1. Gujarat elections on Dec. 9 & 14
Gujarat will go to polls in two phases on December 9 and 14, and the results will be declared along with that of Himachal Pradesh on December 18, according to the schedule announced by the Election Commission. The election to the Himachal Pradesh Assembly, as announced earlier, will be on November 9.
2. ‘Linking of Aadhaar, bank account must’
The government has proposed extending the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018, but only for those who are “willing to enrol for Aadhaar.”
The proposal was contained in a one-page note that was passed on to a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The note, however, insisted that those who already have Aadhaar will be “required” to sync their numbers with SIM cards, bank accounts, PAN and “other schemes where Section 7 (Aadhaar Act) notifications have been issued.”
3. U.S. sees threat to Pak. Stability
Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said “The United States is worried that emboldened terror outfits could threaten the stability of the government of Pakistan.”
He also explained that he had discussed the issue with Pakistan during his meeting in Islamabad.
However, while India and the U.S. agreed on Pakistan and Afghanistan-related concerns, India defended its ties with Iran and North Korea.
4. Mamata won’t link mobile, Aadhaar
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee strongly opposed the Central government’s move to link mobile number to Aadhaar.
“We will not link mobile with Aadhaar. If we do not have a mobile connection for that, so be it. I challenge that I will not provide my Aadhaar number even if my connection is stopped. I don’t care.”
5. Centre to aid offshore e-commerce play
The Union government is working on a new policy to expand the footprint of the Indian e-commerce sector to tap potential markets outside the country, including Africa and Southeast Asia.
a senior official of the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry told “This is part of efforts to achieve the target of making India a trillion-dollar digital economy in the next seven years”
6. Singapore has the most powerful passport
Tiny Singapore now has the world’s most powerful passport, according to a new ranking, with its citizens able to travel to the greatest number of countries visa free.
Passport Index, which keeps track of how usable such documents are, said the city-state grabbed the top spot after Paraguay removed restrictions for Singaporeans.
7. Bank funding will be liquidity-neutral
According to Urjit Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, the Centre’s move to infuse Rs. 2.11 lakh crore capital into public sector banks through recapitalisation bonds and budgetary support is a welcome step.
He added the recapitalisation bonds will be liquidity-neutral for the government except for interest payment.
8. RCom may hang up on 2G ‘in 30 days’
Debt-laden Reliance Communications (RCom) has decided to close down its 2G wireless business due to mounting losses.
A source in the know of the development told “ We will ask our 2G and 3G customers to upgrade to our 4G network as we are making losses in the 2G business, due to free voice calls offered by another telco”.
Recent entrant Jio had introduced free offers on both data and voice plans, disrupting the market.
9. Curator Salgaonkar caught in sting operation
Ahead of the India-New Zealand second ODI, Pandurang Salgaonkar, a long-time ground in-charge at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) International Cricket Stadium, caused much embarrassment to the cricket fraternity, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the MCA by engaging in conversation with two television journalists who posed as bookies.
10. The kilogram will get a new measure
In 2019, the kilogram will get more accurate. For 125 years, a salt-shaker-sized cylinder housed at the BIPM, Paris and weighing exactly a kilogram served as the definition of the measure.
In the last 60 years, several standard units — the second, metre, ampere, Kelvin, mole, candela and, the kilogram — have all ceased to be defined by physical objects.