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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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Saturday Morning News Brief, September 2

Saturday morning brief Sep 2 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
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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Saturday Evening News Brief, August 26

Saturday evening brief Aug 26 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
​The Haryana government suspended the DCP of Panchkula over Friday’s violence following verdict on Dera chief “Yes, there was a lapse and that why we have suspended DCP Panchkula,” Haryana additional chief secretary (Home) Ram Niwas said, adding that the prohibitory order issued by the officer only barred carrying of weapons and not a gathering of five or more persons. Haryana deputy advocate general General Gurdass Singh Salwara was sacked after he was found carrying Ram Rahim’s bags.

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Pakistan’s Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that it is time to say goodbye to US aid. Shahbaz’s statement came days after US President Trump alleged that Pakistan received billions of dollars in aid but did not act against “terrorist havens” in the country. “The exaggerated comments being made in the national and international discourse regarding the US aid to Pakistan are tantamount to rubbing salt into the wounds of Pakistanis suffering terrorism, poverty and backwardness,” said Shahbaz.

Five security personnel were killed by terrorists in a police camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. One of the terrorists, who entered the camp in Pulwama town of south Kashmir, was also killed in the ensuing gunfight, said an Army officer. So far, bodies of two terrorists have been recovered.

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Two mysterious explosions were reported off the Digha coast in West Bengal’s East Midnapore district. The explosion sites are said to be well out in the sea, and not within visible range from the coast. Police sources said they have found no material evidence on land. Some hotels located close to the coast are reported to have developed cracks on walls, and glass panes shattered from the impact.

A 26-year-old sword-wielding man attacked and wounded three police officers outside Buckingham Palace in London, prompting Scotland Yard to launch a terror investigation. “A car deliberately drove at a police van and stopped in front of it in a restricted area on Constitution Hill near Buckingham Palace and a struggle ensued with the security officers,” police said. Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family were not in Buckingham Palace at the time.

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Saturday morning news brief Aug 26 2017

Saturday morning brief Aug 26 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The most forceful storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years made landfall in Texas on Friday. Hurricane Harvey, a category-4 storm, lashed the US Gulf Coast with powerful winds reaching 215 km/hr, and driving rain. It forced thousands to flee homes, crippled oil production and wreaked havoc on air travel. Texas coast will see waves surge by upto 12 feet, and over 100 cm of rain the the next 5 days. Read
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Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar admitted to lapses in dealing with the situation post the Ram Rahim Singh verdict. He said some culprits who fired at security forces have been identified and will be punished. Khattar ducked a question on how thousands of Dera followers managed to reach Panchkula despite Section 144 being imposed much earlier. At least 29 people died across Haryana in clashes following the Dera chief’s conviction.
CIA might have accessed Aadhaar data using cyber spying tools, Wikileaks claimed. The startling claim also said that the tools used were designed by Cross Match Technologies, the company that provides biometric solutions to the Unique Identification Authority of India. However officials said Aadhaar data is safely encrypted and not accessible to another agency, including suppliers of devices and softwares.
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CBI has registered an FIR against Bihar-based NGO Srijan Mahila Vikas Samiti, that is at the centre of the Srijan scam. FIRs were also filed against the director and ex-director of the Bank of Baroda’s Saharsa and Bhagalpur branches respectively. So far, 15 persons have been arrested in the case. Government funds to the tune of Rs 950 crore were allegedly diverted illegally to the account of the Bhagalpur NGO.
The JD(U) has virtually initiated a process of expelling Sharad Yadav from the party. Party general secretary KC Tyagi in a letter to Yadav said, the latter’s participation in RJD’s August 27 rally in Patna, in violation of a party directive, will be seen as him voluntarily exiting the paty. JD(U) is also set to seek his disqualification as Rajya Sabha member after the rally tomorrow.
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Saturday Evening News Brief, August 19

Saturday evening brief Aug 19 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Six coaches of the Puri-Haridwar-Kalinga Utkal Express derailed in Muzaffarnagar’s Khatauli today. According to reports, at least 12 people were injured in the accident and have been rushed to a local hospital. The train was on its way to Haridwar from Puri in Odisha. The rescue operations are underway and the derailment is likely to affect train movements on the busy Northern Railway route.
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The JD(U) today warned of action against Sharad Yadav, if he attends Lalu Yadav’s rally. Speaking to reporters after the party’s national executive meeting at the CM’s official residence in Patna, the JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi said, “if he attends RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s rally on August 27, he will cross the Lakshman Rekha.” Tyagi accused Yadav of indulging in anti-party activities, while adding that the party has not acted against Yadav because of his seniority.
Finnish police today said that Finland stabbing that left two people dead was a terror attack. The police said that the terror intent of the incident was confirmed in the light of new information receieved overnight. The police also said that they have six suspects in cutody and the main suspect is an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen. The police had shot the knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after the stabbing rampage at Turku in southwestern Finland.
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The US formally initiated investigation of China’s intellectual property practices. The US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer said that he notified the President about the initiation of investigation under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. According to USTR, China uses a variety of tools and other mechanisms to regulate or intervene in US companies’ operations in China, in order to pressure the transfer of technologies and intellectual property to Chinese companies.
Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel today called for recapitalisation of state-run banks. Patel said that bad loans at 9.6 per cent of the system is not acceptable and recapitalisation of the banks can resolve the issue of Non Performing Assets. “Government and the RBI are in dialogue to prepare a set of measures to enable state-run banks to shore up the requisite capital in a time bound manner,” he said, adding that 86.5 per cent of GNPAs are accounted by large borrowers.
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