Thursday morning news brief, Jan 25 2018

Thursday morning brief Jan 25 2018
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India and Vietnam vowed to expand defence ties, amid growing Chinese assertiveness in South China Sea. India’s involvement in building Vietnam’s defence capabilities figured prominently in PM Modi’s bilateral meeting with his counterpart, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, ahead of the India-Asean summit. Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also had bilateral meetings with Modi. Read
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There’s a need to strike balance between right to privacy and state interest, the Supreme Court said. During a hearing on the Aadhaar’s constitutional validity, the court said the real issue regarding Aadhaar is how to prevent misuse and leak of data collected by the UIDAI. But data could not be allowed to track people’s activities that fall in the private domain.
The Centre unveiled details of its bank recapitalisation plan with a capital infusion of over Rs 88,000 cr. The plan for 20 state-run banks will be linked to a six-point reform agenda to restore their health and step up lending to aid growth. The capital infusion plans for 2017-18 include Rs 80,000 cr through recapitalisation bonds and Rs 8,139 cr as budgetary support. The banks will raise Rs 10,312 cr through share sales.
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Restrictions on reporting the Sohrabuddin ‘fake encounter’ trial has been set aside by the Bombay High Court. The court ruled in favour of a group of nine journalists, who submitted a petition against the November 2017 restriction order by a special CBI court. “In reporting from an open trial, the press not only makes use of its own right, but serves the larger purpose of making such information available to the general public,” it observed.
The Centre has advised the J&K govt to formulate a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for Kashmiri militants. It advised devising a policy that focuses on economic rehabilitation and suitable training to help them set up and run their own businesses. The idea is to keep them gainfully engaged so that they do not slip back into militancy due to dejection over lack of post-surrender opportunities.
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