ALL News Headlines 2019 December 8TH

PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met former union minister and senior journalist Arun Shourie at Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune . Modi Twitted, “In Pune, I met former Union Minister Arun Shourie Ji. Enquired about his health and had a wonderful interaction with him. We pray for his long and healthy life”.

British PM: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a pledge to partner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his mission to build a new India, as he and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds visited a famous Hindu temple in London to woo Indian diaspora votes ahead of Thursday’s General Election.

Delhi: In a fire accidents in New Delhi, 43 people were killed after a massive blaze ripped through a four-storey building housing in north Delhi’s Anaj Mandi area on Sunday morning. A preliminary probe suggested that short circuit triggered the fire in the illegal manufacturing units.

US Congress: Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has introduced a Congressional resolution urging India to lift the restrictions on communications in Jammu and Kashmir as swiftly as possible and preserve religious freedom for all residents. The resolution, introduced in the House of Representatives after several weeks of efforts by Jayapal on Friday, has only one co-sponsor — Republican Congressman Steve Watkins.

Maharashtra: Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ wife Amruta on Sunday called out the Shiv Sena for allegedly allowing the cutting of 1,000 trees for a Bal Thackeray memorial in Auragabad months after opposing the decision to fell trees at Aarey colony in Mumbai. Amruta Fadnavis tweeted a news clipping of a Times of India report that claimed the Sena-controlled Aurangabad Municipal corportation wants to chop down 1,000 trees for a memorial dedicated to the party patriach in Priyadarshini Park. The memorial will comprise a garden along with a statue of the Bal Thackeray.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 7TH

Unnao Rape Victim: The rape victim from Unnao, airlifted to Delhi and admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi after she was set on fire allegedly by five persons, died on Friday night, hospital sources said. The rape survivor suffered 90 per cent burns after five men, including two of the rape accused, allegedly set her on fire while she was on her way to court. All the five men involved in Thursday morning’s attack were arrested within hours and the victim airlifted to Delhi.

Ajit  Pawar: Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) office in Amravati has filed an affidavit before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, exonerating former state Deputy Chief Minister and Water Resource Minister Ajit Pawar of any wrongdoing in the irrigation projects under its jurisdiction.

Pakistan: National Accountability Bureau(NAB) Chairman Javed Iqbal on Tuesday, while addressing an event in Islamabad, said that while multiple people were sharing a single hospital bed in the country, there were others who were going abroad — “London or US” for treatment “if they get a cold”.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 6TH

Disa Rape and Murder Case: The four accused in the rape and murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian were shot dead by the Telangana Police under the Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar on Friday. The accused, arrested on November 29, were remanded to judicial custody and lodged in high-security cells at Cherlapally Central Prison. They were charged under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 375 (rape) and 362 (abduction).  Post midnight on Friday morning, the Telangana Police took the four accused to Chattapally, around 30 kilometres from Hyderabad, where the veterinarian’s body was set ablaze and dumped on November 27 for the reconstruction of the Crime Scene. The four accused, Mohammed Arif (26), Jollu Shiva (20), Jollu Naveen (20) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), had been taken to the scene of the crime at 3 am for a reconstruction, the police said. They were at the spot near a bridge where the charred body of the woman was found, around 50 km from Hyderabad, when, the police claim, one of the men signalled to the others, possibly to escape. The police claim they fired in self-defence after two of the men attacked them, snatched their weapons and fired.

Telangana High: The Telangana High Court on Friday directed the state government to preserve the bodies of four accused in the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian till 8:00 PM on December 9, news agency PTI reported. The High Court gave the order on a representation received in the office of the Chief Justice, requesting judicial intervention into the incident, alleging it was an extrajudicial killing.

Bihar Chief Minister: Blaming porn sites for the rising incidence of sexual crimes against women, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday urged the Centre to ban all such internet platforms which proffered voyeuristic pleasure through video clips of rapes purportedly filmed by the perpetrators themselves.

Ajit Pawar: In an affidavit filed before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court just a day before the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was sworn in on November 28, Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) exonerated former Water Resources Development Minister Ajit Pawar of the allegations he had been facing for the multi-crore of Vidarbha irrigation scam that rocked the state about a decade ago.

