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J&K: Four terrorists, two Armymen killed in encounter DNA
Strife-torn Kashmir is staring at another round of unrest after four militants and two civilians were killed and 14 others injured in an encounter and ensuing firing on the mob in Frisal village of Kulgam district on Sunday. Two soldiers laid down their lives in the line of duty, while three others sustained injuries in the encounter.
Demonetisation has positive impact, says Jaitley Indian Express
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the purpose of demonetisation is served as it had led to “larger and cleaner GDP”. “Demonetisation was a bold and decisive strike in a series of measures to arrive at a bigger, cleaner and real GDP,” Jaitley told PTI at Karnali village, around 72 km from here.
Kerala: BJP worker hacked to death in Thrissur, party blames CPM for murder; calls for a strike FirstPost
A 20-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker in Kerala was reportedly stabbed to death during a festival at Kokkulangara temple near the Thrissur city late Sunday night, reported The Times of India. Another person, Thomas, 29, who is critically injured in the attack, has been hospitalised.
Beware of families that looted UP, India: Modi Pioneer
Taking up issues of dynastic politics and law and order to target the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called it a tie-up between two families who have “looted” Uttar Pradesh and the country, and mocked Rahul Gandhi saying no leader has as many jokes on him as he does for his “childish” acts.
Don't cross limits, Modi warns Congress Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday warned the Congress not to "cross limits" and "restrain their tongue" or else he will expose every one of them. Addressing an election rally in Haridwar, the Prime Minister said nobody can stop him from his mission against black money and the corrupt and said he had everyone's "janmapatri" (horoscope) in his pocket and that he will expose everyone.
Cash withdrawal limits to go from March 13: RBI Shilpy Sinha, Economic Times
You can withdraw as much cash as you want from March 13. The Reserve Bank of India today said it will remove the cap on cash withdrawals from saving bank accounts in two phases since it expects cash supply to improve by next month.
OPS revolts, Sasikala sacks him as treasurer Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
In what is being seen as a “political earthquake” in Tamil Nadu, AIADMK sacked Chief Minister O Panneerselvam from party treasurer post late on Tuesday night after he revolted against VK Sasikala’s elevation to the post of Chief Minister. The decision to sack Panneerselvam was taken at an emergency meeting called by Sasikala late on Tuesday night.
Note ban's timing was perfect: PM Pioneer
Rejecting Opposition’s criticism in the Lok Sabha that demonetisation was done in a hurry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the “demonetisation operation” was done when the health of economy turned absolutely fine and asserted that it was one of the first steps by his Government to clean India.
China blocked US move to get Masood Azhar banned by UN Times of India
China has yet again blocked a move to get the UN to sanction Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and an accused in the Pathankot attack case. According to official sources, the US had moved the UN to ban Azhar last month but Beijing blocked the move.
Centre committed to ending triple talaq: Ravi Shankar Prasad NewIndianExpres
The Centre is committed to ending the "evil social practice" of triple talaq, Union law minister and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said today and asked Samajwadi Party, Congress and BSP to make their stand clear on the contentious issue.
Sasikala to be next Tamil Nadu chief minister, Panneerselvam resigns Julie Mariappan, Times of India
AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala was on Sunday elected as legislature party leader by MLAs during a party meeting, paving way for her to become next Tamil Nadu chief minister. "Chinnamma all set to become the Next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," AIADMK said in a tweet.
Days after crackdown by Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed-led JuD rebrands under new name Times of India
Jamaat-ud-Dawa has rebranded under the new name of 'Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir', just days after its chief Hafiz Saeed was put under house arrest and a crackdown launched on the organisation's activities.
Can't rule out more surgical strikes: Rajnath Singh Zee News
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India may go for more cross-border surgical strikes, if the need arises, to safeguard its territories. On September 29 last year, Indian Army commandos carried out cross-border raids deep inside Pakistan-administered Kashmir to destroy the militant launch pads, some 10 days after militants attacked an army base in Uri on September 18.
I have rewarded honesty of small taxpayers and more money in their hands: Arun Jaitley Zee News
The government's tax proposals in Budget 2017-18 have tried to incentivise the first time taxpayers and rewarded honesty of those paying tax, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after his post-budget interaction with media.
In another attempt, US Judge blocks Trump's immigration ban NDTV
A federal judge in Washington state declared Friday that he would temporarily block enforcement of President Donald Trump's controversial ban on entry to the United States, and government authorities immediately began taking steps that would allow those previously affected to travel, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.
