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'Pressure of issues like Kashmir made me choose Goa,' says chief minister Manohar Parrikar Times of India
Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar opted to step down as defence minister and go back to Goa+ because of the "pressure of issues like Kashmir", reported PTI.
Number of ISIS fighters killed by US bomb jumps to 90: Afghan Officials NDTV
The death toll from the American military's largest non-nuclear bomb nearly tripled Saturday, with Afghan officials saying at least 90 Islamic State fighters were killed, as US-led forces conducted clean-up operations over the rugged terrain.
Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: Top Pakistani lawyers India can hire to defend him Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times
Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj has said India would go out of its way to save Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former navy officer facing death on allegations of spying in Pakistan, and appoint good lawyers to get the guilty verdict overturned.
Every Indian should have a house by 2022: PM Modi Economic Times
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that every Indian should have a house by 2022, on the 75th anniversary of the country's Independence, and the government was working in this direction. 
Operation Clean Money 2.0: I-T to probe deposits of Rs 5-10 lakh now Shrimi Choudhary, Business Standrad
Following a poor response to the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), an income declaration scheme, the Income Tax (I-T) department is set to launch another drive to catch hold of tax evaders who could have deposited large sums during the demonetisation drive.
US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan Barbara Starr & Ryan Browne, CNN
The US military dropped America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials. A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," was dropped at 7:32 p.m. local time, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission. A MOAB is a 30-foot-long, 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition.
Bypoll results 2017: BJP wins Rajouri Garden in Delhi, AAP loses deposit Mint
The counting of votes for 10 assembly constituencies in eight states of Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Madhya Pradesh is in progress on Thursday.
Narendra Modi hailed in NDA meeting as allies pledge to work under him for 2019 Lok Sabha polls Firstpost
Setting their sight on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, top NDA leaders on Monday pledged to work unitedly to win a second term under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted his "strong" leadership was required for India's progress.
Premeditated murder: India warns Pak after 'spy' Jadhav sentenced to death Business Standrad
India on Monday issued a stern warning after Pakistan sentenced to death an Indian 'spy' caught last year on charges of espionage and waging war against Islamabad.
Those who abide by the law have no reason to worry: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath Diwakar, Times of India
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has dismissed criticism that the decisions to crack down on illegal slaughterhouses and set up anti-Romeo squads were targeted at a community, but asserted that he would not flinch from enforcing the law.
Ahead of By-Election in RK Nagar, tax raids on Tamil Nadu Minister C Vijayabaskar, actor Sarathkumar J Sam Daniel Stalin, NDTV
Tamil Nadu's Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and actor Sarathkumar were raided on Friday morning by Income Tax officers in connection with allegations of bribing voters in RK Nagar, where a by-poll is being held after the death of J Jayalalithaa.
Yogi Adityanath drops 'Samajwadi' for 'Mukhyamantri' from government schemes India Today
Uttar Pradesh's Yogi Adityanath regime has decided to do away with the word 'Samajwadi' from all government schemes and replace it with 'Mukhyamantri'. "Samajwadi word will be dropped from Uttar Pradesh government schemes. Mukhyamantri yojna will be used now," Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh told reporters in Lukno after a marathon meeting which continued till 1 am today.
US strikes Syrian military targets in first direct assault on Bashar al-Assad's Government NDTV
The U.S. military launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield late on Thursday, in the first direct American assault on the government of President Bashar Assad since that country's civil war began six years ago.
Babri case: SC for concluding joint trial, including one against Advani and other top BJP leaders, in 2 years Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
Indicates it will transfer demolition related trial in Rae Bareilly against top BJP leaders to Lucknow, where CBI court is hearing conspiracy and other serious criminal charges against "lakhs of unknown kar sevaks" for the razing down of the 15th century masjid.
On BJP's foundation day, PM Narendra Modi says party will continue working for poor, marginalised Shashank Shantanu, India Today
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is celebrating its 37th foundation today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate party workers on the occasion and also thanked people for their support.
Hinting at action, Trump says Chemical attack in Syria 'crossed a lot of lines for me' NDTV
President Donald Trump confronted the enormity of the six-year-old Syrian conflict on Wednesday, acknowledging that he now bears responsibility for a war his predecessor could not end, but offering no specifics on what he could do differently.
China furious over Dalai Lama's visit, India says nothing political Business Standrad
China on Wednesday reacted angrily to the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh and said that by ignoring Beijing's concerns over the issue New Delhi has caused "serious damage" to bilateral ties. India reiterated that no political colour should be attributed to the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to the northeastern state.
Pan-India ED crackdown on 300 shell companies Devesh K Pandey, Hindu
In a major crack down on shell companies, the Enforcement Directorate on Saturday conducted searches against 300 such companies across 16 States. The searches being conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and other places are part of the Central government's action against shell companies indulging in large-scale money laundering.
Petrol price cut by Rs 3.77, diesel by 2.91: Get on to your BS-3 bike and ride on Firstpost
It is good time for bike enthusiasts. They got to buy two-wheelers at a never-before discounted rate on Friday after the Supreme Sourt ban on BS-III vehicles and then the oil marketing companies cut the petrol and diesel prices from midnight.
Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra, 2 others arrested by Delhi Police Puneet Kumar Sharma, India Today
The economic offences wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police has arrested Unitech Managing Director and two others in connection of financial irregularities. Sanjay Chandra faces the charge of illegally divesting the fund of one project into a different company. Sanjay Chandra allegedly got the money invested in the other company siphoned off to foreign accounts.