Disa Rape and Murder Case: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor felt extra judicial killings were not acceptable. ‘Agree in principle. We need to know more, for instance if the criminals were armed, the police may have been justified in opening fire pre-emptively. Until details emerge we should not rush to condemn. But extra-judicial killings are otherwise unacceptable in a society of laws,’ Dr Tharoor tweeted.

Citizenship  Bill: A copy of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB, was distributed among members of Parliament on Friday morning for them to study it. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, seeks to give Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from the three neighbouring countries if they entered India from the three nearby countries on or before December 31, 2014.

President Ram Nath Kovind: The president of India said on Friday that there should be no provision of mercy pleas for rapists of children and that a lot needs to be done to ensure the safety of women, amid outrage over the growing number of rape and murder in the country. The President also said “demonic” attacks on women have shaken India’s conscience while addressing a national convention on ‘Empowerment of Women for Social Transformation’ at the headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris in Rajasthan. “Rape convicts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act should not be allowed mercy petition,” President Kovind said in Mount Abu.

Nithyananda: The government has cancelled passport of controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda and rejected his application for fresh one, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday. “We have cancelled his passport and rejected his application for new one. We have sensitised all our missions and posts that this man is wanted in several cases of crime. We have asked our missions to sensitise the local government,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.


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OPEC: Oil producers led by Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed on Thursday to cut output by an extra 500,000 barrels a day in the first quarter of 2020 but stopped short of pledging action beyond March. The countries involved pump over 40% of the world’s oil, and their new combined cuts amount to 1.7 million bpd or 1.7% of global production.

E-commerce: The government has made it mandatory for e-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart to submit FDI policy compliance report by statutory auditor by September 30 every year, a move aimed at ensuring that they follow all the norms properly.

Finance Commission: The Finance Commission on Friday submitted its report for the financial year 2020-21 to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The panel, headed by N K Singh, on Thursday submitted its report to the President.

SEBI: Markets regulator Sebi on Friday said it will entertain only those complaints, where an investor discloses his identity and provides supporting documents to substantiate an allegation.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 5TH

WB Governor: Thursday governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar was made to wait outside the assembly as the gate designated for his entry was locked and the speaker and staff were nowhere to be found though it was a working day. Dhankhar later entered the assembly premises through Gate no 2 meant for media persons and officials. “Why is gate no 3 closed? Despite my prior intimation, the gate is closed. The assembly being adjourned does not mean it is closed. The governor’s gate being locked has put our democratic history to shame. This is not an insult to me, but an insult to the people of the state and the Constitution. I felt bad. But I went inside through a gate that was open. I found inside a deathly silence,” Dhankhar told reporters.”Democracy is being humiliated, not me. It reflects we are trying to cage democracy. My heart is bleeding today. How can this ever happen in a temple of democracy? I went through the entire building, saw a deathly silence, on a working day,” he said further.

Justice Arun Mishra: Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra Thursday said he would “apologise a hundred times” with “folded hands” if anybody is hurt by his words, two days after he had warned a senior lawyer of contempt action while hearing land acquisition matter. Justice Mishra, who heads a 5-judge Constitution bench hearing land acquisition matters, warned senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan on Tuesday of contempt while he was advancing his arguments.

Sabarimala: The apex court’s observation came when senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for a woman devotee, Bindu Ammini, alleged violation of the 2018 verdict and said her client was attacked for her bid to enter the shrine. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, referring to a recent verdict of the apex court, said the 2018 judgment was not the final word as the issue was referred to a seven-judge bench for consideration.

Sikh Massacre: Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday  that the killing of Sikhs followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 could have been avoided had the late Inder Kumar Gujral’s advice to call in the army at the earliest to tackle the violence had been heeded by Rajeev Gandhi….:when the sad event of 1984 took place, Gujral ji on that very sad evening went to the then home minister Shri (PV) Narasimha Rao and told him the situation is so grave that it is necessary for the government to call the army  at the earliest. If that advice had been heeded, perhaps the massacre that took place in 1984 could have been avoided,” Singh said.

Anglo-Indians: The Union Cabinet approved a proposal on Wednesday to do away with the provisions that allowed the representation of the Anglo-Indian community in the Lok Sabha even as it extended the reservation of Schedule Castes (SC) and Schedule Tribes (ST) by 10 years. The reservation for these categories in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies was to expire on January 25, 2020.

