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Former Karnataka assembly speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar. (PTI)
The Telegraph Act and PMLA rules will be amended to provide for voluntary use of Aadhaar for obtaining SIMs and opening bank accounts. (Mint )
The Telegraph Act and PMLA rules will be amended to provide for voluntary use of Aadhaar for obtaining SIMs and opening bank accounts. (Mint )

Anti-money laundering rules amended to make Aadhaar use easier

  • The notification issued on Wednesday amending the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules of 2005
  • The move is aimed at making it easier to use the biometric identification document for various purposes

BJP President and Union Home Minister, Amit Shah.  (ANI )
The Indian Railways' operations are currently divided in 18 zones.
The Indian Railways' operations are currently divided in 18 zones.

Railways forms committee to study feasibility of creating new rail divisions

  • The Indian Railways' operations are currently divided in 18 zones, which are further sub-divided into divisions, each having a divisional headquarters
  • Gulbarga in Karnataka is in the Pallakad division of Southern Railway and Assam's Silchar is in Lumding division of Northeast Frontier zone

Senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar. (PTI)
The Election Commission of India (ECI) rose in stature during the 1990s (Mint file)
The Election Commission of India (ECI) rose in stature during the 1990s (Mint file)

How the ECI grew in stature

The erosion of the Congress’ dominance and the entrepreneurial leadership of T.N Seshan were pivotal in transforming the ECI in the 1990s, suggests research

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah (Mint file)
The court’s decision came ahead of the bypolls scheduled to be held in 15 assembly seats in Karnataka on 5 December (Mint file)
The court’s decision came ahead of the bypolls scheduled to be held in 15 assembly seats in Karnataka on 5 December (Mint file)

SC upholds former Karnataka speaker’s decision to disqualify 17 Cong-JD(S) MLAs

  • Seventeen rebel Congress-JD(S) legislators had moved the apex court challenging their disqualification by the then assembly speaker in July
  • The legislators had resigned amid growing dissent, toppling the previous Congress-JD(S) rule in July

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Brazil from New Delhi on Tuesday to attend the 11th BRICS summit (ANI file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Brazil from New Delhi on Tuesday to attend the 11th BRICS summit (ANI file)

Modi at BRICS: Key things to watch out for

  • This will be Modi’s sixth BRICS summit since he assumed office for the first time in May 2014
  • The grouping represents over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world population with a combined nominal GDP of $16.6 trn

The government has decided to import 1 lakh tonnes of onions to control onion prices (PTI file)
The 17 rebel legislators were barred from contesting polls till 2023 by the Karnataka speaker in July. (HT)
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray along with his son and party leader Aditya Thackeray at a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday (Photo: ANI)
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray along with his son and party leader Aditya Thackeray at a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday (Photo: ANI)

We asked for 48 hrs but Governor gave us six months: Uddhav on President's rule

  • 'Sharing the post of CM was decided before polls but the BJP lied and made me look like a liar,' said the Shiv Sena chief
  • 'I am finding out how parties with different ideologies forged alliances with BJP,' said Uddhav on possible tie- up with Congress and NCP

Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Ahmed Patel during a joint press conference, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)
Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Ahmed Patel during a joint press conference, in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)

Congress, NCP discussed what could be common minimum programme, policies: Pawar

  • No final decision can be taken without formulation of common minimum program between Cong, NCP and Sena, said Congress leader Ahmed Patel at joint presser with NCP
  • Before deciding on Sena's proposal seeking support, there should be clarity on all issues, both the parties said

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray along with his son and party leader Aditya Thackeray (Photo: ANI)
President Ram Nath Kovind (Photo: ANI)
President Ram Nath Kovind (Photo: ANI)

As political stalemate continues, President's rule imposed in Maharashtra

  • Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday recommended imposition of President's Rule in the state in view of stalemate over government formation
  • The Shiv Sena will file a second petition in the Supreme Court if the President's rule is imposed in Maharashtra, a party lawyer had said earlier on Tuesday

Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari submitted a report to President Ram Nath Kovind recommending central rule
Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari submitted a report to President Ram Nath Kovind recommending central rule

Maharashtra comes under President’s rule; Shiv Sena moves SC

  • None of the major political parties in the state have been able to find the required numbers in the assembly
  • During the day, Sharad Pawar met all 54 NCP MLAs before holding a meeting with the visiting Congress team

(Photo; Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman (PTI file)
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray (PTI file)
The Sharad Pawar-led NCP has 24 hours to respond to the governor’s invite to form government. (Photo: Mint)