Political updates: Mamata Banerjee vows to oust Narendra Modi from power

In other news, Lt General A.K. Bhatt has been appointed as the country’s new director general of military operations


Voters in a queue at a polling booth for Municipal Council Elections in Karad, Maharashtra, on Sunday. Photo: PTI
Voters in a queue at a polling booth for Municipal Council Elections in Karad, Maharashtra, on Sunday. Photo: PTI

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Black money holders get another chance to come clean with Income Tax Act changes

Errant taxpayers have been given one more chance to come clean—to the benefit of the poor. The government on Monday proposed another income disclosure scheme—less than two months after the closure of an earlier scheme—but on more stringent terms and entailing a higher compliance burden. Part of the money collected will be channelled into a fund for the welfare of the poor. Read More

Demonetisation fails to dent BJP fortunes in Maharashtra polls

In a sign that demonetisation is yet to affect its electoral fortunes in the urban and semi-urban regions of Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday emerged as the single largest party in elections to 164 municipal bodies held a day earlier. Read More

Women activists to enter Haji Ali dargah today

For the first time after they challenged the ban on women’s entry to the iconic Haji Ali Dargah’s sanctum sanctorum two years ago, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) activists will visit the dargah on Tuesday, The Times of India reported. On 24 October, while complying with the Supreme Court verdict to allow women equal access to the shrine, Haji Ali Dargah Trust had sought four weeks for infrastructural changes to make arrangements for it. Read More

Deadlock over demonetisation continues in both Houses of Parliament

Deadlock continued in both Houses on Monday over the issue of demonetisation as the opposition parties demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in Parliament. While opposition parties protested against the ban of Rs500 and Rs1,000 currency notes inside Parliament, they also took to the streets for a nationwide protest, called ‘Akrosh’ rally, against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s decision. Read More

EPFO to seed Aadhaar in 81 million PF accounts by 31 December

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will mandatorily seed all 81 million provident fund (PF) accounts with Aadhaar by 31 December to make its online transactions smoother and help track an employee if he/she switches jobs. Read More

Narendra Modi’s crop insurance scheme has few takers

Despite setting an ambitious target to cover half of all farmers under crop insurance, the first season rollout of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) has been tepid. According to the agriculture ministry, during the kharif 2016 season beginning June this year, 32.6 million farmers enrolled under PMFBY. Read More

Nabha jailbreak: Khalistani militant outfit chief Mintoo held in Delhi

The Delhi police on Sunday night arrested Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo who had escaped from the Nabha jail in Punjab earlier in the day. The Delhi police said Mintoo had bought a train ticket for Panvel in Mumbai, where he had lived for 18 years. From Mumbai, he had planned on going to Goa, from where he would escape overseas. Read More

Rajnath Singh to lead team for Fidel Castro’s funeral

Home minister Rajnath Singh will lead the Indian delegation that will attend the funeral of former Cuban president Fidel Castro, the government said on Monday. The delegation is likely to include leaders from various political parties like Congress, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India and the Samajwadi Party. Read More

NIA gets nod to prosecute JeM chief Masood Azhar for role in Pathankot attack

The home ministry on Monday gave the National Investigation Agency (NIA) permission to file a chargesheet against Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group, and three other individuals in connection with the attack on the Indian Air Force station in Pathankot in January this year. Read More

A.K. Bhatt replaces Ranbir Singh as director general of military operations

Lt General A.K. Bhatt has been appointed as the country’s new director general of military operations (DGMO) and will be in charge of all Army operations including on the Line of Control (LoC) which has seen heightened tension. Read More

West Bengal CM raises protest in Kolkata, vows to oust Modi

Just when other opposition parties marked time on protest against demonetisation, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee took a giant leap forward on Monday and announced that she won’t rest till she sees the ouster of “Mr Today’s PM” from power. Read More

China’s Sany Group to invest $2 billion in Gujarat

Chinese conglomerate Sany Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Gujarat government to invest a staggering $2 billion over the next five years in various energy and infrastructure projects in the state, The Economic Times reported. Read More

Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata, Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai and Maulik Rajnikant Pathak from Ahmedabad contributed to this wrap.

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