Climate Index: the Global Climate Risk Index released by international environmental think tank Germanwatch on Wednesday, shows that India has fallen from its 15th rank of countries hit most by climate change-induced weather phenomena in 2017, to number five in 2018. Japan topped the list followed by the Phillipines and Germany.

Uyghur Human Rights Policy: The United States Congress passed a bill seeking in connection with China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, prompting Beijing to threaten possible retaliation. The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which among other things, proposes that America redirects resources to address the mass internment of over 1,000,000 Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in China. The bill was to condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China. This bill directs various U.S. government bodies to prepare reports on China’s treatment of the Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic ethnic group. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence shall report to Congress on issues including the security threats caused by the Chinese government’s reported crackdown on the Uyghur population in Xinjiang province, the frequency with which other governments are forcibly returning Turkic Muslim refugees and asylum seekers to China, and the development or transfer of technology that facilitates mass internment and surveillance. The Federal Bureau of Investigation shall report on topics such as its efforts to protect ethnic Uyghurs and Chinese nationals in the United States from Chinese government intimidation. The U.S. Agency for Global Media shall report on media-related matters, including the reach of U.S. media into Xinjiang, assessments of Chinese propaganda strategies, and U.S. actions to counter such efforts to downplay the crackdown. The Department of State shall report on the scope of the reported crackdown in Xinjiang, including the number of detained individuals, the use of forced labor in the region, an assessment of government surveillance in the province, and U.S. diplomatic efforts to address the crackdown. Read more

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RBI: Despite holding repo rate steady at 5.15 per cent on Thursday and surprising economists and markets alike, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is one of the 26 global central banks out of the major 31 that have been on a rate cutting spree, according to a Julius Baer Research. The remaining 5 – those in Sweden, the United Kingdom (UK), Norway, Canada and Czech Republic – have hiked their key rates.

Nirav Modi: A special court of Mumbai on Thursday declared diamond businessman Nirav Modi, the key accused in the $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case, a fugitive economic offender, on a plea of the Enforcement Directorate. Special PMLA court Judge V C Barde declared Nirav Modi a fugitive economic offender after hearing extensive arguments of lawyers of the diamantaire and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Trump Impeachment: U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival. “The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and (a) crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” Pelosi said in a televised statement.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 4TH

Swami Nithyananda has reportedly formed a new nation of his own called ‘Kailaasa’ . Described as the greatest Hindu nation on earth on its website, Kailaasa has its own flag and emblem. As per the Website Kailaasa was created with the determination to not just preserve and protect Sanatana Hindu Dharma and share it with the entire world, but also to share the story of persecution that is yet unknown to the world. Towards this goal, Kailaasa is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and revival of an enlightened culture and civilization based on authentic Hinduism. Read More

Bail: P Chidambaram was granted bail by the Supreme Court on Wednesday in the money laundering case linked to the INX Media case. Court imposed condition that he cannot leave the country without the permission of the special court trying his case. Justice Bopanna said Chidambaram will also have to cooperate in the investigation and not make any statements to the press relating to the case. The court order categorically mentioned that Chidambaram should not attempt to influence the witnesses or tamper with the evidence.

Citizenship Bill Cleared: The Union Cabinet cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeking to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution. Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar made the announcement on Wednesday after the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A bill to amend the the Citizenship Act, 1955,will now be introduced in the Parliament in the current session.

ITBP: At least six personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were killed at Kadenar camp in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district Wednesday in an alleged fratricidal shootout following a dispute.


Data Protection Bill : The Data Protection Bill got a nod from the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, paving the way for it to be tabled in the Parliament in the ongoing Winter Session. “Very important subject how data protection will be done. It is an important subject the world over. The Bill will be keeping India’s and people’s rights in mind,” said Prakash Javadekar, the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, while addressing the press after a cabinet meeting which took place in the morning.

USA: Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris has abruptly dropped out of the 2020 United States Democratic presidential race, saying she does not have the financial resource to continue her campaign. The surprising announcement by Harris, 55, came during a call with her campaign staffers on Tuesday. Her decision makes the California senator the most high-profile candidate to date to drop out of the race to challenge US President Donald Trump

Bharat Bond Exchange ETF: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved launch of a exchange traded fund for bonds. The fund will provide additional money for state-owned firms and other government organisations, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund would be the first corporate bond ETF in the country.

