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Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Suspends 19 MLAs till 31 December

As per reports, 19 MLAs created ruckus on the state budget day, following which all of them were suspended till 31 December by Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade on Wednesday. The MLAs were seen playing cymbals displaying banners and raising slogans.

Among the 19 MLAs, nine are from Congress and 10 are from NCP.

Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh Wins Trust Vote, Proves Majority

As per reports, Manipur chief minister Biren Singh won the trust vote and proved his majority in the 60-member state Assembly on Monday. 32 legislators voted in favour of him through a voice vote, while 27 were against him. On Sunday, BJP lawmaker V Hangkhanlian was sworn in as the Protem Speaker.

Four GST Supplementary Legislations Cleared by Union Cabinet

As per reports, the four Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislations were approved by the Union Cabinet on Monday. The legislations approved included the Central-GST (C-GST), the Compensation Law, Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST). Sources mentioned that all these will be introduced as Money Bill.

Once the new indirect tax regime is introduced, a combined GST will be charged on sale of goods and even on rendering of services. The revenue will be shared between the states and the centre in equal proportions.

Kumar Mangalam Birla to Handle Vodafone-Idea Merged Entity as its Chairman

As per reports, Kumar Mangalam Birla is going to be the chairman of Vodafone-Idea merged entity. Over a period of time, both the companies will have equal stakes, said sources.

As both the companies are strong brands, Vodafone and Idea will be operating separately.

GSM Association Report Says India will be the Leader in Smartphone Adoption

GSM Association has conducted a global survey across 56 countries on mobile usage trend. In the GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey 2016, the Association has categorically mentioned that in terms of smartphone adoption, India will lead the race with the net addition of 350 million connections during the period 2016-2020. The report also says that the smartphone adoption rate will be highest in countries such as India, China, and Indonesia. 

Uber India President Amit Jain Clears Air on Drivers' Earnings

Uber India President Amit Jain, in a blog post, has said that 80 per cent of their drivers throughout India earn anything from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,500 (after paying service fee) by working for 6 hours a day. He also said that Uber is providing communication support (through video messages, texts, phone, and in-person support at their greenlight centres) for resolving their concerns. At a time when some drivers are accusing Uber regarding their earnings and incentives, Jain pointed out that only a “small number of individuals” are preventing majority drivers wanting to work for Uber.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A to be Launched on Monday, To Cost Around Rs. 6,000

Xiaomi is all set to launch its newest budget phone – Xiaomi Redmi 4A - in India on March 20 at an estimated cost of around Rs. 6,000.

Reports say that Redmi 4A will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. Other important features include 2GB RAM, 16GB internal support, microSD card storage compatibility, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 3,120mAh battery.

Redmi 4A will come with MIUI 8 interface (based on older Android Marshmallow).

The well awaited smartphone is expected to be Reliance Jio compatible (4G VoLTE support) and will be exclusively available on Amazon.in.

Rolls Royce to Make Combat Aircrafts in India

Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls Royce (India and South Asia), while delivering a lecture at National Institute of Technology (Trichy) during their annual techno-managerial festival Pragyan-2017, has said that his company will build combat aircraft engines in India soon. While stressing on his company’s commitment towards technological innovations, Jayaraman said that Rolls Royce is the only company to produce white body aircraft engines. While charting out his company’s future plans in India, he said that they are all set to make Bangalore their next generation technology hub in India.

Xiomi promotes India head Manu Jain as Global VP

Xiaomi's India operations head Manu Kumar Jain has been promoted to the post of Vice President of the company. Jain will replace Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's Global VP, who had announced his decision to leave the company last month.

The news was confirmed in a tweet from the official Twitter handle of Xiaomi India - Mi India.

Along with being the Vice President at the company, Jain will also be Managing Director of Xiaomi India. He had joined Xiaomi back in June 2014.

Hugo Barra, Xiaomi's former Global Vice President, decided to part ways with the smartphone-maker last month only to return to Silicon Valley. Barra was with the company from last three and a half year and will now join Facebook to lead the Oculus team's VR efforts within the social network.

Prior to joining the smartphone maker, Barra was the Vice President of Product Development for Android at Google.

