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Sooner rather than later, Pakistan will pay for Sunjuwan attack: Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat Harinder Baweja, Hindustan Times
The Indian army will give Pakistan a reply “sooner rather than later” for the February 10 terror attack on a military camp in Jammu, General Bipin Rawat said. Six soldiers and a civilian were killed in the fidayeen attack in Sunjuwan by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists. Soon after the incident, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said that Pakistan, which she accused of backing the attackers, would pay for its “misadventure”.
Vote for BJP-NDPP for stability: Modi Anup Sharma, Pioneer
Assuring to bring in the most needed political stability in Nagaland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government at the Centre will hammer out an honourable solution to the Naga political issue within next few months time.
Yogi has given new direction to UP, says Jaitley Pioneer
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday lauded the leadership of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath saying his relentless campaign against corruption and crime has resulted in an era of positive change making UP a favourite destination for investors.
CBI arrests Rotomac owner Vikram Kothari and son over Rs 3,695 crore loan default Deeptiman Tiwary, Indian Express
After four days of questioning, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Thursday arrested Rotomac Global owner Vikram Kothari and his son Rahul in connection with the company’s Rs 3,695 crore loan default.
I witnessed AAP MLAs assaulting chief secretary: CM’s adviser VK Jain to court Sneha Agarwal, India Today
The adviser and consultant to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has admitted that he witnessed the assault of chief secretary Anshu Prakash by the AAP MLAs and even claimed that the CM and his deputy were present and kept quiet during the attack this week.
Uttar Pradesh Investors’ Summit 2018: Defence industry corridor from Agra to Chitrakoot, says PM Modi Maulshree Seth & Sandeep Singh, Indian Express
DECLARING THAT the period of “fear and insecurity” in Uttar Pradesh was over, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday announced the setting up of a defence industrial corridor in the Bundelkhand region with the capacity to attract investment worth Rs 20,000 crore and provide jobs to 2.5 lakh people.
Kamal’s party to focus on a new south India S Sundar, Hindu
Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday launched his political party, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (People’s Justice Centre), projecting himself as a serious alternative to the Dravidian majors in Tamil Nadu. Explaining where his ideology lay, he said, “People are asking me if I am left or right (in ideology). That’s why we have ‘maiam’ (centre) in our party (name). We will absorb all good things from whichever direction they come.”
CBI arrests PNB GM, seals Nirav's Mumbai farmhouse Pioneer
Trouble is mounting for Punjab National Bank (PNB) top brass with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) widening the probe into the Rs 11,400 crore fraud and arresting PNB General Manager Rajesh Jindal. The CBI has also sealed a farmhouse of Nirav Modi spread across 1.5 acres which has a palatial bungalow measuring 12,000 square metres at Alibaug, 100 km from Mumbai.
12K loot Rs 1,60,256 cr from banks J Gopikrishnan, Pioneer
Nearly 12,000 wilful defaulters have siphoned off more than Rs 1,60,256 crore from both public sector and private sector banks, co-operative banks, foreign banks operating in India and other financial institutions. This latest figure (as on December 31, 2017) of the Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (CIBIL) does not include defaulters of major banks like State Bank of India.
Will chase down fraudsters: Jaitley Pioneer
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday asserted that the Government will pursue the cheaters of the recent bank frauds ‘to the end’ and questioned the management of the lenders and their auditors for failing to check the scams. Breaking his silence over the Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Rotomac scams, Jaitley said the Government efforts to straighten the banks through recapitulation and reduction of debts have been “challenged” by these frauds.
Gujarat: BJP bags 47 municipalities out of 75 Pioneer
The ruling BJP continued its winning performance even after the Assembly polls as the saffron brigade won elections of at least 47 out of 75 municipalities that went to the polls across the State.
Karnataka needs 'mission' government not 'commission' government: PM Modi Times of India
Attacking the Congress government in Karnataka as a "commission" government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the welfare of the people was never a priority for it and the state needs a "mission" government under the BJP to ensure all round development.