Google: Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping down from the leadership role of the parent company Alphabet. Google CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai (47), will be assuming the role of Alphabet CEO, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world.

Pakistan: The Pakistan law ministry on Wednesday notified the appointment of Justice Gulzar Ahmed as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan. Justice Gulzar will take charge as the country’s chief justice on December 21, a day after the retirement of Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. The appointment was approved by President Arif Alvi.

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 3RD

Catholic Church: Sister Lucy against who was dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) for protesting against rape-accused Bishop from Jalandhar has written an autobiography. In her book, Sister Lucy has made several allegations against priests. In the book, Sister Lucy has mentioned that priests tried to sexually abuse her four times. She also mentions that her superiors have been involved in violating child rights and human rights. According to the book, priests tried to molest Sister Lucy when they were visiting the sisters’ convent. 

IT notice: The Income Tax Department has issued a notice to the Congress seeking an explanation over the party allegedly receiving funds to the tune of Rs 170 crore from a Hyderabad-based firm as part of its tax evasion probe in a Rs 3,300-crore hawala racket case, officials said on Tuesday.

Vikram: NASA’s Moon-orbiting spacecraft has found the debris of Chandrayaan 2’s lander Vikram on the surface of the Moon, the United States space agency confirmed on Tuesday, nearly three months after India’s ambitious mission made a hard landing near the uncharted lunar south pole.

Indo-Australia Dialogue: India and Australia are set to hold their third combined dialogue of the defence and foreign secretaries on December 9, with the Indo-Pacific and preparations for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit next year expected to top the agenda.

Direct Tax: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said that there has been a 20% increase in processing of refund returns with the Centralized Processing Center (CPC) of the Income Tax Department at the forefront of the strategy to ensure highest priority to issue of refunds in an automated manner. “The CPC processed 2.10 crore refund returns for current AY2019-20 as on November 28, 2019, compared to 1.75 crore AY2018-19 refund returns for the same period in FY2018-19, , an increase of 20%, ” it said in a statement.

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: The Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have issued directions to all police stations in their respective states to register an FIR irrespective of jurisdiction when a person lodges a complaint. The development comes in the backdrop of the horrific rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad.

Rajeev Dhawan: Advocate Rajeev Dhawan who represented the Sunni Waqf Board and other Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title dispute case on Tuesday claimed that he was sacked from the case.”Just been sacked from the Babri case by AOR Ejaz Maqbool who was representing the Jamiat. Have sent formal letter accepting the ‘sacking’ without demur. No longer involved in the review or the case,” Dhawan wrote in a Facebook post.

Catholic Church: Sister Lucy against who was dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) for protesting against rape-accused Bishop from Jalandhar has written an autobiography. In her book, Sister Lucy has made several allegations against priests. In the book, Sister Lucy has mentioned that priests tried to sexually abuse her four times. She also mentions that her superiors have been involved in violating child rights and human rights. According to the book, priests tried to molest Sister Lucy when they were visiting the sisters’ convent.

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a controversial law allowing independent journalists and bloggers to be labelled as “foreign agents”, a move that critics say will violate media freedom. Russian legislation passed in 2012 already gave authorities the power to brand media organisations and NGOs as foreign agents, a term that has Soviet-era overtones. The new law, which now extends to individuals, will come into effect immediately, according to a document published on the Russian government website.

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RBI: Depositors in failed and liquidated banks will get only up to Rs 1 lakh as insurance cover, regardless of the amount in their accounts, according to the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India.


ALL News Headlines 2019 December 2ND

Aarey Colony : After taking charge as the chief minister on November 29, Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress government, had announced stay on construction of the metro car shed project in the colony, a prime green lung of the city. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray now announced cases registered against green activists who tried to stop felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony will be withdrawn.

Bullet Train: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has ordered a review of all on-going development projects in the state, including the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train. The bullet train project has faced stiff opposition from farmers and tribals whose lands are to be acquired.

