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announced cases registered against green activists who tried to stop felling of trees in Mumbai’s Aarey Colony will be withdrawn.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.

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 29TH

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.


Current affairs

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 28TH

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra

Citizenship Act : The home ministry has invited chief ministers of northeastern states besides leaders of socio-cultural bodies, students’ organisations and political parties from the region for discussions over the next two days on the plans to amend the Citizenship Act, officials said on Thursday.

Telangana: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao Thursday said that all Telangana State Road Transport Corporation employees can join duty from Friday. “The TSRTC unions misled the employees to join the strike. It has only resulted in trouble for the employees who have not received salaries since two months. My government has never taken away anything from anyone. We have only filled the stomachs of the poor. Tsrtc employees are like my children and I will take care of them. I am telling everyone to join duty from tomorrow morning. There are no conditions, they can just resume from tomorrow. But I want to warn that if the employees still believe or follow the unions then no one will save them,’ KCR said.

Pakistan Army: Pakistan’s top court on Thursday cut short Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s three-year extension to six months and told the Imran Khan government to get parliamentary approval to make changes to the army chief’s tenure. Read more

Hong Kong : US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law congressional legislation backing protesters in Hong Kong despite angry objections from Beijing, with which he is seeking a deal to end a damaging trade war.“I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all,” Trump said in a statement.

Rajapaksa: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit, signalling his intent to deepen bilateral ties with India. On Friday, Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold extensive talks to explore ways to further expand the already close ties between the two neighbouring countries.


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PAYTM: Digital payments major Paytm is looking at raising another round of funding of $1 billion, and is in discussion with multiple investors, including former UK Prime Minister David Cameron


 

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 27TH

SPG (Amendment) Bill: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said at the discussion on SPG (Amendment) Bill security of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka has not been withdrawn but changed to ‘Z-plus’ with ambulance.”Impression is being created that the SPG Act is amended to withdrew security from the Gandhi family. This is not the fact. Security of the Gandhi family has not been withdrawn but changed to ‘Z-plus’ with advance security liaison and ambulance that will be given across the country,” he said. The Bill was passed in LS.

Ayodhya: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board said on Wednesday that it will file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya title suit before December 9.

Kashmiri Pandit: India’s top diplomat Sandeep Chakravorty, the consul general in New York  created a flutter when a video emerged on Wednesday that showed him suggesting that the country emulate Israel’s example to ensure the return of Kashmiri Pandit refugees to Jammu & Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday asserted in Lok Sabha that terror incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have come down to almost nil.”Terror incidents have been taking place in Jammu and Kashmir for the last 30-35 years. But I must compliment the forces. Terror incidents have now come down to almost nil (Lag bhag na ke barabar),” he said.

Jewell thieves: Robbers made off with priceless jewels from a state museum in Dresden on Monday in what German media described as the biggest art heist since World War Two. The thieves broke into the Green Vault at Dresden’s Royal Palace — home to around 4,000 precious objects of ivory, gold, silver and jewels — at dawn after a power cut deactivated the alarm. The stolen items included brilliant-cut diamonds that belonged to a collection of jewellery of 18th-century Saxony ruler Augustus the Strong.

ISRO: Indian Space Research Organisation on Wednesday successfully injected into orbit its earth imaging and mapping satellite CARTOSAT-3 along with 13 commercial nano-satellites from the United States.

Jharkhand election: Union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday released the party’s manifesto for Jharkhand elections, promising job for at least one member of every below-poverty-line family in the state, if re-elected to power.


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Finance Commission: The union cabinet on Wednesday extended to the term of the Fifteenth Finance Commission by a year, asking it to submit an interim report for fiscal year 2020-21 and a full report for fiscal years 2021-22 to 2025-26—a decision apparently taken to factor in Jammu and Kashmir’s new status.

Telecom: The telecom sector’s gross revenue fell about Rs 41,000 crore in three years on account of a dip in mobile services rates, said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday. “Due to fierce competition in the telecom sector over the recent years, telecom service providers (TSPs) have revised their tariff downwards. As a result, gross revenue (GR) and adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of all TSPs have declined for last three financial years,” minister said.


