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Anil Ambani resigns as director of Reliance Communications

  • Ambani along with Chhaya Virani, Ryna Karani, Manjari Kacker, Suresh Rangachar have resigned as directors of RCom.
  • RCom, which is currently going through insolvency process, has posted a consolidated loss of 30,142 crore for July-September 2019

Mandatory Aadhaar linking to property could help in the ease of transactions and providing finance. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Mandatory Aadhaar linking to property could help in the ease of transactions and providing finance. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Mandatory linking of Aadhaar to property could be a reality soon: Sources

  • There have been reports of the government being in final stages of coming out with a law to link Aadhaar with property
  • The move, if it happens, will weed out 'benami' (proxy) transactions, increase transparency and make property more affordable

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Ranjan Gogoi, 46th Chief Justice of India (PTI)
Ranjan Gogoi, 46th Chief Justice of India (PTI)

CJI Ranjan Gogoi: The man and his legacy

  • Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi demits office on 17 November
  • As the head of administration of the Supreme court, Gogoi also passed orders on making available the top court’s judgments in seven languages including English and Hindi

While plastic is all around us, one of the most common and widely implemented uses of single-use plastic globally is packaging. Almost every retail product we buy, order or consume today comes packaged in plastic.
While plastic is all around us, one of the most common and widely implemented uses of single-use plastic globally is packaging. Almost every retail product we buy, order or consume today comes packaged in plastic.

Can we resist our plastic temptation?

  • With no alternatives in sight for single-use plastic in packaging, Lounge takes a look at why plastic remains so pervasive
  • From using recycled paper to reverse logistics, the likes of Amazon and Flipkart recently announced sustainable packaging measures

Donald Trump has urged Xi Jinping. Photo: Sam Loeb/Reuters
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Water quality and temperature help derive flavour from tea.

How water flavours your tea

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An assortment of craft cocktails. (Photo: iStock)

Is rum the new hipster drink

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To tell a story without words

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The ministry also denied that the report was withheld due to its ‘adverse’ findings (Mint )
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business Network on Friday that some rural carriers need the temporary licenses and are dependent on Huawei for 3G and 4G networks. (Photo: AP)
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business Network on Friday that some rural carriers need the temporary licenses and are dependent on Huawei for 3G and 4G networks. (Photo: AP)

US to extend license for its companies to continue business with Huawei

  • The extension of around two weeks is far shorter than the prior 90-day extension and a longer extension is in the works
  • US Commerce Department has allowed it to purchase some American-made goods in a move aimed at minimizing disruption for its customers

IndiGo has 98 A320 family aircraft (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
IndiGo has 98 A320 family aircraft (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

IndiGo, GoAir get more time to replace engines

  • Aviation regulator has asked the airlines to replace engines on 36 Airbus A320neo planes by 24 November
  • IndiGo's deadline to replace all engines with modified LPTs remains 31 January, 2020

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Either side could appeal against the panel's latest findings. (Reuters )
Either side could appeal against the panel's latest findings. (Reuters )

WTO rejects most Indian claims against US steel duties

  • India had complained that the United States failed to meet an April 2016 deadline to comply with a WTO decision
  • India's complaint alleging US non-compliance listed 14 areas where it said the United States was in breach of the international trade rules

Sitharaman said she wants ‘no company to shut their operations. I want everyone to be able to be up and running. I want the economy to flourish. I wish all companies to be able to do their business and flourish’.pti
Sitharaman said she wants ‘no company to shut their operations. I want everyone to be able to be up and running. I want the economy to flourish. I wish all companies to be able to do their business and flourish’.pti

Not in a hurry to recover telecom dues, says FM

  • Govt working on bills seeking to raise insurance cover on bank deposits, says minister
  • The FM dismissed concerns that govt’s spending may get affected due to revenue shortfall

ArcelorMittal has started the process of putting together a team and finalizing office space to set up its India operations.reuters
The airline had negative net worth for long, and had run a loss of more than  ₹13,000 crore over the past few years.
The airline had negative net worth for long, and had run a loss of more than 13,000 crore over the past few years.

Synergy Group seeks time till December for Jet Airways bid

  • The airline’s assets will likely be liquidated if Synergy fails to draw up a resolution plan
  • Synergy Group had time till 15 November to submit its bid for the grounded airline

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Replica of the proposed Ram Mandir on display at Karsewakpuram, in Ayodhya, Monday. (Photo: PTI)

How Ram Mandir resonates today

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Not withdrawal from RCEP, but protectionism in India can end up hurting industry and consumers in the long run (Photo: Mint)

Protectionism should worry India

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Not every child entitled to mid-day meals gets it. A survey shows  82% children in govt schools received mid-day meals (Photo: Mint)

The case for mid-day meals for all

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Which is India’s most livable city?

