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Wednesday Evening News Brief, August 30

Wednesday evening brief Aug 30 2017
Good evening!
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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Wednesday Morning News Brief, August 30

Wednesday morning brief Aug 30 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Mumbai on ‘Red Alert’ as Met department predicted more rainfall in the city and sorrounding areas over the next 2-3 days. “Areas such as Mumbai, south Gujarat, Konkan, Goa and west Vidarbha will get extremely heavy rainfall in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is a serious situation. We have issued necessary warnings to the departments concerned, including airports,” AK Srivastav, head of climate monitoring and analysis at IMD Pune said. As a precautionary measure, the Fadnavis government has advised people to stay indoors today.
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Criminalising marital rape may destabilise the institution of marriage’, the central government told Delhi high court. “It has to be ensured adequately that marital rape does not become a phenomenon which may destabilise the institution of marriage apart from being an easy tool for harassing the husbands,” the affidavit, filed through central government standing counsel Monika Arora, said.
Passengers of the Nagpur-Mumbai Duronto Express had a miraculous escape after the train’s engine and nine coaches derailed yesterday. A railway official said a landslide due to heavy rain in the Kasara Ghats section washed away a portion of the tracks, leading to the derailment. Sunil Udasi, chief spokesperson of Central Railway , said, “I would like to reiterate that the driver did an excellent job of applying emergency brakes. As the train’s coaches were constructed with advanced LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) technology , they did not pile up on top of one another.”
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North Korea said it had conducted a test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile to counter US and South Korean military drills. The current ballistic rocket launching drill like a real war is the first step of the military operation of the KPA in the Pacific and a meaningful prelude to containing Guam,” KCNA quoted Kim as saying. US President Donald Trump said the world had received North Korea’s latest message “loud and clear“.
The Reserve Bank of India drew up a second list of over 40 defaulters, classified as non-performing assets. Banks have been told to initiate proceedings under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code against these defaulters within four months if there is no resolution until then. The 12 names identified by RBI in the first list that was prepared in June included large stressed accounts with outstanding of over Rs 5,000 crore with total dues of over Rs 1.75 lakh crore.
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Wednesday Evening News Brief, August 23

Wednesday evening brief Aug 23 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu today took full moral responsibility for the recent train accidents. Indicating that he has offered to quit, Prabhu said he is “extremely pained” by the two train derailments in Uttar Pradesh, one on Wednesday and the other last week. He said that he met PM Narendra Modi and took full moral responsibility for the mishaps, adding that the Prime Minister has asked him to “wait”.
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The government will soon set up a commission to examine the sub categorisation of backward communities in the central list. The proposed commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among caste and communities, including the broad categories of OBCs included in the central list, finance minister Arun Jaitley said.
The SC today dismissed Sasikala’s plea seeking review of her conviction in a disproportionate assets case. The apex court also rejected the AIADMK leader’s plea for an open court hearing of the review petitions. The apex court said it does not find any error in its verdict and therefore, the case does not merit review.
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The SC has sought an explanation from the BCCI as to why the Lodha reforms have not been implemented so far. The apex court issued show cause notice to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and asked him to personally appear before it on September 19 to explain the issue. The SC expressed displeasure over its directions on the Justice Lodha panel report not being implemented so far.
The Reserve Bank of India will issue Rs 200 notes in a bid to avoid the possibility of an illegal trade of currency notes.
The RBI is likely to put the proposed Rs 200 bank notes in circulation by the end of August or in the first week of September. It is also building a stack of about 50 crore notes of the new denomination so there is no scarcity or possibility of illegal trade.
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Wednesday Morning Brief, August 23

Wednesday morning brief Aug 23 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
India has launched a global hunt for 234 naval helicopters worth over $5 billion. These include 123 naval multi-role helicopters (NMRHs), with potent anti-submarine warfare capabilities, as well as 111 armed naval light utility choppers (NUHs) for operations from the decks of warships. The projects will be executed under the new “strategic partnership” (SP) policy under the “Make in India” framework. The government has sought responses from original equipment manufacturers through RFIs by early-October.
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Nine coaches of Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed near UP’s Auraiya district during the wee hours today. The accident, which left 60 passengers injured, occurred around 2.40am when the train collided with a dumper. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted about the mishap, saying that he is personally monitoring the situation. An NDRF team has been rushed to the spot for rescue and relief purposes.
The UP government has ordered FIRs to be registered against doctors and officials of BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur. An FIR has also been lodged against the supplier of liquid oxygen on the basis of a report submitted by chief secretary Rajiv Kumar. The government also ordered the transfer of additional chief secretary, medical education, Anita Bhatanagr Jain to the post of DG, training. The report has advised medical education minister Tandon to inspect the medical colleges and address the grievances and take remedial steps.
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The United States warned an angry Pakistan that it could lose its status as a privileged military ally if it continues giving safe haven to Afghan militant groups. This comes a day after President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy to force the Taliban to negotiate a political settlement with the Kabul government. Some of Pakistan’s critics in Washington have urged Trump to go further, by authorizing US strikes against militants inside Pakistan or declaring Pakistan a “state sponsor of terror.”
Rajasthan government sought a CBI probe into Robert Vadra’s land transactions. We have sent all the files pertaining to the case along with 18 FIRs registered in two different police stations to the Centre, Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said. Congress, on the other hand, accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state of misusing the CBI.
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Wednesday Evening News Brief, August 16

Wednesday evening brief Aug 16 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Modi govt’s J&K policy has created space for Pakistan to misbehave, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has said. Modi has created an environment in Jammu and Kashmir of hatred and anger, and the only people who benefit from violence are the Pakistanis, Rahul said, adding that their (Congress leaders’) efforts of 10 years were “destroyed by Modi in one month”. His attack on the government comes a day after the PM, in his Independence Day address, reached out to the Kashmiris, saying abuses and bullets would not resolve their problems but embracing them would.
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The government has issued a notice to smartphone makers, including Chinese companies over hacking fears. The government fears hacking at the hands of mobile phone makers, mostly Chinese (such as Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi and Gionee), as they are believed to be stealing personal information of users such as contact lists and messages. Other non-Chinese companies such as Apple, Samsung and Indian makers like Micromax are also among the 21 companies that have been sent a notice by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
The Supreme Court has asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe Kerala’s ‘love jihad’ case. The apex court also ordered that the NIA probe will be supervised by former SC judge Justice RV Raveendran. The Kerala government said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. The Court also said that after getting inputs from the NIA and Kerala police probe, it would interview Akhila (the Hindu woman who converted to Islam for marrying a Muslim man) to ascertain her views.
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Defence canteen, India’s top retailer is now planning to go online. The Canteen Stores Department (CSD) – which supplies goods at concessional rates to defence personnel – is putting in place systems to ensure that its 1.2 crore customers get to purchase the latest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) off its Unit Retail Canteen (URC) shelve. The country’s largest retail network is also working with partner companies on a model that would reduce the time lag and inconvenience involved in the purchase of white goods.
Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world, a survey has revealed. No Indian city was ranked in the top ten or bottom ten in the most liveable city ranking, according to the Global Liveability Report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Other most liveable cities include Austrian capital, Vienna in the second and Canada’s Vancouver in the third place. The least liveable city was Damascus at 140th place. EIU noted that overall, the global average liveability score has fallen 0.8 per cent to 74.8 per cent over the past five years.
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