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India to increase public health spending to 2.5% of GDP: PM Modi Economic Times
India is set to increase its public health spending to 2.5 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, asserting that women, children and the youth will continue to remain at the heart of every policy, programme and initiative of the government.
‘Don’t believe in jod-tod’: Shivraj Singh Chouhan resigns as Madhya Pradesh CM Hindustan Times
Taking the responsibility for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh, three-time chief minister of the central state Shivraj Singh Chouhan resigned on Wednesday. Chouhan said the BJP will not stake claim to form the next government, paving the way for the return of the Congress in crucial Madhya Pradesh after 15 years.
Congress poised to form governments in Hindi heartland states, CM choices remain in balance Times of India
The Congress was poised on Wednesday to form governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, signalling a newfound energy in the party ranks and energizing opposition efforts to stop the BJP juggernaut before general elections next year.
Advantage Cong in Raj, MP, Chhattisgarh Pioneer
The exit polls for the five Assembly elections project an advantage to the Congress, which is seen wresting Rajasthan from the BJP and putting saffron party on the tenterhooks in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The TRS is projected to retain Telangana by majority whereas the Congress may end up losing Mizoram, its lone seat of power in North-East.
India's growth was muted by lack of intent of earlier governments: Modi Business Standard
Claiming that India has witnessed unprecedented growth and development under his tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday blamed the "lack of intent" of previous governments making the nation lag behind in all aspects until the BJP came to power in 2014.
Michel will reveal Gandhi family’s secrets: PM Modi Times of India
Making a final push for the BJP on the last day of campaigning for the state elections on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also used the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestaland chopper dear during the previous UPA regime, to target the Congress leadership.
‘Please take it’: Vijay Mallya offers to repay banks all the money he owes Scroll
Businessman Vijay Mallya criticised the Indian media on Wednesday for calling him a loan defaulter and “humbly requested” various banks to take back all the money he had borrowed to keep his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines in business.
AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam: UK seeks information from India on Christian Michel extradition Indian Express
The UK government on Wednesday said it has sought urgent information from India on the circumstances surrounding the detention and extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam case, who is facing allegations of bribery. The businessman, a British national, was arrested in the UAE and extradited to India on Tuesday night.
Christian Michel claims he has been 'hijacked', says his extradition illegal Economic Times
Christian Michel has chosen to remain aggressive in denying his alleged role in the VVIP chopper scandal so far. Claiming that he has been “hijacked”, Michel has alleged that his extradition is “illegal”, people with direct knowledge of the matter told ET.
Can never claim I have full knowledge of Hinduism, 'naamdar' can: PM Modi Zee News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday responded to the jibes of Congress president Rahul Gandhi on him saying that he has never claimed that he had full knowledge of Hindu religion. 
TRS, Cong, TDP, AIMIM dynastic parties, becoming 'threat to democracy': Modi Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the TRS, Congress, TDP and AIMIM of perpetuating dynastic and family rule, saying these parties were becoming a "threat to democracy". Addressing an election rally here, Modi said of the five parties contesting the Telangana Assembly election, only the BJP was being run democratically.
Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal restrains Mahinda Rajapaksa from functioning as PM Meera Srinivasan, Hindu
Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal on Monday temporarily restrained controversially installed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purported Cabinet of Ministers from functioning in their respective offices. The interim order follows a quo warranto petition filed by 122 MPs on November 23, challenging Mr. Rajapaksa’s continuance in office, after losing two trust votes in Parliament on November 14 and 16.
Yoga is India's gift to world for health, peace: PM Modi Business Standard
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday described yoga as India's gift to the world for health, wellness, and peace, adding that the exercise improves the health of both the mind and body of an individual.
Rahul Gandhi my captain, he sent me to Pakistan: Navjot Sidhu Indian Express
Punjab minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday indicated that Rahul Gandhi had sent him to Pakistan to attend the foundation-laying ceremony of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, and that the Congress chief is his “captain”.
Isro's PSLV C43 launches India's first hyperspectral imaging sat along with 30 foreign satellites Surendra Singh, Times of India
At exactly 9.58 am on Thursday, Indian Space Research Organisation's reliable workhorse PSLV rocket soared into the skies from Skies from Sriharikota's first launchpad carrying with it India's first hyperspectral imaging satellite (HysIS), an advanced earth observation satellite, and 30 foreign satellites.
