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Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit India from October 11 to 12 Times of India
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India from October 11 to 12 to take part in the 2nd informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which they are expected to hold comprehensive talks on a host of issues concerning the bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and international issues.
Rural India now open-defecation free, will rid it of single use plastic by 2022: PM Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday set 2022 as the year by when to achieve rhw target of freeing India of single-use plastic. The PM also declared India open defecation free(ODF).
India would be a southwestern power, says Jaishankar Hindu
In his remarks, Mr. Jaishankar said that nationalism is an “X factor” in international relations today and cautioned that it means different things to different people. With India emerging as a powerful nation on the global stage and experts and analysts probing which way it would tilt, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on October 3 said the largest democracy would be a blend of the west and the developed world.
Targeted by vindictive Government: Rahul Gandhi on Sharad Pawar Debanish Achom, NDTV
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said today that a corruption case naming NCP chief Sharad Pawar just before the Maharashtra election smacked of "political opportunism" by a "vindictive government".
Howdy, Modi echoes in Houston Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a rousing welcome on Sunday when he arrived at the crowded NRG stadium on Sunday to address the Indian-American community with people chanting “Howdy, Modi.” Addressing over 50,000 Indian-Americans at the NRG stadium, Modi said it was honour and privilege for him to welcome Trump in this magnificent stadium and magnificent gathering. 
Rahul Gandhi must apologise to farmers in M.P., says Congress MLA Lakshman Singh Sidharth Yadav, Hindu
Congress MLA Lakshman Singh on Thursday said Rahul Gandhi should apologise to farmers in Madhya Pradesh for not keeping the promise of loan waiver within 10 days of coming to power in the State.
Hug each Kashmiri, build a new paradise: Narendra Modi Hindu
Prime Minister sees attempts from across the border to spread violence in the Jammu and Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it was time to build a new Kashmir after the scrapping of Article 370, and the country should unite as one towards this.
Over 11 lakh Railway employees to get 78 days' bonus Mint
Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Prakash Javdekar today briefed the media on key Cabinet decisions. The Union Cabinet today approved 78 days' of wages as bonus for Railway employees. It will lead to outgo of over ?2,000 crore.
E-cigarettes banned, announces Nirmala Sitharaman after cabinet meet Hindustan Times
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam on Wednesday announced that the Cabinet has approved the decision to ban e-cigarettes. The minister made the announcement at a press conference in Delhi after the Cabinet meet.
44 US Congress lawmakers urge Trump administration to reinstate India's Preferential Trade Status Zee News
A bipartisan group of 44 US lawmakers have urged the Trump administration to reinstate the preferential trade treatment under Generalised System of Preference (GSP) program to India as a part of a trade deal between the two nations.The US ended the privileges that India was enjoying under the GSP since June 5.
Ayodhya land dispute case: SC sets deadline of 18 October to hear arguments, complete submissions Firstpost
The Supreme Court, on Wednesday, set an 18 October deadline for hearing arguments and completing submissions in the Ayodhya land dispute case. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, "as per the estimate of tentative dates to finish the hearing in the case, we can say that the submissions have to be likely completed by 18 October."
Donald Trump to join PM Modi in Houston to address 50,000 Indian-Americans, says White House Times of India
US President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston's mega "Howdy, Modi!" event on September 22, the White Huose said on Sunday.
Rein in corruption, terrorism and taking J&K UTs to height of Development govt's pledge: PM Pioneer
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the NDA 2.0 governments pledge is to rein in corruption, terrorism and take union territories in Jammu and Kashmir to height of development and asserted the country has seen the "trailer" of the fast functioning of his ministry within the first 100 days and the entire "film still remains to be seen".
Kashmir integral part of India, welfare lies in integration with country: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Pioneer
Top Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JuH) on Thursday passed a resolution stating that Kashmir is an "integral part" of the country and said the welfare of the people in the valley lies in their integration with India. The resolution which was adopted in JuH's annual general meeting held here, also attacked Pakistan, saying that inimical forces and the "neighbouring country" are bent on destroying Kashmir by using the people as a shield.
11 drown as boats capsize during Ganesh idol immersion in Bhopal Sidharth Yadav, Hindu
Eleven people drowned and six were rescued early on Friday after two boats carrying them and Ganesh idols capsized at the Lower Lake of Bhopal, said Collector Tarun Kumar Pithode. “First, one of the boats capsized near the Khatlapura Ghat, from where idols are immersed. Then, the other one capsized too, as those in it may have tried to rescue them,” he said.
Pakistan has spent billions of rupees on terror outfit JuD, admits its minister Times of India
Pakistan has spent billions of rupees on proscribed terror on [rpscribed terror outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa(JuD), admitted the country's interior minister on national television.
Govt may widen stimulus scope after RBI’s Rs 1.76 trillion bounty Money Control
The promised second instalment of a stimulus package to boost the economy that was to be announced by the middle of this week may be delayed ‘a bit’, two government officials said on condition of anonymity.
To revive growth, govt rolls back super-rich surcharge on foreign, domestic equity investors Indian Express
In a bid to stabilise the faltering economy, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday announced removal of the surcharge on capital gains on shares for both foreign and domestic investors, provided an upfront Rs 70,000-crore equity infusion into public sector banks to boost lending, and unveiled measures to push automobile sales.