Barra has been the face of the company at various events, and his exit was seen as a major blow to the company's strategies for international markets like India.

Jain's promotion has strengthen the fact that India will continue to be an important market for Xiaomi and that Jain will have a key role in maintaining Xiaomi's momentum in the country. Currently India is Xiaomi's biggest market outside of China with over $1 billion in sales last year.

Land Trouble for Setting up Manipur-based National Sports University

Sundargarh district administration of Odisha is finding it difficult to identify encroachment-free land of 150-200 acres for building Manipur-based National Sports University (NSU). Sundargarh district administration has been asked by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department for identifying land for the proposed NSU campus. Reports say Sundargarh district administration has said that it has become very difficult for earmarking a single patch of land that is more than 100 acres.

BCCI Receives Notice from Kerala High Court for Lifting Sreesanth's Lifetime Ban

As per reports, BCCI has received a petition from the Kerala High Court on Friday for lifting the ban which was imposed on S Sreesanth. The step was taken after Sreesanth had sent a petition to court requesting the same.

Sreesanth is one of the cricketers who was charged for spot-fixing during the IPL 6 in 2013.

ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai Won Bronze Medal

As per reports, Ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai bagged the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event for the third podium finish of India in ISSF World Cup. In the eight man final, Rai shot a total of 216.7 and finished the third on the podium.

Rai in an interview said that initially he was in doubt if he would be able to win. But as it started, he climbed the ladder one by one.

Karan Johar Becomes Dad to a Girl and a Boy through Surrogacy

Famous Bollywood director-producer Karan Johar has become proud father of twin babies - a girl named Roohi and a boy named Yash. Karan made the public announcement on Sunday morning through his official tweeter handle saying "two most wonderful additions to my life and lifelines". Reports say the children were born at Masarani Hospital of Mumbai through surrogacy. This is the same hospital where AbRam, third child of Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri, were born with the help of a surrogate mother.  

Rajasthan Minister Assures Jat Leaders of Not Showing "Padmavati" Till They Clear It

Energy Minister of Rajasthan, Pushpendra Singh, assured a section of Rajput community that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's upcoming film Padmavati will not be released in the state until screened to the community members. The announcement comes a month after a Rajput group, Karni Sena, roughed up Bhansali and his crew while they were shooting at Jaigarh Fort. While Rajputs allege distortion of historical facts by Bhansali, many historians including Irfan Habib say that Padmavati (or Rani Padmini) is only a work of fiction, whose earliest mention can be found in epic poems of Malik Muhammad Jayasi.

Vidya Balan Supports Gurmehar Kaur

While many personalities from the Sports and Bollywood fraternity have criticised Gurmehar Kaur for her post against the ABVP student organisation, Vidya Balan when asked in an interview said that everyone's individuality should be respected and she does not want to comment further as everyone has the freedom to express themselves. Apart from Vidya, the other Bollywood stars who have expressed their support to Gurmehar are Javed Akhtar, Pooja Bhatt, Shirish Kunder and Vishal Dadlani.

Meerut: Seven Meat Processing Plants Closed

As per reports, in just a week of Yogi Adityanath’s taking oath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, seven meat processing units were closed in Meerut on Wednesday. Samples of frozen meat have been sent for forensic test because it was difficult to find out if those were cow or buffalo meat.

Among the seven meat processing plants, two belonged to BSP leader Yakub Qureshi and former BSP MP Shahid Akhlaq.

PM Modi Tweets to Pay Tribute to Freedom Fighters Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

As per reports, on the anniversary of martyrdom of freedom fighters Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Prime minister Narendra Modi paid tribute by tweeting. He tweeted that the country will never forget the sacrifice and courage of these freedom fighters.

Every year 23 March is observed as Martyrs day in Singh’s home state in Punjab.

2007 Ajmer Dargah Blast: Special NIA Court Sentences Life Imprisonment to Two

Two accused, Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel, have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special National Investigative Agency Court on Wednesday for the Ajmer Dargah blast case. Earlier, three people were convicted and many others were acquitted by the court.

Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel were convicted under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC).