1. Rohingya are illegal immigrants, not refugees
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that “Rohingya Muslims are illegal immigrants and not refugees who had applied for asylum in India.” Mr. Singh’s statement drew a sharp rebuttal from National Human Rights Commission Chairperson H.L. Dattu.
The retired Chief Justice of India said the human rights body was helping the Rohingya on “humanitarian grounds” as they faced persecution in Myanmar.
2. Pass Women’s Reservation Bill
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to get the long-pending Women’s Reservation Bill passed in the Lok Sabha, taking advantage of the majority the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) enjoys in the House.
3. Co-ops. should help farmers double their income : PM
While addressing cooperatives in New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked cooperatives to come up with innovative business ideas to help farmers double their income by 2022, emphasising that the “cooperative spirit” should be kept alive and strengthened.
4. Leg-up for PM’s pet housing project
Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that the “People purchasing a low-end house from a private developer will be eligible for financial help under the ‘Housing For All’ policy of the Narendra Modi government.”
Unveiling the new public-private partnership (PPP) for affordable housing, Mr. Puri said that it will help in meeting the housing requirements for all targets.
5. No role for India in Afghanistan: Abbasi
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said “There is no role for India in Afghanistan and Islamabad’s ties with New Delhi could improve only if the “core issue” of Kashmir is resolved first.”
Mr. Abbasi’s remarks during an interaction at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) put Pakistan at odds with the new U.S strategy for South Asia announced last month by United States President Donald Trump.
6. Plan soon to revive investment: Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that “The Centre will ‘very soon’ disclose its strategy to revive moribund private investment,”
Mr. Jaitley has held several discussions with top officials and ministers on tackling the slowdown in the economy, this week.
Stressing that the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on inflation had been contained so far, Mr. Jaitley said among the sectors currently excluded from GST, real estate could be brought under the new indirect tax regime ‘most easily’. The Minister’s comment suggests that the inclusion of other products currently outside GST’s purview, such as petroleum and alcohol, would take more time.
7. Tata Sons to go private
Natarajan Chandrasekaran-led Tata Sons is all set to become a private limited company and will be rechristened as Tata Sons Private Limited as majority of the shareholders voted in favour of the resolution at the 99th annual general meeting (AGM) of the company held at Bombay House.
Cyrus Mistry with two investment firms holding 18.4% stake in Tata Sons however opposed the resolution to amend Tata Sons Articles of Association (AoA) and Memorandum of Association (MoA) but the resolution was passed by requisite majority.
8. Cabinet to soon take up $5 bn convention centre project
The Union Cabinet will soon take up the proposal for a “$5 billion-worth world-class and state-of-the-art” Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (ECC) in the national capital — billed as the largest such facility in Asia when completed by 2021.
Official sources said “By this month-end, the Cabinet will consider for discussion a “note on approval of the project and formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to implement the same,” Part of the $100 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project, it would be developed on Public-Private Partnership model using viability gap funding of the Centre, if required
9. SBI barred from selling assets of guarantor
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Chennai Bench has restrained State Bank of India from selling the assets of the personal guarantor of Veesons Energy Systems during the moratorium period granted under the insolvency process.
The NCLT had ordered initiation of insolvency proceedings against the firm and State Bank of India, which accounted for 70% of the company’s total debt of ₹100 crore, also submitted its claim under the process.
10. India Won Second ODI
Hat-trick man Kuldeep Yadav described his memorable feat against Australia in the second ODI here as a “special” effort and said he had never dreamt of achieving it.
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep became only the third Indian to take a hat-trick as the hosts demolished Australia by 50 runs in Kolkata.