In ‘New India’, noose tightening on corruption, nepotism: PM Modi in France Hindustan Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was the strength of 1.25 billion Indians that had powered the big decisions taken by his government in the first 75-days of re-election amidst chants of “Modi hai to Mumkin hai” during his address to the Indian diaspora at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Friday.
Pak recruits Af ultras to spill blood in J&K Rahul Dutta, Pioneer
In a desperate move to stoke violence in Jammu & Kashmir after the abrogation of its special status under Article 370 and to internationalise the issue, Pakistan has started recruiting battle-hardened Afghan and Pashtun fighters to create trouble in the State.
Chidambaram sent to CBI custody till August 26 Nirnimesh Kumar & Devesh K Pandey, Hindu
A court on Thursday sent former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram to five-day CBI custody in connection with the INX Media case. The court allowed Mr. Chidambaram's family members and lawyers to meet him for half an hour every day during the custody.
Nirav Modi to appear via videolink for remand hearing in UK Pioneer
Fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, wanted in India in connection with the nearly USD 2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case, is set to appear before a UK court for his customary 28-day remand hearing on Thursday.
Will do best to mediate: Trump to take up Kashmir with PM Modi at G7 Summit Business Standard
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would discuss the tense situation in Kashmir with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they meet at the G7 Summit in France during this weekend.
CBI arrests Chidambaram in connection with INX case Economic Times
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the INX Media corruption and money laundering case from his residence late Wednesday evening, hours after the Supreme Court refused to grant immediate hearing on his plea for interim protection from arrest and listed the matter for Friday.
PC on run as CBI-ED give chase Pioneer
Former Finance and Home Minister P Chidambaram is on the run from the law after the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to come to his rescue following the Delhi High Court’s dismissal of his bail petition in the INX Media bribery case. Soon after the apex court’s denial of relief, sleuths of Enforcement Directorate and CBI landed at Chidambaram’s home in Jor Bagh, but the senior Congress leader could not be traced.
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  National
Former CBI special director Rakesh Asthana likely to get clean chit in corruption case News18
Former CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana is likely to be exonerated in the corruption case trigerred by allegations that were levelled by the agency's former director Alok Verma. According to an Indian Express report, the CBI investigating officer of the case has prepared a report absolving Asthana of all the charges.
RKS Bhadauria to be next IAF chief Pioneer
Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria will be the next Chief of Air Staff after the superannuation of incumbent B S Dhanoa, the government announced on Thursday.
Five flight tests of 'Astra' missile successfully conducted Pioneer
India successfully conducted five flight tests of the Beyond Visual Range Air- to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) 'Astra' from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter platform, off Odisha coast. The trials, held between Monday and Thursday, were conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF), simulating all possible threat scenarios, an official statement said on Thursday.
PM Modi will not discuss Article 370 at UN, it’s internal matter: Govt Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express
Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is leaving for the US Friday, will not discuss the issue of Article 370 at the United Nations and will focus on development and other issues when he addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 27 morning.
Rajnath Singh becomes first defence minister to fly in light combat aircraft Tejas India Today
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday flew in the Tejas fighter aircraft from the HAL airport in Bengaluru, becoming the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously built light combat aircraft (LCA).
Aim is to take economy to $10 trillion by 2030: Rajnath Singh Money Control
The government's aim is to take the Indian economy to $10 trillion by 2030, and defence is one of the sectors that will help contribute towards it, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday. Speaking at the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) Annual General Meeting, held with the theme 'Make in India: Marching Towards $26 billion Defence Industry by 2025', Singh said due to several reasons, the Indian defence industry in the past had not performed to its full potential.
Army foils Pakistan's misadventure along LoC, kills intruder, releases video Zee News
Indian Army on Wednesday released a video of infiltration or attempted Border Action Team (BAT) action along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan Army, which continues to push terrorists into India. In the video captured on hand-held Thermal Imager an infiltration or attempted BAT action by Pakistan on September 12-13, 2019 was seen and eliminated, ANI reported.
In dialogue with the US, looking at early resolution of many issues: Piyush Goyal Kirtika Suneja, Economic Times
Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that India is looking at an early resolution of its issues with the US and the two sides are in continuous dialogue. He also hinted that the two sides may announce some deal when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Donald Trump later this week.
NCP MP Udayanraje to Join BJP on September 14 in PM Modi's Presence News18
Ending days of speculation about him joining the BJP, NCP's Lok Sabha member Udayanraje Bhonsle on Friday declared he is joining the ruling party in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Saturday.
ABVP wins 3 posts in DU students' union polls, NSUI gets 1 Economic Times
The RSS-affiliated ABVP on Friday won three posts, including that of the president, in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls, while the Congress-backed NSUI bagged the secretary's post. Celebrations broke out outside the counting centre in Kingsway Camp with supporters dancing to 'dhol' beats and rose petals being showered on the winners.
Pakistan's attempt to polarise, politicise Kashmir at UNHRC rejected: India Pioneer
India on Thursday said Pakistan's attempt to polarise and politicise the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council has been rejected. It also said Pakistan needs to understand that "repeating a lie four or five times does not turn it into a gospel truth".
Govt removes names of 312 Sikh foreign nationals from blacklist Pioneer
The government has removed from its blacklist names of 312 Sikh foreign nationals involved in anti-India activities and only two persons figure in the list now, Home Ministry officials said on Friday. The decision has been taken after a review carried out by different security agencies on the Central Adverse List or blacklist containing the names of Sikh foreign nationals.
