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Banking sector on “course to recovery” as NPAs recede, says RBI

The banking sector is on “course to recovery” as the afflicting non-performing assets recede, but state-run lenders need reforms in governance, Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Monday.

The weaker ones among the public sector banks need to be supported through recapitalisation, the Governor said in his foreword to RBI’s half-yearly financial stability report (FSR).

Govt for utilising RBI reserves to accelarate poverty alleviation programmes, Arun Jaitley tells in Lok Sabha

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said the government was not seeking Reserve Bank surplus to meet fiscal deficit but to utilise them for accelerating poverty alleviation programmes and recapitalising the state-owned banks.

Sajjan Kumar surrenders in court in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case

Former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar surrendered before a Delhi court on Monday to serve the life sentence awarded to him by the Delhi High Court in connection with a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Subsidised LPG price cut by ₹ 5.91; non-subsidised rate by ₹ 120.50

Domestic cooking gas (LPG) price was cut by ₹ 5.91 per cylinder on Monday, the second straight reduction in a month’s time due to tax impact on reduced market rate of the fuel.

A 14.2-kg subsidised LPG cylinder will cost ₹ 494.99 in the national capital from midnight tonight as against ₹ 500.90 currently, Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country’s largest fuel retailer, said in a statement.

Bangladesh’s Hasina wins election by landslide; Opposition demands new vote

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in polls the opposition slammed as “farcical” over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people.

Indian Navy and NDRF start operation to rescue trapped miners in Meghalaya

A joint operation by the Indian Navy and the NDRF to rescue the 15 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills since December 13, began on Monday around 10 a.m.

Sudhir Bhargava named new Chief Information Commissioner, govt. appoints four information commissioners

The government has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), along with four information commissioners, all of whom were bureaucrats, in the Central Information Commission.

Sonia, Rahul never interfered in any defence deal, says A K Antony

Former Defence Minister and senior Congress leader A K Antony on Monday accused the BJP and the government of “manufacturing” lies in the AgustaWestland case and said Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi never interfered in any defence deals during the UPA regime.

Parliament live | Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha adjourned till January 2

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, otherwise known as the Triple Talaq Bill, was set to come up in the Rajya Sabha today, but the House was adjourned as soon as it convened after All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MPs trooped into the well protesting against the Cauvery-Mekedatu dam issue.

Federer relishing ‘once in a lifetime’ clash with Serena at Hopman Cup

The Hopman Cup might have saved its best for last as excitement builds for the most anticipated tennis match involving a man and woman since the “Battle of the Sexes” in the 1970s.

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