the Australian Open in January but has posted several videos to social media showing her hitting balls during her pregnancy.
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Friday morning news brief, Sep 01 2017

Friday morning brief Sep 1 2017
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The death toll in the building collapse in Mumbai’s Bhendi Bazaar area has risen to 34. Thirteen people were pulled out alive from the rubble till late last evening and seven more were still feared trapped. 19 injured are admitted in hospitals. Rescue operations involving the NDRF, the fire brigade and police are continuing. The 117-year-old, 7-storey building collapsed yesterday morning. Read
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The last reshuffle of the Union cabinet before the next Lok Sabha polls is likely on Sunday. 5 ministers were asked to resign as part of the larger restructuring. That includes Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Sanjiv Balyan. Two nominees of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar are likely to be sworn in, along with BJP nominees. Suresh Prabhu is likely to be shifted to Environment ministry.
The Supreme Court is likely to hear an appeal in the Bofors payoff case today. The appeal filed by BJP leader and advocate Ajay Kumar Agarwal, challenged the Delhi high court’s verdict discharging the Hinduja brothers in the case. In December last year, the CBI admitted that it was refused permission by the authorities a decade ago to appeal against the Delhi HC’s May 2005, order.
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The GJM has suspended its indefinite shutdown of the Darjeeling hills till September 12. However some groups within the party are opposing the decision taken by some members of the party’s central committee. GJM president Bimal Gurung declared from an undisclosed location that the strike would continue. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will meet the Hill parties for another round of talks on September 12.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma produced sublime centuries to help India take a 4-0 lead in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The victory also dented Lanka’s chances of a direct World Cup qualification. Chasing India’s 375, the Lankans faltered from the start, losing wickets at regular intervals. The only resistance came from Angelo Mathews and Siriwardana for the fifth wicket partnership. Sri Lanka lost by 168 runs, their heaviest defeat on home soil.
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Thursday Morning News Brief, August 31

Thursday morning brief Aug 31 2017
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Finance minister Arun Jaitley said after demonetisation, government’s next step will be to put an end to black money in the elections. He said that the government was in the final stages of giving shape to the policy to eradicate use of black money in the elections. Reacting to the charge demonetisation had failed as almost 99% of scrapped Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes were deposited, Jaitley said the measure was being confused with confiscation of currency. “Confiscation of money was not the objective of demonetisation,” he added.
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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar ruled out his resignation over alleged mishandling of the law and order situation in the state. “There will not be any change in leadership. Anybody can say anything but we are satisfied with our work. Whatever we did was right,” he told reporters at Haryana Bhawan after submitting to BJP chief Amit Shah a report on state government’s response to the law and order challenge in the wake of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction.
The CBI registered 18 cases for alleged irregularities in the land deals in Bikaner by companies, including one firm linked to Robert Vadra. “As many as 18 FIRs are registered. Four of them are against Vadra’s company which were allegedly involved in illegal purchase of nearly 275 bigha land. All the 18 FIRs are in connection with the purchase of close to 1,400 bigha land in fake names,” Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria had said on August 22 after referring the matter to the CBI.
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The Centre said it has decided to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar to various government schemes from September 30 to December 31. This is the second such extension; earlier, the Centre had fixed June 30 as the deadline for every citizen to furnish Aadhaar to be eligible to avail benefits under social welfare schemes. The deadline was then pushed back to September 30.
Telecom companies like Airtel, Telenor and Reliance Communications sought a revenue-share model from the content creators. At an open house session called by Trai on the issue of net neutrality on Wednesday, telecom companies demanded commercial arrangements with content creators to further monetise their mobile networks.The telecom players have been pushing for a share of the advertising pie generated by content companies, saying that they have made investments in network and spectrum.
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