Goyal trolled for Einstein comment on discovering gravity Pioneer
Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was on Thursday trolled on the internet over an apparent gaffe in explaining that achieving the target of nearly doubling the size of the economy to USD 5 trillion should not be looked through the prism of maths.
Ready for action to retrieve PoK: Army chief Pioneer
Indian Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat said on Thursday that the army is prepared for an operation to retrieve Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from the clutches of Pakistan, if the government wants so. Rawat was replying to a media query on Union Minister Jitendra Singh's statement who said that the next agenda of the government is retrieving PoK and making it a part of India.
NASA joins ISRO to track Vikram 'calling home' Pioneer
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is continuing its attempt to reach out to India's moon lander sending communication signals with its Deep Space Network (DSN), said officials. It is also reported the American space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is sending radio signals to Vikram.
Govt. plans to redevelop Parliament building by 2022 Damini Nath, Hindu
By August 15, 2022, when India celebrates its 75th Independence Day, the government is planning to have a new Parliament building — either a brand new one or a redeveloped version of the existing historic building. Sources in the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that a request for proposal (RFP) was floated on September 2 to invite design and architecture firms to give their ideas for redevelopment of Parliament as well as the 3 km Central Vista and for building a new common Secretariat for all Central government offices, including razing of existing buildings such as Shastri Bhawan.
Congress facing economic slowdown as its 'moneybag handlers' are in jail: BJP Money Control
Hitting out at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi over her remarks on the "grim" economic situation in the country, the BJP said she seemed to be talking about the economic slowdown in her party as its "moneybag handlers" were behind bars.
Narendra Modi abusing 2019 mandate, says Sonia Gandhi Sandeep Phukan, Hindu
Accusing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of “abusing the 2019 mandate in the most dangerous fashion”, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday called upon her colleagues to hit the streets over people’s issues as “attacking or being aggressive on social media” was not enough. At the same time, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh asserted that the country was in the midst of a protracted slowdown.
Pakistan-based LeT plotting major attack in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi: Sources Zee News
Pakistan-based terrorists seem to be exploring new targets in India to carry out terror attacks. A report by the central intelligence agencies, which has been accessed by Zee News, suggest that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists have been making attempts to establish a base in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, which is the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Don’t visit Kashmir Valley, J&K administration asks political leaders Hindu
The Jammu and Kashmir administration issued a statement on Friday night asking political leaders not to visit the Valley as it would disturb the gradual restoration of peace and normal life. It also said the visit by politicians would be in violation of restrictions that have been imposed in many areas of the Valley.
CBI registers fresh case against NDTV founders Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy for violating FDI rules; channel denies charge Firstpost
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked NDTV promoters Prannoy Roy, Radhika Roy and others for allegedly violating foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in a 2007-2009 investment, an allegation denied by the company.
No one drives cars as old as those jets: IAF chief on MiG-21 fighters Hindustan Times
The Indian Air force (IAF) is still flying 44-year-old MiG-21 fighter jets when no one even drives cars that old, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Tuesday. The Russian-made MiG-21 joined the IAF in 1973-74.
PMO puts road projects on hold over finances Pioneer
Due to fiscal implications, the PMO has put on hold all new projects as well as “in-principle approvals” already given to several State roads and national highways’ projects. A high-level inter-ministerial panel headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha will now prepare a new set of comprehensive guidelines for approving and announcing projects.
Over 55 dead in rain in North India; Yamuna above danger mark in Delhi Debanish Achom, NDTV
Heavy rain in northern parts of the country has claimed at least 58 lives in the last two days. Several landslides in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand left tourists and residents stranded in some villages. Officials said many of them have been rescued, though hundreds of tourists are still stranded in Himachal Pradesh. Although rain subsided across the region on Monday, rivers in several parts of the region are overflowing, officials said.
Kamal Nath's Nephew Ratul Puri arrested in bank fraud case Arvind Gunasekar, NDTV
Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, was arrested this morning by the Enforcement Directorate for an alleged Rs. 354 crore bank fraud, after multiple attempts by him to avoid being caught.
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  The Courts
INX Media scam: Delhi court extends Chidambaram's judicial custody till Oct 3 Pioneer
A Delhi court Thursday extended till October 3 the judicial custody of former finance minister P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media corruption case. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar also allowed medical examination of Chidambaram. The court extended the judicial custody of Chidambaram after the CBI sought extension of the veteran Congress leader's judicial remand.
SC seeks response from J& K on plea challenging detention of 5 persons Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Jammu and Kashmir administration on a plea challenging detention of five persons in Kashmir following the abrogation of Article 370. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi issued notice on the plea which has also challenged  provisions of law, empowering authorities to detain a person in Jammu and Kashmir.
As HC withdraws protection from arrest, CBI summons ex-Kolkata police chief Hindu
The Calcutta High Court on Friday vacated the interim order providing protection from arrest to IPS officer and former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Saradha scam.
Government has failed to bring in Uniform Civil Code, says Supreme Court Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court said the nation has still not endeavoured to secure for its citizens a Uniform Civil Code. The government has till date taken no action, a Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose observed in a judgment delivered on Friday. Justice Gupta, who wrote the 31-page judgment, said the founders of the Constitution had expressed their hope that one day the State would fulfil expectations of a Uniform Civil Code.
Muzaffarpur shelter: SC allows 8 girls to reunite with families, asks Bihar govt to give assistance Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed eight out of the 44 girls of Bihar's Muzaffarpur shelter home to be reunited with their families after all necessary clearances. A bench headed by justice N V Ramana directed the Bihar government to provide all necessary financial and medical assistance to these eight girls.
