Wednesday morning news brief, November 15

Wednesday morning brief Nov 15 2017
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Suresh Prabhu has signalled a focus on new sectors to boost manufacturing, exports. The focus will now be on new emerging sectors like genomics, while a thrust will be given to the export of goods that are not currently among the top 10 items shipped out of the country. On the export side, the minister said he has flagged some of the issues, including some related to GST, to finance minister Arun Jaitley and indicated that his ministry has demanded more resources. Read more
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A report has suggested that lifestyle diseases are the biggest killer even in the most backward states. The India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative’s Report stated that lifestyle diseases like heart and chronic respiratory diseases now kill more people than communicable ones like tuberculosis or diarrhoea in every state in India. Communicable diseases such as diarrhoeal diseases, lower respiratory infections, and tuberculosis, and road injuries and suicides were also in the top 10 causes of death.
Ryan murder suspect’s father has said that his son ‘confessed’ due to CBI torture. The suspect’s father told TOI on Tuesday a “confession” had been extracted from his son by scaring and beating him. “Three CBI officials thrashed my 16-year-old son. My wife and I have never hit him. Without any evidence, he is being kept in detention. Juvenile Justice Board members weren’t always present (when the CBI was interviewing him). He was taken in a different cab. The officials told him ‘say only say what we tell you’,” the father said.
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Nepal has scrapped a hydro project with a Chinese company and an Indian one may now get it. Nepal cancelled the Budhi Gandaki hydropower project which had been contracted to a Chinese company earlier. Unconfirmed reports suggested the project might go to India’s NHPC instead. The decision is significant, since the agreement with the Chinese company came weeks after Nepal agreed to join Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Zimbabwe’s military has denied a coup, in a state TV address. Military officers of the country read an address live on state TV, saying they were not launching a coup but were “targeting criminals around” President Robert Mugabe, who is said to be safe.
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