'Inherited' issues like Saeed, Dawood; can't be held responsible for past: Imran Khan Sachin Parashar, Times of India
Pakistan PM Imran Khan said on Thursday that it was not in his country's interest to have its territory used for terror outside, while maintaining that he could not be held responsible for issues like the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, which he had inherited.
For the third time in three months, farmers to protest in Delhi Kabir Agarwal, Wire
Over two lakh farmers will be in Delhi on November 29 and 30. Some will start walking into Delhi from different parts of the country on the night of November 28. They will spend the night at camps set up at different locations in the city.
Rajasthan elections: Congress govt in state will lead to friction with the Centre, says Modi Hamza Khan, Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked the people of Rajasthan to vote for the BJP as a Congress government in the state would lead to friction with the Centre which will not bode well for the state.
LeT commander behind Shujaat Bukhari’s murder killed near Srinagar Indian Express
Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Naveed Jatt alias Abu Hanzulla, a prime suspect in the murder of journalist Shujaat Bukhari, was killed in a gunfight in Chattergam village, on the outskirts of Srinagar, on Wednesday morning. Jatt, who hailed from Multan in Pakistan, had escaped from police custody in February this year.
Congress does yatras only with mortal remains of its leaders: Amit Shah Prashant Pandey, Indian Express
Attacking the Congress for what he called was its focus only on one family, BJP national president Amit Shah Friday said that the party, founded by a British, had undertaken only four national tours, three of which were with the mortal remains of its leaders.
  National
ED raids 6 offices of Vadra’s confidants Pioneer
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted searches at six offices of three close associates of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in a case related to assets held abroad through proceeds of crime generated from defence deals.
Nine held for Bulandshahr violence, police rush to Jammu to nab accused Army jawan Hindustan Times
A Uttar Pradesh police team was sent to Jammu to arrest an Army jawan allegedly involved in the murder of a police inspector during the Bulandshahr violence, and five more people were nabbed in the case, taking the total number of arrests to nine, officials said Friday.
Air pollution took life of 12.4 lakh Indians in 2017 Archana Jyoti, Pioneer
Air pollution is contributing to more diseases than use of tobacco and is responsible for every eighth death in India. In 2017, air pollution took 12.4 lakh lives in the country. Alarmingly, indoor pollution led to 4.8 lakh deaths in the country, with the rest 6.7 lakh deaths due to outdoor air pollution.
Cabinet clears policy to double agri exports Hindu
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Agriculture Export Policy, aimed at increasing India’s exports to $60 billion by 2022 from the current $37 billion, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu announced.
Sharad Yaday body-shames Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP files complaint Hindustan Times
Former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav stoked a controversy on Thursday when he called Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje “fat”, while appealing to voters in the poll-bound state to not vote for BJP. The BJP on Thursday condemned his remarks as sexist and filed a complaint with the election commission demanding action against Yadav.
Does Congress want to save Agusta middleman, asks Amit Shah Business Standard
Accusing the Congress party of playing negative politics, BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday rejected charges that extradition of AgustaWestland middleman Christian Michel was a diversionary tactic and asked if the opposition wanted to save him.
Constitution does not allow an ordinance on Ram temple: Ram Vilas Paswan Sobhana K Nair, Hindu
The government and the Prime Minister are bound by the Constitution, which does not permit an ordinance to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Union Minister and NDA ally Ram Vilas Paswan said in an interview in New Delhi on December 4.
I won’t fight 2019 Lok Sabha poll: Uma Bharti Hindu
Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday said she won’t contest the next Lok Sabha election. The senior BJP leader’s announcement came days after her Cabinet colleague Sushma Swaraj said she would not contest the poll too.
Madhya Pradesh assembly elections 2018: Congress cries foul as Shivraj Chouhan calls for cabinet meet Punya Priya Mitra & Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times
The Congress is up in arms against the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government’s decision to hold a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, before the results are declared on December 11 for the November 28 Madhya Pradesh assembly elections.
Minors, Non-Residents among 7 Muslims booked for Bulandshahr 'Cow Slaughter'; sister contradicts Bajrang Dal leader's claim Rounak Kumar Gunjan, News18
Seven Muslims from Nayabans village in Bulandshahr were named in an FIR and charged by the UP police with cow slaughter, the alleged incident which sparked the violence that led to the murder of a police inspector and a local youth.
