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The Morning Wrap: Petrol Pumps To Accept Card Payments Till 13 Jan; MS Dhoni Was Asked To Leave

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09/01/2017 8:13 AM IST | Updated 09/01/2017 9:13 AM IST
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Petrol pump owners deferred their decision to not accept credit and debit card payments for fuel sales till January 13 after banks put off the move to levy the transaction charge. To promote cash-less transactions, the government waived the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on purchase of fuel post demonetisation for the consumers. But after the expiry of the 50-day window, the banks have decided to levy MDR on petrol pump owners.

On 11 June 2015, the commandos of the 21 Para Regiment were on a mission to avenge the slaughter of 18 Dogra soldiers by Naga militants in the Chandel district of Manipur on 4 June, when they ran into a group of local hunters out to get easy game. What happened next was chilling. The commandos ran into trouble but ended up destroying terror camps.

Questioning his role in demonetisation, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), headed by Congress leader KV Thomas, has asked Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel a set of 10 questions and told him to appear before it on January 28. A questionnaire was sent to him on December 30, where he was also asked by the committee why he should not be prosecuted for abuse of power if there were no laws restricting the amount of money people could withdraw from their accounts.

Main News

India is now actively discussing the possible sale of the indigenously developed Akash surface-to-air missile systems to Vietnam, even as the two countries steadily crank up their bilateral military ties with an eye on a confrontational China in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not relinquish captaincy of India's limited-overs teams but was nudged by the selectors into making the "bombshell announcement". They told him his time at the helm was up, sources said to the Hindustan Times in an exclusive story.

From April 1, workers in rural India enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, which mandates 100 days of work for a household a year, must have an Aadhaar card, a government order said.

Off The Front Page

Mulayam Singh Yadav arrived at the Samajwadi Party headquarters with his younger brother Shivpal this morning and locked all the rooms that had been occupied by his son and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's supporters. He later flew to Delhi, where he tried to stop Akhilesh camp from its bid to obtain the party election symbol, the cycle, from the Election Commission.

IAS officers in Kerala appeared set on taking mass casual leave today to protest a series of corruption cases filed against senior bureaucrats by the IPS head of the state's anti-graft watchdog, media reports have said. Kerala's babus want the Left Democratic Front government to rein in Jacob Thomas, director of the state's vigilance and anti-corruption bureau, whom they accuse of "abusing his powers".

A man tried to use the spate of molestation allegations in Bengaluru as a decoy to carry on his extra-marital affair with his sister-in-law, the police said on Sunday. The alleged stalker is the woman's brother-in-law and he plotted the incident meticulously because her parents were trying to marry her off.

Opinion

On the occasion of the 15th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, KC Singh writes in The Hindu that the challenge before India lies in the way it taps its widespread disapora's financial and intellectual capital. To do this, it needs to adopt a wise, pro-active, secular, non-jingoistic tone.

The holy trinity of the three Khans — Aamir-Salman-Shah Rukh — soared to the top in the late 80s-early 90s and never abdicated that spot, regardless of hits and flops. But is their tremendous popular appeal finally on the wane? Shubhra Gupta looks at the future of their fandom in The Indian Express.

An editorial in the Hindustan Times says its time to shed the prejudice towards women and allow them entry into Sabarimala. "With time and progress... outdated beliefs about the purity of women and barring widows from some temples should have been changed by forces from within the Hindu fold," it says. "These customs were framed in a different time and place and cannot be considered to be cast in stone."

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