SC refers to 3-judge bench Centre's review plea of 2018 SC/ST Act judgement Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Friday referred to its three-judge bench the Centre's plea seeking review of the March 20, 2018 verdict which had virtually diluted provisions of arrest under the SC/ST Act. A bench of justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit said, "Place the matter before three-judge bench next week".
SC grants interim protection to Chidambaram in ED case; no relief in CBI matter Japnam Bindra, Mint
The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim protection to former finance minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), but the senior leader will remain in custody as the apex court did not intervene in the CBI case.
SC lawyers protest against denial of urgent hearing of P Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail plea Scroll
Nearly 140 Supreme Court lawyers on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court Bar Association to pass a resolution against the top court’s refusal to urgently hear former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s petition in the INX Media case the previous day, Live Law reported. The plea will be heard on Friday.
SC refuses urgent listing of Chidambaram's petition seeking protection from arrest in INX Media case Pioneer
The Supreme Court Wednesday refused urgent listing of Congress leader P Chidambaram's petition seeking protection from arrest in the INX Media scam cases. The top court said the defects in the petition were removed just now and it "cannot be listed for hearing today itself".
No plan to curb social media: Madras High Court Mohamed Imranullah S, Hindu
The Madras High Court on Wednesday made it clear that it was absolutely not interested, at any point of time, in addressing a plea made by two public interest litigation (PIL) petitioners to link Aadhaar or any other government authorised identity proof with social media accounts held by individuals.
Aadhaar-social media profile linking: Supreme Court concerned at dangers of dark web Hindu
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stressed the need to find a balance between the right to online privacy and the right of the State to detect people who use the web to spread panic and commit crimes.
Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya appeals from August 6 Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
Efforts to mediate a final settlement between rival Hindu and Muslim parties in the Ayodhya title dispute cases had failed, a Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi said on Friday. Now the court will commence hearing the appeals from August 6 on a day to day basis.
New law on instant Triple Talaq challenged in Supreme Court Hindu
Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, one of the biggest religious organisations of the Sunni Muslim scholars and clerics in Kerala, on August 2 moved the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the triple talaq law, saying its only objective is “to punish Muslim husbands”.
‘Amrapali cheated homebuyers, sell their properties’, says Supreme Court; asks NBCC to finish projects Ashok Bagriya, Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the cancellation of registration of all companies under Amrapali Group and said the real estate firm’s properties will be sold to recover homebuyers’ money. Homebuyers, a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and Justice UU Lalit said, will deposit the rest of the money towards the houses in three months to be held in fixed deposit accounts in a bank.
Allahabad High Court sends notice to PM Narendra Modi on plea challenging his election to Lok Sabha Scroll
The Allahabad High Court on Friday issued a notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a petition challenging his election from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, PTI reported. The plea was filed by former Border Security Force constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose nomination papers to stand for the Lok Sabha election against Modi in Varanasi were rejected in May.
Five more rebel Cong MLAs from Karnataka move SC Pioneer
Five more rebel Congress MLAs from Karnataka moved the Supreme Court on Saturday against the Assembly Speaker not accepting their resignation. The five MLAs are Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig.
Supreme Court orders commencement of work for phase-IV of Delhi Metro Mint
The Supreme Court on Friday ordered commencement of construction work on the Delhi metro's fourth phase, which is over 100 km long and is estimated to add around 18.6 lakh riders per day, after the Delhi government said it has agreed to give the go-ahead to the project.
SC refuses to entertain Cong's plea against separate bypolls for 2 Gujarat RS seats Business Standard
The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to entertain a plea by the Gujarat Congress challenging the Election Commission's decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state.
Chopper scam: SC to hear Tuesday ED's plea against Rajeev Saxena's permission to travel abroad Pioneer
The Supreme Court Monday agreed to hear a plea by the Enforcement Directorate against the permission granted Rajeev Saxena, an approver in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam, to travel abroad on medical grounds.
SC defers hearing on security of doctors, keeps open ‘larger issue’ of their safety Business Line
The Supreme Court deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter.
'Illegal purchase of govt land': SC stays HC order directing registration of case against Maha MLC Pioneer
The Supreme Court Friday stayed the Bombay High Court's order directing registration of a case against Maharashtra MLC and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde for alleged illegal purchase of government land. A vacation bench of justices Ajay Rastogi and Surya Kant sought response from the Maharashtra government on Munde's plea.
Why only ‘babus’ picked for CIC, 4 aides posts: SC Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre as to why only retired or sitting bureaucrats were being shortlisted by the search committee for appointment as information commissioners.
  Business
Now, Reliance Jio goes after ‘poor’ subscribers of Airtel, Vodafone Idea R Sree Ram & Mobis Philipose, Mint
In the past month, Vodafone Idea Ltd’s shares jumped by 20% twice, in two consecutive trading sessions on both occasions. The first was when the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India suggested it might rethink the abolition of interconnection usage charge (IUC) from January 2020. Then again, last week, in the backdrop of rumours of an increase in tariffs by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.
Mini-Budget after Budget: Govt slashes corp tax rates to boost economy, investments Pioneer
The government on Friday slashed the income tax rate for companies by almost 10 percentage points to 25.17 per cent and offered a lower rate to 17.01 per cent for new manufacturing firms to boost economic growth rate from a six-year low by incentivising investments to help create jobs.