Captain your boss, Sidhu told Pioneer
Congress on Monday asked Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to speak ‘cautiously’ regarding senior party leader and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Sources said Sidhu has been conveyed by the party that he cannot defy or speak against his boss Amarinder Singh prompting him to respond by calling the Punjab Chief Minister a "fatherly figure".Captain is your boss, Congress tells Sidhu.
Navy Chief makes fresh pitch for 2nd desi aircraft carrier Pioneer
At a time when China has already launched its third aircraft carrier and India is solely dependent on its lone carrier, INS Vikramaditya, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Monday made a strong pitch for a second indigenously built aircraft carrier.  The first carrier INS Vikrant is now under construction at Cochin Shipyard and likely to go for seat trials next year.
DeMo failed to stop black money use in polls: Ex-CEC Rawat Pioneer
After former Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian slammed demonetisation as a “draconian shock,” former Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat has said note-ban had little impact on the use of black money in elections.
Govt misses PM Awas Yojna target by 40% Archana Jyoti, Pioneer
The Centre has woefully failed to meet the target of house construction under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY). Against the target of constructing one crore  rural dwellings  by March 31, 2019, only 60 lakh houses have been built so far since the scheme was launched by  Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on November 20, 2016.
Police Inspector, youth killed as mob attacks U.P. outpost Omar Rashid, Hindu
A police Inspector and a youth were killed when a mob of around 400 persons clashed with the police following the alleged discovery of cow carcasses in a village in Bulandshahr district of western Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
EC orders end to data collection, AAP govt says it’s not your right Ritika Chopra, Indian Express
Objecting strongly to the Delhi government’s move to collect voter identification details of families of school students, the Election Commission (EC) has ordered the state government to stop the exercise. Calling the EC’s directive “illegal”, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat last week, has refused to oblige and is learnt to have instructed the Directorate of Education (DoE) not to follow the poll panel’s order.
Bikaner land deal case: ED summons Robert Vadra in Bikaner land deal case Indian Express
Officials of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Friday said Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has been summoned by the agency for questioning in connection with the Bikaner land deal case. Vadra has been asked to appear in person before the ED in the first week of December.
PM Modi meets Trump, Putin ahead of G20 summit Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of the G-20 summit.
Pakistan must first become secular to 'Stay Together' with India: Army Chief Wire
Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat reacted to Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan’s statement that if Germany and France can come together after war, then why not India and Pakistan, by saying that in order for Pakistan to stay together with India, it will have to become a secular state first.
Jaitley Defends New GDP Data for UPA Years as Facts, Congress Calls PM Modi 'Juggler of Numbers' News18
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday defended the government's new GDP data lowering the growth rate during the UPA regime and said it was based on facts and is more reflective of the state of the economy.
  The Courts
Cogent evidence against Asthana, need thorough probe: Verma tells HC Business Standard
CBI chief Alok Verma on Friday defended the filing of FIR against special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana and contended that the "serious allegations of corruption and extortion" against his deputy need to be thoroughly investigated.
Why strip Verma of powers suddenly: SC Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday asked the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, to explain the exigency that had prompted it to take an “overnight” decision to divest Alok Verma of his powers as CBI Director.
BJP denied permission for Amit Shah's 'Rath Yatra' by Calcutta High Court NDTV
The BJP cannot hold a rally tomorrow from Bengal's Coochbehar - the first of three that would crisscross the state ahead of next year's general elections - the Calcutta High Court has said. The order came after the state government told that court that it has refused permission for the proposed 'rath yatra' by BJP president Amit Shah, as it might cause "communal tension".
National Herald case: SC lets I-T department reopen Rahul and Sonia Gandhi’s tax filings Economic Times
The Supreme Court allowed the income-tax department to reassess the 2011-12 tax filings of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, even as the Congress leaders await a court verdict on the legality of I-T notices to them. The top court, however, restrained the department from taking any action against the Congress president and his mother until January 8, 2019, which is the next date of hearing.
Reliance Jio plea rejected: Supreme Court dismisses CCI request to probe cartel charges against telcos Financial Express
In a relief to Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, Supreme Court has dismissed billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio and CCI’s plea to probe cartelisation charges against incumbent telecom service providers, CNBC TV18 reported. Notably, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and Reliance Jio Infocomm had moved the Supreme Court against a Bombay High Court order.
Gujarat encounters: Supreme Court takes up plea for SIT probe Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on December 3 gave the Gujarat government an opportunity to file an affidavit giving reasons why an apex court-appointed committee’s report on 22 ‘fake’ police encounters, which occurred during Narendra Modi’s Chief Ministership between 2002 and 2006, should not be made available to petitioners seeking a fair and independent probe into the ‘killings’.
