Friday Morning News Brief, April 21

Friday morning brief Apr 21 2017
Good morning!
Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The JD(U) yesterday appealed to the opposition parties to field a common candidate for the presidential polls. The appeal comes against the backdrop of JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar visiting Sonia Gandhi at her 10 Janpath residence yesterday. The two leaders met for half an hour and talked about the need for greater coordination and planning among the opposition parties.
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Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad is back in the news, this time for creating a ruckus after failing to get money from an ATM. According to the police, the MP from Osmanabad failed to get money from an ATM in Maharashtra’s Latur and shouted at a bank official for keeping it empty. He reportedly used objectionable language while his supporters obstructed traffic near the bus stand where the incident took place.
The Supreme Court has said that 25% of the ex-husband’s net salary should constitute as ‘proper’ alimony. The apex court said the amount of maintenance or permanent alimony must be sufficient to ensure that a woman lived with dignity after separating from her husband. The ruling follows the court’s inclination to protect claims of women in matrimonial disputes affecting their financial status.
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Australia yesterday announced tougher citizenship laws for new applicants, days after scrapping a popular visa programme. Under the new reforms unveiled by PM Malcolm Turnbull, the applicants must be permanent residents for at least four years – three years longer than at present – and must be committed to embrace “Australian values”. They must also possess higher English language skills.
The CBSE has asked its schools to shut down shops selling textbooks, uniforms, and similar articles within their premises. The board asked schools yesterday to strictly comply with its affiliation byelaws and “not indulge in commercial activities”. The board had received complaints from parents on schools “indulging in commercial activities” despite being asked not to do so.
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