Thursday Morning News Brief, May 4

Thursday morning brief May 4 2017
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India dismissed Pakistan army’s denial of soldiers’ beheading in J&K’s Krishna Ghati. “The denial itself carries no credibility, Union defence minister Arun Jaitley said. With India telling Pakistan that blood samples of beheaded Indian soldiers and a blood trail near the Line of Control establishes its complicity, Jaitley asked citizens to trust the capability of the Indian Army to respond to the outrage. Earlier yesterday, Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit was summoned by foreign secretary S Jaishankar to inform him of the anger and outrage in India over the barbaric act of Pakistani troops.
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The Cabinet recommended ordinance empowering the Reserve Bank of India. The ordinance will empower the apex bank to instruct banks to act against top 20-25 loan defaulters as part of a series of steps aimed at helping lenders get bad debt off their books. Public sector banks are saddled with non-performing assets or bad loans of Rs 6 lakh crore, which has impacted the finances of several lenders.
The government notified the pending pay hike for the armed forces. The pending implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission for the armed forces, which was kept in abeyance after the Army, Navy and IAF last year strongly complained that their persisting salary anomalies had not been rectified by the panel. The 14-lakh armed forces personnel have till now not got their revised pay packages under the 7th CPC implemented from January 2016 onwards, unlike the 33-lakh central government employees.
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After 83 days and 330 kg weight loss, Eman Ahmed will fly back to Abu Dhabi today. Eman Ahmed – until recently the heaviest woman in the world at 500kg – will leave Mumbai in a special ambulance driven along a green corridor organized by Mumbai Police. Saifee Hospital, where Eman was hospitalized since February 11, will hand over a 29-sheet transfer file to officials of Bhurjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi, before the departure.
Sonia Gandhi talked to opposition leaders to arrive at a joint nominee for the Presidential poll. The Congress President stepped up the steam yesterday by meeting National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and speaking to Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD chief Lalu Prasad on phone for a joint nominee for the top job. She is likely to meet Mamata Banerjee, BSP supremo Mayawati, and DMK’s M K Stalin to build a consensus on nominees for the presidential and vice-presidential polls.
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