Liquor Shops out; Pubs, Hotels near Highways too go dry after top Court's order Sidharth Pandey, NDTV
Starting today, sale of liquor will not be allowed on highways in accordance with the Supreme Court's decision to shut down liquor vends along the highways. The top court yesterday also made it clear that hotels, pubs and restaurants in the vicinity that serve alcohol, too, would have to take it off the menu to keep the roads safe.
Next polls will be fought on mobile, says PM Modi Liz Mathew, Indian Express
HAVING ALREADY asked BJP legislators to be in election mode, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked party MPs from states governed by opposition parties to focus on the youth and use the digital platform to reach out to them ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 
Pakistan inciting youth in J&K: Rajnath Hindu
Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Friday that Pakistan was using the social media to incite youths in Kashmir to storm encounter sites to help militants when security forces engage the latter in encounters. Mr. Singh was responding to members in the Lok Sabha when they raised the issue of death of three civilians in Budgam in firing by the security forces earlier this week.
CBI files chargesheet against Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, wife and others Scroll
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed a chargesheet in a Delhi court against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, his wife and several others in a disproportionate assets case, PTI reported. Earlier in the day, the Delhi High Court had dismissed the chief minister and his wife’s petition to reject the case filed by the CBI.
Triple Talaq important, will hear it during summer vacation, says Supreme Court Anindita Sanyal, NDTV
A decision on the legality of triple talaq -- the practice of Muslim men to divorce their wives by saying talaq thrice -- is crucial and a five-judge Constitution Bench will sit during the summer vacation to examine the issue, the Supreme Court said today. It will be one of the three issues three constitution benches will look into during the summer vacation, Chief Justice JS Khehar today said. The hearing will begin on May 11.
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Service charge: Centre to issue advisory, says Ram Vilas Paswan Mint
The government plans to issue an advisory to states asking them to crack down against unfair imposition of service charge on food and drink bills, food and consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Friday.
Eight coaches of Rajya Rani Exp derail near Rampur, two injured Economic Times
Eight coaches of Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in Uttar Pradesh today leaving at least two passengers injured, railway officials said. The accident happened between Mundapandey and Rampur railway stations, Northern railway spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said.
Mayawati announces Anand Kumar as BSP’s vice president Hindu
BSP supremo Mayawati on Friday said she has no reservations in shaking hands with other parties in her struggle against the BJP on the issue of EVM tampering in the recent Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
No reservation in taking anti-BJP parties’ help on EVM issue: Mayawati Indian Express
BSP supremo Mayawati today said she has no reservations in shaking hands with other parties in her struggle against the BJP on the issue of EVM tampering in the recent Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina rejects Mamata's plan, wants only Teesta Indrani Bagchi, Times of India
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina signed off her hugely successful India visit on Monday with a restructured strategic relationship with India, but rejected Mamata Banerjee's proposal for sharing rivers other than the Teesta.
Lok Sabha passes bill to bring reforms in transport sector Deccan Chronicle
Lok Sabha on Tuesday approved a bill for radical reforms in transport sector that will usher in multi-fold hike in fine for traffic violations, compensation of Rs 5 lakh for grave injuries, and check bogus licences and vehicle theft.
Arrest warrant against Kejriwal over tweet against PM Narendra Modi Manogya Loiwal, India Today
An Assam court has issued an arrest warrant against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he failed to appear before it in connection with a defamation case concerning his tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
India and Australia decide to expand defence-security ties Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury, Economic Times
Amid Chinese aggressive policies in South China Sea, India and Australia have decided to expand their defence and security partnership. Following wide-ranging dialogue between PM Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull who is on his maiden trip to India as the PM, the two sides on Monday signed key counter-terror agreement to fight common challenges
MHA claims to have warned over Jammu and Kashmir violence; Election Commission responds Zee News
A war of words broke out between the Home Ministry and the Election Commission over the holding of the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll, which saw large-scale violence on Sunday.
EC puts off Anantnag byelection to May 25 Devesh K Pandey & Peerzada Ashiq, Hindu
The Election Commission (EC) on Monday deferred the by-elections to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency from April 12 to May 25, after large-scale violence, which left eight persons dead, marred the Srinagar byelection on Sunday.
Storm over Shunglu report: BJP, Congress target Arvind Kejriwal government Times of India
A political storm broke out on Thursday over the V K Shunglu committee report, an outcome of a wide-ranging probe into Delhi government's decisions bypassing the LG. Ahead of the civic polls, the findings, ranging from nepotism to financial irregularities, are potent ammunition in the hands of BJP and Congress.
ED raids 18 bureaucrats in 10 States Pioneer
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday conducted raids on the premises of 18 bureaucrats working in Public Sector Undertakings and States Governments across 10 States in connection with their involvement in alleged violation of the Government’s demonetisation scheme, money laundering and other cases. The agency took the step under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
Government orders Air India to lift ban on Ravindra Gaikwad, MP can fly again Saurabh Sinha, Times of India
The aviation ministry on Friday ordered the Air India to immediately lift the two-week-old ban on grounded MP Ravindra Gaikwad. The airline complied with the order and now private airlines, which were waiting for AI's decision, will follow suit.
Air India cabin crew says it does not feel safe flying Gaikwad Times of India
Air India's Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) has said that it will be a 'shame' if Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad is allowed to resume flying "without a rap on the knuckles" for his act of beating up a 60-year-old staffer and threatening to throw him off a plane at Delhi Airport last month.