NRC: Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Monday set a 2024 deadline for implementing the hugely divisive National Register of Citizens across the country, asserting ‘each and every’ infiltrator will be identified and expelled before the next general election.

Nirbhaya Fund: Expressing serious concern over incidents of sexual violence against women, the National Human Rights Commission on Monday issued notices to the Centre and all states and UTs seeking reports on the standard operating procedures to deal with such cases and use of the Nirbhaya Fund. The Commission observed that the largest democracy in the world, which has adopted the longest written constitution and has a rich cultural heritage of gender equality, is today being criticised for having the ‘most unsafe environment for women’.

CAG: Indian Railways has the worst operating ratio in the last ten years at 98.44% and its revenue surplus has decreased by more than 66% from Rs 4,913 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 1,665.61 crore in 2017-18, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India noted in report tabled in Parliament Monday. “The Operating Ratio of 98.44 per cent was the worst in the last ten years. Indian Railways, in fact, would have ended up with a negative balance of Rs 5,676.29 crore instead of surplus of Rs 1,665.61 crore but for the advance received from NTPC and IRCON. Exclusion of this advance would otherwise have increased the Operating Ratio to 102.66%,” the CAG noted.

CBI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against two postal department officials in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 100 under the guise of service charge from a commission agent.

Slow GDP:  BJP MP Nishikant Dubey while speaking during a debate on the decline in GDP growth in the Lok Sabha downplayed the role of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in determining the state of the economy, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey on Monday said in Parliament the parameter shouldn’t be treated as gospel like the “Bible or Ramayana” as it won’t be of much use in the future.

Electronic Cigarettes: Parliament on Monday passed a bill which seeks to prohibit the production, trade, transport, storage and advertisement of electronic cigarettes in the country. The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019, was passed in Rajya Sabha with voice vote. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha earlier this month.
The government had issued ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in September this year. The new law would replace the ordinance.

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Direct Tax: Gross direct tax collection increased by 5 per cent till November, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday as she allayed fears of corporate tax reduction impacting revenue collection. Replying to a debate on Taxation Law Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha, the minister categorically said there is no decrease in direct tax collection.

Jewar airport: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday recommended the selection of Zurich Airport International AG as the developer for the Jewar airport, touted to be the biggest airport in India by a key panel, officials said.


ALL News Headlines 2019 December 1ST

Onion: State-owned trading firm MMTC, which is importing onion on the behalf of the Centre, has placed an order of 11,000 tonnes of edible bulb from Turkey as part of its efforts to boost domestic supply and ease soaring prices.This is the second import order placed by the MMTC. The public sector firm is already importing 6,090 tonnes from Egypt.

Maharashtra CM: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday taunted former CM Devendra Fadnavis over the latter’s impassioned pre-poll ‘Me punha yein’ (I will return) assertion which had evoked many social media memes. Thackeray was speaking after Fadnavis, leader of state Bharatiya Janata Party legislature unit, was named the new Leader of Opposition in the House by Speaker Nana Patole.

Job in Maharashtra: Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari on Sunday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is concerned over unemployment and it will enact a law to ensure 80 per cent reservation in private sector jobs for the ‘sons of the soil’.Koshyari made the announcement while addressing the joint sitting of the state legislature at Vidhan Bhawan in which he laid out the new government’s broader agenda for the coming years.

Nirvaya Rape Case: The Delhi government has ‘strongly recommended’ to reject the mercy petition filed by one of the 2012 Nirbhaya murder case convicts, sources said on Sunday. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain has sent the file to Lt Governor Anil Baijal with Arvind Kejriwal government’s recommendations in the case, they told PTI.Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts facing the gallows in the gang rape and murder case of a 23-year-old paramedic student, had filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind. On October 29, Tihar Jail authorities had given seven days to the four convicts to file mercy petitions before the President of India, saying they have “exhausted” all other legal remedies. Out of the four, only Sharma filed a petition, which was forwarded to the Delhi government.

Telangana Rape Case: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday ordered setting up of a fast-track court for expeditious trial in the case of rape and murder of a woman veterinarian near Hyderabad and assured all necessary help to her family. In his first public statement since the incident, Rao also described the rape and murder of the 25-year old woman by four men as ‘ghastly’ and expressed his deep anguish.

