Students, journalists injured in violence in BHU campus
A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathicharge by the police in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) where a protest last night against an alleged eve- teasing incident turned violent.
The violence erupted after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity’s vice chancellor at his residence last night, according to the police and BHU sources. Security guards of the university stopped the students and informed the police, according to university sources. A BHU spokesperson said some students wanted to “forcibly” enter the VC’s residence but they were stopped by the BHU security guards.
Opposition flay AIADMK over ‘lies’ on Jayalalithaa’s health; seek CBI probe
Opposition parties led by the DMK today pressed for a CBI probe into the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, citing a state minister’s recent remarks that AIADMK leaders “lied” about Jayalalithaa’s health during her hospitalisation last year. The opposition called for “unravelling the mystery” behind the death of the AIADMK supremo, who passed away on December 5 last after 75 days of hospitalisation. Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan, whose comments about the “lies” have drawn flak from the opposition, sought to make light of Stalin’s demand by stating “it was not new for him to seek such a probe”.
Three militants killed, 2016-type attack foiled
Security forces today killed three militants in an encounter in Kashmir’s Uri, thus thwarting plans of the terrorists to carry out an attack like the one on an Army base in the same area last year, officials said. The encounter took place after the Army and police started searches in Kalgai area this morning following inputs about movement of terrorists. “A cordon was laid and search operation was started in Kalgai area of Uri this morning following information about presence of militants in the area,” an Army official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after the militants opened fire on the security forces.
‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme is for reflecting people’s views: PM Modi
Answering his critics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he has used his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ to reflect the views and aspirations of the people rather than expressing his own opinions. He said he had kept this three-year-old programme away from politics and had tried to connect with the people without getting swayed by the (political) “heat” and “anger” that may prevail at any particular time. In the 36th episode of the radio broadcast which was launched on October 2, 2014, Modi expressed confidence that social scientists, universities, research scholars and media experts would conduct analysis of the programme and highlight its positives and negatives, which would be beneficial for it.
Centre cracks down as gold imports from Indonesia zoom from nil to 600 kg
As gold imports from Indonesia, an unlikely source, spiked since late July, a concerned government has asked the customs department to harden a crackdown on unscrupulous elements seeking to abuse India’s free trade agreement (FTA) with that country for duty evasion, a top government official told FE.There are apprehensions that these elements may be illegally tweaking the place of origin of the precious metal and, consequently, gold from other countries may be landing up in India as imported from Indonesia.
National Investment Infrastructure Fund set to end hiatus, nears first major deal with Abu Dhabi
Ending a hiatus since it was launched more than two years ago, the much-touted National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) is close to its first major deal. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is learnt to have committed to invest in specific sectors, especially in transport. An agreement in this regard is likely to be signed in a few weeks, an official said, adding that these investments, to be staggered over a few years, could be to the tune of $5-10 billion. A deal with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek Holdings, could also be announced soon, another official had said earlier. Industry sources had said Temasek could initially put in about $1 billion.
Make in India Scorpene submarine INS Kalvari ready for Indian Navy; set to be commissioned by PM Modi soon
Mazagon Docks Ltd; (MDL) will soon hand over INS Kalvari to the Indian Navy—the first of six Scorpene submarines being built in India in collaboration with French shipbuilder, Naval Group (formerly DCNS). Though the dates are not confirmed yet, the first Scorpene submarine is likely to be commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi—it will be a re-affirmation of India’s capability to build submarines and a major boost for the ‘Make in India’ programme of the government. With 30% indigenous components on board, the Made-in-India submarine is part of the ongoing project for the construction of six Scorpene-class submarines at MDL in Mumbai on transfer of technology from the French company.
Mobile wallets: From MobiKwik to Jio Money, here are 5 you can pay your bills with
With digital transactions gaining traction in India, mobile wallets have gained a lot of importance today. Whether it is payment of electricity, DTH or mobile bill, insurance premium or ordering food from a neighbourhood restaurant—a mobile wallet makes it quite easy. Simply put, it is mobile-based virtual wallet where you preload a certain amount in your account created with the mobile wallet service provider, and spend it at online and offline merchants listed with the m-wallet service provider. Confused about which one to go in for, we take a look at some of the promising mobile wallets in India today.