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Lunch bulletin: Five stories you need to keep track of

From the government’s plan to merge 27 public sector banks into just six to the terror alert sounded in the country after reports of 10 militants sneaking into the state, here are the stories you need to keep track of today.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2016 14:21 IST
Police check vehicle after high alert in Ahmedabad. State home department has heightened security in the state following the Intelligence Bureau's warning of a possible terror attack on Gujarat.
Police check vehicle after high alert in Ahmedabad. State home department has heightened security in the state following the Intelligence Bureau's warning of a possible terror attack on Gujarat.(PTI)

From the government’s plan to merge 27 public sector banks into just six to the terror alert sounded in the country after reports of 10 militants sneaking into the state, here are the stories you need to keep track of today.

Terror alert on Shivratri: Heavy security at Somnath, Kashi Vishwanath

Devotees passed through eight security checks and security personnel on horseback patrolled the beach near Somnath temple in Gujarat on Monday amidst a nationwide alert for possible terror strikes at religious places.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to meet top officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and R&AW on Monday to discuss the security scenario following Pakistani national security adviser Naseer Khan Janjua informing his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval about 10 militants sneaking into Gujarat from Pakistan.

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Man who offered Rs 11 lakh to shoot Kanhaiya has Rs 150 in bank

The Purvanchal Sena president, Adarsh Sharma, who announced a bounty of Rs 11 lakh on the head of JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, has only Rs 150 in his bank account, police said.

Sharma, who lives a rented accommodation at Rohini, also owes rent for several months, an official privy to the investigation against him.

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Government may merge 27 public sector banks into just six

With public sector banks under pressure to tackle their dismal bad loan scenario, consolidation is the way forward, and this could bring down the number of lenders to about six from the present 27, participants in the recently-held Gyan Sangam, a retreat for chiefs of public sector banks and financial institutions, told HT.

The time frame for the mergers will ensure there are no disruptions, the sources said. As banks are short-staffed, a downsizing would not be required, they said.

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Amit Shah to announce new BJP team, no word on Congress reshuffle

As parties get ready for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP president Amit Shah will announce his team on Monday while the Congress remains mum on its organisational reshuffle.

The BJP’s team of national office bearers is not expected to go through any big change though.

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Quantico to ‘reset’ each season but Priyanka will always be the focus

Priyanka Chopra’s international TV series Quantico has returned with the second part and now its creator and show-runner Josh Safran says the show’s storyline will hit the reset button every season with Chopra’s role as the “focal point”.

ABC handed out 15 renewals on Thursday, including Quantico. And Safran spilled some beans about what’s coming up in the series while talking to variety.com.

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