Protests against women quota cut Nagaland off, Kohima scrambles to restore some order Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Indian Express
Nagaland’s key cities remained shut for the third day Friday with mobs, protesting 33 per cent reservation for women in urban local bodies, blocking the highway between Dimapur and Kohima as authorities scrambled to quell the violence a day after the Kohima municipal council building and several government and private offices were set ablaze.
JuD chief Hafiz Lashkar Saeed put under house arrest Shubhajit Roy, Indian Express
MUMBAI TERROR attacks mastermind, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief, Hafiz Saeed, has been placed under “house arrest”, Pakistan media reported Monday, quoting sources in Punjab’s provincial government.
Donald Trump suspends US refugee program, suspends entry from seven countries Economic Times
President Donald Trump on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred visitors from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks.
Congress opportunistic, a thing of the past, says Modi Business Line
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of following political opportunism to further its gains, and said the party was a “thing of the past” which the people of Punjab must not trust. He also said that the Congress is a “sinking ship” and people should not board it as it would not help them reach anywhere.
Trump’s new FCC chief is Ajit Pai, and he wants to destroy net neutrality Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge
Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who’s been opposed to pretty much every big action the commission has taken in recent years, from establishing net neutrality to protecting consumer privacy to restricting major cable mergers.
Reject discrimination against the girl child: Narendra Modi Economic Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the promotion of gender equality and ensure equal opportunities for the girl child. The Prime Minister, who initiated the gender awareness campaign "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao", said this in a tweet marking the occassion of National Girl Child Day.
After violence in Chennai, Tamil Nadu House passes Bill to allow Jallikattu Arun Janardhanan, Indian Express
Chennai was rocked by violence Monday after police moved to evict nearly 10,000 Jallikattu protesters from Marina Beach. Over a hundred people were reportedly injured and at least two police stations and several vehicles were burnt. The police action in Chennai led to unrest across the state, with police resorting to lathicharge in Coimbatore, Alanganallur near Madurai and Erode.
Don't announce any scheme for poll-bound states in Union Budget, EC tells government Bharti Jain, Times of India
Hours after the Supreme Court turned down a plea seeking to restrain the government from presenting Union Budget on February 1, the Election Commission also cleared the way for the government to stick to its plan but forbade it from announcing any schemes specific to the poll-bound states "which may have the effect of influencing the electors...in favour of the ruling party".
  National
BSP main rival in first two rounds, SP in rest: Amit Shah Business Standrad
BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday said BSP is the main rival in first two phases of Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls and Samajwadi Party in the rest as he accused Akhilesh Yadav of getting into an "unholy alliance".
No end in sight to Jat agitation in Haryana; Malik says ball in government's court Timesofoman
There was no end in sight to the Jat agitation in Haryana seeking reservation in education and government jobs which entered 15th day on Sunday. Sit-ins and dharnas continued in many areas across the state, a day after a meeting between representatives of a Haryana government-appointed committee and leaders of the agitation remained inconclusive.
On Google, maximum jokes on a Cong leader… Akhilesh embraced him: PM Narendra Modi Indian Express
Targeting Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that if one does a Google search, the maximum number of jokes would be on a Congress leader known for childish acts. The same Congress leader, he said, has been embraced by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
We lack majority to pass women's quota bill: Venkaiah Business Standrad
The bill to provide reservation to women in Parliament and state assemblies will be passed once the Modi government gets a majority in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday. He gave this assurance while addressing the National Women's Parliament (NWP) here.
Governor rules out Sasikala for CM: India Today Business Standrad
AIADMK General Secretary V.K Sasikala suffered a huge setback in the tussle for Tamil Nadu chief ministership as Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao said she cannot be called to form the government, India Today news channel reported on Friday.
Tight contest among BJP, BSP, SP-Congress in UP first phase Times of India
There appears no clear front-runner among the three major contestants - BJP, SP-Congress and BSP - in the 73 seats going to polls in the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh with factors including demonetisaiton, problems of farmers and caste and community considerations likely to influence the outcome.
ISI-funded terrorist caused train accidents Pioneer
The arrest and deportation to Kathmandu of Dubai-based Shamsul Huda, the mastermind behind a series of train accidents in India, has unravelled a ghastly conspiracy to carry out train tragedies in India and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-style “recorded butchering” of two of his hirelings for failing to perform the task.
