Nation Current Affairs 31 Aug 2019 News Digest: A smart ...

News Digest: A smart, speedy recap of the day's headlines

Published Aug 31, 2019, 9:36 pm IST
Updated Aug 31, 2019, 9:36 pm IST
Here are the top national, international headlines of the day.
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Mumbai: Have you missed any news today? Here are the top national, international headlines of the day.

Taliban strikes Afghanistan: Afghan security forces "repelled" a coordinated Taliban assault on the northern city of Kunduz on Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani said, amid competing claims from the insurgents.


Read | Afghan forces claim upper hand after Taliban attack Kunduz city

War is not the solution, says Qureshi: Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan External Affairs Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has stated that war is not an option to deal with the Kashmir issue.

Read | Kashmir issue should not be dealt with war: Pakistan EAM Qureshi

Switzerland goes transparent: This September, tax authorities in India will be able to access banking details of Indians with accounts in Switzerland. The move has been initiated as a result of the beginning of the automatic exchange of information regime between India and Switzerland.


Read | Nothing secret about Swiss bank accounts; details out this September

Final NRC published: The much-awaited updated Final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was released on Saturday, excluding names of over 19 lakh applicants.

A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied to be included in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the document and 19,06,657 excluded, a statement from the NRC State Coordinator's office said.

Read | Over 19 lakh excluded from final National Register of Citizens in Assam

Congress takes a dig at BJP over economic slowdown: Congress leaders hit out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over the growth rate of 5 per cent in April to June quarter.


Read |  'Dismal, disappointing': Cong hits out at govt over growth falls to 5 pc

Manoj Tiwari backs NRC: BJP MP Manoj Tiwari on Saturday said that a National Register of Citizens (NRC) is needed in Delhi as illegal immigrants who have settled here are 'dangerous and the demand will be part of the party's election manifesto for the Assembly polls next year.

Read |  NRC needed in Delhi as situation becoming dangerous: Manoj Tiwari

Congress leader mocks Centre over NRC: Miffed at the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam that excluded over 19 lakh people, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that government should also conduct NRC in Parliament. The Centre came out with the list on Saturday.


Read |  NRC should be conducted in Parliament: Adhir Chowdhury takes dig at Centre

9/11 terror attack mastermind to go on trial: Alleged 9/11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will finally go on trial in 2021, almost two decades after the devastating Al-Qaeda attack, the New York Times reported Friday.

Read |  5 including mastermind in 9/11 terror attack to go on trial in 2021: report

Pakistan minister gets shock while criticising Modi: In a bizarre incident, a Pakistan minister on Friday got an electric shock while criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an Islamabad rally, organised against India's move to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir.


Read |  Watch: 'Modi can't ruin this rally,' says Pak minister after getting electric shock

All you need to know about NRC: The first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was published on July 30, 2018, updated for the first time since 1951, left out over 40 lakh people in Assam.

Read |  From 1947 to 2019: NRC timeline shows milestones in Assam’s history

Twitter CEO's account in trouble: Twitter said Friday the account of chief executive Jack Dorsey had been "compromised" after a series of erratic and offensive messages were posted.


Read |  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account hacked, racist tweets posted

India vs Pakistan: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan is ready for a "conditional dialogue" with India, reported Dunya News quoted a foreign News Agency.

Read |  Pakistan ready for 'conditional dialogue' with India: Shah Mehmood Qureshi