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Cauvery water dispute: Karnataka bandh paralyzes Bengaluru, Mandya

A general strike called by pro-Karnataka groups to protest against a Supreme Court order to release Cauvery river waters to neighbouring Tamil Nadu paralysed normal life in Bengaluru and most other parts of the southern state on Friday. Read More

Govt announces plan to digitize academic records

The Union government on Friday announced to digitize all academic records from secondary to tertiary-level institutions and will hire National Securities Depository Ltd (NSDL) and Central Depository Services Ltd (CDLS) for implementing the move. Read More

Pakistan cannot escape responsibility for terrorist acts: India

In another attack on Pakistan and its sponsorship of terrorism, India on Friday said a state cannot escape responsibility for terrorist acts by hiding behind the concept of state actors and non-state actors, which it called a “false dichotomy". Read More

Formation of GST council may come up in next cabinet meeting: Hasmukh Adhia

With the goods and services tax (GST) bill getting presidential nod, the government has started the process of setting up GST council and the proposal is likely to be taken up by the cabinet next week. The GST council will decide, among other things, the GST rate and prepare a model bill to put the new tax regime in operation. Read More

India condemns North Korean nuclear test

India on Friday condemned a nuclear test conducted by North Korea, its most powerful ever, describing it as a matter of “grave concern" that the country had violated its international obligations. Read More

Saradha case: Former West Bengal cabinet minister Madan Mitra granted bail

Former cabinet minister in West Bengal, Madan Mitra, was on Friday granted bail by a court in Kolkata after being in detention of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for over 600 days for allegedly helping the erstwhile Saradha Group run Ponzi schemes in the state. Read More

Districts trying to outdo each other in staging huge Maratha rallies, say party leaders

The Maratha community rallies which are gaining momentum across the state have heralded a competition between the districts to score political points. Some Congress-NCP leaders told The Indian Express that every district was trying to set a benchmark to beat the records of previous rallies in terms of number of people and fund raised. Read More

Fadnavis proposes drip irrigation model for the sugar sector

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said an independent drip irrigation model, involving a partnership between the sugar mills and the farmers, could be evolved for effective water management for the cultivation of sugarcane. A delegation led by NCP president Sharad Pawar met Fadnavis on Friday to discuss the problems of the sugar sector. Read More

Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai and Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata also contributed to the wrap.

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