 

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 26TH

NATIONAL HEADLINES

MAHARASHTRA: The Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress alliance on Tuesday evening picked Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as their nominee for Maharashtra chief minister’s post.Then Chief Ministerial nominee Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday night reached Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form government in Maharashtra.

TRANSGENDER BILL: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill on protection of rights of transgenders after a motion to refer it to a select committee of the Upper House was defeated. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill on August 5.The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, was moved for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on November 20.

SABARIMALA: Kerala Director General of Police Loknath Behera on Monday directed the Additional DGP to inquire into the complaint of a devotee who alleged that he found a dead lizard in the packed tin of the Sabarimala temple’s main offering (prasad) ‘Aravana Payasam’.

AYODHYA: The Sunni Central Waqf Board decided on Tuesday that it would not file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, but was yet to take a call on whether to accept a five-acre alternative plot for a mosque, its chairman Zufar Farooqi said.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ZARDARI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday filed a supplementary reference against former president Asif Ali Zardari and 24 other suspects, including a son-in-law of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, for having connections with various companies of Omni Group and Zardari Group. Presently  Mr Zardari is in custody and the names of 172 accused have been placed on the Exit Control List.

PAKISTAN SC: Pakistan Supreme court on Tuesday suspended the government notification for the extension of army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure until a hearing on Wednesday. The court also issued notices to the defence ministry, the federal government and Gen Bajwa, who is due to retire on November 29. During the court proceedings, the chief justice said that “apparently the summary and approval of army chief’s extension is not correct”.READ MORE

SRILANKA: Sri Lanka will work with India and it won’t do anything that will harm its interests, newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said ahead of his visit to New Delhi later this week.“We will work with India as a friendly country and won’t do anything that will harm India’s interests,” said Rajapaksa, who will travel to New Delhi on November 29 on his first official trip abroad as Sri Lankan President.

CONAN: US President Donald Trump welcomed to the White House on Monday – Conan, the military service dog who helped hunt down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “This is Conan, right now probably the world’s most famous dog,” said Trump, flanked by his wife Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, Conan and a handler.“We’re very honoured to have had Conan here and to have given Conan a certificate and an award that we’re going to put up in the White House,” Trump told reporters on the steps facing the White House garden.

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EARLY RETIREMENT: The government has compulsorily retired another 21 “corrupt” tax officers in the fifth tranche of its crackdown on errant officials accused of corruption and other malpractices, finance ministry sources said.The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) — the agency that overseas income and corporate tax collections — compulsorily retired 21 Group B officers of the rank of Income Tax Officer under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in the public interest, due to corruption and other charges .

CPEC: Refuting the US’ assertions on the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China has claimed the debt incurred from the project stands at $4.9 billion, which is less than one-tenth of Pakistan’s total debt.


ALL News Headlines 2019 November 25TH

Daily Current Affairs-September

Z-MEDIA: Media mogul Subhash Chandra has resigned as chairman of his flagship company Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), with immediate effect. While accepting his resignation, the board said this is in line with the Sebi Listing Regulations that prohibit chairperson of the board from being related to the managing director or the chief executive officer of the company, ZEEL said in a regulatory filing on Monday.

Irrigation corruption: Two days after he joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Devendra Fadnavis to form a government in Maharashtra, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday closed nine cases related to the Rs 70,000 crore irrigation scam in which Ajit Pawar is an accused.

Maharastra: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, has given the BJP government in Maharashtra 14 days to prove majority in the assembly, on Monday. The deadline starts from Saturday morning after the Centre revoked President’s rule in Maharashtra a little before 6 am and Fadnavis took oath as Chief Minister.

AP strike: The nearly two month old strike by employees of the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation over various demands was called off on Monday, a top trade union leader announced. The TSRTC employees unions Joint Action Committee (JAC) leader Aswathama Reddy said the decision to end the strike was taken to halt alleged attempts to ‘privatise’ the corporation. Over 48,000 employees of TSRTC went on an indefinite strike since October 5, demanding among other things, merger of the corporation with the state transport department.

