Must Read News Articles – December 18


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In surprise move, Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat appointed next Army Chief: In a surprise move, the government on Saturday announced Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next Chief of Army Staff. Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, presently the Vice Chief of Indian Air Force (IAF) has been appointed the next Air Chief.

J&K has no sovereignty: SCJammu and Kashmir has “no vestige” of sovereignty outside the Indian Constitution, and citizens of the State are “first and foremost” citizens of India, the Supreme Court has held.


Tajikistan, India step up security ties: Tajikistan and India signed an agreement on Saturday against terror financing and money laundering.


Uncovering the surge in renal failure deaths: While hypertension and cardiovascular disease are significantly associated with increased risk of renal failure deaths, diabetes is the leading factor.


Reviewing legal framework for securing digital payments’: The focus is to review the legal framework for digital payments and cybersecurity.

Taxman can scrutinise political party accounts, says Govt: The finance ministry sought to clarify on Saturday that deposits of demonetised high-value currency notes into political parties’ bank accounts could also be subjected to scrutiny under the Income Tax law.

Indian Express

Enough : Out of my mind : The fiasco of the ATM machine recalibration was sad

Live Mint

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