'Arun Jaitley is our Hanuman', says Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggarwal in Parliament Raija Susan Panicker, NDTV
Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggarwal compared Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to Lord Hanuman from the epic Ramayan in parliament today and asked him to stop the Rajya Sabha's "powers from being curtailed."
Police detain J&K cricketers who wore Pakistani jersey, sang anthem before match Zee News
Jammu and Kashmir cricketers, who were recently seen wearing Pakistani jersey and singing Pakistan's national anthem during a cricket match, have been detained.
If BJP or Cong wins, power & water tariff will go up: Arvind Kejriwal Indian Express
Sounding the bugle for the MCD polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today cautioned the people that power and water tariff will increase if either the BJP or the Congress comes to power in civic bodies. He also claimed that both the parties have “hatched a conspiracy” to snatch these departments from the AAP government.
1,900 under I-T probe for Panama links Hindu
The I-T Department is now expected to send requests to the Panama tax authorities under the information exchange agreement for further details on the data provided by the ED.
Terror emanating from Pakistan affecting India's vision for secure neighbourhood: Government Economic Times
The challenge of cross-border terrorism and large-scale ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue to have a negative impact on India's vision for a secure and peaceful neighbourhood, the government said today.
Narendra Modi set to become India's third most successful PM: Ramachandra Guha NDTV
Narendra Modi is set to become the "third most successful" Prime Minister of India after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, renowned historian Ramachandra Guha has said, asserting that the 66-year-old leader's "charisma" and "appeal" transcend the boundaries of caste and language.
Yogi Adityanaths first address to Vidhan Sabha as UP CM: Ministers asked to use lal batti with caution Financial Express
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressed the state assembly for the first time since taking oath as the CM. Addressing the Vidhan Sabha, Yogi Adityanath said that no community in the state would be discriminated against as the government and the opposition will work united, towards public welfare. He further also congratulated independent MLA, Hriday Narayan Dixit on becoming the speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
Securing coastline to avert 26/11 type terror strikes: Rijiju Pioneer
The Government on Wednesday assured the Rajya Sabha that it was taking all steps to secure the 7,500 km long coastline in an effort to prevent 26/11 type Mumbai terror attack after some elders expressed concern over Pakistani boats found abandoned in Indian waters in the Rann of Kutch.
IS in India: Chargesheets filed against 8 suspected members in Kerala court Times of India
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday filed the chargesheet against eight persons in the Kanakamala IS case in connection with their operations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The investigation agency had busted the group that had gathered at Kanakamala for a secret meeting in 2016.
Won't hesitate to take action, if stone pelters pose a threat, say security forces Ajit Kumar Dubey, India Today
Security forces say they exercise the maximum possible restraint in dealing with stone pelters but will not hesitate to take strict action if they pose a threat to operations or soldiers taking part in them.
36 injured as six bogies of Mahakaushal Express derail Times of India
At least 36 passengers were injured, 10 of them seriously, as six bogies of the Jabalpur-Nizamuddin Mahakaushal Express derailed early today in neighbouring Mahoba. The incident took place between Mahoba and Kulpahad railway stations near Supa village when the last six bogies derailed, SP (Mahoba) Gaurav Singh said.
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  The Courts
Cow vigilantism: Supreme Court issues notice to 6 states, seeks reply in 3 weeks Firstpost
Merely days after a Muslim man brutally beaten up by cow vigilantes in Rajashtan's Alwar district died from his injuries, the Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and two other states to respond on the issue of cow vigilantism in three weeks.
Rs 100 crore fine from Amma cannot be recovered: Supreme Court DNA
Rejecting Karnataka's request, the Supreme Court (SC) said that former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa would not be declared a convict in a corruption case. "Applications for personal hearing of review petitions before the court are rejected. We have considered the review petitions filed by the State of Karnataka on merits. In our opinion, no case for review of our order dated February 14, 2017 is made out. Consequently,
Facebook, WhatsApp to be regulated, DoT tells Supreme Court Times of India
The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it would soon formulate a regulatory regime, similar to one existing for all telecom operators, for Over-The-Top (OTT) services like WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, WeChat and Google Talk.
Choice of food, trade is right to life: Allahabad HC tells UP govt Amita Verma, Deccan Chronicle
The Allahabad High Court has given the Yogi Adityanath government in UP 10 days to draw up a plan so that its crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses does not deprive people of their choice of food or livelihood. The court’s Lucknow bench said on Monday that choice of food and trade in foodstuff are a part of right to life, an observation that comes amid closure of most of UP’s meat shops and non-vegetarian food joints to protest alleged harassment by officials.
Age no bar to become a doctor: SC Economic Times
All medical aspiring students can now appear for NEET this year irrespective of age as the Supreme Court removed the age cap of 25 years, fixed by CBSE for taking the entrance examination for MBBS courses.
Arrest me, imprison me, Karnan dares SC Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
In an openly confrontational hearing, controversial Calcutta High Court judge, Justice C.S. Karnan on Friday challenged a seven judge Bench of the Supreme Court to “arrest and put him in jail” for contempt.
Supreme Court bans sale of BS-III vehicles from April 1 Amit Anand Choudhary, Times of India
In a major setback to auto manufacturers, the Supreme Court on Wednesday restrained them from selling BS-III vehicles+ from April 1 when BS IV emission norms would come in force.
