Friday Evening News Brief, October 27

Friday evening brief Oct 27 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Trump admin said that if Pakistan fails to act against terrorists, the US will get the job done in its own way. US secretary of state Rex Tillerson told Pakistan that it must take action against terrorist groups and dismantle their safe havens on its soil, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said. The development comes a day after Tillerson concluded his maiden trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Read.
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The Centre has urged states to identify and track properties of nearly 2.1 lakh shell firms struck off by the government. Minister of state for law, justice and corporate affairs P P Chaudhary told state government representatives that the process of identification of such properties needs to be completed at the earliest and information be shared with the corporate affairs ministry in a time-bound manner.
PM Modi may address 50 to 70 rallies to woo voters across South Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch and Central Gujarat. The BJP is pinning its hopes on Prime Minister’s charisma to pull off a massive victory for the party in Gujarat in the election. During the upcoming polls, Modi is likely to do ‘social media town halls’ and address several public meetings using digital media.
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The Supreme Court today said that the Blue Whale challenge is a ‘national problem’. The apex court directed state-run Doordarshan and private television channels to help create awareness about the deadly game, by telecasting the dangers of the game in their prime time programmes. The Centre informed the court that it has set up an expert committee to look into the issue and file a report within three weeks.
Senior journalist Vinod Verma was today arrested by the Chhattisgarh police on charges of extortion. The former BBC scribe has maintained that he was innocent and was being framed. “I have a sex CD of Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat and that is why the government of Chhattisgarh is not happy with me,” the journalist was quoted as saying. The police has seized 500 CDS, pen drives, laptops from his house.
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