No stressed MSME loan to be declared NPA till March 2020: FM Pioneer
The government on Thursday asked banks not to declare any stressed loan account of MSMEs as NPA till March 2020 and work on recasting their debt. At a press conference after meeting PSU bank heads, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said there already exists a circular from the Reserve Bank that provides for stressed loan accounts of MSMEs not being declared non-performing assets (NPAs).
Sensex rebounds over 100 points; banking, auto stocks jump Hindu
Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex rebounded over 100 points in early session on Friday, driven by by gains banking, auto and IT stocks amid positive domestic and global cues.
Rupee rises 27 paise to 71.07 against USD in early trade Hindu
At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 71.19, then gained further ground and touched a high of 71.07, registering a rise of 27 paise over its previous close. The rupee appreciated by 27 paise to 71.07 against the US dollar in early trade on Friday as gains in domestic equity market enthused investors.
In liquidity push, PSBs plan ‘loan melas’ in 400 districts Hindu
In a bid to dispel the notion that only the banks have liquidity and it is not flowing to the NBFCs and the customers, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced that all scheduled banks will hold large gatherings in a total of 400 districts, where customers can come and take any type of loan they want from the banks and the NBFCs partnering with them.
GST Council mulls single rate of 28% on lotteries: Report Money Control
The GST Council is considering a uniform rate of 28 percent for all lotteries, a report in The Times of India said. At present, the goods and services tax (GST) on state lotteries is 12 percent, while those authorised by the state but run by private agencies are taxed at 28 percent.
Much-awaited GST meet on Friday may not give auto sector any succour: Report Mint
India's goods and services tax (GST) panel is unlikely to approve lowering the tax for the auto and allied components sector this week, as a study has warned of major revenue losses, two government officials said.
Rupee falls sharply against US dollar today as oil prices surge Mint
The Indian rupee today fell sharply against the US dollar as oil prices skyrocketed after drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. Other Asian currencies were also weaker against the US dollar. The rupee fell to as much as 71.42 a dollar as compared to its previous close of 70.92. 
Income Tax serves notices to Reliance First Family under Black Money Act Indian Express
The Mumbai unit of the Income Tax Department, after an investigation aided by information received from agencies in several countries, has served notices to members of the Mukesh Ambani family under provisions of the 2015 Black Money Act.
Nifty struggles below 11,000; Yes Bank falls 5%, Titan top gainer Money Control
Drug firm Unichem Laboratories said the US health regulator has concluded inspection of its Roha facility in Maharashra without making any observations. The United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) conducted inspection at the company's active pharmaceutical ingredients facility at Roha from September 9-12, 2019.
Final call at September 20 meeting: GST Council may lower levies on auto, biscuits Deepshikha Sikarwar, Economic Times
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council could lower levies for sectors such as automobiles, biscuits and other fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) at its September 20 meeting, said people with knowledge of the matter. It could also discuss raising the lowest slab of 5% to as much as 8%. That could set the ball rolling for a major revamp of GST structure as part of efforts to revive growth, they said.
IIP growth rebounds, retail inflation surges Hindu
Industrial activity rebounded in July to 4.3% on a broad-based recovery across key sectors such as mining, manufacturing and construction, official data released on Thursday showed.
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, wife Rekha earned Rs 483.75 crore with this stock in just four trading sessions Aseem Thapliyal, Business Today
Ace investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and his wife have earned Rs 483.75 crore from their investment in Titan Company stock in the last four trading sessions. Currently, the couple holds Titan  shares worth nearly Rs 6,968.12 crore. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala who held 5.75% stake (5.10 crore shares) in the firm at the end of June quarter is sitting on a profit of Rs 394.74 crore.
Rupee posts biggest single-day gain in 5 months on RBI dividend Mint
The rupee on Tuesday spurted by 54 paise, its biggest single-day gain in more than five months, to close at a one-week high of 71.48 against the US dollar, boosted by positive sentiment over the fiscal situation. The Reserve Bank's decision to transfer a record ?1.76 lakh crore dividend and surplus reserves to the government revived the rupee, forex traders said.
Maruti Suzuki small Diesel cars could be replaced by Cng in India Overdrive
India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki could be working on replacing its small capacity diesel cars with CNG options.  The company had made an announcement of stopping sale of diesel cars post April 2020. The reason for which was the hike in price due to the BSVI emission norms.
Cabinet to consider relaxing FDI norms in single brand retail, digital media on August 28 Money Control
The Union Cabinet August 28 will consider relaxing foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in several sectors, including single-brand retail and digital media, to attract overseas players, sources said. Other sectors where FDI rules would be eased are coal mining and contract manufacturing.
NITI Aayog for extraordinary steps to deal with economic slowdown Hindu
Niti Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar says nobody had faced this sort of situation in the last 70 years wherein entire financial system was under threat. Government think tank Niti Aayog on Thursday made a case for extraordinary steps to deal with the unprecedented stress in the financial sector which has resulted in an economic slowdown in the country.
Sensex sinks 587 pts as stimulus hopes fade, ` crashes to 8-month low Pioneer
Equity markets saw a bloodbath on Thursday sinking by 587 points as the Government dashed any hope of a stimulus — something being talked about for a fortnight — to revive the sagging economy. The bears latched on to the news to go for aggressive selling, pushing the index to six-month low. The rupee also continued with its freefall, and ended at 71.81 to a dollar, hitting eight-month low.
