ALL News Headlines 2019 December 18TH

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh: Gauhar Rizvi, advisor of international issues to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said in Kolkata that the country will take back any citizen of the neighbouring nation staying in India illegally if evidence is provided. He further said that the issue of amended Citizenship Act is an internal matter of India.

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ALL News Headlines 2019 December 16TH

SUPREME COURT OF INDIA JUDGMENTS

CAA IN SC: The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear on December 18 pleas of the Congress and former Maharaja of Tripura Pradyot Kishor Deb Barman challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act.Several petitions, including those by Congress MP Jairam Ramesh and Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra have been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019.

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ALL News Headlines 2019 December 15TH

West Bengal: Protests over the amended Citizenship Act continued in various parts of West Bengal for the third consecutive day on Sunday as sporadic incidents of violence were reported from Nadia, Birbhum, North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts of the state, police said on Sunday. Similar protests were reported from Domjur area of Howrah district, parts of Burdwan and Birbhum, with agitators taking out rallies and shouting slogans against the Narendra Modi government.

Muslim Violence Delhi: Following Muslim vandalism in South Delhi’s New Friends Colony area on Sunday evening in the name of CAB, Delhi Police personnel allegedly marched into the Jamia Millia Islamia University campus and brought about 150 students out of the premises. In a statement, the Jamia Millia Islamia University said that it has already declared winter vacation and postponed semester examinations after a clash between the police and students on Friday. The university will remain shut till January 6. Buses were torched, cars and bikes smashed  by the Muslims under leadership of APP MLA Amanullah Khan.

PM on CAB: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated its importance and said it allows persecuted religious groups from neighbouring countries to become Indian citizen. He said the decision was “1000 percent correct”. “Our Parliament made a significant change related to citizenship law due to which a small number of people religious minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who were being oppressed there will get shelter here… Our decision is 1000% right and actions of the Congress prove that all decisions taken in Parliament are correct,” he said at an election rally in Dumka for the Jharkhand assembly polls.

Rahul Gandhi: Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday demanded an “unconditional apology” from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his ‘My name is not Rahul Savarkar’ remark. “Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tender an unconditional apology over his remarks on Savarkar. He does not seem to have studied India’s history of the Independence movement,” Fadnavis said.

Mayawati: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday accused the Congress of duplicity by upholding its alliance with Shiv Sena in Maharashtra despite the former supporting the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Parliament. In a series of tweets, Mayawati said, “The Shiv Sena remains committed to its basic agenda, and that is why it supported the Centre on the Citizenship Amendment Bill. And now it is not ready to tolerate the Congress’ stand even on Savarkar.”

Trump Jr: Donald Trump Jr, the oldest son of the US president, has said that he would like to see the United States maintain its global leadership and work with “incredible allies” like India to make the world a safer place. Trump Jr also promised that his father’s re-election campaign in 2020 will be as entertaining as Bollywood films but, “with a lot less dancing”.

Nepal: A bus carrying pilgrims drove off a highway and crashed in Nepal on Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring 18, police said. The pilgrims were returning home after visiting the famed Hindu Kalinchowk Bhagwati temple when the bus veered off the highway about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of the capital, Kathmandu, police official Prajwal Maharjan said.

Pakistan: PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday accused the government of disregarding the people of Balochistan in charting out the route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and keeping them deprived of their share of benefits from the project.

North Korea: North Korea said Saturday that it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The test possibly involved technologies to improve intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the continental United States. The announcement comes as North Korea continues to pressure the Trump administration for major concessions as it approaches an end-of-year deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un to salvage faltering nuclear negotiations.

Sudan: A Sudanese court on Saturday convicted former president Omar al-Bashir on charges of corruption and illicit possession of foreign currency and sentenced him to two years of detention in a reform facility. The presiding judge said Bashir, 75, who was ousted in April following months of street protests against his three-decade rule, was being sent to the reform facility, rather than a prison, on account of his age.


