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Thinking the unthinkable in China - Abandoning North Korea 
Date: 01 Oct 2017

BEIJING: North Korea`s nuclear antics have rattled its alliance with China to the point that Beijing is allowing the previously unthinkable to be discussed: Is it time to prepare for the renegade regime`s collapse? While China`s official goal is to bring Washington and Pyongyang to the negotiating table, it is also permitting once taboo debate on contingencies in case war breaks out in the isolated nation across its northeast border.
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The RSS leadership is facing great resistance from the business community on issues of demonetisation and GST. These policy decisions have brought several traditional business families on the verge of ruins. 
Date: 01 Oct 2017

“The RSS leadership is facing great resistance from the business community on issues of demonetisation and GST. It has also given clear signals to the BJP but the government has not moved on those fronts,” Said a mid-level RSS leader based in Indore. “These policy decisions have brought several traditional business families on the verge of ruins. While this is the case, the sentiment that the Modi government is inclined t
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Kurdish independence vote damages US efforts to preserve unified Iraq 
Date: 27 Sep 2017

A vote by Iraq`s minority Kurds for independence is a blow to the United States, which has spent years, billions of dollars and the lives of thousands of troops trying to hold Iraq together, former U.S. officials and other policy experts said. A vote by Iraq’s minority Kurds for independence is a blow to the United States, which has spent years, billions of dollars and the lives of thousands of troops trying to hold Iraq together, former
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Rs 2500 JioPhone @ just Rs 1500! How RIL is planning to recover losses 
Date: 27 Sep 2017

 Reliance Industries` telecom upstart Jio is footing at least 40 percent of the cost of its basic 4G phone, two sources familiar with the matter said, as it bets on recovering the investment by luring in millions of new customers. The JioPhone, rolling out this week for a refundable deposit of 1,500 rupees ($23.05), will cost at least 2,500 rupees ($39) to assemble, the sources told Reuters. That means Jio will like
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Meet The Pintos: The Family Behind Ryan International Schools 
Date: 11 Sep 2017

Ryan International School has now been in the news twice in two years for the murder of a student on school premises. This doesn’t bode well for the chain, that has grown rapidly in a little over 40 years to become the fastest-growing, largest and most successful private group of K-12 schools in India. The Ryan International Group of Institutions (RIGI) employs 18,000 faculty members, who educate 270,000 students at 130
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New highway along Yellow River opens to trafficin China 
Date: 29 Aug 2017

A new highway along the Yellow River in northwest China`s Shaanxi Province opened to traffic on Monday. The north-south highway which starts in the city of Yulin and ends in Weinan travels 828.5 km along the west bank of the Yellow River. At cost of 6.9 billion yuan (1 billion U.S. dollars), the highway across 12 districts and counties will benefit more than 2 million people. The highway links several tourist destinations in Shaanxi including th
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This number is your lifeline: 10 vital things you cannot do without Aadhaar 
Date: 10 Aug 2017

NEW DELHI: True to its name, Aadhaar is going to become the basis of most of your business and official transactions. In addition to scores of other compulsory Aadhaar uses, the government may soon become it mandatory for buying shares and mutual funds too. The government is planning to link Aadhaar to financial market transactions to try and curb sharp practices such as conversion of black money into white through the stock market. Below
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M Hamid Ansari steps down as Vice President, with words stirring a national debate 
Date: 10 Aug 2017

The soft-spoken former diplomat -- the only vice president to serve two terms after S Radhakrishnan -- marked his departure with words of concern about threats to plurality and about insecurity among Muslims in a television interview yesterday. The former vice-chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University -- from where he completed his doctorate. "From now on you will be free to act, talk and work in accordance with your basic
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RBI to transfer Rs 30600 cr to govt as dividend for year ended June 2017 
Date: 10 Aug 2017

The Reserve Bank of India`s central board, at its meeting held today, approved the transfer of surplus to the government. The surplus amounts to over Rs 30600 crore for the year ended June 30, 2017. CNBC-TV18`s Latha Venkatesh caught up with experts for their views. The Reserve Bank of India`s central board, at its meeting held today, approved the transfer of surplus to the government. The surplus amounts to over Rs 30600 crore for the year en
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If not properly handled, the border row could have a long-term impact on China`s efforts to expand its diplomatic and economic influence beyond the Asia-Pacific region with its  
Date: 02 Aug 2017