Relief for Anil Ambani: Supreme Court clears way for RCom-Jio deal Indu Bhan, Financial Express
Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications on Friday got a huge relief from the Supreme Court, which allowed it to furnish corporate guarantee worth Rs 1,400 crore via its sister firm Reliance Realty to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
SC spending too much time on non-issues: Justice Kurian Joseph Priyanka Mittal, Mint
The Supreme Court is spending a substantial amount of time on non-issues rather than looking at burning problems because of mounting public interest litigation, retired justice Kurian Joseph said on Friday, a day after retiring. “The Supreme Court should concentrate on the issues that affect the citizens and weed out all the rest,” he told reporters at his home.
Capital punishment valid: SC Pioneer
Has death penalty in the statute served as a deterrent for heinous crime? A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court in a verdict on Wednesday expressed different opinions on this with one saying that the provision of capital punishment has failed to become a deterrent and the other two holding that a larger bench had already decided its continuance in the rarest of rare cases.
Muzaffarpur shelter home case: SC raps Bihar govt over 'soft' FIR, gives 24 hours to rectify mistake Zee News
The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar over its failure to file correct FIR in connection with the alleged Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse cases.
No clean chit to Verma; SC seeks reply in 3 days Pioneer
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has come out with “mixed” findings while dealing with allegation of corruption against benched CBI Director Alok Verma. Taking note of the CVC report, the Supreme Court has given Verma time till November 19 to respond to certain “very uncomplimentary findings” in the CVC report.
SC pulls up States for delay in recruitment of judges Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up various State governments and the administrative side of the High Courts for delay in filling vacancies in subordinate judicial services.
Ayodhya case: SC declines early hearing of pleas, says order already passed Business Standard
The Supreme Court on Monday declined early hearing of petitions in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said it had already listed the appeals before the appropriate bench in January.
CBI case: SC frowns on tardy CVC submission Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
A 24-hour delay by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in filing its report on the inquiry against exiled CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma led the Supreme Court to adjourn Monday’s crucial hearing to November 16 (Friday).
Bofors case: Supreme Court dismisses CBI appeal Priyanka Mittal, Mint
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) challenging a 2005 order of the Delhi High Court that quashed all charges against the Hinduja brothers, Srichand, Gopichand and Prakashchand, in the Bofors case.
  Business
Current account deficit balloons to 2.9% of GDP in Q2 Mint
India’s current account deficit (CAD) widened to 2.9% of the GDP in the second quarter of the fiscal, against 1.1% in the year-ago period, mainly due to a large trade deficit, the RBI said on Friday.
Rupee rises 46 paise to 70.44 against US dollar in early trade Times Now
The rupee appreciated by 46 paise to 70.44 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday at the interbank foreign exchange, amid weakness in the greenback against some currencies overseas and a higher opening of domestic equities. Forex traders said, increased selling of the American currency by exporters and banks and sustained foreign fund inflows also supported the domestic currency.
Airtel, Reliance Jio or Vodafone Idea? No clear winner in India’s telecom wars Navadha Pandey, Mint
Six months ago, Bharti Airtel Ltd was the undisputed leader in India’s telecom market with the largest subscriber base, highest profit and maximum revenue market share. The entry of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd however resulted in a bruising tariff war, which forced even a large corporate house like the Tata Group to exit the industry. Following a year-long consolidation, only two other private players were left in the field—Bharti Airtel and entity resulting from the merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.
Networks integration to boost enterprise, IoT business: Vodafone Idea's Nick Gliddon Danish Khan, Economic Times
Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), India’s largest telecom operator said that conclusion of networks integration will reinforce its Internet of Things (IoT) business by helping the company tap into new areas like agriculture, leveraging erstwhile Idea Cellular’s strong rural presence.
Rupee extends losses, trades around 71 per dollar Money Control
Indian rupee has extended losses and trading around 71 per dollar. It is trading lower by 50 paise at 70.96 per dollar versus previous close 70.46. Rupee broadly moved in a range of 70.30 and 70.80 levels ahead of the important RBI policy statement that was released yesterday.
Sensex 200 points down ahead of RBI policy Financial Express
Broadly negative global cues and caution ahead of the RBI policy pushed the key indices during the afternoon session on Wednesday to trade over 0.5 per cent lower from their previous close.