Probe K'taka ex-CMs' role in illegal mining: SC Pioneer
In a case involving illegal mining in Karnataka, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka police to probe the role of two former Chief Ministers - N Dharam Singh and HD Kumaraswamy, and submit a report to the court within three months.
Govt cant make Aadhaar mandatory for access to welfare schemes: Supreme Court IndiaTV
The Supreme Court on Monday said that the Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory by the government for central welfare schemes. The apex court, however, said that the government cannot be stopped from linking the 12-digit identification number to the opening of bank accounts or filing of tax returns.
Babri case: Final hearing on plea against LK Advani from April 6 Amit Anand Choudhary, Times of India
Days after CJI J S Khehar suggested a negotiated settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid dispute, the Supreme Court on Thursday decided to start final hearing on the CBI's six year-old appeal challenging a trial court order dropping conspiracy charge against L K Advani and other top BJP leaders in the criminal case relating to demolition of Babri masjid in 1992.
Babri case: File written submissions, we want to focus on issue, SC tells parties Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
A Supreme Court Bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Rohinton Nariman on Thursday posted for detailed hearing the CBI appeal against the dropping of criminal conspiracy charge against top BJP leaders, including veteran L.K. Advani, after two weeks.
Bombay High Court orders doctors to resume work, directs govt to provide security Indian Express
The Bombay High Court Thursday ordered all doctors on strike to resume work, simultaneously directing the Maharashtra government to provide adequate security at all government hospitals to ensure they can continue working without fear, reported news agency ANI. The Bombay High Court Chief Justice also observed that punitive action should not be taken against doctors who have resumed work. The matter will be heard again in 15 days.
Cauvery water dispute: Supreme Court fixes July 11 for final hearing NDTV
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will commence on July 11 the final hearing of the appeals filed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala against the 2007 award of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on sharing of water for 15 consecutive workings days.
SC upholds HC call to order CBI probe into Narada tapes Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
In a stinging blow to the Mamata Banerjee government, the Supreme Court upheld the Calcutta high court's decision to order a preliminary enquiry by the CBI into the Narada sting tapes allegedly showing Trinamool Congress members accepting bribes.
Babri case: SC adjourns hearing on CBI plea to revive conspiracy charges against Advani, others Bhadra Sinha, Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court court has adjourned till Thursday its hearing on a CBI plea challenging a trial court’s decision to drop criminal conspiracy charges several BJP and other Hindu right-wing leaders in the Babri masjid demolition case.
Why no category for those who couldn't exchange notes by Dec 30, asks SC Business Standrad
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre why it chose not to create a separate category for those who couldn't deposit demonetised notes by December 30, 2016 unlike the NRIs and people who were abroad.
Justice Karnan rejects warrant issued by Supreme Court Hindu
Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan has “refused” to accept the bailable warrant issued against him by the Supreme Court in a suo motu contempt of court order. On Friday, a team of police officials led by the State’s Director General of Police (DGP) Surajit Kar Purkayastha went to Justice Karnan’s residence in the New Town area on the Eastern fringes of the city to hand over the warrant.
Calcutta High Court orders CBI to conduct preliminary inquiry into Narada sting Times of India
The Calcutta High Court today ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the Narada sting operation in which several Trinamool Congress leaders were seen allegedly taking money.
Decision to ban Zakir Naiks IRF was in interest of India: Delhi HC Indian Express
The Delhi High Court today held that the Centre’s decision to ban Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was taken to safeguard national security as it dismissed its plea challenging the ban. Holding that Naik’s foundation’s plea challenging the Centre’s decision has “no merit”, the court said the order of the government was “not arbitrary and illegal”.
Charges filed against ex-law minister Jitender Singh Tomar Raj Shekhar, Times of India
A chargesheet of around 200 pages, with annexures running into 45,000 pages, was filed in a Saket court against former law minister of the AAP government, Jitender Singh Tomar. He was arrested in 2015 on charges of forging his degrees and subsequently forced to quit.
SC junks Congress single largest 1st plea Pioneer
Hours before Manohar Parrikar took over as the Chief Minister of Goa, the Congress on Tuesday faced an embarrassing defeat in the Supreme Court also. Being the single largest party with 17 MLAs in its kitty, the Congress went to court complaining against the Governor’s action to invite Parrikar in its place to form the Government in the 40-member House. But a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, posed some tough questions to the Congress wondering why the party did not approach the Governor yet to prove majority.
SC issues arrest warrant against Justice Karnan Pioneer
In an unprecedented order, the Supreme Court today issued an arrest warrant against serving Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan to ensure his presence before it on March 31 in a contempt case.
Gurugram court convicts 31 & acquits 117 in Maruti violence case MoneyControl
A highly-guarded district court in Gurugram on Friday convicted 31 plant workers and acquitted 117 others in the Maruti violence case of 2012 which injured over 100 employees and killed a senior officer.
Uphaar fire tragedy: Gopal Ansal to surrender on 20 March, says SC Firstpost
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed Uphaar theatre owner Gopal Ansal's plea not to send him to jail to serve the remaining sentence for the 1997 fire tragedy, but extended his date of surrender by 10 days. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice AK Goel asked Gopal Ansal to surrender on 20 March to serve the nearly seven months in jail.
Does Tata-Docomo deal require RBI nod, asks Delhi HC Shreeja Sen, Mint
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday opposed the consent terms between Tata Sons Ltd and NTT Docomo Inc. on the enforcement of a $1.17 billion arbitration award to the Japanese telco.
