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Former CAG Vinod Rai appointed head of new body overseeing PSU banks

Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai has been appointed the chairman of a new Bank Board Bureau which aims to reform appointments for top-level posts at public sector banks and improve their governance, reports The Indian Express.

Rai's appointment was announced in a statement from the finance ministry after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the constitution of the Bank Board Bureau on Sunday.

Rai was the CAG when spectrum allocation losses amounting to Rs 1,70,000 crore during the UPA II government had been exposed.

Congress wants India-Pak World T20 match in Dharamshala cancelled

The Congress in Himachal Pradesh is demanding the cancellation of the World T20 match between India and Pakistan at Dharamshala on 19 March to respect the sentiments of family members of those killed in the 2 January terrorist attack on the Pathankot air base, reports The Indian Express.

The party will hold rallies and dharnas all over the state to ensure that the BCCI either cancels the match or holds it elsewhere, said PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu.

"We are not opposed to the game but this match between India and Pakistan can't be allowed," said Sukhu.

Bihar doctors want arms licences to protect themselves against criminals

More than 160 doctors in Bihar have applied for arms licences to carry guns in order to protect themselves from criminals, reports the Hindustan Times.

"We have also appealed to the director general of police (DGP) to sanction arms licences liberally to the doctors for the safety of their lives and property," said Dr Harihar Dikshit, honorary secretary of the IMA. "We firmly believe that in an atmosphere of fear and insecurity, doctors can't deliver their best and ultimately they will be forced to migrate to safer places outside Bihar," he said.

Thane family murders were planned: Police

Hasain Warekar who killed 14 members of his family before killing himself had planned the murders in detail, reports The Indian Express. Hasnain murdered his parents, wife and children, as well as his sister and their children before hanging himself at the Warekar family home in Thane in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A preliminary investigation by the Thane police has learned that Hasnain had invited his three married sisters and their children to a family dinner, but had specifically excluded their husbands. The investigation also discovered that Hasnain had been accused of sedating members of his family in the past.

Bastar IG links Umar Khalid with Soni Sori

Bastar Inspector General of Police SRP Kalluri said on Sunday that JNU student Umar Khalid could be part of a plot involving AAP legislator Soni Sori who had been smeared with a chemical substance on 20 February, reports The Indian Express.

In a press release, Kalluri said: "Umar Khalid, who shouted anti-India slogans and pro-Pakistan slogans in JNU Delhi, who is in jail on charges of sedition, mentioned the attack on Soni Sori and the (Jagdalpur) Legal Aid Group."

This, said the IG ".shows that the Soni Sori incident has been conducted because of a conspiracy, and it is essential to expose the case."

Pakistan arrests 3 in Pathankot case

The Pakistan Police on Saturday arrested three suspects in connection with the 2 January Pathankot terror attack, reports The Indian Express. The men have been sent to a six-day police remand by an anti-terrorism court.

Khalid Mahmood, Irshadul Haque and Muhammad Shoaib went before an anti-terrorism court in Gujanwala district on Saturday and were handed over to the Counter-Terrorism Department, said a Pakistani newspaper.

The three men denied the charges and were shifted to an undisclosed location for investigation.

Sangh leaders warn Muslim community of 'final battle'

BJP leaders on Sunday threatened the Muslim community with "a final battle" during a condolence meeting held by the Sangh Parivar in Agra after the murder of VHP worker Arun Mahaur by some Muslim men last week, reports The Indian Express.

Sangh leaders including the BJP's Agra MP Ram Shankar Katheria, union minister of state in the HRD ministry, and the BJP's Fatehpur Sikri MP Babu Lal said that preparations had been made to revenge Mahaur's murder before the 13-day death rituals are over.

BS Bassi retires, Alok Kumar Verma takes charge as Delhi Police Commissioner

Following the retirement of BS Bassi, Alok Kumar Verma has taken charge as the Delhi Police Commissioner. The 1979-batch officer, who is currently Director General (Prisons), will hold the post till July 2017. Delhi Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi, on his last day, said the men in uniform never work under 'political pressure'.

Arun Jaitley presents the Budget in Parliament

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the General Budget for the year 2016-17 in Parliament today. He said the NDA government's agenda for the year included undertaking transformative measures based on nine pillars for India. The Finance Minister said agriculture, rural sector, social sector, education, skill and job creation to make India a knowledge based and productive economy, infrastructure investment, financial sector reforms, governance reforms and ease of doing business, fiscal discipline and tax reforms to reduce compliance burden would be focus areas

Kebab lands man in trouble. Vienna police slaps 70 euro fine

Edin Mehic has been fined for offending public decency. He burped loudly in public after eating a kebab. Mehic was fined for belching while standing close to a policeman in the city's famous Prater Park.

Writing on Facebook, Mehic said he burped after eating a kebab with too much onion. Moments later, he wrote, "I felt a hand on my shoulder". "But what had I done?... I was being reported for a 'decency violation', the policeman shouted. "I had a long discussion with him about why he wasn't picking up real criminals who were obviously consuming and selling completely legal drugs. That didn't get us very far."

Mehic posted a photograph of the fine on his Facebook page, which says that he violated "public decency with a loud belch next to a police officer." Police spokesman Roman Hahslinger on Monday confirmed that Mehic had been fined for the offending burp, a report in the Guardian said.

Unicef warns of severe child malnourishment in North Korea

About 25,000 children in North Korea require immediate treatment for malnutrition after a drought cut food production by a fifth and the government reduced rations, Unicef has warned. The UN's children's fund is asking for $18m in donations for its North Korea work as part of a global 1.9 bn pounds humanitarian appeal for children.

It said the money needed for its work had doubled in three years, driven by global conflicts and extreme weather that were forcing growing numbers of children from their homes and exposing millions more to food shortages, violence, disease and abuse. For the first time, it said a quarter of the worldwide appeal would go towards educating children in emergencies, focusing on 5 million children affected by the Syrian civil war, which is now in its fifth year.

In North Korea, Unicef said severe drought during 2015 in four agricultural provinces led to a 20% reduction in crop production compared with 2014.