India launches heaviest satellite; to get high-speed connectivity Anonna Dutt, Hindustan Times
India’s heaviest satellite GSAT 11, weighing 5,854 kg, was successfully launched by the European commercial launch provider Arianespace in the early hours of Wednesday from Kourou space centre, French Guiana.
Rupee trades flat at 70.50 per dollar Money Control
The Indian rupee is trading flat at 70.50 per dollar against previous close of 70.49. The dollar-rupee December contract on the NSE was at 70.69 in the previous session. December contract open interest increased 1.71% in the previous session, said ICICI direct.
Number of people filing Income Tax returns rises 50%, says CBDT chief Times of India
The number of people filing Income Tax returns has increased 50 per cent to 6.08 crore so far in the assessment year 2018-19 compared to the year-ago period, a top official said on Tuesday.
Gujarat allows power tariff hikes, in relief to Tata, Adani, Essar Maulik Pathak, Mint
In a major respite to beleaguered power projects of companies such as Adani Power Ltd, Tata Power Co. Ltd and Essar Power Ltd, the Gujarat government has issued an order to allow tariff hikes by the three imported coal-based power plants, according to two government officials in the know of the development. They did not wish to be identified.
EPFO likely to increase proportion of funds to UTI for ETF investment Money Control
Retirement fund body EPFO is likely to increase fund allocation to its exchange traded fund manager UTI Mutual Funds as it has provided better returns than SBI Capital on ETF investment by the pension fund.
Aiming to beat Jio by March, Airtel could tie up with rival Voda Idea for fibre network Anandita Singh Mankotia & Romit Guha, Economic Times
Bharti Airtel is open to creating a company with rival Vodafone Idea to jointly own their fibre networks, which could be monetised to raise funds to drive growth as it seeks to regain revenue leadership by Marchend, senior company executives said.
Open borders an imperative of present times, says Arun Jaitley Economic Times
Finance minister Arun Jaitley said trading across national boundaries is an “economic imperative of our times” and barriers to free trade should be dismantled.
Cooking Gas Price Cut By Rs. 6.52 Per Cylinder NDTV
Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price on Friday was cut by Rs. 6.52 per cylinder on account of tax impact on the reduced market rate for the fuel. A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder will cost Rs. 500.90 in the national capital from midnight tonight as against Rs. 507.42 currently, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country's largest fuel retailer, said in a statement.
Petrol price down by Rs 10 in 6 weeks, diesel by Rs 8. Check today’s rates Mint
On the back of consistent decrease in crude oil rates, the price of petrol has been cut by Rs 10 per litre and diesel by Rs 8 in the last six weeks. State-run fuel retailers decreased the price by 37 paise and 41 paise today. Petrol is now back to where it was 8 months ago, before the start of the current financial year. A litre of petrol costs Rs 72.87 in Delhi, Rs 78.43 in Mumbai, Rs 73.44 in Bengaluru, Rs 75.62 in Chennai and Rs 74.88 in Kolkata.
GDP growth slows down to 7.1% in September quarter Money Control
India's gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.1 percent in July-September, down from 8.2 percent in the previous quarter as high fuel prices, a sliding rupee and relatively weaker rural demand seem to have applied the brakes on the economy.
Rupee rebounds to below 70 to a dollar in 3-month high Annapurna Singh, Deccanherald
Rupee strengthened sharply on Thursday, breaking above the psychological level of 70 per dollar after a comment by US Federal Reserve chairman indicated a pause on the rate hike cycle, weakening the dollar against all major currencies of the world.
Sensex soars 453 points, rupee below 70 per dollar mark for first time in 3 months Indian Express
The BSE Sensex rose for the fourth straight session Thursday, rallying over 450 points on short-covering as the November derivatives series ended amid a robust rally in the rupee.
Vodafone, Idea, and Airtel users getting warning messages for minimum recharge; TRAI pulls companies Times Now
Vodafone, Idea, and Airtel have just announced minimum prepaid recharges for their subscribers stating that in order to avail free incoming calls, users will have to recharge their cellular connections with these minimum prepaid recharges which are valued at Rs. 35, Rs. 65 and Rs. 95, all of which come with a validity of 28 days.
No space for talent in dynastic Cong: FM Pioneer
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday accused the Congress of considering “surname as a political brand” as he waded into the controversy triggered by the Opposition party that launched personal attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Amazon's Cloud arm AWS enters lucrative satellite data market Business Standard
With more and more satellites being launched for a variety of applications, retail giant Amazon's Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a fully-managed network of 12 Ground Station antennas globally that will help customers process, store and analyse satellite data at a fraction of the current cost.
