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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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Thursday Morning News Brief, August 31

Thursday morning brief Aug 31 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
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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Thursday Evening News Brief, August 24

Thursday evening brief Aug 24 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Supreme Court ruled that privacy is a fundamental right because it is intrinsic to the right to life. This judgment of a nine-judge bench is a blow to Aadhaar as the Centre now has to convince apex court that forcing citizens to give a sample of their fingerprints and their iris scan does not violate privacy. The government welcomed the decision, but said it should be subject to “reasonable restrictions“, like every other right guaranteed under the Constitution.

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The pre-booking of JioPhone has started for Rs 500 across its retail stores and the Jio app amid reports of website crash. The initial booking amount is Rs 500 while the rest Rs 1,000 has to be paid at the time of delivery in September. Reliance Retail has a target of making available 50 lakh JioPhones every week from September.

India’s Kidambi Srikanth beat Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-14, 21-18 to reach quarterfinals in the World Badminton Championships. Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy lost against Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto of Indonesia 22-20, 18-21, 18-21 in Mixed Doubles pre-quarterfinals

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Amid the ongoing stand-off with China, the Indian Air Force has commissioned Air Force Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh. AFS Arjan Singh became fully operational, with its full complement of six C-130J Super Hercules strategic aircraft, in the last week of July. Panagarh is the second location in the country, after Hindan in Ghaziabad, to have a base for the C-130J aircraft.

The Centre sent 177 companies of paramilitary forces to Panchkula ahead of Dera Sacha Sauda verdict on Friday. A CBI court in Panchkula is expected to pronounce a verdict in the sexual exploitation case against Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Several thousand of Baba Ram Rahim’s supporters have reached the city using trains, buses and private vehicles. The intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch on social media, particularly WhatsApp groups, Facebook and Twitter, and have asked people not to spread rumours.

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Thursday Morning News Brief, August 24

Thursday morning brief Aug 24 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
A nine-judge Supreme Court bench will pronounce its judgment on the issue of right to privacy today. In a decision that will touch the lives of all 134 crore Indians, the bench will decide on whether the privacy of an individual was a part of his/her inviolable fundamental rights. According to the Supreme Court sources, there will be six judgments on the issue by the bench.
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Nandan Nilekani is set to return as Infosys’s non-executive chairman. Nilekani will come for a predetermined period with the aim of achieving a bunch of predetermined goals, mainly identifying the next CEO. Nilekani is yet to sign off formally on his comeback because a number of things – including a buy-in by founder N R Narayana Murthy into this plan – have to fall in place before a formal announcement. Nilekani’s arrival will also mean that the board will have to be reconstituted.
Saudi Arabia’s revised job scheme favouring locals will likely hit the Indians hard. From September 2017, only a handful of organisations with high grades – based on number of Saudi nationals employed by them and other criteria – will be able to apply for new block visas for migrant employees. The revised Nitaqat scheme will cover private companies with six or more employees (as opposed to current criteria of 10 or more). “Others can obtain visas for expat employees only through a transfer of sponsorship,” said an immigration alert from EY.
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The number of deaths caused by swine flu in India has touched 1,094 in 8 months. Of them, 342 people have died due to the viral illness in the past three weeks. The latest data on swine flu, released by the Union health ministry on Wednesday, reveals that Maharashtra and Gujarat are worst affected by the viral influenza with 437 and 269 deaths, respectively. The data also shows that September and October are peak months for transmission of the viral influenza.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati will not attend the RJD’s ‘BJP bhagao, desh bachao’ rally. Confirming their absence, RJD president Lalu Prasad said, “I spoke to Mayawatiji. She will send BSP general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra while Sonia Gandhi will send senior Congress functionary Ghulam Nabi Azad and party general secretary C P Joshi to the rally.” The rally, which will take place in Patna on Sunday, is being seen as an attempt to forge a larger alliance of like-minded opposition parties to take on BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
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Thursday Evening News Brief, August 17

Thursday evening brief Aug 17 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
PM Narendra Modi said middlemen have no place in the government. Addressing young entrepreneurs, the PM said, “It is unfortunate that corruption was institutionalised. The time has come to change this. The time for middlemen is over. They are out of work in this government and they are the ones who are most unhappy.”
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PM Narendra Modi said middlemen have no place in the government. Addressing young entrepreneurs, the PM said, “It is unfortunate that corruption was institutionalised. The time has come to change this. The time for middlemen is over. They are out of work in this government and they are the ones who are most unhappy.”
​ The Tamil Nadu government announced it will probe into Jayalalithaa’s death. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said his government will set up an inquiry commission headed by a retired judge of Madras high court to probe into the circumstances leading to the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The name of the retired judge will be declared soon, he said.

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The Tamil Nadu government announced it will probe into Jayalalithaa’s death. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said his government will set up an inquiry commission headed by a retired judge of Madras high court to probe into the circumstances leading to the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The name of the retired judge will be declared soon, he said.
The Tamil Nadu government announced it will probe into Jayalalithaa’s death. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said his government will set up an inquiry commission headed by a retired judge of Madras high court to probe into the circumstances leading to the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The name of the retired judge will be declared soon, he said.
The Tamil Nadu government announced it will probe into Jayalalithaa’s death. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said his government will set up an inquiry commission headed by a retired judge of Madras high court to probe into the circumstances leading to the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The name of the retired judge will be declared soon, he said.
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