At Rs 3,695 cr, Rotomac Pens' fraud gets bigger Pioneer
The CBI on Monday arrested managing director of Rotomac Global Pvt Ltd Vikram Kothari from Kanpur in the mega loan default scam and revealed that exposure of different banks stood at nearly Rs 3,700 crore in the murky saga. The CBI swung into action after the Bank of Baroda late on Sunday night registered a complaint against Kothari with the agency.
No scam in Rafale deal, says Nirmala Sitharaman Mohit M Rao, Hindu
Where is the scam in Rafale procurement when no such deal was signed in the UPA era, said Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister, who on Sunday sought to tear into the Opposition’s claims of illegalities in the purchase of 36 fighter jets from the French company.
BJP’s core truly democratic: Narendra Modi NewIndianExpress
The BJP’s core is truly democratic and the party is committed to “rashtra bhakti – in thought, action and implementation”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday as he inaugurated the party’s new central headquarters in the capital.
NCP Candidate Jonathone Sangma Shot Dead in Poll-bound Meghalaya News18
With less than a week left for the assembly elections in Meghalaya, a local terror group is supposed to have planned and killed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) candidate Jonathone Sangma from Williamnagar seat with an IED blast on Sunday. Two of his guards were also killed in the attack.
Former PNB official used, shared bank passwords to help Nirav Modi NDTV
The Punjab National Bank branch in south Mumbai sits just down the road from both the Bombay Stock Exchange and the Reserve Bank of India, at a physical centre of one of the world's fastest growing major economies. The branch, clad in a stately colonial edifice, is now also at the heart of a fraud case linked to billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi that has shaken confidence in a state banking sector that accounts for some 70 percent of India's banking assets.
Cauvery row: SC increases Karnataka share, Tamil Nadu miffed J Venkatesan, Asian Age
Observing that the issue of drinking water has to be placed on a “higher pedestal” and recognising the needs of “global city” Bengaluru, the Supreme Court on Friday increased the share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 thousand million cubic feet (TMC) and reduced Tamil Nadu’s share, setting off jubilations and strong protests in the two states, respectively.
No pill, build confidence by winning small battles: Modi to students Economic Times
“There is no tablet that can be consumed for instant confidence. We have to build it every day by setting small challenges for ourselves,” PM Narendra Modi said at an event on Friday where he shared tips with school students on dealing with stress during examinations.
Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico Economic Times
A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. 
India vs South Africa: Unstoppable Virat Kohli Leads India To 5-1 Series Win Over South Africa Amit Kumar, NDTV
Virat Kohli slammed his 35th century as India crushed South Africa by eight wickets in the sixth One-Day International in Centurion to clinch the six-match series 5-1. This is the first ever bilateral series win by India on South African soil. Put into bat by India, South Africa were bowled out for a meagre 204 in the dead rubber. Chasing the target, India romped home in just 32.1 overs. Kohli remained unbeaten on 129, an innings studded with 19 boundaries and two sixes.
Rouhani meets Modi, Kovind in Delhi; Chabahar, energy talks on agenda Deccan Chronicle
Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on the last day of his three-day visit to India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Saturday. Modi will be hosting a lunch for Rouhani on Saturday while Kovind will host a banquet for him.
Nirav Modi holed up in luxury NY hotel, govt moves to block funds & flight Sidhartha & Chidanand Rajghatta, Times of India
The ministry of external affairs on Friday suspended the passports of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle and business partner Mehul Choksi for four weeks with immediate effect and said it would revoke the passports if it did not hear from them in the next seven days on why their passports should not be impounded or revoked.
Development stalled in Tripura under red flag: PM Modi Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday alleged that development has been stalled in Tripura under the Left government, just as the traffic stops at red signal, and the state will progress when the 'reds' are ousted from power.
