Daily briefing: Prime Minister Modi and Rishi Sunak discuss speedy conclusion of free trade pact; BCCI fights for pay parity; and more

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Sending Pakistan a harsh message about its “atrocities” against the people of Pakistani-occupied Kashmir, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said “we have barely started walking north, our journey will be complete when we implement the resolution passed unanimously by the Indian Parliament on February 22, 1994 by reaching the remaining parts (of PoK), Gilgit and Baltistan.

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In our Opinion section today, Badri Narayan, a professor at the Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Social Sciences in Allahabad, writes about the importance of a Dalit becoming president of Congress. “The election of Mallikarjun Kharge is interpreted by some as part of the political strategy of the Congress aimed at find his Dalit base. The Dalits have been a lifeline to Congress for many decades, a strong vote bank on which the party has relied to win many elections.

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In their first conversation since Rishi Sunak entered 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the new British Prime Minister and they agreed on the importance of the rapid conclusion of a comprehensive and balanced free trade agreement. India and the UK were due to sign the FTA before Diwali, but missed the deadline due to lack of consensus and transition in UK political leadership.

Yet to publicize an Election Commission recommendation on what action should be taken against Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren over his ownership of a mining lease, more than two months after he was sent, Governor Ramesh Bais indicated action on this, stating in an interview that “an atomic bomb could explode at any moment in Jharkhand”.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, addressing the first “chintan shivir”, or brainstorming session, of Home Ministers and senior police officials from all states, said stated that in addition to combating terrorism and reducing violence in theaters of conflict, the Center also tightened the functioning of NGOs who engaged in “anti-national activities” and “religious conversion”.

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The proposal of the electoral commission on electoral gifts received varying responses from opposition parties – while most, including Congress, see it as overkill, the Akali Dal supported it. The SAD has asked the EC to work out the mechanism it will adopt to verify the “veracity” of the figures given by the parties. During this time, the BJP distinguished between gratuities and welfare measures. A source close to writing the response said the BJP’s response to the EC was in line with what Prime Minister Modi explained to the public.

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij found himself in a rather unpleasant situation on Thursday when Union Home Minister Amit Shah interrupted him four times during his speech and finally forced him to cut short at an event organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Surajkund in Haryana.

To catch those who allegedly cheated in the police sub-inspector recruitment exam, the Karnataka police used a technique of mathematical probability, usually used in bank exams. Here’s how it happened.

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Male and female players under central contract will get the same match fee, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Thursday. This means that players will now get Rs 15 lakh per Test match, Rs 6 lakh for a One-Day International (ODI) and Rs 3 lakh for a T20 International. Till now, they were paid Rs 1 lakh for a white ball game and Rs 4 lakh for a test.

Delhi Confidential: During Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Ayodhya for Deepotsav this month, Ayodhya Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay was absent from the dais during the two programs the prime minister attended. Although he went to Saket College helipad to greet the Prime Minister on his arrival in Ayodhya. He was among the officials named in the Ayodhya land deals, which were investigated by The Indian Express.

In today’s episode of Podcast “3 things”we look at Rishi Sunak, the UK’s new Prime Minister and what it may mean for India, the death of a dengue fever patient from mosambi juice, and delhiair quality index after Diwali.

Until tomorrow,

Rounak Bagchi and Rahel Philipose

Christy J. Olson