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BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public rally in Jind on Friday.  (Photo: ANI)
BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public rally in Jind on Friday. (Photo: ANI)

BJP to make Article 370 poll plank in state polls due this year

  • The first glimpse of the plan was visible on Friday in Jind, Haryana, where BJP president Amit Shah had gone to launch the election campaign
  • Assembly elections are likely to take place in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand later this year

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) too has been buying gold for more than 18 months
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) too has been buying gold for more than 18 months

Why gold prices may remain overvalued in relation to oil for long

  • The two key commodities -- oil and gold -- demand are taken generally taken into account to understand vivid economic scenarios
  • Both gold and silver exchange traded funds (ETFs) have entered a sustained period of accumulation

The logo of Mahindra and Mahindra (Photo: Reuters)
These Canadian pension funds also represent the so-called patient capital (Photo: Bloomberg)
These Canadian pension funds also represent the so-called patient capital (Photo: Bloomberg)

Ontario Teachers joins Canadian pension funds

  • This marks the pension fund joining the marquee names such as CPPIB and CDPQ
  • This comes in the backdrop of Canadian pension funds being uniquely positioned to invest directly into the infrastructure space

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutanese Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, before a meeting in Thiphu on Saturday (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutanese Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering, before a meeting in Thiphu on Saturday (PTI)

India, Bhutan deepen trade ties

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 720-MW Mangdechhu hydropower project during his two-day visit to Bhutan
  • It underlined the NDA's 'neighbourhood first' policy, as well as India’s 'special relationship' with the strategically located country

Prior to the amendment, the Companies (Share Capital and Debentures) Rules of 2014 allowed the issue of shares with differential voting rights, subject to riders
Prior to the amendment, the Companies (Share Capital and Debentures) Rules of 2014 allowed the issue of shares with differential voting rights, subject to riders

Govt raises limit for raising funds without diluting voting rights

  • Promotors can retain control even as they raise capital from global investors
  • The changes are expected to benefit India Inc., particularly startups, which will be able to attract more capital, but without ceding control

 (Reuters file)
(Reuters file)

Two RCom promoters pledge additional 11.5% stake

  • Reliance Communications Enterprises and Reliance Telecom Infrainvest have pledged about 11.51% of their holding in RCom
  • Around 31.82 crore shares were pledged in favour of Axis Trustee Services acting as security/debenture trustee

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The petition will be most likely listed in the coming week
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(Mint file)

Standard Chartered faces fine for sanctions breaches

  • Britain's Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation is looking to impose a penalty of over $12 million on the bank
  • The bank agreed in April to pay $1.1 billion to US and British authorities for conducting illegal financial transactions that violated sanctions against Iran and others

US President Donald Trump (Reuters file)
US President Donald Trump (Reuters file)

Signs of recession worry Donald Trump ahead of 2020

  • The financial markets signalled the possibility of a US recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, firms and consumers
  • Us President Donald Trump has taken to blaming others for the recession fears, mostly the Federal Reserve, which he is pushing for further interest rate cuts

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(Photo:Reuters)

Gold ETFs: Investors bet big on the safe haven asset

  • According to data from the World Gold Council (WGC), globally investors poured about $2.6 billion into gold-backed ETFs in July
  • The Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are simple investment products that combine the flexibility of stock investment and the simplicity of gold investments

Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal
Amtek Auto was referred to NCLT in July 2017, after it defaulted on repayment of loans worth  ₹12,300 crore (Bloomberg file)
Amtek Auto was referred to NCLT in July 2017, after it defaulted on repayment of loans worth 12,300 crore (Bloomberg file)

NCLAT orders liquidation of Amtek Auto

  • Amtek Auto was among the first list of the 12 companies that were referred by the RBI in 2017 to respective banks for the initiation of insolvency process for default
  • The NCLAT also said there was no extraordinary situation in the resolution process of Amtek Auto to exclude the 90-day period

India coach Ravi Shastri.  (Reuters )
India coach Ravi Shastri. (Reuters )

Ravi Shastri reappointed head coach of Indian team

  • India have won 13 out of 21 Tests, 43 out of 60 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals out of 36 on his watch
  • Since he came back in July, 2017 replacing Anil Kumble, whose differences with Kohli came out in the open, Shastri's coaching record has been phenomenal

The amendment to the IBC that now treats homebuyers as financial creditors, works in the buyers’ favour (Photo: Shutterstock)
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A Still from Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature ‘Bombay Rose’. The film is a love story between two flower-sellers, rendered in different animation styles that draw from various popular and folk art traditions. (Photo: Cinestaan Film Company)
A Still from Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature ‘Bombay Rose’. The film is a love story between two flower-sellers, rendered in different animation styles that draw from various popular and folk art traditions. (Photo: Cinestaan Film Company)

The dreamlife of Bombay

  • Gitanjali Rao’s animated feature, ‘Bombay Rose’, opens Venice Critics’ Week
  • It's a rare Indian animated film that's painted frame-by-frame and not aimed at children

A top made from assembled vintage black gloves and a skirt made of assembled vintage skirts from ‘Artisanal’
A top made from assembled vintage black gloves and a skirt made of assembled vintage skirts from ‘Artisanal’

Martin Margiela’s iconic designs to go under the hammer

  • Martin Margiela’s imaginative designs from a privately curated collection are set be auctioned in an online auction by Sotheby’s
  • The designer often incorporated found objects in his designs, such as a vest made from old playing cards, which highlight his singular creativity

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(Photo: Reuters)