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I-T lens on 60,000 people to unearth black cash Asian Age
Income-tax department on Friday said that it is launching the second phase of Operation Clean Money under which over 60,000 persons,  including 1,300 high risk persons will be investigated for excessive cash sales during demonetisation period.
Govt wants 28% tax on all tobacco products Sushmi Dey, Times of India
In a move aimed at lowering consumption of tobacco products, the health ministry has sought to tax all such products, including bidis, at 28% as well as impose higher cess under the new GST regime.
Flipkart raises $1.4 billion from Tencent, eBay and Microsoft, acquires eBay India Madav Chanchani & Mugdha Variyar, Economic Times
Flipkart announced its biggest funding round and said it is buying rival eBay’s Indian operations, marking a flurry of moves by the country’s largest online retailer as it builds a ‘mahagathbandhan’ of global tech giants to counter Amazon.
Demonetisation: RBI wants to circulate new Rs 200 notes through banks, not ATMs Hindustan Times
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to decide against circulating proposed new Rs 200 banknotes through ATMs to avoid another chaotic recalibration process similar to the one that followed the recall of high-value currency last November.
SoftBank may sell Freecharge at 50% discount for $200 million Digbijay Mishra, Economic Times
SoftBank is in talks with potential suitors to sell Freecharge, the mobile wallet platform owned by Snapdeal, separately for as low as $150-200 million, people familiar with the matter said. The Alibaba-owned Paytm is one of the frontrunners to clinch Freecharge if terms between the two parties are agreed upon, sources indicated.
No plans to demonetise Rs 2,000 notes: Government Times of India
There are no plans to demonetise the new Rs 2,000 currency notes, the government said on Wednesday, scotching "rumours" to this effect. "We are seizing fake currency. As far as rumours in the market are concerned, we should not go by such rumours," minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said in the Rajya Sabha.
RBI monetary policy guide: Cash tools in focus as rates unchanged Anirban Nag, Mint
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to keep policy interest rates unchanged for a third straight meeting, shifting focus to the tools it will use to mop up excess cash in the banking system that threatens to stoke inflation.
Reforms will continue to gain pace in coming years: Arun Jaitley Indian Express
Economic reforms will continue to gain momentum in coming years as the country looks to push growth and attract investment in the infrastructure sector, finance minister Arun Jaitley said.
Airtel is Not The 'Fastest Mobile Network' in India; ASCI Orders Airtel to Remove Ads News18
The advertising watchdog has asked Bharti Airtel to "modify appropriately or withdraw" the TV commercial and website advertisement by April 11, 2017, where broadband tester Ookla declared Airtel as the "Fastest Mobile Network" in India.
BS-III flash sale: Relief for dealers, 75% of stock sold Malyaban Ghosh, Financial Express
On the back of huge cash discounts — upto `22,000 — two-wheeler manufacturers were able to liquidate 75-80% of their inventory of BS III vehicles, multiple dealers said. As reported earlier, out of the over 8 lakh BS III vehicles, two-wheeler inventory at 6.71 lakh was the highest. Dealers saw heavy rush of consumers on Friday and the showrooms are expected to remain open till late in the evening like 10 pm.
Jio Prime plan extended, new Summer Surprise offer and everything else to know Indian Express
Reliance Jio Infocomm has announced over 72 million of its customers have signed up for Jio Prime in one month. The company claims it is “one of the most successful customer privilege programmes anywhere in the world.” Additionally, Reliance Jio has extended the deadline for purchasing its Jio Prime membership plan as well as Rs 303 and other plans till April 15.
Nifty ends at 9174 on F&O expiry, Sensex rises 116 pts; Adani Ports top gainer Money Control
After consolidation, the Nifty settled at record closing high on expiry day Thursday, backed by banking & financials on hopes of NPA resolution. The 50-share NSE Nifty closed up 29.95 points at 9,173.75 while the 30-share BSE Sensex gained 115.99 points at 29,647.42.
After Rajya Sabha forces amendments, Arun Jaitley to bring Finance Bill back to Lok Sabha India Today
After facing an embarrassing situation in the Rajya Sabha, where Opposition party MPs forced in five amendments to the Finance Bill 2017, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is set to bring the draft act back to the Lok Sabha today.
Trai to reject Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular claims that calls cant be priced less than 14 p/min Economic Times
India’s telecom regulator is set to reject claims by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular that calls can’t be priced at less than 14 paise per minute, a senior official said, pointing out that they too offer voice services below this rate.
Sensex falls over 130 points, Nifty 0.52% lower; RIL shares down Mint
The benchmark Sensex fell and the NSE Nifty cracked below the 9,100-mark in early trade on Monday as investors took profit in recent gainers amid weak Asian cues. The 30-share barometer declined with sectoral indices led by metal, teck, IT, healthcare, oil&gas, FMCG and auto trading in negative zone with losses up to 0.86%.
Your car, motorcycle, health insurance to rise from 1 April Firstpost
Car, motorcycle and health insurance will cost more from 1 April with regulator Irdai giving go-ahead to insurers for revision in commission for agents. The change in premium after modification will be limited to +/- 5 per cent of the existing rates. The increase will be in addition to the enhanced third party motor insurance rates, which too will come into effect from April.
RBI puts 4 public sector banks under watch on asset quality concerns Money Control
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put four public sector lenders, including IDBI Bank and Indian Overseas Bank, under watch and advised them to stay off risky assets so that their financial health is not stressed further. While UCO Bank also figures in the list, the name of the fourth lender could not be immediately ascertained.