ALL News Headlines 2019 December 14TH

NATIONAL

Violence in West Bengal: West Bengal witnessed massive violence on December 14, over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which gradually spread across southern parts of the state starting early morning. Due to mob violence, at least nine trains starting from West Bengal – the Howrah-Pune Duronto Express, Howrah-Mumbai CSMT Gitanjali Express, Howrah-Ernakulam Antyodaya Express, Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express, and others have been cancelled and at least another 20 have been delayed. Ten trains including Howrah-Yesvantpur Express, Howrah-Pune Azad Hind Express, Howrah-MGR Chennai Mail, Howrah-Ahmedabad Express and others have been rescheduled. Moreover, 15 buses were set fire to, on the Kona Expressway and many other vehicles were ransacked across various parts of southern West Bengal. Following roadblocks and protests, traffic movement was suspended till afternoon on the Kona Expressway, the arterial road which connects Kolkata to two key national highways. National Highway 34, another principal road that connects the north and south Bengal, was also blocked in Murshidabad.

PM Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on december14, chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council and reviewed the ambitious Namami Gange project. The PM also chaired the meeting of the council at Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture University and reviewed the works completed under the project so far and exchanged notes on cleaning the Ganga with dignitaries, officials said.

Assam: Internet services across Assam will remain suspended till December 16 to prevent alleged misuse of social media in disturbing the peace and to maintain law and order in the state. The suspension has been extended for another 48 hours in order to control the situation in the state, additional chief secretary (home and political department) Sanjay Krishna told PTI.

SAD: Sukhbir Singh Badal was re-elected as the president of the Shiromani Akali Dal on December 14. The 57-year-old former Punjab deputy chief minister became the SAD chief for the third time in a row.

Assam: Employees of the Assam government today announced that they will go for cease work on December 18 in protest against the amended Citizenship Act. Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) President Basab Kalita told PTI that all employees of the state government across Assam will not attend offices on December 18.

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Antibiotic consumption: Children in low- and middle-income countries are receiving an average of 25 antibiotic prescriptions during their first five years of life which is so excessive that it could harm their ability to fight pathogens, and also increase antibiotic resistance worldwide, according to a study. Earlier studies showed that antimicrobial resistance is responsible for thousands of deaths each year globally, if not taken care of, it may cause more than 10 million people to die every year by 2050.

Sudan: A court in Sudan on December 14 convicted former President Omar al-Bashir on charges of corruption, illegal possession of foreign currency and illicit financial gains and sentenced him to two years in detention in a state-run reform center.

Pakistan: Pakistan and the World Bank have signed a project agreement worth $406.6 million for financing the Khyber Pass Economic Corridor (KPEC) project. The project is aimed at constructing a 48km four-lane, dual carriageway, high-speed and access-controlled motorway from Peshawar to Torkham border point with Afghanistan. The project aims to promote economic development and ensure the upliftment of the areas adjoining the expressway and falling in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

ECONOMY

UP: The Uttar Pradesh Police arrested two persons for allegedly operating bogus brokerage firms and facilitating investment of UP Power Corporation (UPPCL) employees’ provident fund (PF) in private mortgage lender Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL). The economic offences wing (EOW) of the police is currently probing the case. About Rs, 4,122 crores of the PF corpus was parked with scam-hit DHFL between March 2017 and December 2018, in violation of norms.

Drug Price: The government has for the first time invoked the Drug Price Control Order, 2013, to raise the prices of 21 formulations or medicines that are under price regulation to ensure their availability. This would be a one-time increase of 50 percent above the present ceiling prices.

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ALL News Headlines 2019 December 13TH

NATIONAL

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: On December 12, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the legislation of The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and thus it became an Act of law. According to an official notification, the Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette on December 12. According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

Sabarimala temple: The Supreme Court on December 13, declined to pass any order on the pleas by two women activists seeking a direction to the Kerala government to ensure safe entry of women in the Sabarimala temple under police protection. The top court said the issue was “very emotive” and it did not want the situation to become “explosive”. A bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, said the “balance of convenience” required that no orders are passed in the mater today as the issue had already been referred to a seven-judge bench.

Citizenship Act:  Some People, today blocked tracks at the Uluberia railway station in West Bengal’s Howrah district, vandalised the complex and some trains, injuring a driver. They were agitating against the amended Citizenship Act. The blockade started around 3.22 pm and train movements in both the up and down lines are affected, South Eastern Railway spokesperson Sanjoy Ghosh said.

Nirvaya Case: The mother of the victim in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder case appeared before the Supreme Court today opposing the plea filed by one of the four death-row convicts seeking review of its 2017 judgement awarding him the death penalty. The counsel appearing for the victim’s mother mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and said they are opposing convict Akshay Kumar Singh’s review plea, which is scheduled to be heard by a three-judge bench on December 17.