Amazon opens its largest campus in the world in Hyderabad Yunus Y Lasania, Mint
Amazon India on Wednesday inaugurated the largest company-owned campus, worldwide, in Hyderabad, the only one outside the US. The e-commerce firm will house more than 15,000 employees out of the over 62,000 members of the India team.
Resolve stressed assets on time in your interest: RBI to banks Economic Times
Reserve Bank deputy governor NS Vishwanathan Tuesday exhorted bankers to ensure timely resolution of stressed assets under the new framework to extract the best value and underlined the need for dealing only in "genuine" cases.
Govt panel suggests 25% corporate tax for all companies: Report Mint
An Indian government panel has recommended cutting the corporate tax rate to 25% from 30% for all companies and scrapping surcharges on tax payments, an official said on Tuesday, part of a major overhaul of the six-decades old tax act.
Corporate tax to be cut gradually, says Nirmala Sitharaman Mint
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said corporate tax rate for companies with over ?400 crore turnover will be gradually cut to 25%, and the government will support wealth creators. In her maiden Budget last month, she had cut corporate tax for companies with annual turnover of up to ?400 crore to 25% from 30% earlier.
PSU banks complete first round of ideation exercise Money Control
State Bank of India and other public sector lenders on August 18 completed the first round of bottom-up ideation exercise for further streamlining the banking sector to help the nation become a USD 5-trillion economy in five years.
FinMin asks PSBs to seek ideas from branches to streamline banking sector Mint
The Finance Ministry has asked public sector banks (PSBs) to initiate a month-long consultation process with officers at branch level to seek suggestions on streamlining banking sector to help the country achieve $5-trillion economy in five years.
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Pak's service charge for Kartarpur like 'Jazia': Punjab CM Pioneer
Comparing it with 'Jazia', a tax imposed in earlier times on non-Muslims in Muslim countries, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday reiterated his demand for immediate withdrawal by Pakistan of the proposed facilitation charges on visitors to the historic Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.
Delhi Govt to open 140 new Mohalla Clinics by Sep end Pioneer
Eyeing the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is leaving no stone unturned to extend its flagship Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic project in Delhi. Around 140 Mohalla Clinics will be set up by end of this month. The AAP Government has set a target to construct around 800 Mohalla Clinics before the Assembly election process begins in Delhi.
Odd-Even scheme to be implemented in Delhi from November 4 to 15 Economic Times
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced a 7-point plan to tackle pollution in the national capital which will include the implementation of the odd-even scheme from November 4 to November 15 to curb pollution post Diwali.
2 dead, five injured as building collapses in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi Sajana Nambiar, Hindustan Times
At least two persons were killed and several were injured when a dilapidated four-storey building in Bhiwandi, about 40 km north of Mumbai collapsed early Saturday even as residents were being evacuated, officials said. The injured have been rushed to the Indira Gandhi civic hospital.
Tamil Nadu on high alert after warning on Lashkar terrorists entering state Arun Janardhanan, Indian Express
Based on intelligence inputs, the Tamil Nadu Police Thursday midnight launched a massive combing operation across the state in search of a six-member Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) group that is believed to have entered the state. A senior officer said the input was specifically on Coimbatore city.
Release leaders detained in J&K: Opp Pioneer
Opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC, the DMK, the RJD, the Samajwadi Party and the National Conference staged a protest in the national Capital on Thursday seeking immediate release of political leaders put under detention in Jammu & Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.
5 workers suffocate in Gzb sewer Pioneer
In yet another case of criminal apathy, five sanitation workers who had entered into a sewer died after inhaling toxic gas in Nandgram locality on Thursday. The police have registered a case of negligence causing death and launched an investigation to fix responsibility. Authorities have been asked to submit a report within 15 days.
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad arrested after clash in Delhi over Ravidas temple demolition Hindu
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was arrested a few hours after being detained at South East Delhi’s Govindpuri police station early on Thursday. A clash had broken out between police and Dalit protesters in Govindpuri on Wednesday night during a demonstration against the demolition of the Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad.
Three killed as helicopter crashes in rain-hit Uttarkashi Pioneer
A helicopter engaged in relief and rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand crashed on Wednesday, killing three persons on board, an official said. Uttarkashi Disaster Management officer Devendra Patwal said those on board included the pilot, co-pilot and a local.
Bihar Cops left Red-faced as 22 guns fail to fire single shot at former CM's state funeral News18
While former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra's mortal remains were being cremated with full state honours on Wednesday, guns toted by 22 police personnel failed to fire a single shot. Hours after the cremation took place at Balua Bazar, Mishra's ancestral village in Supaul district, local news channels began beaming video footage of the embarrassing spectacle.
23 MLAs take oath as ministers as CM Yogi Adityanath expands UP cabinet Zee News
Twenty three MLAs were inducted as new ministers in the Uttar Pradesh government as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expanded his cabinet on Wednesday. Out of the 23, six of them have been given the rank of cabinet ministers in what was the first reshuffle of the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in the state.
Civilian killed in Pak firing along LoC in Poonch Hindu
A 22-year-old civilian was killed in heavy mortar shelling by the Pakistan Army along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday.