Sensex, Nifty hold early gains; PSU Bank jumps 2%, IT stocks drag Money Control
The Rs 350 crore IPO of Shankara Build has received overwhelming response from investors. The issue has oversubscribed 4.14 times, so far, on its last day of offer. Tata Motors will raise up to Rs 500 crore via issuance of non-convertible debentures (NCDs) on a private placement basis.
Parliament alone can decide on lawmakers' pension: FM Times of India
As members in Rajya Sabha expressed reservations over Supreme Court's reported remark about pension to former lawmakers, Union finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that Parliament alone has the authority to approve the way public money is to be spent and it alone can legislate on how much pension MPs can draw.
AP tops in Aadhaar seeding of Jan Dhan a/cs AJ Vinayak, Business Line
Post demonetisation of specified bank notes on November 8, 2016, more accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers. Of the 25.51 crore PMJDY accounts on November 9, around 53.65 per cent were seeded with Aadhaar numbers. Four months hence, the number of PMJDY accounts has gone up to 28.01 crore, and the share of Aadhaar-seeded accounts has risen to 63.61 per cent.
Airtel acquires Tikonas 4G business for Rs1,600 crore Rajesh Kurup, Business Line
The ongoing consolidation in the telecom space has forced Tikona Digital Networks to sell its 4G spectrum to Airtel seven years after acquring it. Though both companies declined to share the financial details, investment banking sources pegged the deal at around Rs 1,600 crore.
Frequent farm-loan waivers affect credit discipline: RBI Business Line
The Reserve Bank of India is concerned around blanket farm-loan waivers, as they undermine credit discipline among borrowers, said SS Mundra, a Deputy Governor of the apex bank.
Amazon, Big Basket, Grofers seek to invest $695 m in food e-tailing Business Standrad
Three companies — Amazon Corporate Holdings Pvt Ltd, Supermarket Groceries Supplies Pvt Ltd (Big Basket), and Grofers India Pvt Ltd — have submitted proposals seeking permission to invest $695 million over a period of time for e-tailing food products, the Food Processing Ministry has said.
It's cashback time for Paytm: Employees sell shares worth Rs 100 crore in last few weeks Payal Ganguly & Madhav Chanchani, Economic Times
Scores of employees have reaped a bonanza by selling shares in One97 Communications, which owns digital payments provider Paytm, as investors and founders increase their stake in the Alibaba-backed company, which has recorded a steep surge in valuation as the Indian government seeks to transform the country into a cashless economy.
Tax evasion: Jaitley should use Aadhaar-PAN combo to track down corporate crooks S Murlidharan, Firstpost
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 22 March 2017 said linking Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN) and making it to quote both numbers mandatory come 1st July 2017 is designed to curb frauds. It is common knowledge that individuals resort to splitting of income so as to get away with a lower rate of tax or preferably none at all given the slab rate of taxation applicable to them.
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  States Scan
No more school holidays on birth and death anniversaries of social leaders, Yogi Adityanath says Shailvee Sharda, Times of India
Schools will no longer be closed on the occasion of birth and death anniversaries of great men and social leaders in Uttar Pradesh. Special programmes will be held to educate the school children about the greatness of the leaders, instead.
Srinagar bypolls: With voting being taboo in Budgam, only 709 of 35,169 voters cast ballot Sameer Yasir, Firstpost
The tense atmosphere around polling booths and the areas surrounding them was such that it was near-impossible to see a single person on the streets as repolling was conducted in 38 polling stations in the Srinagar parliamentary constituency on Thursday.
Congress wins Nanjangud and Gundlupet bypolls NewIndianExpress
Counting of votes began across 10 assembly constituencies in eight states on Thursday; elections for Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Madhya Pradesh took place on Sunday.
Blasts in Odisha rail station Hindu
Protesting against the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha, Maoists triggered blasts at the Doikalu railway station in Rayagada district of the State on Thursday.
Gujarat to tighten cow slaughter law Mahesh Langa, Hindu
If the newly elected BJP government in Uttar Pradesh launched a crackdown on illegal slaughter houses immediately after the Assembly polls, another BJP-ruled State, Gujarat, which goes to the polls later this year, came up with an amendment to make cow slaughter an offence punishable with life term, a first in the country.
Heat wave like conditions in several States, Maharashtra's Bhira records 46.5 degrees NDTV
Village Bhira in Raigadh district of Maharashtra recorded an unusually high 46.5 degrees Celsius as several parts of the country reeled under sweltering heat on Wednesday.
2 Killed in fire at Kolkata's Golden Park Hotel NDTV
Two people have died in a fire that broke out at a hotel in south Kolkata early this morning. The fire broke out at the Golden Parkk Hotel at Ho Chi Minh Sarani, close to the US Consulate and British High Commission.
Fresh attack on African National reported in Greater Noida Purusharth Aradhak, Hindu
Two days after attack on African Nationals in Greater Noida, one Wednesday morning one more attack on a young Kenyan woman reported in Greater Noida. The woman, identified by police as Maria Burendi (25). She alleged that she was beaten and kicked in the abdomen while she was travelling in a cab in Greater Noida’s Kasna area. 
Meat traders shut shop across western UP Hindu
Meat traders in western Uttar Pradesh announced a strike on Thursday, hours after the State government sealed over 36 slaughterhouses and hundreds of retail meat shops across the State in its continued crackdown.
UP Govt bans pan, gutkha in offices Pioneer
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi has banned the use of gutkha, paan masala and paan in Government offices, hospitals and educational institutions with immediate effect and also asked officials to ban use of polythene in offices.
