Thursday morning news brief, February 1

Thursday morning brief Feb 1 2018
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Arun Jaitley will today present NDA govt’s fifth budget where he seeks to address agriculture distress and boost growth while sticking to fiscal prudence. Arun Jaitley will today present his toughest budget yet as he seeks to address agriculture distress, create jobs and boost growth while at the same time stick to fiscal prudence. The Budget, in view of upcoming assembly polls in eight states and general elections next year, may see new rural schemes and stepping up of funding towards existing programmes like MNREGA, rural housing, irrigation projects and crop insurance. Read more
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NHRC yesterday told the Supreme Court that Rohingyas had the right to approach the judicial forum to assert their rights to basic amenities. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that Rohingya immigrants had a right to demand basic amenities including education and healthcare. The rights body, through senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, told a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud that the Rohingya had the right to approach the SC to assert their rights to basic amenities.
Employment levels, particularly for women, in 2015-16 as against 2005-06 have registered a sharp dip, national family health survey has found. Employment levels, particularly for women, in 2015-16 as against 2005-06 have registered a sharp dip though women were employed in larger proportions than men in occupations such as “professional”, “technical”, “administrative” and “managerial”, the national family health survey has found. A slightly higher percentage of women at 10% than men at 8% are employed in a professional, technical, administrative, or managerial occupations.
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The BJP unit in Meghalaya took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi accusing him of wearing a Burberry jacket worth Rs 63,000 allegedly fleeced from the state exchequer. The Meghalaya unit of BJP tweeted a picture of the Congress president wearing a black jacket, which it claimed was a Burberry original. “So, soot (pun intended) boot ki sarkar with ‘black’ money fleeced from Meghalayan state exchequer by rampant corruption? Instead of singing away our woes, you could have given a report card of your inefficient government in Meghalaya. Your indifference mocks us,” the BJP’s Meghalaya unit tweeted.
A senior IAF officer was detained for leaking information from its headquarters to a woman, in what is suspected to be an espionage ring being run from Pakistan. The IAF’s counter-intelligence wing has detained a senior officer posted at the Air Headquarters here for allegedly leaking classified documents to a woman among other persons, in what is suspected to be an espionage ring being run from Pakistan. The officer, a Group Captain, was allegedly using his smart phone to click pictures of classified documents at the Air Headquarters and using “WhatsApp” to transmit them to the woman, said sources.
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