Friday Evening News Brief, September 8

Friday evening brief Sep 8 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Supreme Court banned all anti-NEET protests in Tamil Nadu. The apex court directed the Tamil Nadu government that anybody involved in any kind of activity that stalls normal life of citizens in the state should be booked under the appropriate law. The top court issued notice to Tamil Nadu government on a plea seeking a direction to the state to maintain law and order situation and ensure that no agitation, strike or protest by political parties or individuals be allowed against the NEET examination.
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Any clues Gauri Lankesh’s murder will be rewarded, Karnataka govt said. The Karnataka government announced a reward of Rs 10 lakhs to anyone who provides clues about Lankesh’s murder. This comes a day after the police asked public to share any information that they may have in connection with the case through a specific phone number and e-mail id. The state government had formed a 21-member SIT team to probe the killing of Lankesh, the journalist-activist known to be an anti-establishment voice. Her cold-blooded murder has led to a wave of country-wide protests and condemnation across the political spectrum.
Misbehaving on a flight could ground you anywhere from three months to a lifetime. The aviation ministry issued India’s first ever “no fly list” which comes into effect with immediate effect. However, it comes with checks and balances to ensure that airlines do not have a free run in labelling anyone an unruly passenger and then ground him or her. The list has three levels for disruptive behaviour with different grounding periods. The ban will be doubled in case of repeat offences. Apart from Indian carriers, even foreign carriers can make use of the new provisions.
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China and Pakistan took swipes at Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan policy. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing stood firmly behind its “ironclad friend” Pakistan, even though “some countries” did not give Islamabad the credit it deserved in fighting terrorism, a pointed reference to the US. Pakistani Foreign Minister’s first trip abroad to Beijing this week appeared to highlight how ties between the two all-weather allies have grown even closer while Pakistan’s critical relationship with the US is disintegrating amid mutual recriminations and distrust.
Pilots’ body threatened stir against DGCA official if the regulator acts against any pilot. Indian Commercial Pilots’ Association (ICPA), union of the erstwhile Indian Airlines’ pilots, threatened to launch protest after the DGCA threatened to ground 132 pilots and 430 cabin crew members of Air India for skipping alcohol test. The ICPA says Air India or its crew members are not at fault as the violation happened due to lack of clarity on rules. “This is a clear case of vindication (sic) by (DGCA official),” an ICPA letter issued by its general secretary Captain T Praveen Keerthi said.
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