Wednesday Morning News Brief, September 20

Wednesday morning brief Sep 20 2017
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Mobile bills are expected to go down as Trai has announced a steep cut in fee phone companies pay each other for connecting calls. The telecom regulator cut the interconnect user charges to 6 paise per minute from the existing 14 paise charge. “It has been observed that reducing termination rates (IUC) has benefitted consumers and enhanced competition … The reduction is likely to yield consumer benefits,” Trai said.
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President Trump warned Kim Jong-Un that he will ‘totally destroy’ North Korea if it threatens the US or its allies. – In his maiden address to the UN General Assembly, the US president said that “Rocket Man” Kim Jong-Un is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime. Trump added that the US would have to annihilate North Korea if Washington is forced to defend itself or its allies from Pyongyang’s nuclear threats.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a delegation-level meeting with US counterpart James Mattis on September 26. The two nations will discuss maritime security, counter-terrorism and joint defence production projects as well as challenges in terms of the security situation in the Af-Pak region and an aggressive China. It will be Sitharaman’s first major engagement since she took over as the defence minister.
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The Indian Railways has announced that it would run 4,000 special trains for the upcoming festival season. “In the next 40 days, we will celebrate the Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Chhath. So, we are introducing additional trains to facilitate holiday travelling between October 15 and October 30,” MoS for railways Manoj Sinha said. He added that platform tickets will not be sold in case there was a massive rush.
Flight and train operations are affected as Mumbai braces for another spell of heavy rains today. With the intensity of rain growing, the state government declared that all schools and colleges would remain closed on Wednesday. A forecast of heavy to very heavy rainfall at few places with extremely heavy rainfall in Raigad district adjoining Mumbai is expected in the next 24 hours, according to IMD.
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