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>BJP denies tutoring witness in Ishrat Jahan missing files case

A media report on the alleged tutoring of a key witness in the missing Ishrat Jahan files case set off a fresh storm on Thursday with Congress pushing for suo motu action by Supreme Court, accusing the Modi government of creating a “fake controversy”.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi “hotly denied” that a senior official in his ministry allegedly tutored an officer on how to answer questions relating to missing files in Ishrat Jahan’s ‘fake encounter’ in Ahmedabad. On the other hand, BJP said it does not absolve former Home Minister P. Chidambaram of his “role” in the change of affidavit to dilute the “fact” that she was terrorist.

>Remove fear of harassment among taxpayers, PM tells officials

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the tax officials to remove fear of harassment from the minds of taxpayers and focus on five pillars of administration — revenue, accountability, probity, information and digitisation (RAPID). Inaugurating the two-day Rajasva Gyan Sangam in New Delhi, the Prime Minister asked the officials to “move towards digitisation” in a bid to make tax administration better and efficient and work towards bridging the “trust deficit.”

>Supreme Court declines to hear NGO plea to halt screening of ‘Udta Punjab’

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain an NGO's plea seeking a stay on the release of film Udta Punjab, and asked it to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which is seized of the matter. A vacation bench of justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and L. Nageswara Rao granted liberty to the NGO, Human Rights Awareness Association, to approach the High Court with its prayer.

>Teesta Setalvad’s NGO’s FCRA licence cancelled

The FCRA licence of an NGO run by activist Teesta Setalvad was today cancelled by the government for alleged violation of various provisions of law. In an order, the Home Ministry said during inspections, various irregularities were found in Sabrang Trust, where Ms. Teesta and her spouse Javed Anand work as chief functionary or trustee, and after careful examination of the NGO’s response, its registration was cancelled.

>Chinese media's diatribe against India continues

The Chinese official media on Thursday acknowledged that India is “inching closer” to get the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). but said if New Delhi is admitted into the elite grouping, “nuclear balance” between India and Pakistan will be broken.

>India’s CAD narrows sharply to $0.3 bn on lower trade deficit

India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to USD 0.3 billion, or 0.1 per cent of GDP, in the fourth quarter of 2015-16 from USD 7.1 billion, or 1.3 per cent, in third quarter, on account of lower trade gap. For the entire 2015—16 fiscal, CAD — the difference between the inflow and outflow of foreign exchange — shrank to 1.1 per cent of the GDP.

>Would love to work with Salman again: Aamir Khan

Be it Salman Khan’s physique, looks or acting prowess, Aamir Khan has said he and his wife Kiran Rao are the biggest admirers of the “Sultan” star. Aamir said whatever his “Andaz Apna Apna” co-star does it becomes a trend in the Hindi film industry.

Both the actors are portraying wrestlers in their upcoming films and have attained a certain body type to fit into their roles, but the 51-year-old “PK” star does not want to be compared with Salman.

>Rumours about Rajini’s ill health spike

Rumours about the health of actor Rajnikanth, who is currently in the U.S. on vacation, sent his fans into a tizzy on Thursday. But the actor’s office assured he was fine.

“He is taking rest in the U.S. He is happy and is vacationing with his family. There is no need to believe rumours,” his publicist said.

>Unique, ancient space rock may have diversified life on Earth

Scientists have discovered a type of an ancient space rock never before found on Earth, in Sweden, and said that a shower of such meteorites may have led to the evolution of more diverse and complex life forms on our planet.

“In our entire civilisation, we have collected over 50,000 meteorites, and no one has seen anything like this one before,” said Qing-zhu Yin, professor at the University of California, Davis.

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