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Wednesday morning news brief, April 18

Apr 18, 2018
Wednesday morning brief Apr 18 2018
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Google and the smart card lobby did not want Aadhaar to succeed, the UIDAI informed the Supreme Court. Appearing for the Unique Identity Authority of India, senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi told a CJI-headed Constitution bench that a campaign had been unleashed that Aadhaar should’ve been like smart cards, a Europe-based commercial venture. “If Aadhaar succeeds, smart cards will be out of business. Google does not want it. Smart card lobby does not want Aadhaar to succeed. That’s why these allegations are being made,” he said. More
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The US Embassy in New Delhi has recommended Indian visitors to apply for visa in advance due to rush. In non-peak travel time, the visa process – getting appointment to give biometrics and then appearing for an interview, if needed, – takes 15 to 20 days. “At this time, applicants across India may wait 30 days or more for a visa interview appointment to become available and the embassy expects this wait time to continue for at least the next few months,” the US embassy said in a statement.
Government will soon mandate single Goods and Services Tax (GST) return a month to ease burden. Although officers and Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani, who is advising the government on returns, have not been able to reconcile their differences on how the input tax credit will be given and whether it should be linked to actual tax payment, Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi, who heads a group of ministers, said the panel was looking at the new return being a blend between the two proposals.
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Indian banks said they can’t trust Vijay Mallya on other assets as he gave away the personal sword of Tipu Sultan. Embattled liquor tycoon <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/vijay-mallya-gave-away-tipu-sword-cant-trust-him-on-other-assets-say-indian-banks/articleshow/63804740.cms”>Vijay Mallya</a> gave away the rare sword in 2016 because his family told him it was bringing him &quot;bad luck&quot;, the London high court heard on Tuesday from the lawyer representing 13 Indian banks who Mallya owes about Rs 9,000 crore. The sword is worth &pound;188,000 (about Rs 1.8 crore today).
US Secretary of State nominee and CIA chief Mike Pompeo had a secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Pompeo’s conversations fueled Trump’s belief that productive negotiations were possible with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, but far from guaranteed, according to a US senior official briefed on the trip. Pompeo, one of Trump’s most trusted advisers, returned to report that it was worth continuing to pursue the possibility of a summit.
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