Jayalalithaa DA case: Will be unable to recover Rs 100 crore if Amma not made convict, says Karnataka govt Rohini Swamy, India Today
It seems the Karnataka government has decided to keep the Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case alive.The state has filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
Punjab gives 33 percent reservation for women in government jobs, SIT on drug menace Financial Express
The new Congress government in Punjab led by Amarinder Singh has opened a basket full of decisions in the first meeting of the state cabinet. The government has taken several important decision in the interest of the people of the state, who showed trust among the party and gave them a majority win in the assembly polls.
SP MLAs Authorise Akhilesh Yadav to Name Leader of Opposition News18
A meeting of the newly-elected Samajwadi Party MLAs on Thursday authorised its national president Akhilesh Yadav to decide the name of the Leader of the Opposition. The meeting at SP headquarters here was attended by Akhilesh, his uncle Shivpal Yadav, senior leader Azam Khan and party office bearers.
Sasikala's nephew v/s Jaya's niece in RK Nagar Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
Tamil Nadu is back in the election mode as the AIADMK and the DMK on Wednesday declared the names of their respective candidates for the crucial April 12 by-poll scheduled from RK Nagar Assembly constituency.
Guj CM: BJP ready to contest any time Nayan Dave, Pioneer
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday stated that BJP’s Gujarat unit was fully prepared to contest Assembly elections even if the polls would be conducted immediately. The Chief Minister, however, asserted that Assembly polls would be conducted on its schedule in December only. 
BJP chooses to field fresh faces over MCD councillors Pioneer
In a bid to infuse fresh blood into the upcoming municipal polls in the national Capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to junk all its sitting councillors from the list of candidates. This startling announcement was made by Manoj Tiwari, the president of Delhi BJP on Tuesday. "We have unanimously decided to field fresh faces in the municipal elections. Even family members of the councillors and party leaders will not be given tickets," Tiwari said.
NPP, NPF to back BJP-led government in Manipur Business Standrad
The party chiefs of the National People's Party (NPP) and the Naga People's Front (NPF) on Tuesday said they will support a non-Congress government in Manipur led by the BJP.
Delhi Congress wants civic polls through ballots, not EVMs Business Standrad
Amid allegations that EVMs were tampered with in the just-concluded assembly polls, the Delhi Congress has asked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to conduct the upcoming civic polls through ballot papers.
Amarinder to be Punjabs captain from March 16 Pioneer
Day after the election results, a hectic Sunday! In just about 24 hours after the Congress brushed aside the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the SAD-BJP combine to sweep Punjab, the State witnessed political hustle-bustle despite it being a holiday.
BJP to pick Ukhand CM in couple of days Pioneer
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which scored a landslide victory in Uttarakhand, on Sunday said the State Legislature Party will meet in a couple of days to elect a leader after the Parliamentary Board takes a final call in the matter. With four former Chief Ministers —Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Vijay Bahuguna — waiting in the wings, the choice of leaders in Uttarakhand could be a tricky affair.
Woman gangraped by 5 in Delhi, jumps off balcony to escape Times of India
A 28-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by five men in east Delhi early on Sunday. The woman claimed that one of the accused, an acquaintance, offered to drop her home in south Delhi, but forcibly took her to a rented house where all five took turns to rape her. She later escaped by jumping off the first floor balcony of the house. All accused have been arrested.
Sudheeran steps down as Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president C Gouridasan Nair, Hindu
V.M. Sudheeran on Friday resigned as Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president. He said he was stepping down as he was advised rest by the doctors who examined him after his fall at a public function in Kozhikode.
Bihar: Four Maoists killed in Gaya encounter Indian Express
Four Maoists were killed in an encounter with CRPF personnel at Gurpa in Gaya along Nawada borders on Wednesday. The bodies of all four Maoists have been recovered. The forces have also seized four sophisticated weapons from the spot. The troops of 205 CoBRA got a tip-off that some Maoists would gather in Baskatwa jungles under Gurpa police station.
With BJPs help, Sena nominee elected mayor of Mumbai Arita Sarkar, Indian Express
Shiv Sena corporator Vishwanath Mahadeshwar was elected mayor of Mumbai on Wednesday with the BJP’s corporators voting for him. Mahadeshwar defeated Congress’s Vithal Lokare as he secured votes of 83 BJP and 88 Sena corporators. 
Karnataka launches dashboard to bring about transparency in governance Manu Aiyappa, Times of India
Ahead of assembly elections in 2018, the Congress government in Karnataka has been going all out to bring about transparency and accountability in its governance using modern technology.
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After Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence, Pakistani media says three ‘RAW agents’ arrested in PoK Hindustan Times
The law-enforcement authorities of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), known as Azad Kashmir in the neighbouring country, claimed to have arrested three Indian intelligence agents for alleged anti-state activities on Friday.
US more vicious, aggressive under Donald Trump; ready for war if they choose: North Korea India Today
North Korea's vice foreign minister on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula through his tweets and expansion of military exercises, saying the US was becoming "more vicious and more aggressive" under his leadership than it had been under President Barack Obama.
Afghanistan bombing sends clear message to ISIS: US lawmakers Times of India
American lawmakers have applauded the Trump administration after the US military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb+ on Islamic State targets in eastern Afghanistan, saying that "it sends a clear message" to terror groups in the region.
