Friday evening news brief, January 19

Friday evening brief Jan 19 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Election Commission has recommended that 20 MLAs of Aam Aadmi party be disqualified for holding ‘office of profit’. 21 AAP MLAs were appointed parliamentary secretaries in 2015 soon after AAP won a thumping majority in Delhi. A petition was filed in the High Court, challenging the appointment on the grounds that the posts come under ‘office of profit’. The Delhi High Court refused to grant any interim relief to the AAP MLAs in response to a petition filed by them. Read more
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After the Missile Technology Control Regime and the Wassenaar Arrangement, India has gained entry into the ‘Australia Group’. This move is expected to raise New Delhi’s stature in the field of non-proliferation and also help it acquire critical technologies. The Australia Group is a cooperative and voluntary group of countries working to counter the spread of materials, equipment, and technologies that could contribute to the development or acquisition of chemical and biological weapons by states or terrorist groups.
TRAI has allowed Wi-Fi and mobile services on board for flyers in and over India. While the internet can be provided from the moment a plane takes off and personal electronic devices (PED) have to be put on flight mode, mobile services can be allowed when aircraft are over an altitude of 3,000 metres. The in-flight connectivity service provider could be permitted to use either Indian Satellite System or foreign satellite capacity leased through DoS or foreign satellites outside INSAT systems in the Indian airspace.
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The Ministry of External Affairs has said that there are no plans of a Modi-Abbasi meet at Davos. The annual meet of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is scheduled to begin on January 22. PM Modi will address the opening plenary on January 23. MEA has said that there will be no bilateral meeting between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan on the sidelines of WEF.
Release of the movie ‘PadMan’ has been postponed to February 9. According to reports, ‘Padmaavat’ director Bhansali, who faced more than his share of trials over the past months leading up to the film’s release, met and requested Akshay to push back the release of his film. ‘PadMan’ will now share the box-office with Sidharth Malhotra’s ‘Aiyaary’ when it hits theatres on February 9. ‘Padmaavat’ on the other hand is scheduled to release on January 25.
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