Modi in Tripura: We will win and uproot last red flag Esha Roy, Indian Express
GIVING his party’s high-octane campaign a final push before voting on February 18, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for “uprooting” the Communists and “throwing them away” to clear the way for development in the state.
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India ranks 81st in global corruption index, Pakistan 117th Zee News
A report released by Transparency International (TI) has placed India on the 81st spot on the Global Corruption Perception (GCP) Index 2017, in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia-Pacific region.
CBI busts WhatsApp-based int'l porn racket; 119 booked, 20-yr-old held Deccan Chronicle
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday busted a multinational child pornography racket being run through a WhatsApp group.  The probe agency registered case against five people (group admins) and 114 members of the WhatsApp group for circulating child pornography messages under Section 67B of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
Two AAP MLAs sent to jail, L-G tells Centre breakdown in Delhi Indian Express
Battle lines were clearly drawn in the Delhi government a day after Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash alleged AAP MLAs had assaulted him during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence. While two AAP MLAs were arrested and sent to judicial custody, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, in a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), mentioned a “breakdown” between bureaucrats and the political leadership.
Special Category status is our right, says Naidu Hindu
Reiterating that bifurcation was not done properly, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said the promises made to the State had not yet been fulfilled; the Special Category Status (SCS) was its right and it should be given.
Nearly 79% turnout in Tripura election Syed Sajjad Ali, Hindu
Nearly 79% polling was reported on Sunday in Tripura, where the BJP is trying to dislodge the Left Front which has enjoyed an unbroken 25 year stint in power. The polling for 59 seats of the 60-member Assembly was peaceful, barring minor incidents, with thousands of central paramilitary forces deployed across the northeastern State.
UP is now truly Uttar Pradesh; no more a Prashna Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath Raja Bose & Rajiv Srivastava, Times of India
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath is busy preparing for the UP Investors' Summit beginning on Wednesday. As he directed his officers and got into the nitty-gritties of planning, Yogi Adityanath spoke to TOI about how he is trying to change the way the world perceives UP.
PM Modi opens 'biggest party office in world' Times of India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the BJP's new headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, spread over 1.70 lakh square feet, on Sunday in the presence of party chief Amit Shah, former BJP chiefs, several Union ministers and office-bearers.
Manohar Parrikar in hospital, Lilavati doctors say he is fine DNA
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar — undergoing treatment for mild pancreatitis at  Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital  — is unlikely to be present for the Budget Session that begins on Monday, and his government is likely to wrap up the proceedings earlier than scheduled, sources said on Sunday.
Iran prez at Mecca Masjid: Ready to share oil with India Syed Akbar, Times of India
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani announced on Friday that Tehran was ready to share its oil and natural gas with India, and ease visa norms, to further strengthen cultural and diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Karti's CA held in INX Media case Pioneer
In a big blow to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Enforcement Directorate on Friday morning arrested his family’s Chartered Accountant Bhaskar Raman in connection with the INX Media bribe case.  The CA is a director in most of companies linked to Chidambaram’s son Karti, who was put to a marathon interrogation by the ED on Thursday.
You are my examiners today, PM Modi tells kids Asian Age
Adhering to the Sangh Parivar’s strategy of “catching them young”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a wide-ranging interaction with school and college students at Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium over exam stress, career, yoga and politics. With just few days left for the class 10 and class 12 board examinations to begin, the Prime Minister conducted an interactive session “Pariksha pe charcha” with 2,300 students and teachers where he also took questions from students via social media and videoconferencing.
Defamation case: Arvind Kejriwal lawyer quits case filed by Arun Jaitley Indian Express
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s lawyer Anoop George Chaudhari, who had replaced senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani in a defamation case filed by Union minister Arun Jaitley against the CM, quit on Friday, saying he was put in an “embarrassing situation” due to inadequate briefing. Chaudhari wrote to Kejriwal’s counsel Anupam Srivastav, asking him to convey his “inability to appear any further in the case”.
