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The US had a rough weekend, with Donald Trump's executive order prohibiting the entry of Muslims from different parts of the world into the country coming into effect. Chaos reigned at the arrivals section of the airports, lawyers came en masse to help those detained or denied entry instead of having valid papers and the people turned out in hordes too. Late on Saturday night, a federal judge in Brooklyn temporarily halted parts of President Trump's sweeping order.
In a public show of bonhomie, Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi addressed their first joint press conference and held a roadshow in Lucknow, giving a call for crushing BJP's politics of "anger and divisiveness". Later Yadav landed in a controversy when he allegedly made derogatory remarks about Mayawati, the leader of the rival Bahujan Samaj Party. His office denied the comments and issued a clarification.
35-year-old Roger Federer came out on top after a rollercoaster ride in the 35th chapter of his rivalry with Rafa Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 and clinch a first grand slam title in four and a half years.
The Election Commission (EC) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are locked in a rare fight, with the latter insisting the former relaxed its cash withdrawal limits for candidates in the forthcoming elections. The EC took serious exceptions over the RBI's reply that such a move was neither desirable not possible under the circumstances.
Investigative agencies are trawling through 1.5 lakh emails of Vijay Mallya, chairman of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, to gather possible evidence of any "undue favours" that may have been given to his firm. These emails, which Mallya sent to senior company officials, political leaders and bankers, may form a part of the CBI's chargesheet on the ₹6,900 crore loan default by Kingfisher Airlines.
Five people were killed after gunmen opened fire in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers. Earlier, a witness told Reuters that up to three gunmen fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Center.
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Mulayam Singh Yadav has said he will not campaign for the Samajwadi Party and has asked his supporters "to raise an aggressive movement against" the party's alliance with the Congress. "This alliance was made against my wish. The Samajwadi Party was in a position to form the government on its own. But Akhilesh Yadavji has taken a wrong decision," the party patriarch told the media this evening.
The impact of demonetisation on corporate earnings may have been overestimated, December quarter earnings data shows. More than 58% of the top firms that have reported their financial results for the three months ending 31 December exceeded or met analysts' estimates. A Mint analysis of 94 of the BSE500 companies shows that 55 have reported earnings that met or beat estimates.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday night stayed in the house of an acquitted Khalistan Commando Force (KCF) militant Gurinder Singh in Moga, kicking off a political row in poll-bound Punjab with Akali Dal and Congress accusing Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of cozying up with the radicals.
In Mint, Saksham Khosla considers the ups and downs of the Universal Basic Income's policy design. From the state's capacity constraints to the dangers of a one-size-fits-all approach, there's plenty to take into account before such a scheme can be successfully implemented, he warns.
In The Indian Express, former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi warns political parties of not promising sops to the public that they won't be able to deliver. "The fact is that manifestoes are perfectly legal, even if their promises are unrealistic and irresponsible," he writes, "The EC had no power to question these." But in the end, the voters don't forget easily and the consequences of making false promises may be costly.
With reference to General Bipin Rawat's appointment as the Army Chief, former Army Chief Nirmal Chander Vij writes in The Hindu that "we should introspect whether we are selecting the most meritorious as Army Commanders and putting forward only the best candidates for the selection of a chief."
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