Thursday evening news brief, Nov 30 2017

Thursday evening brief Nov 30 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India’s GDP for the July-September quarter of the current fiscal stood at 6.3 per cent. The figure brings some cheer as GDP had been sliding for the last five quarters, touching 5.7% during April-June, a three-year low. Earlier in the day, equity markets slumped over 1%, as India’s fiscal deficit touched Rs 5.25 lakh crore, or 96% of the budget estimate during April-October of 2017-18. Read
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Cyclone Ockhi is now approaching Lakshadweep, after lashing Tamil Nadu and Kerala with torrential rain. It is expected to intensify further and hit the Lakshadweep islands on December 2. The met department said very heavy rainfall is likely over south Tamil Nadu and south Kerala during the next 24 hours. Four rain-related deaths have been reported from Tamil Nadu so far.
UP recorded the highest number of heinous crimes such as murder, and those against women in 2016. According to data released by National Crime Records Bureau the state reported the highest number of murders – 4,889 – accounting for 16.1%, followed by Bihar with 8.4%. Nationally, there was a 12.4% rise in incidents of rape.
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Pakistan Cricket Board has sought $70 million in compensation from BCCI for India not playing two series with that country. The two planned series between India and Pakistan were due to take place at a neutral venue. The International Cricket Council confirmed receiving a notice from PCB. Indian officials however dismissed PCB’s legal notice as ‘a piece of paper.’ New Delhi halted bilateral sports with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
‘Padmavati’ director Sanjay Leela Bhansali today appeared before a parliamentary standing committee on IT. He shared his views on the controversy surrounding the film with committee members. Earlier in the day, censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi told another parliamentary panel that he had not yet seen the film, and a decision would be taken after showing it to experts.
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