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Morning digest: Gotabaya to visit New Delhi on November 29; Centre’s National Intelligence Grid will go live next year, and more

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa to visit New Delhi on November 29

Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will visit New Delhi on November 29, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said after meeting him here on Tuesday evening.

Network for intel agencies to share info will go live next year

The ambitious National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) project will be operational by December 31, 2020, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

Hyderabad techie, Madhya Pradesh farmer held in Pakistan for illegal entry

Two Indian nationals, one from Telangana and the other from Madhya Pradesh, were arrested by the Pakistani police for illegally entering the country, authorities have confirmed.

Electoral bonds: Law Ministry, CEC objected to 1% vote share requirement

In the process of vetting the Centre’s electoral bonds scheme in December 2017, the Law Ministry repeatedly objected to the Finance Ministry’s stipulation that political parties must have a 1% vote share in Lok Sabha or State Assembly elections in order to be eligible for the scheme, documents obtained through an RTI query by activist Anjali Bhardwaj show.

Sonia Gandhi holds talks on Maharashtra

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday is learnt to have consulted her senior party colleagues A.K. Antony, Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Venugopal over the issue of government formation in Maharashtra and sharing power with the Shiv Sena.

Editorial | Iran on the boil

Iran, struggling under the weight of U.S. sanctions, needs to revive the nuclear deal

Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan ready to join hands

Chief Minister-aspirants Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan said that they would form a political alliance and contest elections together if it would benefit the people of Tamil Nadu and if the circumstances warranted it.

NIA to host counter-terrorism exercise for Quad countries

The National Investigation Agency is hosting the first counter-terrorism exercise for the “Quad” countries — India, U.S, Japan and Australia — in Delhi on November 21 and 22. The ‘CT-TTX’ (counter-terrorism table-top exercise) is first such engagement among the Quad countries on regional and global issues of common interest and also in the domain of counter-terrorism and cooperation, NIA officials said.

53 road crashes, 17 deaths per hour in 2018: Annual government report

More than 1.5 lakh people lost their lives in road crashes in the country in 2018, registering an increase of 2.4% as compared to the year before, when there were 1.47 lakh fatalities.

AIMIM likely to contest Bengal polls in 2021: Owaisi

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) is likely to contest the April 2021 Assembly elections in West Bengal, party President Asaduddin Owaisi said on Tuesday. His comments came in the wake of a veiled attack on the AIMIM by Trinamool Congress (TMC) President Mamata Banerjee.

A Chennai autorickshaw driver with a song on his lips

Chennaiyila vasika namakku edamilla, singara chennai yarruku theriyala -- We don’t have a place to live in Chennai, Who is Singara Chennai then for, hums 42-year-old autorickshaw driver Isai Arasu sitting in his vehicle in Adyar, while waiting for a passenger.

India lose 0-1 to Oman, almost out of contention for World Cup berth

The Indian football team was on Tuesday virtually knocked out of the 2022 World Cup qualifying round after losing 0-1 to Oman here. Muhsen Al-Ghassani scored the all-important goal in the 33rd minute at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex Stadium as Oman beat India for the second time in the campaign.

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