Morning digest: Telecom firms get 2 years to pay spectrum dues, U.S. State Dept. approves $1 bn arms sale to India, and more

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The major news headlines of the day, and more.

Telecom companies get two years to pay spectrum dues

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a two-year moratorium to telecom operators on pending spectrum payment, which will help telcos avoid an immediate outflow of over ₹42,000 crore.

U.S. State Department approves $ 1 billion arms sale to India

The State Department has approved an arms deal valued at just over $ 1 billion, in which the U.S. could sell India up to 13 MK 45 5 inch/ 62 caliber (MOD 4) naval guns and related equipment, a press statement from the Department of Defense (DoD) said.

Cabinet nod to reduce government stake in BPCL, Concor, SCI

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday took several decisions that would see it significantly reducing its shareholding, and in some cases cede management control, in a number of public sector enterprises, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced.

Britain’s Prince Andrew to step back from public duties

Britain's Prince Andrew stepped down from public duties on Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding his “ill-judged” association with late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein had caused major disruption to the royal family's work.

Centre plans NRC exercise all over the country: Amit Shah

The process to make a National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be carried out across India, Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha on November 20 and whenever it is done, the exercise will be repeated in Assam, he added.

Editorial | A nationwide extension of NRC is bizarre

Like the CAB, which pointedly discriminates against Muslims, and is loaded against the right to equality and equal protection before the law as enshrined in Article 14 of the Constitution, there are genuine fears that a nationwide NRC will target Muslims.

Maharashtra government formation: ‘Secularism’ emerges as bone of contention

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress on Wednesday announced that an ‘alternative government’ in Maharashtra would be formed soon but a few more round of meetings will take place.

Miffed MPs raise VIP quota for waitlisted train tickets

The Indian Railways is at times unable to accommodate emergency quota requests received from Members of Parliament relating to ‘other-than-self’ travel when demand exceeds the availability, Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply on Wednesday.

Mahinda Rajapaksa to be Sri Lanka Prime Minister

Sri Lanka’s Leader of Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn in as Prime Minister on Thursday by his younger brother and newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, following incumbent Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s resignation.

Airtel, Vodafone and a moment of reckoning for India’s telecom sector | The Hindu Analysis podcast

Understanding the evolution of India’s intensively competitive telecom sector is key to analysing the predicament of both companies. The Hindu’s Business Editor Raghuvir Srinivasan weighs in.

Pink or red ball, Mohammed Shami can deliver: Wriddhiman Saha

On the top of his game, India pace ace Mohammed Shami not only thrills the cricket lovers but also instils confidence in his teammates.

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