NPAs on downhill path since March peak, says RBI TCA Sharad Raghavan & Sobhana K Nair, Hindu
Both gross and net non-performing assets (NPAs) of scheduled commercial banks have reduced in the two quarters ending September 30, 2018 since their peak in March 2018, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Tuesday.
  States Scan
Telangana CM confident of retaining power with huge majority Business Standard
Telangana Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday exuded confidence that his party will retain power in the state after the Assembly polls with a huge majority.
Will rename Karimnagar in Telangana to 'Karipuram' if BJP wins: Yogi Adityanath NewsMinute
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that if the BJP comes to power in Telangana, it would rename Karimnagar district to ‘Karipuram’. He also reiterated his earlier claim that the BJP will rename Hyderabad as Bhagyanagar.
Cong. trying to be more Hindu than BJP: CPI(M) Hindu
In a direct attack on the Congress party, the CPI(M) mouthpiece People’s Democracy has in its latest editorial said the Congress is trying to prove itself to be more “Hindu” than the BJP with party president Rahul Gandhi having made a flurry of visits to temples in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan during the recent poll campaign.
Hardik Patel urges Congress to move private member bill for Patidar quota after Marathas awarded reservation Times Now
Patidar leader Hardik Patel Tuesday urged the Congress to move a private member's bill in the next session of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly for reservation to his community. Patel met Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, in Gandhinagar to discuss the issue.
Another cow carcass recovered in Bulandshahr, police prevent any flare-up Hindustan Times
Another cow carcass was found in violence-hit Bulandshahr on Wednesday morning but timely intervention by the police prevented the situation getting out of hand, police officials said.
K Chandrasekhar Rao asks voters to not to hand over the reins of the state to opposition alliance Times Now
ttacking TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu and the Congress-TDP alliance for the December 7 assembly polls, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao Wednesday asked voters not to hand over the reins of the state to the opposition alliance. In an apparent reference to the Congress leaders in Telangana, he said that the government of "Delhi slaves", where Naidu's writ also runs, should not come to power.
3 arrested for Bulandshahr cop killing, FIRs filed against 87 for rioting Hindustan Times
A leader of the right-wing group Bajrang Dal was among the three people arrested in connection with the violence over an incident of alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district that led to the death of two men, including that of a police inspector, officials said on Tuesday.
NGT imposes ₹25 crore fine on Delhi govt for failing to curb air pollution Shinjini Ghosh, Hindu
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed the Delhi government to deposit an environmental compensation of ?25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for failing to curb air pollution in the Capital.
Rural polls test for BJP in Assam; campaign for first phase ends Rahul Karmakar, Hindu
The two-phase panchayat elections in Assam would be the first major test for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party that is facing opposition from one of its two regional allies over the Centre’s bid to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in Parliament.
Telangana assembly elections 2018: KCR loses cool, snaps at man who questioned status of Muslim quota Hindustan Times
TRS leader and Telangana caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao lost his cool and asked a man to remain silent when he raised a question on the proposed 12 per cent reservation for Muslims during an election meeting in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.
16% Maratha quota Bill OK’d TN Raghunatha, Pioneer
In a development that will fetch political dividends to the ruling BJP in forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State, both the Houses of the Maharashtra Legislature on Thursday passed a Bill according reservations 16 per cent reservations in education and Government jobs to the community in the State, thus paving way for enactment of a law.
In Telangana, Muslim Voters Stand Divided but Appear to Favour TRS Mahtab Alam, Wire
Unlike the last assembly elections, where there was absolute clarity on who to vote for, this time around the relatives of Abdul Taha stand divided over whom to vote in the upcoming assembly elections.
Delhi air pollution level today: AQI recorded in 'very poor' category, worst in Narela at 449 Times Now
The national capital's air quality index has been constantly oscillating between 'poor' and 'very poor' categories. Residents have been reeling under the impact of prolonged exposure to degraded air quality for more than a month. The Air Quality Index (AQI) data showed major pollutant PM 2.5 and PM 10 are at 245 and 247 respectively, at Lodhi Road. Both fall in 'poor' category. The overall air quality has been recorded in 'very poor' category.
