Tuesday Morning News Brief, June 13

Tuesday morning brief Jun 13 2017
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Several banks complained to the finance ministry that farmers are wilfully defaulting on loans in hope of waiver. “Farmers are emptying their bank accounts so that we cannot deduct the payment due from them,” the head of a large bank said. The total farm loans are estimated at a little under Rs 10 lakh crore. Andhra, Telangana, UP and Maharashtra have announced farm loan waivers. Other states, especially where polls are due, are under pressure to follow suit.
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The ministry of human resources development will formulate a common curriculum and evaluation process across the boards. The ministry has set up an inter-board working group (IBWG), comprising eight boards, to work out the details for stopping of moderation and upward revision, or spiking, of marks. The group will work out a model for all boards to follow from next year.
The National Investigation Agency asked Pakistan to provide details of four fidayeen attackers involved in last year’s Uri attack. According to sources, a judicial request (letter rogatory) has been sent to Pakistan via diplomatic channels in which details of DNA samples, medicines, clothes, shoes, accessories and DNA of one of the four terrorists, identified as Abu Anas, have been sought. The September 18 attack at Uri became one of the main reasons for the strained Indo-Pak relations in the last one year.
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India has 81 lakh fewer tobacco users now than it had in 2010, according to Global Adult Tobacco Survey. According to the survey, since 2010, there has been a comparative reduction of 33% in tobacco use among 15 to 24 year olds, and 54% among minors (15 to 17 years). The survey shows the pictorial warnings are working, with 55% of smokers and 50% of smokeless tobacco users admitting to have plans to quit.
A UK court will hear loans defaulter Vijay Mallya’s extradition case today. An earlier hearing scheduled for May 13 was deferred by a month. Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service will be arguing on behalf of India at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Mallya, a liquor tycoon, owes as much as Rs 9,000 crore to Indian banks. He fled India last year in March and has been living in Britain, mostly, since then.
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