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The headlines this evening, from the Indian Express.
This is the Catch Up on Three Things for the Indian Express, and I’m Arun George. It’s the sixth of February and here are the headlines.
The Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India kept interest rates unchanged while maintaining an “accommodative stance” so that it could reduce rates further if needed. This is the second consecutive bi-monthly monetary meeting in this financial year 2019-20 in which the repo rate has been kept unchanged. The central bank forecast GDP growth for 2020-21 at 6.0 per cent.
Ten out of 11 JD(S) and Congress MLAs who switched sides to the BJP took oath as ministers in the BS Yediyurappa cabinet in Karnataka. All the MLAs had won from their constituencies in the December 2019 bye-elections after defecting from their parties earlier.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that street agitations against decisions of Parliament and state assemblies like the Citizenship Amendment Act may lead to “anarchy” and that everyone should be worried over it. Defending the contentious law, Modi reiterated in Lok Sabha that it does not affect any Indian citizen and poses no harm to minorities, claimed that those rejected by people in the elections are fuelling protests against it for their “vote bank politics”.
Seven people, including three children, died after inhaling a poisonous gas in a carpet factory in the Jalalpur village in the Bisvan area of Uttar Pradesh. The incident reportedly took place due to gas leakage in the factory, officials said, adding that the factory owner was on the run.
The Republican-controlled Senate voted 52-48 to acquit US President Donald Trump of abuse of power and 53-47 to absolve him of obstruction of Congress, to end the impeachment trial against him. The vote foiled the Democratic Party’s bid to overthrow Trump ahead of the presidential election in November.
This was the Catch Up on 3 Things, for The Indian Express.