India&Japan: India declared today that the annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, which was scheduled to be held in Guwahati, has been postponed due to the massive protest against the amended Citizenship Act. Abe was scheduled to arrive in Guwahati on Sunday on a three-day India visit to hold summit talks with Modi.

INTERNATIONAL

U.S: President Donald Trump signed off on a phase-one trade deal with China preventing the Dec. 15 introduction of a new wave of U.S. tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods from the Asian nation. The deal presented to Trump by trade advisers included a promise by the Chinese to buy more U.S. agricultural goods, according to the people. Officials also discussed possible reductions of existing duties on Chinese products, they said. The terms have been agreed but the legal text has not yet been finalized, the people said. A White House spokesperson declined to comment.

U.S: US lawmakers today approved two charges against Donald Trump and set up a full House of Representatives vote to impeach the president over his alleged misconduct. Democrats and Republicans in the House Judiciary Committee voted along strict party lines, 23 to 17, appearing somber as they put Trump on track to become only the third president to be impeached in US history.

ECONOMY

PNB: A special CBI court today refused to cancel a non-bailable warrant issued against fugitive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. Special CBI judge V C Barde refused to give relief to Choksi after hearing arguments by his lawyers and the Central Bureau of Investigation’s counsel A Limosine.

ArcelorMittal: Global steel giant ArcelorMittal has started payment for the acquisition of debt-ridden Essar Steel for Rs 42,000 crore, sources said today. The decks for the acquisition of Essar Steel by L N Mittal-led company was cleared by the Supreme Court last month.

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ALL News Headlines 2019 December 12TH

NATIONAL

Ayodhya Verdict: The Supreme Court on December 12, dismissed a batch of petitions seeking review of its November 9 Ayodhya land dispute case verdict, The top court took these review pleas for consideration in-chamber and rejected them after finding no merit. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, S A Nazeer, and Sanjeev Khanna considered the review pleas of only those who were parties to the four lawsuits filed initially in the vexatious dispute.

RFL: A Delhi court today rejected the bail plea of former Fortis Healthcare promoter Shivinder Singh in a case related to alleged misappropriation of funds at Religare Finvest Ltd. Additional Sessions Judge Gulshan Kumar said there was every likelihood of Singh fleeing from justice and hampering the trial. Since the investigation was at a crucial stage, custodial interrogation was still required in the case, the court said.

SCs&STs: Rajya Sabha today passed a Constitution amendment bill to extend reservation to SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and state assemblies by another 10 years. The bill was passed in Lok Saha on December 10. The bill, which saw a heated exchange between the treasury and opposition benches, was approved unanimously in Rajya Sabha.

Speedy Trial: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad described the safety and security of women and children as a “matter of national concern”.Today he urged chief ministers and chief justices of 25 high courts to ensure speedy investigation and trial in rape cases. In separate letters to chief ministers, he asked them to ensure that investigation into cases of crime against women and children are completed in two months. He also urged the high court chief justices to ensure that fast-track courts complete trial in such cases within six months.

ECONOMY

Air India: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri declared today that the government has decided to sell its entire 100 percent stake in Air India under the proposed disinvestment process. The national carrier, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 50,000 crore, has been making a loss for long and as part of revival efforts, the government has decided on disinvestment.

Retail inflation: Retail inflation reached a more than three-year high of 5.54 percent in November due to costlier food products like vegetables, pulses, and protein-rich items. According to the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), inflation in the food basket jumped to 10.01 percent.

 ETF: The ambitious Bharat Bond ETF, through which the government seeks to mop up Rs 15,000 crore, opened for public subscription on December12. Edelweiss Asset Management Company is managing the issue of Bharat Bond ETF, the first corporate bond exchange-traded fund in the country. Investors can subscribe to the ETF with a minimum unit size of Rs 1,000 and the issue would close on December 20, the fund house said in a release today.

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INTERNATIONAL

Brexit: Britain went to the polls today. It was the country’s third general election in less than five years. The poll took place in order to break the Brexit deadlock that has paralysed the country’s politics since the 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. A total of 3,322 candidates are standing across the 650 seats in the House of Commons this year. Polling stations at all constituencies across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland opened at 07:00 GMT.