On Trumps Syria strategy, one voice is missing: Trumps Peter Baker and Gardiner Harris, New York Times
In the days since President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians, his administration has spoken with multiple voices as it seeks to explain its evolving policy. But one voice has not been heard from: that of Mr. Trump himself.
California gunman kills wife, self as she teaches class; student also dead Deccan Chronicle
A special education teacher and one of her students were fatally shot by her estranged husband when he opened fire with a high-caliber revolver before killing himself in her classroom at a San Bernardino, California, elementary school, police said.
Moscow slams U.S. missile strikes on Syria airfield Hindu
The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday said the Syrian air defences would be beefed up after U.S. cruise missiles struck an airfield in western Syria, Russian news agencies reported.
IS claims responsibility for UK attack Vidya Ram, Hindu
Khalid Masood, a lone, British-born attacker, who was known to police and had a string of convictions, was named as responsible for the attack on Westminster on Wednesday. The attack left four persons, including the alleged assailant dead, and around 40 others injured.
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain offers dialogue to India Economic Times
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday offered a dialogue with India to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute. Hussain addressed a military parade here on a the occasion of Republic Day, Xinhua news agency reported.
North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul NDTV
A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South and US said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called a drill for an attack on American bases in Japan. The nuclear-armed North is under several sets of United Nations sanctions over its atomic and ballistic missile programmes.
North Korea rocket-engine test shows 'meaningful' progress: South Korea Times of India
North Korea's latest rocket-engine test showed "meaningful" progress, South Korea said on Monday, while an analyst said it was a dangerous step towards the North's goal of developing a rocket that could hit the United States.
Donald Trump vows appeal up to Supreme Court after loss on travel ban Economic Times
A defiant President Donald Trump has pledged to appeal to the US Supreme Court if necessary to fight for his revised travel ban, parts of which were halted by two different federal judges in recent days.
US claims deadly north Syria strike, denies targeting mosque Hindustan Times
The US military says it carried out an air strike in northern Syria against an Al-Qaeda target, but denies deliberately targeting a mosque where at least 42 people were killed according to an independent monitor.
Malaysia says Interpol issued 'red notice' for four North Koreans Times of India
Interpol has issued a red notice, the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant, on four North Koreans wanted in connection with the murder of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysia's police chief said on Thursday.
BJP's strong showing in state polls means India will not compromise in international spats: Chinese media Shailaja Neelakantan, Times of India
The BJP's emphatic win in the state polls in India is not very good news for Beijing, a state-run Chinese news outlet wrote today. Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party's news outlet that focuses on foreign affairs, said today in an article that a resurgent BJP very likely means "more difficulties in making compromises" with New Delhi in international spats.
Forced conversion a crime in Islam: Pak PM Nawaz Sharif Times of India
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that forcible conversion and destruction of worship places of other religions is a crime in Islam and in Pakistan as he greeted the Hindu community on the occasion of Holi.
Donald Trump gives CIA authority to carry out drone strikes: Report Indian Express
US President Donald Trump has reportedly given CIA necessary authorisation to carry out drone strikes against terror groups, a move that could have implications for Pakistan. This is a change from the policies of the previous Obama Administration under which the Department of Defence was authorised to carry out such strikes and the CIA used drones to gather intelligence information, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.
N.Korea threatens of ultra-precision strikes Business Standrad
North Korea on Tuesday has threatened to launch ultra-precision strikes in response to the military exercises being jointly carried out by South Korea and the US. If the allies seek to infringe on its sovereignty, Pyongyang's "army will launch merciless ultra-precision strikes from ground, air, sea and underwater", North Korean state news agency KCNA warned in a statement.
South Korean president sacked by top court Pioneer
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was fired by the country's top court today, as it upheld her impeachment by parliament over a wide-ranging corruption scandal.
US moves to ease H-1B spouses from jobs Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
The Trump administration is moving quickly to drain the American economy and its workforce of immigrant labour and foreign workers, not just those who are illegal but also those who have won permission to work legally.
UNSC strongly condemns North Korea missile launches Indian Express
The UN Security Council today strongly condemned North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and expressed serious concern over Pyongyang’s “increasingly destabilising behaviour.” The strong condemnation came in a US-drafted statement that was unanimously approved by the council despite US tensions with China over Washington’s deployment of an advanced missile defence system in South Korea.
Pakistan makes a U-turn, won't send back 'spy' Omer Farooq Khan, Times of India
Two months after Pakistan's top foreign affairs official Sartaj Aziz said there was inadequate evidence against the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, Islamabad ruled out his extradition and said an FIR had been registered against him.
Trump refers to 'radical Islamic terrorism' despite NSC pushback Jim Acosta, CNN
President Donald Trump warned of "radical Islamic terrorism" in his address to Congress Tuesday night -- despite pushback from his national security adviser. Newly minted national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster urged Trump to leave the reference to "radical Islamic terrorism" out of the speech, according to a senior administration official. The two men had a discussion about it but Trump decided he would do it anyway.
FBI investigating Kansas shooting attack as 'hate crime' DNA
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced that Kansas shooting, where an Indian engineer was shot to death in an alleged racial attack by a gunman, is being investigated as a hate crime, reports The Washington Post.
Donald Trump got something from Xi Jinping on agreeing to One China policy: White House Economic Times
The White House today indicated that US President Donald Trump "got something" in return from Beijing for agreeing to 'One China' policy, which he had earlier questioned following his electoral victory.
7 Earth-size planets found orbiting star, may hold life Times of India
For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday.
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