Telugu leaders upset on Rahul's core team Gulte
AICC President Rahul Gandhi inducted not a single leader from the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the newly formed Congress Steering Committee.
Political parties collect Rs 1,500 crore in 5 Assembly polls Economic Times
Political parties collected over Rs 1,500 crore during the five state assembly elections held last year but spent just Rs 494 crore, according to an analysis by ADR. The figures are cumulative for five national and 16 regional parties put together during the polls to the assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
BJP not against any caste: Shah Tribune India
To win over Jat voters in Haryana, BJP president Amit Shah today said the party is not against any caste. “The BJP stands for ‘sabka vikas’ (development for all) without any prejudice,” he said while addressing a ‘Yuva Hunkar Rally’ in the Jat heartland here.
Army gives commanders on LoC nod to hit back against Pakistani action Sushant Singh, Indian Express
WITH TENSIONS rising on the Line of Control, the Army has given “adequate freedom” to its commanding officers and post commanders to initiate action and retaliate against Pakistani action on the LoC, sources told The Indian Express.
J&K: Gunbattle on between terrorists, security forces in Baramulla’s Pattan Zee News
A fierce gunbattle between security forces and some unidentified terrorists is currently underway in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district on Friday. According to ANI, the security forces are currently engaged in a fierce gunbattle with a group of terrorists in Palhalan area of Baramulla’s Pattan.
JNU students 'gherao' admin block over compulsory attendance issue Money Control
JNU students today gheraoed the administration block demanding a meeting with the vice-chancellor on the issue of compulsory attendance, and stopped Chief Proctor Kaushal Kumar and Rector-1 Chintamani Mahapatra from leaving the building.
  The Courts
CJI to take final call on Bench vs Bench Pioneer
A fight between two Benches of the Supreme Court has landed before the Chief Justice of India for final settlement on Thursday. At the centre of the dispute is the question whether a three-judge Bench can overrule the judgment of another three-judge Bench.
SC refuses to extend Aadhaar linking deadline Samanwaya Rautray, Economic Times
The Supreme Court has rejected a plea which sought extension of the deadline for seeding Aadhaar to a host of services, such as banking and mobile phones, beyond March 31 on the grounds that the hearing into a slew of petitions challenging the mandatory linkage of the 12-digit unique identity number would not be completed by the end of next month.
Ranbaxy case: SC rejects plea by Singh brothers against Daiichi Sankyo’s Rs3,500 crore award Priyanka Mittal, Mint
The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal by former Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd owners Malvinder and Shivinder Singh against an order of the Delhi high court allowing Daiichi Sankyo Ltd to recover Rs3,500 crore from them.
Show source of income to contest elections, Supreme Court tells politicians Krishnadas Rajagopal, Hindu
In a landmark move in electoral reforms, the Supreme Court ruled that politicians, their spouses and associates to declare their sources of income, along with their assets, in order to qualify for contesting elections.
How can convicted netas select candidates, asks SC Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
The Supreme Court on Monday said “it was worrisome” that convicted politicians, debarred by law from contesting elections, could head political parties and select candidates who possibly could be part of governance afterpolls. 
Police actions after judge Loya's death violated criminal code: SC told Business Standard
The Supreme Court on Friday was told that the procedure followed by police in the wake of Special CBI Judge B M Loya's death and the circumstances surrounding it was in breach of the criminal code that requires police to lodge an FIR and file a closure report.
Will treat Ayodhya only as a land dispute case, says SC Dhananjay Mahapatra, Times of India
The emotive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute + will be decided as any other land dispute based on evidence on record, the Supreme Court said on Thursday as it endeavoured to scale down passions and tensions generated by the 70-year-old conflict.
