QBullet: Netaji Files to be Declassified in January, Modi on Dadri

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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, at 7, Race Course Road, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI)

1. Process of Declassifying Netaji Files to Begin on January 23: Modi

The process of declassifying files relating to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will begin on his birth anniversary on January 23, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi according to The Indian Express. He met 35 members of Netaji’s extended family at his 7, Race Course Road residence on Wednesday. While making the announcement, the PM also said that he sees no reason to “strangle history”.

The hour-long interaction saw Netaji’s family members requesting for declassification of the files that are available with the Centre.

Read the full report here.

2. PM Calls Dadri ‘Unfortunate’; Shiv Sena Reminds Modi of Godhra

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday reminded Narendra Modi about his Godhra past while countering his criticism of the Sena’s role in the recent controversies in Mumbai. “The country first came to know of Modi because of the Godhra carnage,” Raut said.

Breaking his silence, Modi described the Dadri incident and Shiv Sena’s opposition to Ghulam Ali’s concert as “undesirable and unfortunate”.

Read the full report on The Quint.

3. NSEL Scandal: Rajiv Mehrishi Sent Note to Jaitley on ‘Blatant Attempt’ to Help Shah

In a scathing note to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, four days before he demitted office as Finance Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi, who is now the Home Secretary, said the Department of Revenue had launched a “blatant attempt” to help “Shri Jignesh Shah at the cost of the investors who have been cheated in the NSEL scam”, reports The Indian Express.

He said the Revenue Department had come to Shah’s “rescue” against the government’s effort to merge the National Spot Exchange (NSEL) with its holding company Financial Technologies (FTIL) promoted by Shah.

Read the full report here.

4. After Chandel Ambush, Dogra Soldiers Stay on in Manipur to Hit Back

The Dogra battalion of the army that lost 18 men in the Chandel ambush of June 4 has been allowed to stay on in Manipur four months after it was supposed to move to Chandigarh. The movement of the unit to a peace location near Chandigarh in July has been deferred “for a few months” after its commanding officer requested army headquarters for a tenure extension to strike back at the insurgents, a senior officer told the Hindustan Times. Such extensions are rarely, if ever, granted.

The Chandel ambush bears the infamy of having the highest number of army casualties in a single incident in nearly two decades.

Read the full report here.

5. Indian Hand in Apple’s $862-million Lawsuit Liability

Apple faces up to $862 million in damages after a US jury found that the chips powering coveted devices of the iPhone maker infringe on technology patented by Wisconsin University researchers, reports the Times of India.

The work of Gurinder Sohi and TN Vijaykumar, Indian researchers and alumni of BITS-Pilani, is central to the lawsuit, underscoring the seminal role that Indian engineers play in the US high-tech ecosystem. The university’s research arm had sued Apple in 2014, alleging infringement of its 1998 patent for improving chip efficiency.

Read the full report here.

6. BoB Case: Fake Fronts for Money Laundering Spread from New Delhi to Mexico City

The Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate have arrested six persons in connection to the illegal remittance of over Rs 6,000 crore from Bank of Baroda to various companies in Hong Kong and Dubai. As their questioning goes on, the agencies are likely to gather more clues to determine who exactly the money belonged to.

Documents accessed by DNA show that the transfer of over Rs 6,000 crore to Hong Kong through a single Delhi-based branch of Bank of Baroda has benami actors not just in India, but spread across the globe.

Read the full report here.

7. Congress Leader Bajwa Demands President’s Rule in Punjab

Two people were killed in police firing on Wednesday as protests over the alleged desecration of the holy book of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib, spread to several villages in Fardikot, Punjab. Accusing the state government of being unable to contain the situation, state Congress chief, Pratap Singh Bajwa said police had let loose a reign of terror.

Read the full report on The Quint.

8. MNCs Growing Deep Roots in Country’s Poorest District

Nabarangpur district in Orissa is India’s poorest district with over 70 per cent Adivasi and Dalit population — and yet a booming market for multinational and large domestic seed companies, reports The Indian Express.

The likes of Bayer CropScience, Syngenta, DuPont-Pioneer, Tata-Metahelix, US Agriseeds, Shriram Bioseed, JK Seeds and Advanta are reckoned to have sold 600-650 tonnes of hybrid paddy seeds in Nabarangpur district this kharif season. At an average of six kg planted per acre, these would have covered more than one lakh acres.

Read the full report here.

9. Centre Blocks Two Websites on Islamic State

The Union government has blocked at least 60 websites this year for allegedly promoting the militant outfit, Islamic State, and posting terror-related content, a senior government official said, reports The Hindu. On Wednesday, the government blocked two websites related to IS and two Facebook pages for promoting jihadi activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) received requests to block the websites from Intelligence agencies monitoring objectionable content on the Internet.

Read the full report here.

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