Raising tensions between India and China, the Doklam standoff could potentially threaten Beijing`s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese scholars and experts have warned for the first time. Military expert Antony Wong Dong has cautioned that Beijing`s hardball politics are pushing New Delhi further away and could end up making it an enemy. "China is playing psychological warfare... but it should realise that even if it defeated India
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Won't Quit As BJP President If Elected To Rajya Sabha, Says Amit Shah 
Date: 01 Aug 2017

BJP chief Amit Shah today said there is no question of him resigning as party president after he is elected to the Rajya Sabha, stating he is working "happily" and "wholeheartedly". Asked if he would join the Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s cabinet, he said, "I`m happy being the BJP president. I`m not going anywhere. I`ll be preparing for the 2019 general elections". In a lighter vein, he added, "Don`t push me".
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Greater Noida: Land compensation hiked to speed up Eastern Peripheral Expressway 
Date: 22 Jul 2017

Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate, BN Singh, on Tuesday finalised land compensation rates for farmers to expedite the 135km Eastern Peripheral Expressway project. “I have finalised Rs3,640 per square metre (psm) as compensation for farmers of 24 villages whose agricultural land is being used to build the expressway. Apart from this, I have also ordered that Rs5 lakh be given to each family whose land is acquired. I have increased the
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Losing the middle 
Date: 22 Jul 2017

I recently got a Whatsapp forward from a pulses trader in Gulbarga titled Hamari Bhool, Kamal Ka Phool. Circulating within a large group of which he was part, it alluded to the mistake (bhool) they committed voting for the kamal (lotus, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s election symbol) and making Narendra Modi the Prime Minister. “Socha tha baniyan ke upar shirt aa jaayegi, kya pata tha baad mein patloon bhi utar jayegi (We thought we might get
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Story of an Acting President who made government nervous 
Date: 22 Jul 2017

In 1977, the Janata Party had swept the Lok Sabha polls and some of the Vidhan Sabha elections riding on the anti-emergency and anti-Indira wave. Moraji Desai was the Prime Minister of India. The Desai cabinet decided to dissolve the assemblies of all the states ruled by the Congress. Union Home Minister Charan Singh sent the decision of the cabinet for President`s approval. But, BD Jatti declined to sign the order. Jatti`s
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Violence-hit Noida flats bar entry of 60 maids 
Date: 17 Jul 2017

NOIDA: Four days after a mob stormed the Mahagun Moderne apartment complex in Sector 78 over a missing maid, residents of the society held a meeting on Sunday and barred the entry of 60 maids, who they said had participated in the violence. The residents said other maids would be allowed to enter the society from Monday. There are around 300 maids working in the 2,000-odd flats in the society. The entry of maids was banned after a mob of ne
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Reliance Jio may disrupt the market again with a Rs 500 4G VoLTE phone 
Date: 05 Jul 2017

The launch would follow Jio’s likely announcement of a new tariff plan with aggressive price-points over the next couple of days with its 84-day Dhan Dhana Dhan offer. MUMBAI | KOLKATA | NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio is likely to launch its much-awaited 4G VoLTE feature phone within this month, with brokerage HSBC putting the price at as low as Rs 500, a move which could bring in another wave of disruption in the telecom market.
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Man held for harassing Woman Commando 
Date: 05 Jul 2017

The incident took place at IGI Airport around 2:05 am on June 28, when a passenger, identified as Parshotam Lal, arrived at the GMR Help Desk Check-in Area to catch a flight to Kuwait Lewd comments to a woman proved costly for a passenger, as he soon found out that she was a CISF woman commando. The incident took place at IGI Airport around 2:05 am on June 28, when a passenger, identified as Parshotam Lal, arrived at the GMR Help Desk C
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Jio Launches World's Longest 100Gbps Submarine Cable System Measuring 25,000 Kms 
Date: 01 Jul 2017

As of now, Tata Communications was the only provider of the undersea cable system for India. But not anymore. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has now launched world’s longest 100 Gbps submarine, undersea cable system, which is stretching under 25,000 kms under the ocean. Termed as the Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1), this massive cable system runs from Marseille, Paris to Hong Kong, via several landing points spread across Asia and Euro
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7 lakh cr to be spent on building highways in 5 years 
Date: 28 Jun 2017

New Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) About Rs seven lakh crore would be spent to develop around 50,000 kilometres of national highways over the next five years, Government said today. During Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Government has allocated a total Gross Budgetary support of Rs 46,834 crores including cess and toll remittance for 2016-17 for the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry. In addition, internal and extra budgetary res
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Govt clears proposal for setting up airport in Greater Noida's Jewar 
Date: 24 Jun 2017

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said government has cleared a proposal for setting up a greenfield airport in Jewar in Greater Noida. The government has cleared a proposal for setting up a greenfield airport in Jewar in Greater Noida, which is likely to be operational in the next five to six years, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said today.  Talking to reporters at a press briefing here today, Raju said
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Full text of US President Donald Trump's speech at Riyadh summit in Saudi Arabia 
Date: 22 May 2017

Donald Trump addressed a gathering of nearly 50 Muslim majority countries at a summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Trump`s speech came during his first foreign tour as US president. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today`s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor of your country and the kindness of your citizens
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CPEC master plan revealed, Pakistan will soon become China's Colony by 2030 
Date: 22 May 2017

 However, Pakistan has failed to gauge its “all-weather friend” China`s intentions behind its mammoth investment in the country. Pakistani daily Dawn has claimed to have acquired exclusive access to the “Long Term Plan on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor”. The document reveals details that have not been discussed in public so far. “The plan lays out in detail what Chi
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Quran In Hand, Supreme Court Asks How Is Triple Talaq Integral To Islam if it is not there In Quran. 
Date: 18 May 2017

The five judges hearing the triple talaq have a copy each of the English translation of Quran Azeem with them for reference that they carry with them when they sit for the day-long hearing. "You recite namaz in mosque every Friday. In that prayer, you say triple talaq is a sin and bad. How can you say it is integral part of Islam," the Chief Justice, who is heading the five-judge constitution bench asked him. The five judges hearing
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China's one belt, one road plan covers more than half of the population, 75 per cent of energy resources and 40 per cent of world's GDP 
Date: 17 May 2017

With six major economic corridors extending over Eurasia, China’s one belt, one road initiative stands to reshape the region’s infrastructure network, improve connectivity across the continent, and fill in some of the underdeveloped gaps along the way. Spanning over 60 countries, this massive project will spread an interconnected network of rail lines, highways, pipelines and logistics zones from China to Europe, covering
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Stressed assets of banks stood at Rs 9.64 lakh crore as on December 31, 2016 
Date: 04 May 2017

According to the latest information collated by the government, stressed assets which includes both non-performing assets as well as restructured loans of banks stood at Rs 9.64 lakh crore as on December 31, 2016. In December, RBI’s financial stability report said the gross non-performing advances (GNPAs) ratio of all banks increased to 9.1% by September 2016 from 7.8% in March 2016. The amount of stressed loans was up at 12.3% of to
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Army chief hints at retaliation for soldiers' beheading by Pakistan 
Date: 04 May 2017

Replying to a volley of questions on whether the army will respond to the barbaric act, Rawat, without giving a direct reply, said the armed forces effectively respond to such actions by the neighbouring country. "We do not talk about future plans beforehand. We share details after execution of the plan," Gen Rawat said, refusing to elaborate further. While Pakistan Army has denied any involvement in the killing, India
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All Chief Ministers Must Ensure Safety Of Kashmiris: Home Minister Rajnath Singh 
Date: 21 Apr 2017

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said all states must ensure the safety of Kashmiris in different parts of the country, condemning the alleged attack on students from Kashmir in Rajasthan`s Chittorgarh on Wednesday. The Home Minister said he had heard last night that "in one or two parts of India, people misbehaved with Kashmiri youth". According to reports, Kashmir students were harassed and beaten in Uttar Pradesh and Raja
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Offensive WhatsApp posts can now land group administrator in jail 
Date: 20 Apr 2017

VARANASI: Think twice before becoming administrator of a group on WhatsApp or Facebook as one is liable for prosecution if any rumour or fake news is circulated on it. Social media platforms allow a person to create a group on which members can share views, photographs or videos. Concerns have been raised about social media misuse as fake news, morphed photographs and disturbing videos with fabricated local narrati
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Giant iceberg floats to reach Canadian coast, tourists pour in 
Date: 20 Apr 2017

