Thursday Morning News Brief, June 22

Thursday morning brief Jun 22 2017
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Government allowed district central cooperative banks to deposit demonetised currency at the Reserve Bank of India within 30 days. The 30-day period ends July 20. The move will bring relief to cooperative banks in particular that were stuck with old currency after the Reserve Bank of India asked them to retain the notes pending verification. The government announced the cancellation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8 last year to eliminate black money, fake currency and terror funding.
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Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli were not on talking terms for the ‘last six months’, revealed a senior BCCI official. “The two had stopped talking to each other since December when the England Test series got over. There were problems but it was like shocking that the two didn’t have any proper communication for the past six months. On Sunday evening after the final, they were made to sit across table and they both agreed that it’s not working out,” said the official.
Security forces gunned down three terrorists in an encounter in Pulwama district of South Kashmir this morning.
The encounter started on Wednesday evening in Kakapora area of Pulwama following an intelligence input that three local boys, who had joined militant ranks in banned Lashker-e-Taiba terror group, were holed up in a house. This is the second successful operation against the terror outfit within three days. Yesterday, two terrorists were killed in an encounter in Sopore township of Baramulla district in north Kashmir.
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The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba. The mosque, which is also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque, is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in 2014 shortly after Mosul was overrun by the militants. The minaret that leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa had stood for more than 840 years.
One of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case submitted a petition seeking mercy killing. “I have come to the conclusion that there is no use living when there is no scope for release,” Robert Payas said, adding that the very long prison sentence has punished not only him, but also his family. On 11 June this year, he completed 26 years of incarceration and entered the 27th year.
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