China: Samsung Electronics will increase investment at its chip factory in China by $8 billion to boost production of NAND flash memory chips, Chinese media reported on December11. The South Korean group’s investment comes as the memory market is expected to rebound next year because of limited supplies and rising demand for fifth-generation devices and networks. Samsung is the world’s largest maker of NAND flash memory chips, which can hold data permanently and are found in mobile devices, memory cards, USB flash drives, and solid-state drives.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 11TH

NATIONAL

 Citizenship Bill: Rajya Sabha approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on December11, thus the legislative procedure of giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh was completed. Home Minister Amit Shah said in the debate on the bill that the legislation seeks to provide citizenship to persecuted minorities in the three countries and not take away the citizenship of anyone. He rejected the Opposition charge that the bill was against Muslims. The Bill was passed with 125 votes in favour and 105 against it. Besides BJP, its allies such as JD-U and SAD, the legislation was supported by AIADMK, BJD, TDP and YSR-Congress.

PSLV-C48: India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C48, successfully placed India’s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine other foreign satellites in their designated Orbits. The rocket blasted off at 1525 hrs IST (3:25 pm) from the First Launch Pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, on December 11.

The Personal Data Protection Bill: The Personal Data Protection Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 11, and referred to a Joint Select Committee following a voice vote. Introducing the Bill, Ravi Shankar Prasad, electronics and information technology minister, said, “Though a lot of discussions went into formulating the Bill, we want Parliament to discuss this too. Hence, we have decided that a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of both houses of Parliament should look at it.”

Metro Car Shed: Maharashtra government today set up a committee to identify alternative land for the Metro car shed whose construction in the city’s green lung Aarey Colony was stayed by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray last month. The four-member panel, to be headed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), will also investigate if due procedure was followed in chopping 2100 trees in the colony in October, said a state government order.

ECONOMY

IFSCs: The Lok Sabha on December 11 passed a bill to set up a unified authority for regulating all financial activities in international financial services centres (IFSCs) in the country. The unified authority will act as a single platform for regulating various financial activities in the IFSC. All the laws of the land, including the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, will be applied and the unified authority which will be independent would be subjected to audit by the CVC and the CAG.

GST: The goods and services tax (GST) rates and slabs may be raised next week.during the GST Council meeting due to the pressure on revenue collection. The all-powerful GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, is set to meet on December 18 in the backdrop of lower-than-expected GST collection and pending compensation to many states.

INTERNATIONAL

Person of the year: Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who began a global movement by skipping school and demanding action on climate change, angrily charging ‘How Dare You’ at the world’s most powerful leaders during the UN Climate Summit for their inaction, was today declared as Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year.

 

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 10TH

Pakistan PM: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday condemned the Citizenship Amendment Bill which was passed in Lok Sabha at midnight and said the legislation violates the norms of international human rights laws and bilateral agreements with his country. He twitted: We strongly condemn Indian Lok Sabha citizenship legislation which violates all norms of int human rights law & bilateral agreements with Pak. It is part of the RSS “Hindu Rashtra” design of expansionism propagated by the fascist Modi Govt.

Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night expressed delight over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha, saying the proposed law is in line with India’s centuries-old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values. The Lok Sabha passed the Bill with 311 votes in favour and 80 against it a little past midnight after a debate that lasted more than seven hours.

Twitter: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bagged yet another social media accolade. His tweet celebrating the Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in 2019 Lok Sabha polls is the most retweeted and liked tweets of the year, according to Twitter. The “Golden Tweet” – as Twitter calls it – was posted by PM Modi on May 23, 2019 and said, “सबका साथ + सबका विकास + सबका विश्वास = विजयी भारत. Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat.”

CAB: Hours after the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) suggested the Donald Trump-led government to consider imposing sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, India Tuesday termed the reaction as “neither accurate nor warranted”. “The position articulated by USCIRF is not surprising given its past record. It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided only by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it clearly has little knowledge and no locus standi. Neither the CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) nor the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process seeks to strip citizenship from any Indian citizen of any faith.” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Sena on CAB: Shiv Sena has backed the Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha on Monday. Sena MP Arvind Sawant told NDTV that the party supported the bill in the “interest of the nation”. “The CMP (common minimum programme) is applicable in Maharashtra only,” he added.

Punjab: THE PUNJAB government has rejected the Centre’s proposal to consider restricting supply of foodgrains to the central pool for Public Distribution System (PDS) and buffer stocks on grounds that it has recorded a surplus in buffer stocks — more than double the capacity of 307.70 lakh metric tonnes (LMT).

