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  • The PM’s speech will be highly anticipated, given the context. His government has sought to address the slowdown in the Indian economy, with measures that range from corporate tax cuts to innovative choices for personal income tax payers. The government is also getting ready for a possibly mega IPO of LIC.

    Vodafone Idea, a joint venture between Britain's Vodafone Group Plc and India's Idea Cellular, is the most vulnerable of the mobile carriers ordered on Friday to immediately pay billions in unpaid government dues and interest following a Supreme Court ruling. It has said it cannot immediately pay the $3.9 billion it owes.

    The term of the previous law panel had ended in August last year. With the cabinet approval, the law ministry will now notify the new panel, which will have a term of three years.

    Days after reinstating a Backward Caste Commission, the state government amended the Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes Act. 1993. Not listed as an agenda until Monday evening, the passing of the bill was swift with almost no discussion. Patnaik, CM for a consecutive fourth term, leads 113 MLAs (including him) in an assembly of 147.

    During his budget speech, state Finance Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna said the Chief Minister Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (CMAPS) and the Yuva Udyamita Vikas Abhiyan (YUVA) will make the youth self-dependent.

    As Trump heads to India on his first official trip on Monday, negotiators have been trying for weeks to put together a limited accord. But no breakthrough has yet been announced and a planned trip by United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was cancelled, underlining the difficulties the two sides face in narrowing differences.

    A cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday decided to instruct local self-government institutions to identify three cents of land each in their respective areas alongside the state and national highways for constructing toilets.

    Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Purushottam Pathak also directed the Delhi Police to send a reminder to the city government seeking requisite sanctions to prosecute Kumar. The court passed the directions after police submitted that permission to prosecute Kumar and others has not been granted yet and the letter requesting sanction is pending with GNCTD.

    Parrikar, who was defence minister from November 9, 2014 to March 14, 2017, died on March 17 last year in Panaji at Goa due to pancreatic cancer. He steered the Defence Ministry "through the tough challenges of attacks like Pathankot and Uri and responded to these with exemplary boldness", said a government statement on Tuesday.

    Work on the first project of 203 km started in 2015 and was scheduled to be completed in 2018. Now Modi has fixed December 2020 as the new deadline for this. Both these highways are the main routes to Varanasi, an official said, and the double-lane roads are choc-a-block with traffic.

    The minister reiterated that any country which does not allow equal, reciprocal access to our products and services in their country, by law we will stop them from participating in government contracts in India. “I would urge all to use this reciprocity clause and if you do not use, you are actually hurting India's interest,” he said.

    The case is at the heart of the issue of reservation in promotions. The expeditious hearings will bring relief to the government when Parliament reconvenes on March 2. The Centre has been under attack from the Opposition which has demanded clarity on the issue of reservation in promotions for SCs and STs.

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