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Delhi air quality broke all records on November 5. (Photo: AP)
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Trucks remain stranded as Jammu-Srinagar national highway. (Photo: PTI)
A train is being run for trail on the track between Srinagar to Banihal on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
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Union MSME and Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari (PTI file)
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During the first seven months of the financial year (April-October), exports have contracted 2.2% while imports shrank 8.4% leading to a trade deficit of $95 billion. (AP)
During the first seven months of the financial year (April-October), exports have contracted 2.2% while imports shrank 8.4% leading to a trade deficit of $95 billion. (AP)

India’s trade deficit narrows to $11 billion in October

  • Some large export items, such as gems and jewellery, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, grew
  • Escalating trade tensions and a slowing global economy have led WTO to sharply downgrade its forecast for trade growth in 2019 and 2020

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Any resident can walk-in or book an appointment online from UIDAI website. (Mint)
SBI has set penalty charges to the tune of  ₹5-10 plus GST for non-compliance with the monthly average balance rules in rural branches.
SBI has set penalty charges to the tune of 5-10 plus GST for non-compliance with the monthly average balance rules in rural branches.

SBI minimum account balance: Penalty and other rules explained

  • SBI customers have to maintain an average monthly balance (AMB) in their account
  • Maintenance of average monthly balance charges are different for metro, semi-urban and rural areas

Indian Railways has decided to introduce 'Snack Meal' in Express and Mail trains. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The income tax department knows which assessees did not file their ITRs this assessment year. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
The number of ‘smart home’ customers using Alexa in India has grown sixfold in the last 12 months.  (Photo: Bloomberg)
Sumit Sharma, director of the Earth Science and Climate Change division at The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri).
Sumit Sharma, director of the Earth Science and Climate Change division at The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri).

‘The fight against air pollution shouldn’t be just Delhi-centric’

  • Schemes like odd-even are temporary and don’t work so well in the long run, especially when you don’t have an alternative in place
  • We can’t solely pass on the blame of stubble burning onto the farmers. We need to incentivize the process

Former promoters of Ranbaxy, Malvinder Mohan Singh and his brother Shivinder Mohan Singh. (ANI)
Former promoters of Ranbaxy, Malvinder Mohan Singh and his brother Shivinder Mohan Singh. (ANI)

SC holds Singh brothers guilty of contempt

  • Suo motu contempt proceedings were also initiated against Fortis Healthcare for the stake sale
  • A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta held the former Ranbaxy promoters guilty of contempt of court

The new Perak model will offer double-channel anti-lock braking system
The new Perak model will offer double-channel anti-lock braking system

Classic Legends launch Jawa Perak at 1.94 lakh

  • The Jawa Perak is powered by a 334cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 30 bhp engine
  • The company has notably revised the existing 293cc, single-cylinder, 27bhp engine that powers the Jawa and the Forty Two models

The tariff of food onboard Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto trains was last revised in 2013. (Mint)
The National Capital’s air quality is not likely to get better anytime soon.  (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
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Raw Mango is organizing a mela (fair), curating other contemporary brands such as Itoh, NorBlack NorWhite, and Pahadi Local, which are inspired by Indian design
Raw Mango is organizing a mela (fair), curating other contemporary brands such as Itoh, NorBlack NorWhite, and Pahadi Local, which are inspired by Indian design

How to Lounge this weekend

  • From a design fair by Raw Mango featuring homegrown brands in Delhi to Tata Lit Live!, the literature festival featuring authors from across the world
  • Treat yourself to some indigenous Indian food at the Isuzu X Food Festival in Mumbai

India announced its intention to acquire S-400 'Triumf' surface-to-air missile systems in 2015. (AP)
Bharti Airtel Ltd too reported its highest and a second quarterly loss in 14 years. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
Don't want any company to shut operations, want all to flourish: FM on stress in telecom sector. (REUTERS)
The bank deposits are insured by Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) (Hemant Mishra/Mint)
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar addressing a press conference, in New Delhi.  (ANI )
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar addressing a press conference, in New Delhi. (ANI )

Government withdraws draft bill to amend Forest Act

  • Published in March, the draft sparked protests from tribal groups over some of the proposed changes
  • Prakash Javadekar said that a “wrong impression” was created that the government wants to amend the IFA, 1927

Akshaya Moondra, chief financial officer of VIL, said the company continues to remain engaged with its financial creditors but asserted that there is no acceleration of payment which has happened. (REUTERS)
Akshaya Moondra, chief financial officer of VIL, said the company continues to remain engaged with its financial creditors but asserted that there is no acceleration of payment which has happened. (REUTERS)

Believe govt is aware of telcos' stress: Vodafone Idea CEO Ravinder Takkar

  • Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) plans to monetise its 11.15% stake in Indus Towers on completion of the Indus Towers-Bharti Infratel merger
  • The Supreme Court, last month, ruled in favour of the government and directed telecom companies, including Vodafone Idea, to pay dues

The acquisition of Essar Steel will make Arcelor the fourth-biggest producer in the country
The acquisition of Essar Steel will make Arcelor the fourth-biggest producer in the country

Supreme Court paves way for ArcelorMittal's takeover of Essar Steel

  • The world’s largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, and its partner Nippon Steel Corp had offered to pay 42,000 crore in cash to creditors and pump another 8,000 crore in the mill last year

PMEAC chairman Bibek Debroy. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani.  (HT )
If you are invested in any of the debt fund having exposure to the debt papers of Vodafone Idea, you should be worried but panic won’t help. (Reuters)