Top news of the day: Nirmala Sitharaman announces ₹50,000-crore package to boost exports; Opposition cries ‘Hindi imposition’ as Amit Shah pitches for one nation, one language, and more

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks during a press conference in New Delhi on September 14, 2019.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks during a press conference in New Delhi on September 14, 2019.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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Government announces ₹50,000-crore export incentive scheme

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a new scheme — Remission of Duties or Taxes on Export Product (RoDTEP) — to incentivise exporters at an estimated cost of ₹50,000 crore to the exchequer. | Govt announces steps to boost housing, facilitate homebuyers

On Hindi Diwas, Amit Shah pitches for one nation, one language, draws flak

The Union Home Minister said the country should come together to promote Hindi and that it need not be at the cost of other languages. He said when the country geared for the next general election in 2024, Hindi would have achieved a monumental status. The DMK, the AIADMK and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee opposed Mr. Shah's Hindi push, while the Congress said the three-language formula should not be tinkered with.

Final NRC status of all Assam applicants published

The list – which has the names of those who have been accepted as citizens, those who have been rejected and those whose appeals are pending – was uploaded on the official NRC site less than a fortnight after 19.07 lakh people were excluded from the final NRC released on August 31.

Internal elections in Congress would be divisive, says ex-Law Minister Ashwani Kumar

In the arduous journey ahead, we can prevail only by doing what is right by the conscience of the nation, says the Congress leader.

Article 370: Will not allow a walkover, says National Conference leader

“The game plan of Delhi is to discredit and demonise political forces and political families here. And then plant their own saplings,” says Anantnag MP Hasnain Masoodi.

Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before CBI

The Calcutta High Court had vacated the interim order providing him protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha scam, following which he was issued summons by the Central agency. A team of CBI officers met their counsel Y.J. Dastoor, who had represented the agency in the High Court, and discussed their options for more than a hour.

Nitish Kumar will lead unless BJP brings in different captain: Ram Vilas Paswan

Speaking to The Hindu, the Union Consumer Affairs Minister said, “Nitish Kumar is our Captain and he will continue unless if the BJP decides to bring in a different Captain.”

Motor Vehicles Act: Truck operator fined ₹6.5 lakh in Odisha

The transport authority in Odisha has slapped a penalty to the tune of ₹6,53,100 on a truck operator in Sambalpur district, which is being dubbed as the single-highest imposition in the State.

Aadhaar verification to be mandatory for new dealers from January 2020

“Aadhaar authentication of new dealers will be mandatory. Earlier it was optional. But we have noticed in two years that there’s good number of fly-by-night operators. They make fake invoices,” Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the group of ministers of GST Network (GSTN) told reporters after a meeting in Bengaluru.

Yemen rebel drones hit two Saudi Aramco plants, sources say oil supplies disrupted

Saudi Arabia’s oil production and exports have been disrupted, said three sources familiar with the matter, after drone attacks on two Aramco plants, including the world’s biggest oil processing facility.

White House confirms death of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza

The White House said in a statement that Hamza bin Laden, a son of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and himself a notable figure in the militant group, was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation.

India beats Bangladesh by five runs to lift U-19 Asia Cup title

Defending a paltry total of 106, India dismissed Bangladesh for 101 in 33 overs, courtesy 18-year-old Ankolekar, who emerged as the star of the Indian team with figures of 5 for 28 from 8 overs.

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