Tuesday Morning News Brief, Dec 26

Tuesday morning brief Dec 26 2017
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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has allowed Made in India aircrafts to be used for commercial flights on regional routes. The aircrafts manufactured by Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) were only used by defence forces till now. The DGCA gave certification to HAL’s Dornier 228, a 19-seater aircraft. Now, HAL can sell this plane to airlines in India and it can be used by them for regional flights under the PM Modi’s ambitious UDAN scheme, said an official. Read
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After displaying hostility, Maldives has reached out to India to discuss bilateral meet in a bid to undo perceived snub. Tension brewed between the two countries after a pro-government newspaper in the island nation described <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/maldives-reaches-out-to-india-seeks-to-undo-perceived-slight/articleshow/62244881.cms”>PM Narendra Modi</a> as an anti-Muslim and India as an enemy. Maldives president Abdullah Yameen has now denied that the editorial reflected his government&rsquo;s position in anyway. He called India the country&rsquo;s &ldquo;closest friend&rdquo; and ally.
With the closure of 84 outlets on Monday, over half of McDonald’s restaurants have shut down in North & East India. The outlets are shutting down due to a fallout between the company and McDonald’s supply chain partner Radhakrishna Foodland due to an alleged non-payment of dues by Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL), a 50:50 joint venture between franchise partner Vikram Bakshi and McDonald’s. The closure of outlets is also expected to put pressure on Bakshi to sell out to the global burger giant.
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Vijay Rupani will take the oath of secrecy today in the presence of PM Modi and Amit Shah. Along with Rupani, deputy CM-elect Nitin Patel will also take the oath at the new secretariat. The chief ministers of 18 states where the BJP and its allies are in power and several union ministers are also expected to attend the ceremony. According to Sources, Rupani is likely to keep the number of ministers in his cabinet below 20, against the maximum provision of 27 (15% of the total number of MLAs).
Haryana has topped in diverting forest land for non-forestry purposes such as cultivation and industrial projects. According to environment ministry figures, Along with Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra, Haryana accounted for more than 50% of the total diversion of forest area (56,069 hectares or 560.69 sq km) for non-forestry projects in the entire country between 2014 and 2017, However, afforestation of 93,400 hectares (934 sq km) of land was also carried out in Haryana during the same period.
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