Narendra Modi’s speech in Lok Sabha comprehensive and detailed: Ram Vilas Paswan Indian Express
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday hailed Narendra Modi’s speech in Lok Sabha, saying no other Prime Minister till date has spoken in such a “comprehensive and detailed” manner about a host of issues.
ED seeks SC nod to attach Sahara's foreign assets Shrimi Choudhary, Business Standrad
In what could well be another blow to Sahara, its prime foreign assets to the tune of Rs 3,697 crore could be attached by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Princes have pauperised nation: Shah Purusharth Aradhak, Hindu
BJP national president Amit Shah on Sunday trained his guns on Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi as he campaigned for Pankaj Singh, son of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in Noida.
Hold referendum on own soil: Rajnath to Pak. Hindu
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said Pakistan should hold a referendum on its soil to ascertain what its people really wanted before asking for a popular vote in Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi says that due to the 'BJP wave', the chief minister joined hands with anyone he could find Mohammad Ali, Hindu
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the Congress had joined hands to save themselves from the BJP wave in the Assembly polls. He attacked the SP rule for encouraging mafias and goondaraj and blamed the State government for lack of growth in the world famous lock industry of Aligarh.
RS member moves bill to declare Pakistan sponsor of terror Business Standrad
Independent Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrashekhar on Friday sought discussion and passage of his private member's bill seeking to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism and to end trade relations with it.
Over 1,100 searches, 5,100 notices in demonetisation so far: FM Times of India
As part of efforts to combat blackmoney and fake currency through demonetisation, government agencies have conducted over 1,100 searches and issued 5,100 notices to verify suspicious high-value cash deposits. This led to seizure of valuables worth over Rs 610 crore, of which as high as Rs 513 crore were in cash.
Punjab braves chill, 11% votes in two hours Business Standrad
Braving the winter chill, thousands of voters turned out on Saturday morning to cast their vote for the Punjab assembly elections. Early reports indicated that five to 17 per cent voting was reported from constituencies in various districts. The overall poll percentage (till 10.30 am) was over 11 per cent.
Goa assembly polls underway, 15% voter turnout in first 2 hours Zee News
Goa recorded 15 per cent voting in the first two hours, since polling began at 7 a.m., on Saturday for the state`s 40 assembly seats, election officials said.
No more statues if voted to power, says Mayawati Apurva, Indian Express
BSP supremo Mayawati Friday sought to reassure voters that if elected to power again in Uttar Pradesh, her government would no longer build monuments, statues and museums. The former CM said at a rally in Muzaffarnagar that she would instead focus her efforts on safety, security and development.
Voting begins: All of Punjab, Goa today Nirupama Subramanian, Indian Express
“WE HAVE always been Akalis, and will remain Akalis,” said a man outside a store as Congress workers streamed past for a rally that AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi was coming to address in this village on Thursday.
Panel to check NGOs' accounts Pioneer
The Government has set up a high-level panel to scrutinise the accounts of lakhs of NGOs and voluntarily organisations, which together received thousands of crores of rupees of public funds. The Centre has decided to initiate criminal action against those misusing the grants.  About 32.97 lakh NGOs and voluntarily organisations fall within the list of recipients.
Aircel-Maxis deal: ED moves SC against releasing Marans' assets Pioneer
The Enforcement Directorate today moved the Supreme Court urging it not to release the properties of Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi, attached by it in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
Metamorphosis of India is happening now: Govt Pioneer
The Opposition on Thursday accused the Centre of “failing” on all fronts particularly in tackling black money, demonetisation, handling of Kashmir, terrorism and fake currency. The Government countered it saying the “metamorphosis of India is happening now”.
Proof to prosecute Hafiz Saeed available in Pakistan, says India Times of India
The "concrete evidence" needed to proceed against Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed is available in Pakistan and it needs to display the political will to act against the 26/11 terror mastermind, India said on Thursday.
7L duped of Rs 3700 cr Pramod Kumar Singh, Pioneer
Uttar Pradesh Police has arrested a gang of fraudsters who were involved in conning people. Their arrest has helped the investigating agency in unraveling one of the biggest ever online frauds in which over seven lakh unsuspecting investors were duped to the tune of Rs 3700 cores.
Marans not guilty in Aircel case Pioneer
In a big relief to Maran brothers, the 2G Court on Thursday discharged all the accused in the Aircel-Maxis case blaming the CBI for sticking to “speculation and surmises.” The order pronounced by Special Judge OP Saini is a big snub for the CBI for registering a case against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran on the allegation of Aircel promoter Sivasankaran that he was arm-twisted by the Minister to sell Aircel to Malaysian company Maxis. 