MNS worker in Thane commits suicide after Raj Thackeray gets ED notice Mumbai Mirror
A Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) worker from Thane city allegedly committed suicide after party chief Raj Thackeray received summons from the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
Assam’s NRC: time limit to appeal before Foreigners Tribunal increased to 120 days Vijaita Singh, Hindu
As the August 31 deadline for the final publication of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) nears, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Tuesday that “non-inclusion of a person’s name in the NRC does not by itself amount to him/her being declared as a foreigner” as they would be given adequate opportunity to present their case before the Foreigners Tribunals (FTs).
Heavy rain in hills poses flood threat to Delhi Abhishek Jha, Hindustan Times
Although high intensity rainfall in Delhi is decreasing, the threat of flooding persists in Delhi because of an increase in high-intensity and extreme rainfall this decade in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, states through which the Yamuna passes.
BSY ‘gets’ Cabinet, 17 MLAs join as Ministers Kestur Vasuki, Pioneer
After 25 days of uncertainty, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday expanded his Cabinet by inducting 17 members with a major share to his Lingayat community, a BJP voter base in Karnataka. Apart from Chief Minister Yediyurappa, there were seven MLAs from the Lingayat community who took oath as Cabinet Ministers in the hour-long ceremony held at Rajbhavan with Governor Vaju Bhai vala administering the oath of secrecy to the new Cabinet Ministers. In this, Lakshman Savadi is not a member of any house.
Nine more telephone exchanges restored in Kashmir, internet snapped in Jammu Hindustan Times
Jammu and Kashmir authorities made 10 more telephone exchanges operational in Kashmir Valley on Sunday, but again snapped services of one of the 17 centres restored on Saturday, officials said. The authorities closed one of the 17 exchanges after reports that landline phones were being used for spreading misinformation campaign, they said.
15 Killed, over 12 injured in Truck-Bus collision in Maharashtra Swati Bhasin, NDTV
Fifteen died and more than 35 were injured when a truck collided with a bus in Dhule district of Maharashtra last night. The state-run bus was on its way from Aurangabad to Shahada when the collision took place, said police. The crash took place near Neemgul village, according to Dhule Control Room official AL Patil.
Delhi: Yamuna likely to cross danger mark tomorrow, people in low-lying areas asked to vacate Indian Express
The Delhi government on Sunday sounded a flood alert for the city and asked people in low-lying areas to vacate their homes as the water level in the Yamuna river is expected to cross the danger mark on Monday, East Delhi district magistrate said in an order.
High alert in Punjab after heavy rainfall forecast for next two days Times of India
Amid a forecast of heavy rainfall in the state in the next 48 to 72 hours, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Friday night ordered a high alert and directed all the deputy commissioners to monitor the situation closely.
JKB scam's biggest fraud till now detected in Bengaluru Furquan Moharkan, Deccan Herald
"Anti Corruption Bureau, J&K registered a case vide FIR 17/2019 under section 5(1)(d) read with section 5(2) J&K Prevention of Corruption Act 2006, 120-B RPC at police station, ACB (CK) against management, officers & officials of the J&K bank along with beneficiary involved in financial irregularities/loan fraud worth 352.72 crore," the ACB said in a statement.
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa orders probe into alleged 'phone-tapping' of leaders, police NewsMinute
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday ordered an inquiry into the alleged phone-tapping of political leaders and senior police officers during the previous JD-S-Congress coalition government rule.
Rain fury in Ker: Death toll 76, 2.87L people in relief camps Pioneer
With rains subsiding in many parts of Kerala, search operations are underway in landslide hit areas of Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad, even as the toll in the monsoon fury climbed to 76 and 2.87 lakh persons have sought refuge in relief camps.
Eid al-Adha prayers peaceful in Kashmir: Police Pioneer
Eid al-Adha prayers on Monday morning at various mosques in the Kashmir Valley concluded without any violence, police said. The authorities had on Sunday said people will be allowed to visit neighbourhood mosques to offer prayers. Large gatherings, however, were not allowed in any part of the Valley, an official said on Monday.
Former Congress MP Santiuse Kujur, Gautam Roy join BJP in Assam Zee News
In yet another setback to the Congress party, former Congress leaders Santiuse Kujur and Gautam Roy joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday. The two were formally inducted in the saffron party in presence of Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
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UN chief could discuss Kashmir issue at UNGA: UN spokesman Hindu
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is likely to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level UN General Assembly session that begins here next week to raise the Kashmir issue, the UN chief’s spokesperson has said.
Pakistan urges international community to take 'serious cognisance' of India’s statement on PoK Hindu
Pakistan on Tuesday called on the international community to take “serious cognisance” of India’s “aggressive posturing” about taking “physical jurisdiction” of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, saying such “irresponsible and belligerent” statements from New Delhi have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace and security in the region.
Saudi Aramco fire: Explosion at largest crude oil stabilization plant, says report Mint
An explosion and fire has struck a major Saudi Aramco oil processing facility in the kingdom's east, a Saudi-owned satellite channel reported Saturday, without offering a cause for the blast. Online videos apparently from Buqyaq, which is near Dammam in the kingdom's Eastern Province, included the sound of gunfire in the background. Smoke rose over the skyline and glowing flames could be seen a distance away.
No second consular access planned for Jadhav: Pakistan Hindu
Pakistan on Thursday said there was no plan to grant India consular access to death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav for a second time. Mr. Jadhav, 49, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of “espionage and terrorism” in April 2017, following which India had moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeking a stay on the sentence and further remedies.