Tamil Power in Lanka: DMK president M K Stalin expressed shock at Sri Lankan president’s cold response to demands for devolution of political powers to the island nation’s Tamil minority in his recent media interviews and promise to instead focus on the development of areas inhabited by them. “Rajapaksa had said that giving political powers to Tamils is not his priority. He further stated that the majority Sinhalese are against the devolution of political powers for Tamils. The Sri Lankan president’s statement has come as a shock for me,” Stalin said in a statement.

Japan on Kashmir: Japan on Sunday called for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue in view of the long-standing differences of views on the region. A day after India and Japan held the first combined dialogue of their defence and foreign ministers, popularly known as the 2+2 dialogue, Japanese foreign ministry spokesperson Atsushi Kaifu told reporters here there wasn’t a detailed discussion on the Kashmir issue during the talks.

Kartarpur: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid’s disclosure that the Kartarpur Corridor was the brainchild of their Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had exposed Islamabad’s nefarious intent behind the initiative.

Reliance Jio:  After Vodafone-Idea and Airtel, Reliance Jio has announced it will soon introduce new all-in-one plans. The revised all-in-one plans will come into effect on December 6, 2019. Reliance Jio in its release said that new all-in-one plans will come with unlimited voice and data. The plans will also feature a fair usage policy for calls to other mobile networks.

GST: GST collections crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark after a gap of three months in November, growing by 6 per cent to Rs 1.03 lakh crore aided by festival demand. The GST collection stood at Rs 97,637 crore in the same month last year while revenue collection-crosses-rs-1-lakh-cr-in-November 2019.

e-Commence: Traders’ body CAIT on Sunday lashed out at e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart, calling them “economic terrorists”, and demanded that the government take action against them for alleged violation of FDI policy norms. However, a Flipkart spokesperson vehemently denied the allegations and said the company operates through a marketplace model in India and is fully compliant with all the laws of the country, including all FDI regulations.

France: French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that European nations should be involved in any talks to forge a new pact limiting mid-range nuclear missiles held by the US and Russia, after a landmark Cold War-era accord fell apart this year. “We cannot just content ourselves with bilateral treaties,” Macron said after talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Paris.

China: Industrial activities in China unexpectedly returned to growth in November for the first time in seven months, as domestic demand picked up on Beijing’s accelerated stimulus measures to steady growth. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) bounced back to 50.2 in November, it’s highest since March, China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Saturday, above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 30TH

Pragya Thakur: BJP MP from Bhopal Pragya Thakur on Saturday dared Congress MLA Govardhan Dangi to burn her alive, saying she will reach his home on December 8. She also hit back at the party, saying Congressmen have “experience” of burning people during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Soldier Died: Two soldiers were killed after an avalanche hit their patrol in the southern Siachen glacier in Ladakh on Saturday morning. Army spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said that an army patrol operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in southern Siachen glacier was hit by an avalanche. “An Avalanche Rescue Team (ART) following the patrol immediately rushed and managed to locate and pull out all members of the patrol. Simultaneously, army helicopters were pressed into service to evacuate the avalanche victims,” Kalia said.

Jharkhand Poll: The first of the five-phase elections in Jharkhand on Saturday recorded an estimate of 62.87 voter turnout, amid stray incidents of violence in parts of the state. Polling, which ended at 3 pm across the 13 constituencies, saw a total of 7,83,055 electorate, including 18,01,356 women and five third-gender voters.

Hafiz Saeed: Chief of the banned terror outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks Hafiz Saeed will be prosecuted under Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 on terror financing charges by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore next month, news agency PTI reported on Saturday. An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Lahore held in a hearing against Saeed and his accomplices on terror financing on Saturday. The court fixed December 7 as the date for indictment of the JuD chief and others.

Surinam: A Suriname Criminal court on Friday convicted President Desi Bouterse of murder for execution of 15 opponents in 1982 following a coup to seize power, sentencing the man  to 20 years in prison. Opposition parties called for Bouterse, currently in China on an official visit, to step down. The military court that found him guilty has not yet ordered his arrest.

