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The big news: Government to face no-trust vote in Lok Sabha on Friday, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: The Lok Sabha passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, and the RBI said it will issue new Rs 100 notes in lavender colour.

A look at the headlines right now.

  1. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar reiterates that government will win Friday’s no-trust vote: The Opposition staged a walkout after Rajnath Singh blamed fake news for incidents of lynching.
  2. Lok Sabha passes bill to allow seizure of assets of fugitive economic offenders: The Rajya Sabha passed amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act that would make giving bribes an offence.
  3. RBI to issue new Rs 100 banknotes in lavender colour: The currency note will have the motif of Rani Ki Vav, a stepwell in Patan town of Gujarat that is a UNESCO world heritage site.
  4. CBI files fresh chargesheet against P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case: The agency said it has discovered two sets of money trails in connection with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance.
  5. Opposition parties say they will stop Centre from amending the RTI Act: The amendments propose that the term of the chief information commissioner and other commissioners be fixed by the government, among other things.
  6. Note ban reduced GDP growth in certain districts by up to 7.3 percentage points, shows World Bank study: A research working paper published by the international organisation says that districts where informal activities are most prevalent were affected the most.
  7. Security forces kill eight suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, say police: The operation is still under way in a forest along the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts.
  8. Verify cross-LoC traders in a month, deregister those without documents, says Governor: NN Vohra reviewed cross-Line of Control trade and asked authorities to prevent the smuggling of narcotics and banned substances.
  9. States will be asked to vouch for accuracy of translation of NEET question papers, says Centre: The Madras High Court has asked for 196 grace marks to be awarded to all students who took the test in Tamil this year, on account of mistranslation.
  10. Turkey lifts state of emergency two years after failed coup: The decision comes weeks after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was re-elected.
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