Tuesday morning news brief, March 27

Tuesday morning brief Mar 27 2018
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
BSP chief Mayawati has said she won’t support the Samajwadi Party (SP) in the upcoming UP bypolls. The BSP leader’s announcement means the SP will have to be on its own for two upcoming bypolls, for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat and the Noorpur Assembly seat. The BSP’s announcement came three days after it lost the Rajya Sabha election to the BJP despite getting support from SP. Read more
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India should have learnt lessons from Doklam, China said yesterday. The statement came after India’s envoy Gautam Bambawale blamed China for the face-off, saying it happened because Beijing tried to alter the “status quo” in the disputed area. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “Donglong (Doklam) belongs to China because we have historical conventions. China’s activities there are within our sovereign rights. There is no such thing as changing status quo.”
Tightened rules for US citizenship have hit hard Indians’ ‘American dream’. In recent times, the US was at its most liberal, immigration-wise, in 2008. That year it granted as many as 65,971 people citizenship. These numbers reflected the influx of highly-skilled Indian immigrant workers arriving on US shores at the rate of 120,000 workers a year between 1995-2000.
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The AIADMK holds the key to Parliamentary proceedings today. That’s because another party, TRS, which was disrupting the House with protests along with the AIADMK, has decided to end its protests. There were will no less than four notices of no-confidence against the ruling NDA when the House meets today.
An MNC bank in India has offered medical cover for staffers that are same-sex partners.
In India, since Section 377 of the penal code criminalises homosexuality, partners in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships are not covered under any insurance scheme. That’s why the Royal Bank of Scotland India decided to bear the cost of this medical coverage. The policy comes into effect April 1, making the bank one of the first companies to take this progressive step.

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