Supreme Court cancels all mining leases in Goa, says they can’t operate after March 15 Priyanka Mittal, Hindustan Times
The Supreme Court on Wednesday quashed 88 mining leases granted by the Goa government for violating procedure and ordered that fresh licences be granted through a bidding process. These leases, which were renewed for the second time, would run till March 15 after which they would lapse, a bench headed by justice Madan B Lokur said.
We are not garbage collectors, Supreme Court tells Centre Economic Times
The Supreme Court today warned the Centre for dumping "junk" before it in an 845-page affidavit containing incomplete information about solid waste management across the country saying that the top court is not a "garbage collector". 
Misuse fear no bar for Aadhaar: SC Telegraph India
The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the mere possibility that the Aadhaar law might be misused could not be a ground for striking it down. It had to be proved first that the provision seriously violated a citizen's fundamental rights and was "a colourable legislation" open to abuse, the court said, as arguments for and against the law continued before a five-judge constitution bench.
Bofors case: Delhi trial court sets February 17 to hear CBI application asking to investigate further Times of India
The Tis Hazari court here said today it will hear the CBI's fresh application to further investigate the Bofors gun deal payoff case on February 17, reported ANI. Yesterday, the investigative agency moved the trial court for permission to launch a fresh probe, even as it moved the Supreme Court+ challenging a 12-year-old Delhi high court (HC) decision to close the case.
Only concerned with Loya's death, nothing else: SC gives 'clear' message Deccan Chronicle
The Supreme Court on Friday sternly said that it was concerned only with the death of special CBI judge BH Loya, and would not go into other aspects including BJP chief Amit Shah's discharge in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
Income tax department asks Rotomac group to pay Rs106 crore in taxes Gireesh Chandra Prasad, Mint
The Income tax department has asked the Rotomac group companies to pay up Rs106 crore in tax after raids conducted in 2014 and subsequent assessment proceedings led to detection of alleged income on which tax had not been paid.
Sensex holds on to gains, Nifty above 10,400; TCS, Infosys decline Money Control
Shares of Jubilant Life fell around over 10 percent intraday on Friday after the stock witnessed a block deal. Around 59.8 lakh shares of the company were traded in six blocks on the NSE at the price of Rs 914-940.05 per share.
India key market, here for a long ride: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Surabhi Agarwal & Satish John, Economic Times
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said India was a core market for the cab aggregator, accounting for 10% of its trips globally and added that it could be a laboratory for new business streams, seeking to squelch speculation about the company exiting the country. He also downplayed any suggestion investor Soft-Bank may have made about Uber exiting unprofitable markets.
Urban infrastructure is an 'engine of growth', says Jaitley Ani News
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday termed urban infrastructure as an "engine of growth," adding that it is crucial for investment in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Addressing the gathering at the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Investors' Summit here, Jaitley said any state possessing the capacity to build infrastructure employment and buzzing economic activity becomes an attractive destination for investors.
Digital India possible only if Digital UP happens, says Prasad Times of India
Digital India cannot be achieved without a Digital UP, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today while urging investors to invest confidently in India. India has a huge potential in the field of IT, he said at the UP Investors Summit being held here. "You see, rapidly, India is getting digitalised. Out of 130 crore people, 121 crore people have mobile...40-45 crore have smart phone."
Punjab National Bank appoints PwC to probe Rs 11,300 crore fraud Mohit Bhalla, Economic Times
Punjab National Bank (PNB) has appointed auditor PwC to conduct an investigation into the alleged Rs 11,300-crore fraud involving jewellers Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and their companies, said people aware of the matter. PwC has been asked to gather evidence that can be used against Modi and his associates in court, according to them.
Class 10 minimum qualification for Level 1 posts: Railways India Today
The Railways today relaxed the rules for those applying for the posts of porters, gate men, helpers and other Level 1 jobs, going back to the criteria it followed till last year. Railway minister Piyush Goyal said candidates for these jobs have to clear their Class 10 exams.
EPFO cuts interest rate to 8.55% for 2017-18 from 8.65% for 2016-17 Economic Times
Retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has reduced interest rate on deposits to 8.55 percent for the financial year 2017-18 following a general decline in interest rates.  The decision was taken by EPFO’s central board of trustees at its 220th board meeting on Wednesday, labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar said. EPFO had announced an interest rate of 8.65% for 2016-17 and 8.8% in 2015-16.
7th Pay Commission: Govt will hike basic pay in April with elections on mind Vicky Nanjappa, OneIndia
The wait for Central Government employees waiting for good news on the 7th Pay Commission will end soon. A final call is all set to be taken on increasing the basic pay of Central Government employees. The hike will be effective from April 1 2018, sources say.
Govt expects to finalise 5G service roadmap by Jun Pioneer
The Department of Telecom expects to finalise a roadmap for 5G services by June this year, a top official said. “By June this year, I hope we will be able to unveil India's 5G roadmap,” Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said at an Assocham event on Friday.
Walmart wants to buy Flipkart, but SoftBank opposed to a sale Shrutika Verma & Mihir Dalal, Mint
American retailer Walmart Inc. may end up taking a large stake in Flipkart Ltd at a price that could value India’s largest e-commerce firm between $20 billion and $23 billion, said three people close to the development. If it goes through, the deal will pit Walmart against Amazon in India, mirroring the fight between the two companies in the US.
WhatsApp Payments 'Not Secure', Against UPI's Interoperability Spirit: Paytm NDTV
WhatsApp payments rollout started in India earlier this month and though the feature hasn’t even become available to all users yet, it has sparked a debate in the country’s digital payments community. WhatsApp payments are built on top of UPI, a layer that greatly simplifies interoperability between various banks, and questions are now being asked if the Facebook-owned messaging app is living up to the spirit of interoperability behind the UPI.
EPFO may raise equity investment limit to 25% Prashant K Nanda, Mint
Up to a fourth of your contribution to the employees’ provident fund (EPF) may go into equities if a plan being considered by the country’s retirement fund manager bears fruit. Currently, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) invests 15% of contributions in equities and the rest in debt.
Not bringing separate policy for Electric Vehicles: Nitin Gadkari Economic Times
The government would not bring any separate electric vehicle policy and would just frame rules for the category, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.  The minister was speaking at the launch of electric vehicle charging points in Yojana Bhawan, the headquarters of government think-tank Niti Aayog that's also responsible for framing rules for electric vehicles.
Kia Motors may speed up India entry Sharmistha Mukherjee, Economic Times
Korean automaker Kia Motors is considering to advance the launch of sales operations in India by a couple of months from the initially planned schedule, which was around Diwali in 2019. It is looking at launching at least three-four products by 2021 to take its annual sales to 300,000 units.
Paytm cries foul, alleges WhatsApp UPI not following security guidelines Mint
Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma has alleged that Facebook-owned WhatsApp’s UPI payment platform has security risks for consumers and is not in compliance with the guidelines. WhatsApp, which has over 230 million users in India, has started testing payments through its platform in the country. India is the largest market for the messaging app.
Paytm's Vijay Shekhar Sharma kicks up a storm over WhatsApp pay Mugdha Variyar & Madhav Chanchani, Economic Times
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of India's largest digital payments company Paytm, will petition the architect of the country's unified digital payment system (UPI) for redressal of what he termed as an unfair playing field accorded to messaging service provider WhatsApp, which has begun testing its payment service in the country. 
Sensex falls 144 pts, Midcap manages to close in the green; PNB fraud drags PSU Bank 5% Money Control
The market failed to continue its previous trading session's gains on Wednesday as benchmark indices closed lower despite positive global cues, dragged by banks after the big transaction fraud in PNB.
Sensex, Nifty shut on account of ‘Mahashivratri’; Asian stocks off 2-month lows Money Control
Indian stock market will remain shut on Tuesday, 13th February on account of a public holiday. Equity, forex and money market will remain closed on account of Mahashivratri.
