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Morning digest: Body of Café Coffee Day owner V.G. Siddhartha found, Truecaller bug sparks fears of hacking, and more

Rescuers bring the body of missing Café Coffee Day owner V.G. Siddhartha out of the Nethravati river on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Rescuers bring the body of missing Café Coffee Day owner V.G. Siddhartha out of the Nethravati river on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Body of Café Coffee Day owner V.G. Siddhartha found, says Deputy Commissioner

The body of V. G. Siddhartha, founder of Café Coffee Day, who went missing near the Netravathi bridge here on July 29 was found on the banks of the river near Hoigebazar early on July 31, according to Sasikanth Senthil S., Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada.

Truecaller bug sparks fears of hacking

Several Android phone users, who have installed the Truecaller app, were in for a shock on Tuesday when they received text messages saying their registration for the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) app has started, and their bank account was linked to ICICI Bank’s portal for UPI transactions.

Govt. did not try out GST system before rollout: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its first ever audit of the Goods and Services Tax, has said the government had failed to try out the system before its rollout, leading to inadequate compliance mechanisms, and lower tax revenues. The report was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

Interview | Gandhis will remain the conscience keepers of the Congress: Shashi Tharoor

The Congress MP talks about his views on the process of electing the new Congress President, the image of the party, and whether he would have to pay the price for speaking out

‘India’s large cities staring at water crisis’

11 of 20 biggest cities in the country are facing extreme risk of scarcity, according to Water Stress Index

I-T dept. raises doubts over missing Cafe Coffee Day founder Siddhartha’s letter

A letter purportedly written by V.G. Siddhartha, chairman and managing director of Cafe Coffee Day, that surfaced hours after he went missing near Mangaluru on Monday evening, said financial troubles and harassment from Income Tax authorities had led him to “succumbing to the situation”. But the Income Tax Department is raising doubts over his signature in the letter.

CBI books Rolls-Royce, unknown officials of HAL, ONGC and GAIL for graft

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case of alleged corruption against U.K.-based Rolls-Royce, its Indian arm, a company located in Singapore and unknown officials of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), ONGC and GAIL, in connection with contracts worth thousands of crores.

Assam’s golden tea sells for ₹50,000 per kg

Rajan Lohia produces about 25 lakh kilograms of tea annually from his three estates in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh and Sivasagar districts. Of this, only 2 kg has struck gold.

5 killed, 38 injured in blast targeting police vehicle in Pakistan

Five people, including two cops, were killed and 38 others injured on July 30 in a powerful blast targeting a police vehicle in Quetta, the largest city of Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province.

Comment | The makings of a digital kleptocracy

When data is monetised, as the Economic Survey advocates, it becomes toxic and harms public interest

West Indies vs India | Attention shifts to new faces in the T20I mix

After an intense spell of virtually non-stop ODI action on either side of the Indian Premier League (IPL), many would have thought that all-format regulars would be given a break for the limited-over leg of India’s series against the West Indies, starting August 3.

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