 A gigantic iceberg moved closer to the shores of Newfoundland, an eastern province of Canada. The sparsely populated region has started attracting many tourists.
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Air India asks lenders to cut interest rates on loans. the burden of servicing the debt, which totalled Rs 46,000 crore at the end of March 2016, led to the airline incurring net losses. 
Date: 20 Apr 2017

If bankers accept its request, it would bring down its interest cost to around 8.5 per cent from over 10 per cent at present, a senior Air India official said. “This would result in annual savings in interest costs of about Rs 200 crore on loans of around Rs 15,000 crore. We have written to around 16-17 banks and to the consortium leader State Bank of India. The banks have so far not responded and they usually take their time,” the official said.
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End of Advani's political career - Babri Masjid demolition case 
Date: 20 Apr 2017

 The two-member SC bench on Wednesday decided to restore the charge of criminal conspiracy against LK Advani and other senior BJP leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The apex court, fully aware that the matter has dragged on for too long, said the trial must be completed within two years by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court. It has passed specific directions so that no party can resort to delaying techniques. SC has said the t
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Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a proposal to buy 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) Units for use in the General Elections 2019.  
Date: 19 Apr 2017

Amidst controversy over the alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the Assembly elections this year, the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved a proposal to buy 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units for use in the General Elections 2019. Each VVPAT unit would cost around Rs 19,650 and the total cost of procurement would be around Rs 3173.47 crore (excluding taxes and freight as applicab
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Mrs. Salma Ansari (wife of the Vice-President Hamid Ansari) urges Muslim Women to read Quran, Says Triple Talaq not in Quran 
Date: 16 Apr 2017

As the debate regarding reform of Muslim Personal Law reaches at a stage where the entire nation is following the issues around it, the expression on triple talaq of Salma Ansari, wife of the Vice-President Hamid Ansari, has been seen as a welcome move by the Muslim women at large. The position and reach of Mrs. Ansari make her vocal denial of Triple Talaq an important milestone. She not only denied triple talaq but she also urged and encouraged Muslim women
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PM Narendra Modi launches BHIM-Aadhaar platform To push digital payments. 
Date: 15 Apr 2017

INDIA : Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the BHIM-Aadhaar platform, putting in place yet another keystone of a digital payment system that will help India make the shift to a less-cash economy. The biometric-based indigenous payment solution will enable real-time bank-tobank money transfers even for those without a phone and at no additional cost. "This app can work even on a Rs 1,000-1,500 phone, you don’t need a smartphone. If you
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Housing For All By 2022 
Date: 14 Apr 2017

Housing for all: PMO discusses ways to involve private real estate developers in Narendra Modi’s ambitious scheme Ways to involve private real estate developers in the government`s ambitious `Housing-for- all by 2022` programme was today discussed at a meeting in the Prime Minister`s Office with focus on removing the "bottlenecks". Ways to involve private real estate developers in the government’s ambitious &l
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SC asks govt, RBI to explain by Friday if exchange of old notes has stopped 
Date: 07 Mar 2017

New Delhi, Mar. 6 (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre and the RBI on a plea alleging that people were not being allowed to deposit demonetised currency notes till March 31 as promised. ”Issue notice returnable by Friday,” a bench of by Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and S.K. Kaul said and asked petitioner Sharad Mishra to serve the copy of the notice to the Centre and the Re
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UIDAI shuts down 24 unauthorised websites and mobile apps 
Date: 06 Feb 2017

NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked 12 websites and 12 mobile applications available on the Google Playstore to shut down, and directed the closure of 26 more such "fraudulent and illegal" websites/applications. These were providing Aadhaar-related services illegally by charging excessive money from the public, such as downloading online Aadhaar card, providing status of Aadhaar generation, PVC A
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Overall losses by the three leading e-commerce companies in India - Flipkart (Flipkart Internet and Flipkart India), Amazon and Snapdeal - to the tune of Rs 9,382 crore in financial year 2015-16 
Date: 18 Jan 2017
BENGALURU: Online marketplace Snapdeal`s losses doubled to Rs 2,960 crore for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016 compared to Rs 1,319 crore in the previous year, according to regulatory filings sourced from a business research platform Tofler. Snapdeal, which was seen as a strong competitor to leading e-commerce players Amazon and Flipkart till not long ago, reported total revenues of Rs 1,456 crore in the same period - a 50% in
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NATO is obsolete, U.S. could cut a deal with Russia, says Trump 
Date: 17 Jan 2017

