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1. Girl who filed case against NEET commits suicide
A 17-year old girl, S. Anitha, who had scored 1,176 out of 1,200 marks in her Class XII State Board examinations but was unable to join the MBBS course due to poor scores in NEET, ended her life in Ariyalur district on Friday.
The daughter of a daily wage labourer, hailing from Kuzhumur village near Sendurai here, had impleaded herself as one of the respondents in a Supreme Court case challenging NEET.
2. PSBs to begin merger process ‘immediately’
The Centre dashed off a letter to public sector banks asking them to start the merger process immediately and their respective boards to take up the issue. The government said the approval requirement of Competition Commission to expedite mergers among PSBs had been done away with.
According to senior bank officials who received the communication,the government cited the Narasimham committee report and highlighted the need for large-sized bank that could fund the huge infrastructure need of the country. Bankers said this was the first time in recent history that an official communication had come from the government to the banks asking them to start the merger process.
3. Concern in Colombo over delay in Indian projects
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and discussed bilateral matters, including the perceived delay in implementing Indiabacked projects in the island.
A statement from the President’s office said “While Ms. Swaraj assured President Sirisena that New Delhi appreciated the domestic political challenges facing his government, she urged Colombo to expedite decision-making on Indian projects, the top source said, requesting anonymity. India assured Sri Lanka of its continued and fullest support.”
4. India to sign 4 pacts BRICS summit
A week after the end of Doklam standoff, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen, China, to address the BRICS summit, where he is likely to take up regional and global issues. The External Affairs Ministry has said India will sign four BRICS-level agreements during the summit.
5. SC to hear Rohingya plea for help
The Supreme Court agreed to hear an urgent plea made by two Rohingya Muslim immigrants against the government’s proposed move to deport their 40,000-strong refugee community back to their native Myanmar, where discrimination and possibly summary executions await them.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud decided to hear the plea of Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir for protection of the life and liberty of their community on September 4.
6. Kenya’s presidential vote annulled
Kenya’s Supreme Court on Friday nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win citing irregularities and ordered a new poll within 60 days, a rare move in Africa where judicial power is often seen as an extension of government.
The ruling, broadcast to a stunned nation on national television, sets up a new race for the presidency between Kenyatta, 55, and veteran opponent Raila Odinga, 72.
7. J.Y. Pillay appointed Singapore’s acting President
J Y Pillay, an Indian-origin veteran civil servant, was today appointed as Singapore’s acting president until a new head of state is sworn in later this month.
Mr. Pillay, 83, took over from Tony Tan Keng Yam who completed a six-year term on Thursday.Mr. Pillay, chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), will act as the president until after polling day on Septemeber 23 — or after nomination day on September 13, if a candidate is elected unopposed.
8. India’s growth will rebound to 7%-7.5%
The new Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar said he was confident that India’s growth would rebound to 7%-7.5% in the current quarter after declining for five consecutive quarters.
He also categorically dismissed any link between the slowdown in growth and demonetisation.
9. Switzerland for early India-EFTA pact
Switzerland President Doris Leuthard said “The early conclusion of the proposed Free Trade Agreement(FTA) between India and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) as well as an investment protection framework would boost economic ties between the two sides,”
EFTA members include Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. Speaking at a business session here, Ms.Leuthard said while Switzerland was aware of the sensitivities of both the sides on the pact, “we want to bring the (FTA) negotiations that have been running between India and EFTA since 2008 to an end.”
10. PM tells tax authorities to bring all traders in GST net
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told taxmen on Friday that Tax officials should make every effort to bring all traders, including smaller businesses with turnover of less than ₹20 lakh, into the Goods and Services Tax (GST) net. Currently, traders with less than ₹20 lakh annual turnover have to register under GST only if they are supplying goods to other States.