AP liquor ban: The Andhra Pradesh government has cancelled all the 798 bars in the state and announced a new policy which includes a sharp hike in the fees for obtaining a bar licence. Deputy Chief Minister (Excise) K Narayana Swamy said, that the new (bar licence) policy issued on Friday is aimed at reducing the number of bars in the state by 40 per cent, as announced earlier. On October 1, we had issued a new policy by which the number of liquor shops in the state was reduced from 4,380 to 3,500, and the AP State Beverages Corporation took over these 3,500 liquor shops.”

WikiLeaks: Julian Assange founder of WikiLeaks published classified military and diplomatic files in 2010 about US bombing campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq which proved highly embarrassing to the US government no facing health condition. More than 60 doctors wrote an open letter published Monday saying they feared Assange’s health was so bad that he could die inside a top-security British jail. In the letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, Britain’s interior minister, the doctors call for Assange to be moved from Belmarsh prison in southeast London to a university teaching hospital.

US SEAL case: US President Donald Trump fires US navy chief Richard Spencer as Navy Secretary, a civilian position over handling of SEAL case, in a case that has fueled reports of anger among US military leadership over Trump’s interference in discipline cases. The dispute centers on the fate of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher who was accused of war crimes in a high-profile case but was found guilty of a lesser offense. Gallagher was a Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land) commando, was accused in the stabbing to death of a wounded Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017, attempted murder of other civilians and obstruction of justice.


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TAX: Collection of personal income tax and corporation taxes fell nearly 17 per cent in October, analysis of the data presented in Parliament shows. While the Central Board of Direct Taxes had collected Rs 61,475 crore in October 2018, the mop-up fell to Rs 50,715 crore in October 2019, the data suggests.

ONION PRICE: Public sector trading firm MMTC has contracted to procure 6,090 tonnes of onion imports to boost domestic supply and ease prices, according to sources. Last week, the Union Cabinet decided to import 120,000 tonnes of onions to improve the domestic supply and control prices, which touched Rs 100 per kg earlier this month. Retail prices are ruling at around Rs 70 per kg in the national capital.

BSNL: Over 92,000 employees of state-run BSNL and MTNL have so far opted for the recently announced VRS. The scheme and the strong response it has generated marks the biggest milestone in the history of these state-owned corporations. Over 92,000 employees of BSNL and MTNL have opted for the scheme so far, the source added.


 

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 24TH

Daily Current Affairs-September

NATIONAL

Maharastra: Supreme court heard a writ petition filed by Shiv Sena NCP combo and ordered that interim prayers sought by Shiv Sena to conduct floor test within 24 hours have to be considered after perusing order of Governor and letters submitted by Fadnavis. Read more

President`s Rule: To revoke President’s Rule, the government has used Rule 12 of the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961, which allows for revocation of President’s Rule without Cabinet approval if the Prime Minister “deems it necessary.”

The Calcutta High Court: As there is large number of pending litigations touching almost 229,000, the Calcutta High Court is stressing on alternative dispute redressal mechanism like mediation to reduce the backlog. The high court is encouraging litigants involved in various disputes, from commercial to matrimonial issues, to go for mediation to resolve their differences, instead of fighting their cases in the courts that may take a long time before any outcome is reached.

Man ki baat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, the patience, restraint and maturity displayed by the people after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict in the Ayodhya case proves that there is nothing bigger than national interest for Indians.”The resolve … full of new hopes and aspirations. It is my hope and wish that New India imbibes this feeling and forges ahead in a spirit of peace, unity and goodwill,” he said in “Mann ki Baat” radio programme.

SC: The Supreme Court today asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to place before it on 25th November morning the letters of Maharashtra Governor recommending revocation of President’s rule in the state and inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form government. In the special hearing on a holiday, the apex court also issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra government on the petition filed by Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine against the Maharashtra Governor’s decision to swear in Fadnavis as chief minister.

Ajit Pawar: The BJP today objected to the removal of Ajit Pawar as leader of the NCP legislature party, saying it was “invalid”. Pawar was removed as the NCP’s legislature unit leader on Saturday, hours after he joined hands with the BJP in a coup and took oath as deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.