NATO is “obsolete”, Germany’s Angela Merkel made a “catastrophic mistake” on refugees, Brexit will be “great” and the U.S. could cut a deal with Russia: Donald Trump unleashed a volley of broadsides Sunday in interviews with European media. Five days before his inauguration as the 45th President of the U.S., the billionaire leader let loose a torrent of controversial comments about European allies in i
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SC dismisses plea to lift tax exemption for political parties  
Date: 11 Jan 2017

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said recognised political parties need money to propagate their respective “political regime” and dismissed a petition seeking to lift “100 per cent tax exemption” granted to them. A Bench led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar did not find any merit with a writ petition filed by advocate M.L. Sharma challenging certain provisions in the Income Tax Act and the Representation of People A
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Uttar Pradesh has 403 constituencies and elections will take place in seven phases 
Date: 04 Jan 2017

Phase One: 73 Constituencies includes 15 districts Notification - 17 January, 2017 Last date of nominations - 24 January, 2017 Scrutiny of nominations - 25 January, 2017 Last date for withdrawal of nominations - 27 January, 2017 Elections will be held on 11 February, 2017 Phase Two: 67 Constituencies, includes 11 districts Notification - 20 January, 2017 Last date of nomination
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While the RBI Is Silent, Its Numbers Tell Us Demonetisation . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Date: 02 Jan 2017

Calculations based on the meagre numbers the RBI has released prove that the government’s aim of extinguishing black money has fallen flat. Since the statement by the deputy governor on December 13, which said Rs 12.44 lakh crore of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes (‘invalid notes’) had been received by the RBI or in currency chests, the RBI has put out no figures on the deposits of invalid notes the public has m
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New CBSE norms: Board exam is back, test for principals, three languages until Class X 
Date: 21 Dec 2016

Over 18,000 schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will have to implement the three-language formula up to Class X, the Board’s Governing Body resolved on Tuesday. Currently, schools are meant to follow this up to Class VIII. CBSE’s highest decision-making body, which met for close to four hours, also decided to make Board examination compulsory for Class X students from 2018 and introduce an eligibili
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The Supreme Court on Friday fired a series of sharp and critical questions about demonetisation at the Centre 
Date: 10 Dec 2016

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday fired a series of sharp and critical questions about demonetisation at the Centre, asking if it had a plan at all or took a decision "just like that" when it scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8. Responding to attorney general Mukul Rohatgi`s submission that the Centre`s expectation that scrapped currency worth Rs 10-11 lakh crore would come back had been exceeded, the court caustically as
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Judicial appointments - Supreme Court and govt test Laxman Rekha 
Date: 27 Nov 2016

In the latest sign that the Supreme Court and the Narendra Modi government continue to be at loggerheads over appointments to the higher judiciary, Chief Justice of India (CJI) T S Thakur Saturday repeated his complaint about the acute shortage of judges in the high courts — an assertion that the government was quick to “disagree” with. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government had appointed a record number of
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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Saturday unexpectedly ordered banks to deposit their extra cash with it. 
Date: 27 Nov 2016

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Saturday unexpectedly ordered banks to deposit their extra cash with it, in a bid to absorb excess liquidity generated by a government ban on larger banknotes. Many Indians deposited their old notes with their banks after the ban on 500 and 1,000 rupee notes ($7.30-$14.60) on Nov. 8, which is aimed at tax evaders and counterfeiting.Banks had put some of this cash into government bonds, sparking a rally that saw the b
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What are banks doing with cash deposits - Deposited During Demonetization Period 
Date: 19 Nov 2016

Imposition of withdrawal limits means a lion’s share of deposits is still within the banking system Since the Union government withdrew Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes from midnight on 8 November, banks have been flush with cash, primarily on account of people depositing now-invalid notes in their bank accounts. State Bank of India, itself having collected Rs1.27 lakh Crore in cash deposits in the first nine days after the prime minister&rs
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