  The Courts
Vyapam scam: SC cancels admission of over 500 students enrolled during 2008-2012 DNA
9454912379In the major development in the ongoing Vyapam scam, the Supreme Court on Monday cancelled the admission of more than 500 students, who enrolled in five-year MBBS course in Madhya Pradesh during 2008-2012.
Give evidence to back allegation against Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis deal: SC to Swamy Zee News
The Supreme Court on Friday asked BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to place before it concrete evidence backing his plea for probe into the role of then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram into alleged breach of norms committed by the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in approving the Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006.
Prosecutor withdraws challenge against assets order in Aircel-Maxis case Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
In an unexpected move, Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover on Wednesday withdrew his petition in the Supreme Court challenging the 2G scam Special Court's order to release attached assets worth Rs. 742.58 crore in the Aircel Maxis case following the discharge of all the accused persons, including the Maran brothers, on February 2.
In a first, Supreme Court slaps notice to a sitting High Court judge Times of India
In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked sitting Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan to appear in person before it and explain as to why contempt proceedings be not initiated against him and forthwith restrained him from undertaking judicial and administrative work.
Private coaching centres need to be regulated: Supreme Court Hans India
The Supreme Court on Friday said that private coaching centres in the country need to be "regulated" as these cannot be "wiped out" and asked the Centre to ponder over framing guidelines for it.
SC to hear afresh Delhi gangrape convicts plea on punishment Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed with amicus curiae and senior advocate Raju Ramachandran that proper procedure was not followed in sentencing to death the four convicts in the sensational December 16 gang-rape and murder case that shocked the nation.
Fall in line: SC to Maxis owner Abraham Thomas, Pioneer
The Supreme Court on Friday gave one last chance to Malaysian-based Maxis owner T Ananda Krishnan to submit himself before the court in the 2G spectrum scam and warned that it would direct the Government to auction the spectrum available with Aircel if he continued to evade summons. As part of a deal, Reliance Communication was set to acquire Aircel, which owes Rs 20,000 crore to a consortium of banks. The court’s move could scuttle this merger.
SC picks former CAG Vinod Rai to head BCCI’s four-member panel Utkarsh Anand, Indian Express
In less than a month after it removed BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts, the Supreme Court Monday appointed a four member-panel of administrators to manage the affairs of the cricket board and report on whether it has complied with the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.
SC rejects self-styled godman Asaram's bail plea in rape case DNA
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, who is accused in sexual assault cases. Asaram had sought a bail on medical grounds. The instant plea is devoid of merit and hence dismissed, said the top court, while refusing to modify its earlier order that had declined him interim bail.
SC to hear pleas on TN jallikattu law on Jan. 31 Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
The Supreme Court on Friday said all applications filed to challenge Tamil Nadu’s amendment of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960, allowing jallikattu to be held in the State, would be heard on January 31.
Private schools on DDA land to take govt nod before fees hike: SC Indian Express
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal of committee of private unaided schools, located on land alloted in the capital by DDA, challenging a Delhi High Court order asking them to take government’s prior nod before hiking fees.
Coal scam: Special court grants time to CBI to file final report in proper format Indian Express
A special court on Monday granted time to CBI for filing the final report in a coal block allocation scam case against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal, ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and others, in a proper format. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar allowed the investigating officer’s plea seeking time on the ground that he has finalised the report, forwarded it to senior authorities and awaiting approval. 
Appoint National Human Rights Commission Director General within a week: SC to Centre Economic Times
The Supreme Court today directed the Centre to appoint Director General in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) within a week. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also asked the central government to appoint the members of the human rights body within four weeks.
Aircel-Maxis case: Court to pass order on charge on January 24 Indian Express
A special court will pronounce on Tuesday next its order on framing charge against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others in the Aircel-Maxis deal case lodged by CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). 
  Business
Rupee weakens against US dollar ahead of retail inflation data Ravindra N Sonavane, Mint
The Indian rupee weakened marginally against the US dollar ahead of the key consumer price inflation (CPI) data, which will be released after 5.30pm on Monday. At 2pm, the home currency was trading at 66.96, down 0.12% from its previous close of 66.88. The local currency opened at 66.91 a dollar and touched a high and a low of 67.03 and 66.90 respectively.