ECONOMY

FPI: Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs)has infused a net Rs 17,722 crore into the Indian markets in November so far amid encouraging domestic and global cues. According to depositories data, overseas investors pumped in a net sum of Rs 17,547.55 crore into equities and Rs 175.27 crore in the debt segment during November 1-22, taking the cumulative net investment to Rs 17,722.82 crore.

Unemployment: India’s urban unemployment rate between January and March this year fell to 9.3 per cent, the lowest in at least four quarters, according to an unpublished government report reviewed by Reuters. The urban unemployment rate of the January-March quarter compared with 9.9 per cent in the preceding quarter.


INTERNATIONAL

Airbnb International: Airbnb’s business excluding the United States and China turned a net profit of $46.47 million in 2018 compared with a loss of $97.22 million the previous year, according to an earnings statement the company filed in Dublin, Ireland, and made public on November 22.Airbnb International Unlimited Company is incorporated in Ireland and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbnb Inc.

Pakistan: A panel of academics and South Asia experts from around the world explored the prospect of a “rebrand” of Pakistan away from an ideology of jihad and terrorism, with the Pakistani diaspora playing some role in such a move. ‘Reimagining Pakistan: A Global Perspective’, organised by the Jammu Kashmir Study Centre UK think tank and the Indian National Students Association (INSA) UK in London on November 23, highlighted that Pakistan’s so-called “jihad strategy” dates back to 1947 when it tried to “forcibly annex Kashmir”.

Tesla: Elon Musk says Tesla has received nearly 150,000 orders for its new electric pickup truck since the automaker revealed the futuristic vehicle earlier this week to mixed reviews. The Tesla CEO tweeted Saturday that the company received 146,000 orders for the wedge-shaped “Cybertruck” since is unveiling Thursday night.

Iran: The US State Department has called on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to suspend the accounts of Iranian government leaders until Tehran re-establishes internet coverage throughout the riot-torn country.

Pakistan: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday reiterated that America’s stance on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would have “no impact” on the project. He was referring to a recent statement by Wells, who is in charge of South Asia affairs at the US State Department, in which she had “warned” that CPEC would further add to Pakistan’s debt burden. She had said the multi-billion-dollar CPEC would take a toll on Pakistan’s economy at the time of repayments and dividend in the coming years.

Brexit: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised on Sunday “to get Brexit done”, pledging in his Conservative Party’s manifesto to bring his deal to leave the European Union back to parliament before Christmas and ruling out any more delay.

US Election: Michael Bloomberg confirmed Sunday that he is running for president, joining the crowded field of Democrats seeking to take on his fellow New York billionaire, President Donald Trump.


 

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 23RD

Maharastra: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis was on Saturday morning sworn in as Maharashtra’s Chief Minister, forming a surprise alliance with his one-time rival—Nationalist Congress Party’s Ajit Pawar—who took oath as deputy chief minister. Read more

SC: Supreme Court will 11.30am on Sunday hear Shiv Sena and its allies’ plea against governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form the government.

NCP: NCP on Saturday evening removed Ajit Pawar as the party’s legislature unit leader after he joined hands with the BJP and took oath as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra.

Job rates: India’s urban unemployment rate between January and March this year fell to 9.3 per cent, the lowest in at least four quarters, according to an unpublished government report reviewed by Reuters.

Govt reports: The ministry of statistics and programme implementation released reports titled ‘Household Social Consumption in India: Health’ and ‘Household Social Consumption in India: Education’, which were conducted along with the ‘Household Consumer Expenditure’ survey between July 2017 and June 2018. This was a part of the 75th round of survey conducted by the National Statistical Office (NSO), which was earlier known as the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO).

RBI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is working on a corporate governance structure for banks in line with Basel norms, but the Indian version would likely be tougher in recognising bad loans, said RBI Deputy Governor N S Vishwanathan in his keynote address at the Business Standard Annual Banking Forum.

China-UAS: The United States is the world’s biggest source of instability and its politicians are going around the world baselessly smearing China, the Chinese government’s top diplomat said on Saturday in a stinging attack at a G20 meeting in Japan.