Polling for 4th phase of Panchayat polls ends in J&K Business Standard
Polling ended peacefully on Tuesday for the fourth phase of Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir. No untoward incident was reported during the voting that started at 8 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. In the Kashmir Valley, an overall 32.2 per cent electorate voted, with 63.2 per cent polling reported in Baramulla district. Pulwama district recorded the lowest voter turnout (0.6 per cent).
Rains, snowfall caused Rs 1,600 crore loss to Himachal: CM Business Standard
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday informed a central team that the state has suffered a loss of Rs 1,600 crore this year due to unprecedented rain and untimely snowfall, which also claimed 343 lives.
UP govt committed to economic uplift: CM Pioneer
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while addressing the concluding session of  UP-Dexpo 2018 on CSA ground on Friday, said the state government was committed to the economic uplift of UP and thus to bring in economic development and investment the present government had girded up its loins to not only improve the law and order but set up a conducive and safe environment so that investors could invest in the state.
J&K: Voting underway for first phase of Panchayat polls in Valley Times Now
Voting has begun for the first phase of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. Polling officials said 427 candidates are contending for 536 Sarpanch Halqas and 5,951 candidates for 4,048 Panch wards in the first phase of the polls. Polling will be held in six districts of the Kashmir Valley, two in Ladakh and seven districts in the Jammu region.
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UN rejects US-drafted resolution to condemn Hamas Aljazeera
The United Nations General Assembly has rejected a United States-sponsored resolution seeking to condemn Hamas, the Palestinian group administering the besieged Gaza Strip.
Pakistan using Taliban as Hedge against India, no change in Behaviour: US Commander News18
Days after US President Donald Trump sought Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's help in the Afghan peace process, a top American commander has told lawmakers that Islamabad's policy seems to be unchanged and it continues to use the Taliban as a hedge against India.
Rouhani: If US blocks Iran’s oil exports, will close trade route Indian Express
Iran President Hassan Rouhani has threatened again to close the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea. “If someday, the United States decides to block Iran’s oil (exports), no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf,” the state TV quoted Rouhani as saying.
Kamala Harris, first Indian-American senator in US, considering 2020 presidential bid Hindustan Times
Democrat Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate, said she will make a decision about a potential 2020 presidential bid during the upcoming holiday season. “It will ultimately be a family decision,” Harris, who represents the state of California, told MSNBC during an event in San Francisco.
Trump says US very close to China trade deal Money Control
The US is very close to a trade deal with China, President Donald Trump has said, but remained noncommittal to its final outcome ahead of his meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Argentina on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.
Pakistan to invite PM Modi for Saarc summit, says Pak foreign office Santosh Chaubey, India Today
In a major boost to improve the bitter Indo-Pak ties, the Imran Khan government has reportedly decided to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit.
US announces $5 million reward for information on 26/11 perpetrators Money Control
The US on November 26 announced a USD 5 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired, aided or abetted the 2008 Mumbai attack.
California wildfires: At least 71 dead as number of missing jumps to more than 1,000 Times Now
The number of people missing in a devastating wildfire in northern California jumped to more than 1,000 on Friday, authorities said, as the remains of eight other victims were found by rescuers. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said the number of missing had soared from 631 on Thursday to 1,011 on Friday as more reports of missing were being sent in and as emergency calls made when the fire broke out on November 8 are being reviewed.
CIA Concludes Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi's Killing NDTV
The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government's claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter.
Sri Lankan lawmakers fight in Parliament over PM dispute Indian Express
Rival lawmakers exchanged blows in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday as disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from office by voice vote. The fighting in the chamber came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa’s government.
Lankan House says no trust in Prime Min Rajapaksa Pioneer
Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was installed by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial move, a day after the Supreme Court overturned the presidential decree to dissolve the House and hold snap polls on January 5.
PM Modi raises Pakistan terror, India-US defence ties at talks with US V-P Mike Pence Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared India’s “serious concern” at the “mainstreaming” of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million bounty, in Pakistan’s recent elections, when he met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore on Wednesday.
‘No longer deserves to serve in White House’: First lady Melania Trump seeks aide’s firing Indian Express
She bad-mouthed the defense secretary. She was the hatchet woman for John Bolton, the famously combative national security adviser, and drove out staff members from the National Security Council who were deemed insufficiently conservative or loyal.
S.Korea, U.S. military drills violate agreements: N.Korea media Hindu
South Korea's resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States violated a recent agreement aimed at lowering tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korean state media said on Monday.

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