  States Scan
Mumbai to Pune in just 25 minutes by 2024 Ketan Thakkar, Economic Times
Come 2024, the travel time between Mumbai, the financial capital of India to Pune, a leading manufacturing & IT hub will be drastically shortened to just 14-25 minutes. What's more the cost of travel will be pegged at almost the same price as travelling in a cab or airplane, as Richard Branson backed Virgin Hyperloop One signed the framework agreement with the Maharashtra government on Sunday to build a hyperloop between Pune and Mumbai beginning with an operational demonstration track.
Five ‘woodcutters’ found dead near Kadapa S Vijay Kumar & MV Subramanyam, Hindu
The bodies of five unidentified persons, suspected to be labourers of Tamil Nadu, were found floating in a tank near Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh early on Sunday. On information from local people, police and fire service personnel fished out the bodies from the Vontimitta tank, along the Kadapa-Chennai National Highway in Kadapa.
Karnataka budget welcomed by business community India Today
The budget tabled by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was today welcomed by the business community, as "socio-economic budget" and "progressive." The Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries president K Ravi hailed the socio-economic budget. "It was invariably a Socio-Economic budget, at which Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is so well versed.
Police encounters won’t stop, says Yogi Adityanath Hindu
Accusing the Opposition of sympathising with criminals, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday declared in the State Legislative Council that police encounters in the State would not stop. Speaking in the House during the Zero Hour, Mr. Adityanath pointed towards the Opposition and said everybody knew who gave patronage to criminals.
Bengaluru: Under-construction building collapses in Kasavanahalli, 3 killed Business Standard
Three construction workers were killed and at least 10 others were feared trapped under the debris after a four-storeyed under-construction building collapsed here on Thursday, officials said. "Three men were killed and 11 others injured after the building in Kasavanahalli (suburb)crashed down at around 4 p.m. ," Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy told media here.
Modi in Northeast: Huge excitement to hear PM speak, says Tripura BJP Manogya Loiwal, India Today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a one-day trip to North East and will be visiting Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. PM Modi will be addressing a political rally in Shantibazar in South Tripura and will also hold road show, a first in north east in Left ruled state of Tripura.
Youth Congress worker hacked to death in Kannur: Party blames CPM for murder, calls for shutdown in Kerala district Firstpost
A 30-year-old youth Congress worker was hacked to death late on Monday in Kerala's Kannur district, media reported. Two others were injured. The incident took political overtones as the Congress alleged that CPM was behind the murder and called for a day-long 'hartal' in the district.
Man commits suicide by jumping in front of metro train in Delhi Hindustan Times
A 50-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a speeding train at a metro station in New Delhi on Sunday evening, officials said. The incident took place around 5.25 pm at the Janakpuri east station when a train to Noida City Centre was entering platform 1, the officials added.
Dalit LLB student beaten to death in UP; 6 booked Vinod Khanal, Times of India
A 26-year-old Dalit student, who had slipped into coma after a group of students attacked him with bricks and rods at a restaurant near Laxmi Talkies in Old Katra area of the city last week, died on Sunday.  The police lodged an FIR against six people, and the main accused, Munna Chauhan, was arrested after being identified from the CCTV footage obtained from the restaurant.
Maharashtra: Congress, NCP to join hands to fight BJP in elections Abhiram Ghadyalpatil, Mint
The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Maharashtra on Tuesday indicated they were ready to jointly fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the next general and assembly elections.
UP police suspend four personnel in fake encounter case DNA
The Uttar Pradesh police suspended on Sunday four personnel after a trainee sub-inspector allegedly fired at two men in Noida Sector-122 the previous night, amid swirling concerns over rising encounters in the state. The trainee sub-inspector, Vijay Darshan, was also sent to jail.
