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UP Election: Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi to hold joint road show in Agra

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will address a joint public meeting on Friday in Agra days after the duo addressed their first joint press conference and held a road show in Lucknow walking shoulder to shoulder.

The two leaders are expected to send out a strong message to party cadres, urging them to work together to ensure the defeat of Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) and Bahujan Samaj Party ( BSP) in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

Earlier on 29 January, the duo in their maiden outing in Lucknow shared tight hugs and warm handshake besides donning same coloured jackets.

Gandhi dominated the interaction comparing the alliance between the Samajwadi Party and Congress with the confluence of the rivers of Ganga and Yamuna that join at 'sangam' to form the river Saraswati.

Aircel Maxis case: Subramanian Swamy to present case against Chidambaram in SC

The hearing in the Aircel-Maxis case will continue in the Supreme Court on 3 February, where the main plaintiff - Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy, will present his case of an illegality been committed by the then finance minister P. Chidambaram in granting FIPB clearance to the Rs 3,500 crore deal in 2006.

This comes after a Special CBI Court discharged former Telecommunications minister, Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran, Kalanithi's wife Kavery Kalanithi, South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) Managing Director K. Shanmugam and two companies -- SAFL and Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) in two different cases due to lack of evidence.

However, Swamy had downplayed the verdict given, stating that the main case of 'illegal' Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance given to the firm is pending in the Supreme Court on Friday.

Swamy has asserted that Chidambaram had committed illegality while granting Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to Rs 3500-crore Aircel-Maxis deal in 2006.

Demonetisation: 18 lakh people have made unexpectedly hefty cash deposits

Huge deposits of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move have come under the scanner, with the use of new government software.

Under the initiative, 'Operation Clean Money', the Income Tax department (I-T) has already identified at least 18 lakh people who have made unexpectedly hefty cash deposits, mostly over Rs. 5 lakh, between 8 November and 30 December.

They have been sent emails and phone text messages that seek explanation about the source of funds and a response within 10 days.

Sushil Chandra, Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told ANI, "More messages will be sent soon. Chandra said that during the course of investigation, department has identified that more than 4.17 lakh crore suspicious deposits were made from 18 lakh assesses during November 9 to 31st of December. The 18 lakh account holders under the IT Dept's scanner include those who deposited over 5 lakh. Data analytics has been used for comparing thedemonetisation data with information in ITD databases. In the first batch, around 18 lakh persons were identified in whose case, cash transactions do not appear to be in line with the tax payer's profile".

Uber CEO drops out of Donald Trump's business advisory council

In a shocking fallout to the recent immigration order by the United States President, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has dropped out of Trump's business advisory council.

Kalanick said he was not participating because of the president's immigration order in a memo to employees, reports the CNN.

"Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community," Kalanick said in the memo obtained by CNN.

"I also let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that."

Kalanick was one of 16 business leaders on the council, which was scheduled to have its first meeting on Friday.

UK: 4-month-old boy becomes part of Brexit history

Norwich MP Chloe Smith's 4-year-old baby Alastair made history by becoming a part of Brexit history after he was allowed inside the House of Commons.

Smith had interrupted her maternity leave to vote on triggering Britain's divorce from the EU.

Alastair became the first infant of a Conservative MP to be taken into the House of Commons chamber.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow had his hands full during the 17 hours of debate on legislation to pave the way the UK's exit from the European Union.

But he did not flinch as Smith brought her four-month-old baby to the Commons to support the Government in a vote on the European Union (Notification Of Withdrawal) Bill, Eastern Daily Press reported.