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IT officials raid Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence

In a late night development, IT officials carried out searches at the Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence. The search was conducted for more than five hours. Media reports quoted a senior IT official as saying that the search was carried out as they had received information that some important electronic devices were going to be removed from two rooms that were being used by Sasikala. The official stated that it was a limited mission and the entire premises was not searched.

Delhi air pollution: Arvind Kejriwal meets Manohar Lala Khattar
Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, met Manohar Lala Khattar, the CM of Haryana, at his camp office. The meeting had been arranged to discuss the problems related to air pollution. The Delhi CM had earlier requested Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, for a meeting; however, the latter turned it down on the grounds that he ‘did not have the same luxury of time’.
Thomas Chandy resigns from Cabinet

Thomas Chandy, NCP leader and Transport Minister of Kerala, has tendered his resignation from the cabinet. Chandy is facing charges of land encroachment. In the past 16 months, Chandy is the third minister to step down in Kerala. NCP state president TP Peethambaran Master handed over Chandy's resignation letter to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The letter has been forwarded to the Governor of Kerala P Sathasivam.

BharatNet phase 2 launched
Governmnet of India has launched BharatNet Phase 2 to provide high-speed broadband service in all Gram Panchayats by March 2019. It is expected to cost around 34 thousand crore rupees.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has signed MoUs with states for the implementation of the second phase of BharatNet. Under this phase, broadband connectivity will be provided in remaining 1.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country. Broadband infrastructure on Optical Fibre network has been made available in more than one lakh Gram Panchayats as part of BharatNet Phase-1 and by December this year, all these Panchayats will be operational on the BharatNet infrastructure.
Almost 90 thousand installations have been completed and broadband services are expected to commence in 80 thousand Gram Panchayats soon.
GST rate on mass consumption items reduced

According to reports, GST Council has decided to reduce the tax rate of mass use items from 28 to 18 percent.  The Goods and Services Tax (GST), implemented "from July 1, has five tax slabs of 0 per cent, 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent.

This is being announced at the full GST council meeting headed by Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley, is deliberating on to review the impact of the new tax regime.This decision will reduce rate of 177 goods from 28 to 18 percent.

India Post and Payment Bank to become operational by April 2018

The government stated that India Post Payments Bank will become operational in all 650 districts of the country by April next year.

They will facilitate financial inclusion. Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha said in New Delhi that these banks will be linked to 1.55 lakh rural post offices and carry out banking services.

The Minister said, two such banks are already operational in Ranchi and Raipur.

Innovative techniques to be introduced by Indian Railway to eliminate rail accidents

According to reports, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has stated that innovative techniques will be introduced to eliminate rail accidents. These techniques include revamping the existing signalling system by use of TPWS - Train protection and Warning System and MTRC, Mobile Train Radio Communication. Railway will be eliminating existing 5000 unmanned level crossings in a time bound manner.

According to the Minister, about 20 stations will be modernised in an expedited manner with superior infrastructure and passenger facilities, including disabled-friendly, by December 2018. It is also proposed to increase speed of around 700 trains with effect from November this year.

India's MOM completes three years in orbit

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called as Mangalyaan completes three years in space. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)spacecraft was successfully placed in the Martian orbit in its very first attempt by the ISRO. MOM was successfully inserted into Mars' orbit on 24 September 2014. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is only the fourth space agency in the world to send a mission to Mars. ISRO is the first space agency to do so in its first attempt. On completion of Magalyaan's three years in Martian orbit, the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) released MOM's second year science data.

Google's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based digital payment service Tez launched

Google has forayed in the payment segment with the launch of Tez. Tez is an app and is available in both android and iOS platforms. Tez uses the government's Unified Payments Interface. The app was launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Tez allows users to do financial transactions like sending money, receiving payments directly into their bank accounts and paying bills. The users can link the app to their bank accounts as the platform is built on the government's Unified Payment Interface.

Google Tez supports several local languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

M C Mary Kom wins gold medal in 48 kg category in Asian Women's Boxing Championship.

Mary Kom notched up her fifth gold medal in 48 kg category in Asian Women's Boxing Championships at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. She has won World Championship 5 times and has Olympic Bronze medal to her credit. This was Mary Kom’s fifth final in only six appearances, which means she remains unbeaten in the summit clash of the continental championship.

This is Mary Kom's first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games and her first medal in over a year.

Indian women's hockey team lifts Asia Cup title

India beat China 5-4 in Women's Asia Cup final held at Kakamigahara in Japan. The match was a nail-biting one. At full time, both teams were level One-One. Navjot Kaur in the 25th minute scored for India and was equalised by Tiantian Luo of China when she converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute. With this win India Qualifies for 2018 World Cup. South Korea secured third place with a 1-0 win over Japan. The last time India won the Women's Asia Cup title was in 2004. This is the second Asia cup title.

Amanpreet wins bronze at ISSF World Cup Final

Amanpreet Singh of India clinched a bronze medal in his maiden appearance in an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.Amanpreet, who has appeared in 21 World Cups so far, won his first medal at the ISSF World Cup earlier in March this year when he clinched a silver medal in the 50m pistol event.Earlier, ace shooters Jitu and Heena Sidhu brought joy to the Indian squad by striking gold in the 10m mixed team air pistol event on the opening day on Tuesday. 

Protestors demand a ban on Padmavati

In several parts of the country, protests against Padmavati intensified on Friday. Several people in the states of Haryana, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan, took to the streets demanding a ban on the movie on the grounds that it distorted facts and hurt sentiments. The entrance to the Chittorgarh Fort was also blocked by protestors who stated that they will not allow the film to be released.

Nine out of 10 Indians have favorable view of Nartendra Modi, says Pew survey

According to a Pew survey, nine out of 10 people in India had a favorable view of Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Indians were also happy with the direction he is taking India. Modi has done better than Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi, Vice President of the Congress. His rating is 31 percentage points higher than that of Sonia Gandhi and 30 points more than Rahul Gandhi.

NGT permits Delhi to withdraw application which sought review of an earlier order on Odd-Even

The National Green Tribunal has permitted the government of Delhi to withdraw its application which had called for the review of an earlier order on Odd-Even. However, the tribunal has given the government the liberty to file the application again. The tribunal has also questioned the Delhi government's decision to give arbitrary exemptions stating that two-wheelers cause more pollution that four-wheelers. The tribunal also asked the government that to solve the transport problem during Odd-Even scheme, why can't the government run ladies-only buses.

Northeast to get country's first-ever air dispensary based in helicopter
According to Minister of Development of Northeast Dr Jitendra Singh said, his Ministry has contributed 25 crore rupees as part of the initial funding for initiating country's first-ever air dispensary based in a helicopter for the region. The helicopter based Dispensary and OPD service will help far flung and remote areas, where no doctor or medical facility was available.
According to the Minister the proposal has been accepted and is in the final stages of process in the Ministry of Civil Aviation.



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