Ajay Tyagi named new Sebi chairman Business Standrad
The government on Friday appointed Ajay Tyagi as the ninth chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). Tyagi, who is currently the additional secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the finance ministry, has been appointed for a period of five years. He will replace U K Sinha, who will step down on February 18.
SBI Q3 net jumps 134%, first rise in 5 quarters Times of India
The country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has reported a 134% jump in net profit for the quarter ended December 2016, to Rs 2,619 crore from Rs 1,115 crore in the corresponding period in the previous year. The profits were boosted by a jump in gains from sales of bonds.
Sebi evolving as per needs of Economy: Arun Jaitley NDTV
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said Sebi is evolving as per the requirements of the economy and markets as a professional organisation, as he discussed his Budget initiatives with the markets regulator.
Income tax department detects Rs 16,200 crore black money Times of India
Over Rs 16,200 crore in black money has been detected by the government after investigations on global leaks about Indians stashing funds abroad, Parliament was informed on Monday.
ASSOCHAM seeks RBI nudge to banks for full transmission of interest cuts, post demonetisation Financial Express
As the Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India meets on February 7 and 8 for next bi-monthly credit policy, apex industry body ASSOCHAM has impressed upon the central bank and the Finance Ministry to ensure adequate transmission of cuts in the interest rates even as the industry would seek at least 50 to 75 basis point reduction in the benchmark lending rates, post demonetization.
Vodafone deal may require Birlas to pump Rs 25,150 crore into Idea Cellular Kalyan Parbat & Devina Sengupta, Economic Times
The Aditya Birla Group needs to pump in cash to raise its stake in Idea Cellular or the combined entity to have equal rights in a telecom joint venture with UK’s Vodafone Group, analysts said, adding that the Indian conglomerate may have to shell out around $3.5 billion (Rs 25,150 crore) for a structure that could see the two hold 37.5% each.
Jet Airways' Q3 standalone net profit down 70% Business Standrad
Full-service passenger carrier Jet Airways on Friday reported a decline of 69.51 per cent in its standalone net profit for the third quarter of the current fiscal.
UIDAI shuts down 24 unauthorised websites and mobile apps Neha Alawadhi, Economic Times
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked 12 websites and 12 mobile applications available on the Google Playstore to shut down, and directed the closure of 26 more such "fraudulent and illegal" websites/applications.
Reserve Bank of India to soon put new Rs 100 banknotes in circulation Times of India
The Reserve Bank will soon put into circulation new Rs 100 banknotes which will be similar to the design of the ones in Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005. "The Reserve Bank will shortly issue Rs 100 denomination banknotes+ in the Mahatma Gandhi Series-2005, with the inset letter R in both the number panels, bearing the signature of Dr Urjit R Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India," RBI said in a notification.
156 public sector bank officials suspended for note ban irregularities Times of India
As many as 156 senior officials of various state-owned banks were suspended and 41 transferred after they were found involved in irregularities related to demonetisation, Parliament was informed on Friday.
3.2% fiscal deficit target 'realistic': Jaitley Times of India
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said a "realistic" fiscal deficit target of 3.2 per cent of GDP has been fixed for 2017-18 and 3 per cent for the next year that could be achieved on account of higher tax revenues and disinvestment proceeds.
Electoral bonds will have to be redeemed within days: Jaitley Times of India
Seeking to arrest flow of unaccounted cash into the coffers of political parties, the just introduced 'Electoral Bonds' will be bearer bonds and have a tenure of few days, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.
Vodafone dials Idea for merger Dev Chatterjee, Business Standrad
UK-based telecom giant Vodafone said on Monday it was in talks for an all-stock merger of its unlisted Indian subsidiary with rival Idea Cellular. This would make the merged entity India’s largest telecom company in terms of revenue, at 43 per cent. It will also become a leading global telecom firm in terms of number of subscribers, at 387 million.
Arun Jaitley should focus on job creation in Budget: Rating agency Crisil Indian Express
Stating that employment has not been increasing in the last three years, rating agency Crisil today said creating jobs should be the top focus of the Finance Minister in his third budget to be presented on February 1.
Finance minister Arun Jaitley may hike service tax to 16-18% in Budget Times of India
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may hike service tax rate to 16-18 per cent from the current 15 per cent in the Budget, due on Wednesday, as a precursor to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout.
Tata Tele was on verge of filing for bankruptcy: Mistry Business Line
Tata Sons had looked at the option of filing for bankruptcy for its loss-making telecom services arm Tata Teleservices but decided against it due to possible negative fallout on the group.
Digital push: Insurance soon for your money in mobile wallets S Ronendra Singh, Business Line
The government is exploring options to insure money in mobile wallets similar to how banks offer insurance on savings accounts. According to sources, the government is talking with the stakeholders — wallet players and insurance companies — to work on the rules.
  States Scan
Shutdown in Kashmir after separatists’ call for protest over Kulgam killings Hindustan Times
Normal life was affected in Kashmir on Monday due to a shutdown called by the valley’s separatist leadership to protest the killing of two civilians in an encounter on Sunday in south Kulgam district.
Karnataka assembly passes bill to allow 'Kambala' Times of India
Karnataka assembly on Monday passed a bill to facilitate the conduct of "Kambala", a traditional annual buffalo race in marshy fields, held in the coastal districts of the state.
Woman who accused SP MLA of rape found dead Times of India
A 22-year-old woman, who had accused Samajwadi Party MLA Arun Verma of raping her along with some other youth in 2013, was found murdered near her house in Sultanpur, police said on Monday.
Two Lok Sabha MPs join Panneerselvam camp Pioneer
Two Lok Sabha members on Saturday extended support to acting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam by joining his camp. The two members -- Ashok Kumar representing Krishnagiri constituency and Sundaram representing Namakkal -- visited Panneerselvam at his residence here.
Gujarat on AAP's radar, party launches 'Azadi Andolan' in the state Aanchal Bansal, Economic Times
After wrapping up the elections in Punjab and Goa, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now set its eyes on Gujarat which is expected to go to polls in December this year.
Now, it is anybody’s game in Punjab Vikas Vasudeva, Hindu
A vote for change? Many interpret the heavy turnout in the keenly contested Assembly polls in Punjab on Saturday as one that has the potential to unseat a government.
SM Krishna will join the BJP soon, claims BS Yeddyurappa Times of India
Veteran politician SM Krishna, who recently resigned from the Congress, will likely join the BJP soon, Karnataka unit president BS Yeddyurappa revealed today. "SM Krishna has decided to join BJP. We don't know when for certain, we'll fix that soon. But he is joining 100 per cent," Yeddyurappa told ANI.
Jayalalithaa’s trusted aides removed from TN CM Panneerselvam’s office Arun Janardhanan, Indian Express
In what is to be seen as a visible power shift at the top of Tamil Nadu government, the Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has removed three top officials appointed by J Jayalalithaa from CM’s office on Friday.
Keshav Prasad Maurya predicts one-sided win for BJP in Western UP Vasudha Venugopal, Economic Times
The crowd at Bhadawar waited for UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya for two hours before his helicopter landed. But the wait was worth as Maurya told them in typical style that when BJP returns to power in UP, neither Bua nor Babua (Mayawati and Akhilesh) would be spared.
BMC polls: BJP to contest 192 seats, leaves 35 seats to allies Pioneer
Having hammered out a seat-sharing pact with three smaller parties, the BJP will contest 192 out of the total 227 seats in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, while leaving the remaining 35 seats to its allies.
Amulya Patnaik appointed Delhi police chief Raj Shekhar, Times of India
Amulya Patnaik, a 1985-batch IPS officer, will have one of the longest tenures as Delhi Police chief. He is set to retire in January 2020. He has been serving as the Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance and administration) in Delhi Police and will take charge from outgoing commissioner Alok Verma on Tuesday morning.
Anti-nationals had infiltrated protests: CM Hindu
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Friday told the Assembly that anti-national elements, including some holding portraits of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, had infiltrated the pro-jallikattu protests, propagating anti-Republic Day sentiments.
This is my last election battle: Amarinder Singh Sagarika Ghose, Times of India
The face of the Congress campaign in Punjab, former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh is the man the Congress hopes will finally deliver a major North Indian state for the party. The author of several books on military history, the Raja of Patiala tells Sagarika Ghose that 2017 may be his last political battle.
Two Congress MLAs quit to join BJP in Manipur; BJP list has 31 candidates Bikash Singh, Economic Times
Exodus from ruling Congress continues in poll-bound Manipur, with two more party MLAs, Nimcha Kipgen and V Valte, quitting. The two are likely to join BJP. With the resignation, the strength of Congress has gone down to 45 seats in the 60-member House.
Hit by speeding BMW, Uber driver dies near IIT flyover in Delhi Indian Express
A 27-year-old Uber driver was killed when a speeding BMW X5 rammed his car from behind at 11.15 pm on Sunday. The incident took place near the IIT flyover on the Outer Ring Road. Police said the victim, Nazrul Islam, hailed from West Bengal and stayed in Gurgaon with his family. He was alone in the car, a WagonR, when the incident took place.
Ram Vilas Paswan takes a dig at RSS over quota remarks Economic Times
BJP ally and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today took a swipe at RSS over controversial comments by its publicity chief on reservation, wondering why it makes such remarks during elections, noting a similar row had cost NDA heavily in the Bihar polls.
  International News
North Korea says new nuclear-capable missile test successful Times of India
North Korea said on Monday it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day, claiming further advancement in a weapons programme it is pursuing in violation of United Nations resolutions.
Pakistan lawmakers threaten to boycott US after visa denial Economic Times
Pakistani lawmakers have threatened to boycott their American counterparts and the US itself after a Pakistani legislator was denied a visa to attend a UN-sponsored International Parliamentary Union (IPU) being held in New York.
Pakistan: Powerful quake of 6.6 magnitude strikes Balochistan FirstPost
A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit near the coast of Pakistan's Balochistan province on Wednesday, creating panic among the residents. The quake struck at 3:04 am (local time) and it's epicentre was 20 kilometres southwest of coastal city of Pasni at a depth of 25.9 km, according to US Geological Survey (USGS). Officials said that so far no losses have been reported from the area, but they were assessing the situation.
Kashmir is core dispute between India and Pakistan: Nawaz Sharif Times of India
Upping the ante, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said Kashmir is the "core dispute" between India and Pakistan and the dream of peace and prosperity of the people of the region will remain elusive without resolving the issue.
U.S. court rejects plea to reinstate Trump's travel ban Hindu
In a significant blow to President Donald Trump, a U.S. federal appeals court on Sunday rejected a request by his administration to immediately reinstate the travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.
Iran 'biggest state sponsor of terrorism': US Defense Secretary James Mattis Economic Times
US Defense Secretary James Mattis said Saturday that Iran was the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism, as President Donald Trump slapped fresh sanctions on the country's weapons procurement network.
Donald Trump’s travel ban has revoked 60,000 visas for now Indian Express
About 60,000 visas were revoked under US President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, the State Department said on Friday, in one of several government communications clarifying how the order is being rolled out.
Trump 'unbelievably disappointed' in Aus refugee deal: US Deccan Herald
President Donald Trump is "extremely upset" with the refugee deal with Australia, the White House has said, while indicating that the administration will go ahead with the agreement but with "extreme vetting" of every immigrant.
US won't pass order on H-1B visa: Don's aide Pioneer
The Trump administration has no plans to come out with an executive order on H-1B visas, a prominent Indian-American donor and supporter of the US President claimed on Wednesday, contradicting media reports that have generated anxiety in India.
US, me, myself Manish Sabharwal, Indian Express
Deng Xiaoping was highly skilled but he had something more valuable: Luck. Starting his economic reforms in 1978 meant that China caught a 30-year supercycle of global economic growth, manufacturing offshoring and global trade liberalisation. The third was important.
Entry of green card holders in national interest: John Kelly Economic Times
The US Department of Homeland Security has said the entry of green card holders into America is in national interest, amid reports of these legal permanent residents being detained at US airports and confusion over the controversial immigration crackdown by Trump administration.
Pakistan could be included in immigration ban list in future, says White House Times of India
There is a possibility in the future of including Pakistan in the list of countries from where immigration has been banned, a top White House official indicated on Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that Pakistan was under consideration to be put in that category.
Now is not the time to build walls: Iran to US Times of India
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticised his US counterpart Donald Trump today, saying now was "not the time to build walls between nations". "They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago. Even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed," Rouhani said at a tourism convention in Tehran.
TPP is meaningless without US participation: Japan Business Standrad
The Japanese government on Tuesday said the Trans-Pacific Partnership was "meaningless" without Washington's participation after the US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw from the multilateral trade agreement.
Trump's approval rating lowest during first days as President Business Standrad
Newly-inaugurated US President Donald Trump entered the White House with the lowest approval rating of any American President, a new poll revealed. According to the Gallup poll issued on Monday, 45 per cent of Americans approved of how the real estate mogul is handling his new job - the same as the per cent of Americans who disapprove, The Hill magazine reported.

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