London Terrorism: Usman Khan a Muslim, who stabbed and killed two people in the London Bridge terrorist attack on Friday has been identified as a convicted terrorist who was jailed seven years ago over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp on land owned by his family in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Usman Khan, had also planned a Mumbai-style attack on the UK Parliament and described by the judge who sentenced him for terrorism offences in 2012.

Pakistan CIC: As the retirement of the incumbent chief election commissioner (CEC) around the corner, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif has sent three recommendations for the post to Prime Minister Imran Khan, on Saturday. Shehbaz, in a letter, suggested former bureaucrat Nasir Mahmood Khosa, former ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jilani and retired civil servant Akhlaq Ahmed Tarar as “eminently qualified” for the position. The tenure of incumbent CEC retired Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza ends on December 6.

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Telengana rape and murder case : Priyanka Reddy

Telangana Rape and Murder: Four people have been arrested for the rape and murder of a woman veterinary doctor near Hyderabad on Thursday after her two-wheeler broke down on her way home, Commissioner of Telangana Police Anjani Kumar said on Friday. The burnt body of the victim was found at Chatanpally Bridge near Shadnagar town in Ranga Reddy district. After examining CCTV footage of the crime scene and the spot where the woman’s vehicle had broken down, Telangana police arrested Mohammed Pasha (26), Jollu Shiva, Jollu Naveen (20) and Chinthkunta Chenna Keshavalu (20) for the rape and murder of the young woman.

NCW: The National Commission of Women will be sending a member to take up with police the killing of 27-year-old Priyanka Reddy, a veterinarian who was reportedly set on fire after being sexually assaulted. NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma said, in a tweet, that the NCW won’t “leave any stone unturned” till these perpetrators get the punishment they deserve.

Aarey car shed: Three hours into his new office, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday halted the work of the Metro 3 car shed at the Aarey milk colony. “I have stayed the work at the Aarey car shed. The work will not happen without a thorough review,” Chief Minister Thackeray announced at a media briefing at the end of the day.

RFID: The Centre on Friday extended the deadline mandating the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) based FASTags for payment of toll across national highways to December 15. The ministry of road transport and highways had announced in July that FASTags will become compulsory across national highways starting on December 1 to ease congestion at toll plazas and reduce traffic bottlenecks. “To facilitate sufficient lead time to citizens to obtain FASTags, it has now been decided that all lanes in the fee plazas shall be declared as FASTag lane of the fee plaza by December 15, 2019,” the transport ministry said in a letter written to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Chairman.

Karnataka: Police have booked former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy along with the then Bengaluru police commissioner T Sunil Kumar, his subordinates and some Congress and Janata Dal-Secular leaders on sedition charges for protesting the income tax raids during Lok Sabha polls.

Parliament: A Bharatiya Janata Party member in Lok Sabha on Friday demanded a privilege motion against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his purported remarks describing Pragya Thakur as a terrorist.

Trump: United States President Donald Trump made his first trip to Afghanistan when he made a surprise visit to an air base near Kabul to thank American troops serving in the war zone and joined 500 of them in having turkey on the occasion of Thanksgiving.

Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday a financial assistance of $450 million to Sri Lanka including $50 million to fight terrorism after he held “fruitful” talks with the island nation’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Britain: British police on Friday shot dead a man who had strapped a fake bomb to his body and stabbed a number of people in what they said was a terrorism incident in the London Bridge area of the capital.

Bagdad: Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 28 protesters on Thursday after demonstrators stormed and torched an Iranian consulate overnight, in what could mark a turning point in the uprising against the authorities.


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India’s GDP: GDP growth hit an over six-year low of 4.5 per cent in July-September 2019, dragged mainly by deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity, according to official data released on Friday. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was recorded at 7 per cent in the corresponding quarter of FY 2018-19.

Fiscal deficit: The Centre’s fiscal deficit for the April-October period had touched Rs 7.2 trillion, exceeding the 2019-20 (FY20) budgeted target of Rs 7.04 trillion, official data showed on Friday. This was 102.4 per cent of the full-year target, compared with 103.9 per cent for the same period last year (2018-19 or FY19).

SBI loan: Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved on Friday said it has already tied up loan worth Rs 3,200 crore from a consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India to fund its acquisition of Ruchi Soya through insolvency process. In September, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) approved the resolution plan of Patanjali Ayurved to acquire debt-laden Ruchi Soya.

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