The big news: Petrol pumps defer strike until January 13, and nine other top stories
In other headlines: Mulayam Singh Yadav asserted his position as SP chief, and Delhi University was asked to allow inquiry into records in Modi degree row.
A look at the headlines right now:
- Surcharge on card payments will not be levied on petrol pump owners, customers, says petroleum minister: Dharmendra Pradhan said talks were on between banks and oil marketing companies to find a solution to this impasse.
- I am still the Samajwadi Party chief, says Mulayam Singh Yadav: Ram Gopal Yadav did not have the right to declare Akhilesh Yadav the party’s national president as he had been expelled, the SP leader said.
- Delhi University asked to allow inquiry into records of 1978 batch of BA students in Modi degree row: The Central Information Commission dismissed a varsity official’s claim that the data was personal, with no relevance to public interest.
- British-Indian singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt dead at 75: His ‘Where do you go to my lovely’ won the Ivor Novello award, while songs like ‘Kurseong’ and ‘Strategy Chatterjee’ remind the audience of his India connection
- Parliamentary committee summons RBI Governor Urjit Patel, Finance Ministry officials over demonetisation drive: The central bank chief was asked to elaborate on how and by whom the decision on the currency ban was made and its impact on the economy.
- Period of pain and inconveniences is getting over, says Arun Jaitley two months after demonetisation: The Union finance minister said India had been compromised because of ‘tax non-compliances’ and that Modi had introduced a ‘new normal’.
- Istanbul nightclub shooting gunman identified as Uzbek jihadist, member of Islamic State group: The assailant, who is on the run, is believed to have the code name Ebu Muhammed Horasani within the terror outfit, according to Turkish media reports.
- Banks must report all cash deposits made in savings accounts between April 1 and November 9, 2016: Those who did not provide a PAN or Form 60 while opening their accounts will be asked to do so by February 28.
- New regulations will allow stepparents and relatives to adopt children: The rules under the Juvenile Justice Act 2015 has expanded the definition of children eligible for adoption from only orphans, abandoned or surrendered ones.
- Chhattisgarh security forces raped and assaulted at least 16 women in October 2015, says NHRC: The commission has issued a notice to the state government asking why it should not recommend interim monetary relief of Rs 37 lakh to the women.