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File Photo: Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor speaks during a news conference in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.  (Reuters)
File Photo: Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor speaks during a news conference in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (Reuters)

Pak Army says country doesn't wish for war, but warns India of 'surprise'

  • Major General Asif Ghafoor also said that India blamed Pakistan for the Pulwama attack 'without due investigation'
  • Ghafoor warned that military response this time will be different in case of war

The risk weight model will work in a manner similar to corporates, RBI says. (Reuters)
The risk weight model will work in a manner similar to corporates, RBI says. (Reuters)

RBI bundles NBFCs into 1 type, offering operational flexibility

  • RBI creats a single category for NBFCs by bundling their present three-tier structure
  • Exposures to all NBFCs will be risk weighted as per credit ratings, decides RBI

Former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda. Photo: Mint
Former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda. Photo: Mint

JD(S) to continue Mysuru ZP alliance with BJP, leaving the Congress hanging

  • Mysuru, about 125 kms from Bengaluru, is one of the biggest areas of contention for both the parties
  • JD(S) top leadership said that the decision to continue the alliance with the BJP will have no impact on the parliament polls

Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (PTI)
Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao (PTI)

KCR presents budget, proposes 1,810 crore for unemployment allowance

  • Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao tabled a 1,82,017-crore annual plan for 2019-20 in the budget
  • The vote on account budget also proposed to introduce an unemployment allowance of 3,016 per month

Congress president Rahul Gandhi (ANI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi (ANI)

Rahul Gandhi reiterates special category status promise to Andhra Pradesh

  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that his party will give Andhra Pradesh the special category status for 10 years
  • The meeting was held as part of the Congress’s 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly election campaign

 (Reuters)
(Reuters)

Lok Sabha election key priority for us: Twitter  

  • Twitter has been accused by the Indian government of being "slow" in removing "objectionable content" from its platform
  • Twitter is working with political parties from across the spectrum, as well as the Election Commission of India

 (Photo: Abid Bhat/Mint)
(Photo: Abid Bhat/Mint)

We are ready for polls in J&K, now it is for the PM to decide: Omar Abdullah 

  • We need to keep the Kashmiri youth who have come back to the state safe till the situation is more conducive for them to return
  • It is for Prime Minister Modi to decide what kind of a message he wants to send to the rest of the country

Union home minister Rajnath Singh.  (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Union home minister Rajnath Singh. (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

Govt approves air travel for paramilitary forces in J&K

  • The move comes in the wake of at least 40 CRPF personnel being killed when a suicide bomber attacked a convoy
  • This is in addition to the existing air courier services that have been extended in all sectors

Congress spokesperson R.S. Surjewala.pti
Congress spokesperson R.S. Surjewala.pti

NDA ignored warnings about Pulwama: Cong

  • Congress asked how the terrorists were able to amass 300kg of explosives to carry out the terror attack  
  • The opposition party questioned over the lack of intelligence reports about the strike and the failure to take pre-emptive action

 (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
(Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

India, Saudi Arabia broaden strategic ties with Prince Salman's visit

  • Apart from enhanced security cooperation, there is a new impetus to investment
  • Crown prince acknowledged India’s stance on terrorism, accepting that talks with Pakistan and terrorism cannot go together

TRS chief and Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao.
TRS chief and Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao.

KCR’s federal front plan stumbles as oppn parties head for Cong camp

  • Rao was conspicuous by his absence at an opposition unity rally that Banerjee called earlier this month
  • Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has backed an anti-BJP coalition including the Congress

SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav with party chief Akhilesh in Lucknow on Thursday. pti
SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav with party chief Akhilesh in Lucknow on Thursday. pti

SP, BSP finalize seat-sharing deal

  • Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati announced in a signed statement that the SP will contest 37 seats and the BSP 38
  • Among the seats announced, SP will contest in Varanasi, which is represented by PM Narendra Modi, and the state capital of Lucknow

 (Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
(Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

India, EMs make case for special treatment at WTO

  • China, S Africa, Venezuela, India counter move seeking equal treatment for members
  • Under the S&D provisions, developing nations get longer time periods for implementing WTO agreements

BJP chief Amit Shah, B.S. Yeddyurappa and others in Chikkaballapur on Thursday. (PTI)
BJP chief Amit Shah, B.S. Yeddyurappa and others in Chikkaballapur on Thursday. (PTI)

Karnataka has two-and-half chief ministers: Amit Shah

  • Shah says unlike Kumaraswamy’s failed promises on the farm loan waiver, the Modi govt’s direct transfer scheme will benefit 13-15 crore farmers
  • The BJP has tried to capitalise on the frequent friction between the JD(S) and Congress in Karnataka

President Ram Nath Kovind .  (Photo: HT)
President Ram Nath Kovind . (Photo: HT)

President approves changes in Stamp Act, to help curb tax evasion

  • The Amendments to the Indian Stamp Act, 1899, were introduced as part of the Finance Act 2019, and was approved by Parliament
  • As regards the stamp duty rates, the ministry said that the duties levied by Maharashtra will be taken as a benchmark 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (left) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (left) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday (Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

Saudi Arabia offers $1 trillion investment opportunity: Industry body chief

  • Saudi Arabia saw an opportunity to invest $100 billion in various sectors in India in the next 2 years: Crown Prince
  • Saudi Arabian Oil Co in talks with RIL for more projects in India

In January 2015, the SC had appointed a committee headed by retired Justice R.M. Lodha to suggest reforms for the BCCI (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)
In January 2015, the SC had appointed a committee headed by retired Justice R.M. Lodha to suggest reforms for the BCCI (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

BCCI: SC appoints former judge DK Jain as ombudsman

  • Justice Jain was the first choice among six former apex court judges whose names were before the court
  • The BCCI’s new constitution was approved by the apex court on 9 August with certain modifications

Army soldiers near the site of suicide bomb attack in Pulwama (PTI)
Army soldiers near the site of suicide bomb attack in Pulwama (PTI)

SC to hear plea against attacks on Kashmiri students post Pulwama on Friday

  • The plea alleged that Kashmiris across India were being attacked post the Pulwama terror attack
  • At least 44 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and scores injured in the Pulwama attack

New Delhi, which is in the process of finalising the so-called intermediary rules, will be fair to all stakeholders, technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. (HT)
New Delhi, which is in the process of finalising the so-called intermediary rules, will be fair to all stakeholders, technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. (HT)

India will not be cowed in internet consultations: Ravi Shankar Prasad

  • India, in late December proposed rules that will compel platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter to remove within 24 hours unlawful content
  • The draft rules have prompted intense lobbying by technology companies

Vested interest groups like contractors close to the government benefit unduly from the MGNREGS, a study suggests. (HT)
Vested interest groups like contractors close to the government benefit unduly from the MGNREGS, a study suggests. (HT)

How MGNREGS is used as a political tool

The authors use a data set that includes census and MGNREGS implementation data at the single-constituency level for Andhra Pradesh (from 2009 to 2017) across an entire election cycle (2009 to 2014)