Naxal Died: Ravulu Srinivas alias Ramanna, who was in his late 50s, died at a forest in Bijapur district last week. The top Maoist leader, who was at the helm of Naxal activities in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region and carried a reward of Rs 40 lakh on his head, has died of a heart attack.


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SBI NPA: As per the risk-assessment report of the Reserve Bank of India, the State Bank of India (SBI) is reported its non-performing assets for the fiscal year FY19, by Rs 11,932 crore. The divergence in gross non-performing assets (NPAs) assessed by the central bank for SBI was Rs 11,932 crore in FY19. Similarly, the divergence assessed by the RBI in net NPAs was Rs 11,932 crore for FY19.


 

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 9TH

Karnataka Assembly by-poll: The ruling BJP on Monday retained its majority in the Karnataka Assembly after it bagged 12 out of 15 seats in the byelections. The Congress, which won 12 of these 15 seats in the 2018 Assembly polls, has won only two seats (Hunsur and Shivajinagar). One seat (Hosakote) was won by an Independent candidate.

Cheap Call: Airtel and Vodafone-Idea introduced their new prepaid plans, calls made within their networks would remain unlimited, both Airtel and Vodafone-Idea had added a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) on calls to other networks or ‘off-net’ calls. Now they have removed the FUP on off-net calls, and once again made their packs unlimited, given the daily data benefits and unlimited calls.

Myanmar: The Gambia, which is a Muslim Country, went to the ICJ in November 2019, accusing Myanmar of genocide. The Gambia is backed by the 57-member Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The case, ‘Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)’, seeking the “indication of provisional measures”, will be heard by 16 United Nations judges at the ICJ for three days from Tuesday (December 10) to Thursday (December 12).

Miss Universe: Miss South Africa 2019 Zozibini Tunzi won Miss Universe 2019 held at Atlanta, Georgia on December 8, 2019. Twenty six-year-old Tunzi won the 68th edition of the prestigious pageant after excelling through the swimsuit and evening gown round, and impressed judges with her answers on questions regarding social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday tabled the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, in Lok Sabha that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. Shah said that the Narendra Modi government was committed to protect the customs and culture of the people of the region and informed that Manipur will be brought under Inner Line Permit regime.

Ayodhya Review Petition: The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha on Monday filed a review petition against the November 9 judgment of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case challenging the allotment of 5 acres of alternate site to the Muslims. In the petition filed through advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, it claimed that the Muslim parties had never made a prayer for alternate site and hence the Supreme Court could not have gone beyond the prayers and awarded alternate land to Muslims.

New Zealand: At least one person was killed, several injured and others reported missing in New Zealand after a volcano erupted off the east coast of its North Island on Monday. Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 p.m. The White Island is about 50 km (30 miles) from the east coast of North Island and huge plumes were visible from the mainland. Vulcanologists said the ash plume shot 12,000 feet into the air.


Global Arms sale: Arms sales rose by nearly five percent worldwide in 2018 in a market dominated by the United States, according to a new report published Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The turnover of the 100 biggest arms manufacturers came to $420 billion, thanks in large part to the US market, said the report.

Top Rank [Arms Saller] as per The SIPRI Arms Industry Database 2019

1 Lockheed Martin Corp. United States 
2 Boeing United States 
3 Northrop Grumman Corp. United States 
4 Raytheon United States 
6 General Dynamics Corp. United States 
5 BAE Systems United Kingdom 
7 Airbus Group f Trans-European 
S BAE Systems Inc. (BAE Systems UK) United States 
9 Leonardo Italy 
10 Almaz-Antey Russia 


UP Fast Track Court: The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal to set up 218 new fast-track courts. Of the total 218 courts, 144 will hear cases of rape, while 74 will examine cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, State Law Minister Brajesh Pathak told reporters.


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Human Development Index: India climbed one spot to 129 among 189 countries in the 2019 human development index, according to a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Pakistan: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday, while disposing of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s petition seeking removal of her name from the Exit Control List (ECL), directed the federal government’s review committee to decide on the matter within seven days. In her petition, Maryam has argued that her name was placed on the ECL without notice and providing her with an opportunity of hearing through a memorandum dated August 20, 2018. Maryam is currently free on bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case