Massive fire erupts in Madurai Meenakshi temple, over 40 shops gutted IndiaTv News
At least 40 shops were destroyed after a massive fire broke out in the complex of the famed Meenakshi Amman temple in Tamil Nadu's Madurai on Friday night. No casualty has been reported yet.
  International News
Donald Trump administration makes H-1B visa approval tougher Economic Times
The Trump administration has announced a new policy that makes very tough the procedure of issuing H-1B visas to those to be employed at one or more third-party worksites, a move that will hugely impact Indian IT companies and their employees.
India has nothing to worry about China-Bangla ties: Sheikh Hasina Hindu
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked India not to worry about Dhaka’s growing ties with China, asserting that the cooperation with Beijing was meant only for the country’s development.
India growth has slowed due to structural economic reforms: US Economic Times
America's bilateral trade deficit with four major countries, including India, narrowed in the first three quarters of 2017 as compared to the previous year, the US administration today said in a report according to which India's growth has slowed due to the effects of its structural economic reforms.
Pak Supreme Court evicts Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief Asian Age
Pakistan’s Supreme Court Wednesday disqualified former PM Nawaz Sharif as president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) in the verdict regarding petitions against Election Act 2017. Announcing the verdict, the court said that a person who does not qualify on Article 62 and 63 of the Constitution cannot also hold the presidency of any political party. “Ineligible person cannot hold the office of party presidency,” the court said.
South Africa's new President invokes Mandela, promises 'a new dawn' Lauren Said-Moorhouse & Simon Cullen, CNN
South Africa's newly installed President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation address on Friday, declaring "a new dawn" that will "confront the injustices of the past and the inequalities of the present," before vowing to crackdown on corruption.
US charges Russians with 2016 US election tampering to boost Donald Trump Indian Express
A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 US presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscow’s purported effort to interfere.
Going, going, gone: Finally, Zuma quits as South Africa president Times of India
Ramaphosa was elected South Africa’s President in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.
Pakistan bans Hafiz Saeed’s charities; seizes his offices, assets Omer Farooq Khan, Times of India
Pakistan acted on Wednesday against organisations spearheaded by the 2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind, Hafiz Saeed, seizing control of his offices and financial assets in a bid to implement the sudden changes in the country’s anti-terrorism law.
Jacob Zuma quits, ending scandal-plagued term as South Africa’s President Indian Express
Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.
US asks Pakistan to expel terrorists operating from its soil Indian Express
The United States has asked Pakistan to expel terrorists, especially the Taliban leaders, operating from terror safe havens within its soil, a top Trump administration official said Wednesday. “We’ve had a number of discussions with our Pakistani partners on expectations for change and expelling terrorists from areas in which they’ve been allowed to operate,” Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing on Afghanistan.
US warns on growing nuclear arsenals of China, Russia, North Korea Economic Times
North Korea may be only months away from being able to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile and its atomic weapons programme must be shut down, a senior US disarmament official said on Tuesday.
Elon Musk sends Tesla to space as world’s most powerful rocket debuts Dana Hull, Mint
SpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, a major milestone in the company’s quest to grow its customer base and fund Elon Musk’s vision of making life multiplanetary. With hordes of fans gathered along the Florida space coast and millions watching on SpaceX’s webcast, the new rocket rumbled aloft shortly after 3:45 pm local time Tuesday.
Two dead, over 200 injured in 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Taiwan Deccan Chronicle
A 6.4-magnitude quake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside. A hotel and an apartment block were the worst hit by the quake in the port city of Hualien, according to the national fire agency.
Maldives president declares war on SC, court seeks India help Sachin Parashar, Times of India
The Maldives was teetering on the brink of military rule on Sunday with the Abdulla Yameen government looking to stifle the country's supreme court. Highly placed sources in the Maldivian apex court, even as they beseeched India and other democratic countries for help, told TOI that Yameen was looking to sack SC judges, including chief justice Abdulla Saeed, by filing false cases against them.

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