Apple Watch Series 5 to use OLED display

  • Apple Watch 5 is also rumoured to come with sleep tracking, a larger battery and more health features
  • In addition, Apple iPhone 11 would reportedly come with the same OLED displays used for Samsung's Galaxy S10 and Note 10

Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and Anurag Kashyap, Sacred Games 2 also stars Ranvir Shorey, Amruta Subhash and Kalki Koechlin
Directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and Anurag Kashyap, Sacred Games 2 also stars Ranvir Shorey, Amruta Subhash and Kalki Koechlin

'Sacred Games 2' memes take over social media

  • In 'Sacred Games 2', actors Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddqui reprise their roles as Inspector Sartaj Singh and Ganesh Gaitonde
  • Those disappointed with the 2nd season of the series went on to express the feeling with images of old and torn clothes, broken cars, and stills from 'Games Of Thrones'

Actors Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu and Vidya Balan star in Mission Mangal. (Photo: ANI)
Actors Akshay Kumar, Taapsee Pannu and Vidya Balan star in Mission Mangal. (Photo: ANI)

‘Mission Mangal’ grows on day two, ‘Batla House’ sustains

  • Trade website Box Office India said there was only a 40% drop in the collections of Mission Mangal on the second day
  • Batla House is trailing behind the trajectory of Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate that released last Independence Day

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Defence minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at Pokhran (Photo: PTI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at Pokhran (Photo: PTI)

Rajnath Singh sparks debate on no-first-use nuclear doctrine

  • ‘Future adherence’ comment comes amid heightened tensions with Pakistan
  • BJP’s manifesto in 2014 said it would ’revise, update India’s nuclear doctrine’. But the 2019 one made no mention of this

Tom Mayes, chief legal officer and general counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Tom Mayes, chief legal officer and general counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Old places provide people with a sense of belonging: Tom Mayes

Tom Mayes, chief legal officer and general counsel at the US-based National Trust for Historic Preservation, in an interview with Mint, talks about the impact of new constructions on the environment and mental health, and the importance of preserving historic homes and studios

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(Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Drug ingredients to ship with QR codes

  • The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) has issued a draft notification mandating the same
  • India’s drug regulatory authority also proposes to amend the Drugs and Cosmetics (D&C) Rules, 1945 to implement the newly proposed system

Suketu Mehta’s new book makes a case for global migration.  (Courtesy: Suketu Mehta)
Suketu Mehta’s new book makes a case for global migration. (Courtesy: Suketu Mehta)

‘Selling shiny stones wasn’t going to do it for me’

  • In his new book, Suketu Mehta takes a sharp look at the story of migration the world over
  • In an interview in New York City, Mehta says people are moving like never before because the rich countries stole the future of the poor countries through colonialism, war, inequality and climate change

Harsh Goenka.  (Jayachandran/Mint)
Harsh Goenka. (Jayachandran/Mint)

Harsh Goenka: The creative leader

  • The chairman of RPG Enterprises opens up to Mint about his left-leaning youth, his social media handles, and the need for happiness at the workplace
  • 'We don’t want to be the largest group in the country—that’s a by-product—but we want to make it the most exciting place to work,' says Goenka

Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) posing for a portrait, circa 1969.  (Photo: Getty Images)
Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) posing for a portrait, circa 1969. (Photo: Getty Images)

Celebrating 50 years of a maverick’s masterpiece

  • Trout Mask Replica, the masterpiece by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, turned 50 this June
  • The 28 songs on it are like a trip into the mind and unique creativity of an under-celebrated musical genius

Mamata Banerjee campaigning in West Bengal’s Swarupnagar in April.  (Photo: Bloomberg)
Mamata Banerjee campaigning in West Bengal’s Swarupnagar in April. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Is the post-election Mamata makeover real?

  • The new, quieter Mamata Banerjee is the handiwork of political strategists
  • We are all about rebranding, but people are trickier to rebrand than products

 (Photo: Nayan Shah)
(Photo: Nayan Shah)

Opinion | Srila Chatterjee’s notes of good living

  • Srila Chatterjee is all set to launch her newest initiative next weekend at her Mumbai store, Baro
  • Her goal in the curation of the 28 artisans and small studios from across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Shimla, Jaipur and Hampi is to present a sustainability that is all encompassing

Jio is offering a free landline connection along with its JioFiber broadband service. (Reuters)
All major banks, including State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra and others have the option of opening an FD account with them.
NEFT process runs in batches — every 30 minutes, a batch that is cleared (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
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Parsis at an agiary in Mumbai.
Parsis at an agiary in Mumbai.

Happy new years

  • 17 August is Parsi New Year but it is only one of three
  • Lounge explores the story through three calendars and millennia of history

Indian Envoy to UN Syed Akbaruddin speaking on the Kashmir situation at UNSC in New York on Friday. (ANI )
Indian Envoy to UN Syed Akbaruddin speaking on the Kashmir situation at UNSC in New York on Friday. (ANI )

Stop terror to start talks: India to Pakistan after UNSC meeting on Article 370

  • The outcome of the UNSC meeting will not be a formal pronouncement as the consultations are informal in nature
  • India and Pakistan did not attend the meeting, which was open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members

A still from the movie 'Mission Mangal'.
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Jet Airways suspended operations in April due to acute fund crunch (Reuters file)
Jet Airways suspended operations in April due to acute fund crunch (Reuters file)

Financial results for June quarter not yet prepared: Jet Airways’ RP

  • The affairs of Jet Airways are now being managed by resolution professional Ashish Chhawchharia under the insolvency law
  • Chhawchharia said prior to the commencement of the resolution process, directors, CEO, CFO, company secretary and other top management personnel had resigned from the company