Trump delays US tariff on Chinese goods after Xi Jinping grants trade concession Mint
US President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed China's decision to exempt some US anti-cancer drugs and other goods from its tariffs and announced a short delay to scheduled tariff hikes on billions worth of Chinese goods.
Trump ‘orders’ US companies to close China operations in latest salvo Mint
US President Donald Trump said on Friday he was ordering American companies to look at ways to close their operations in China and make more of their products in the US instead, a rhetorical strike at Beijing as trade tensions mounted.
Trump wants India to fight terrorism in Afghanistan Pioneer
Countries like India, Iran, Russia and Turkey would have to fight against terrorists in Afghanistan at some point of time, President Donald Trump has said, ruing that the job against the extremists is being done only by the United States some 7,000 miles away. “Look, India is right there. They are not fighting it. We are fighting it. Pakistan is right next door. They are fighting it very little. Very, very little. It’s not fair. The United States is 7,000 miles away,” Trump said.
‘Seriously looking’ to end birthright citizenship, says Trump Hindu
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was “seriously looking” at ending the right of citizenship for America-born children of non-citizens. “We are looking at birthright citizenship very seriously. It’s frankly ridiculous,” Mr. Trump said, responding to a question on the birthright citizenship that grants automatic citizenship to those born in the US.
Trump talks mediation on Kashmir again, says 'Lot to do with religion' Nidhi Razdan, NDTV
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again offered to mediate the "explosive" situation in Kashmir, saying it is a "very complicated place". Speaking a day after phone calls with both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Mr Trump said he was happy to try and help calm the situation in Kashmir. He said religion was one of the main reasons for uneasy ties between India and Pakistan.
US tests medium-range cruise missile after exiting INF treaty Economic Times
The US Defense Department on Monday announced the test of a medium-range ground-launched cruise missile, just weeks after tearing up the Cold War-era pact with Russia eliminating that class of nuclear-capable weapons.
Trump shows interest in buying Greenland, but Denmark won’t sell Mint
US President Donald Trump reportedly wants to buy Greenland, the world’s biggest island. Denmark, unsure whether the former property developer is joking, isn’t selling.
S Korea says N Korea has fired more projectiles into sea Hindu
The North has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as dialing up pressure on Seoul to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf. South Korea’s military said North Korea fired more projectiles into the sea Friday to extend a recent streak of weapons tests believed to be aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear diplomacy.
Resolve Hong Kong crisis humanely: Donald Trump to China Hindu
U.S. President Donald Trump has urged China to “humanely” resolve the violent stand-off with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, on the back of growing concerns that Beijing is considering direct intervention in the crisis.
Pak court to take up terror financing charges against Hafiz Saeed on Sep 2: official Pioneer
An Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan will take up the terror financing charges against Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed on September 2, an official said on Friday. The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab Police declared Saeed "guilty of terror financing" in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Gujranwala district of the Punjab province on August 7.
North Korea threatens more launches after fourth test in 12 days Money Control
North Korea threatened Tuesday to carry out more weapons tests after it fired its fourth set of projectiles in less than two weeks following the start of joint exercises between the US and the South.
6 bomb blasts hit Bangkok as city hosts major security meeting Zee News
Six bomb blasts wounded at least four people at three sites in Bangkok on Friday, as the Thai capital hosted a Southeast Asian security meeting with top diplomats from the United States, China and other world powers.
Saudi Arabia lifts travel restrictions on women, grants them greater control Hindu
A series of royal decrees stipulate that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel. Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, rendering a further blow to a heavily criticised male guardianship system at a time of heightened scrutiny over its human rights record.
North Korea fires missiles into sea, fresh nuclear talks in doubt Money Control
North Korea fired two short-range missiles early on Thursday from its eastern coast, South Korea's military said, the first missile test since leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to revive stalled denuclearisation talks.
Snub for Imran Khan: No US welcome at airport, takes metro to Pakistan envoy’s house Hindustan Times
With his country in financial doldrums, Khan made it a point to travel by a commercial flight, Qatar Airways, instead of a private jet, to cut down expenses. When his flight touched down at Dulles airport, reportedly there was no high ranking US administration official to welcome him.
Minority congresswomen should apologise: Trump Hindu
U.S. President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Sunday on four Democratic congresswomen he launched xenophobic tweets against last week, demanding they apologise “for the horrible (hateful) things they have said.”
'Won't allow air conditioning, TV for Nawaz Sharif in Jail': Imran Khan NDTV
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is on a visit to the United States, on Sunday addressed the Pakistani diaspora in Washington. During the address he said that former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif eats home-made food in his air-conditioned jail cell that has a television in it too.
'Not my America or your America, our America': Michelle Obama to Trump NDTV
Former first lady Michelle Obama added her voice Friday to the Democratic outcry following President Donald Trump's attack on four ethnic minority congresswomen, saying "there's a place for all of us."
US calls previous arrests of Hafiz Saeed ‘window dressing’, says it made no difference Hindustan Times
The Trump Administration Friday expressed doubts over Pakistan’s intentions in arresting terrorist Hafiz Muhammed Saeed, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attack, saying his previous arrests made no difference either to his activities or that of his outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday Pioneer
The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday.
‘Hidden hand’ behind Nawaz Sharif’s conviction: Pak judge who sent him jail Hindustan Times
A Pakistani anti-corruption court judge on Friday was directed to “stop working” after a top court asked the law ministry to remove him from the post following the surfacing of a video, which purportedly showed the judge saying that he convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a graft case due to pressure from “hidden hands”.
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