Friday morning news brief, July 28 2017

Friday morning brief Jul 28 2017
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The newly formed Nitish Kumar government in Bihar will take the floor test at 11 am today. Nitish has claimed the support of 132 MLAs, including 71 of JD(U) and 53 of BJP. NDA allies LJP and RLSP have two MLAs each, and Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) has one. Nitish also has the support of four Independents. The ‘magic figure’ in the 243-member House is 122. Read
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NSA Ajit Doval met Chinese state councillor Yang Jiechi in Beijing yesterday. They discussed the possibility of diplomatic efforts to deescalate the Doklam confrontation. Soon after, China’s official Xinhua news agency made a strong plea to avoid the possibility of a conflict. Doval will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping today.
The Pakistan Supreme Court will announce its verdict in the ‘Panamagate’ case today. The case involves PM Nawaz Sharif and his children, who have been accused of holding offshore assets and shell companies. Two judges of a five-member bench had recommended disqualification of Sharif in their April 20 judgment, while three judges had recommended formation of a JIT to probe the charges.
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos briefly became the world’s richest man on Thursday. It came as stock in the company hit an all-time high. Microsoft founder Bill Gates reclaimed the lead by afternoon, as Amazon’s stock fell. Bezos has a 17% stake in Amazon, valued at more than $87 billion at the peak. Bezos also owns The Washington Post through a holding company.
Supreme Court has cleared the release of the film “Indu Sarkar”, which purportedly depicts the Emergency period. The court held there was nothing wrong in dramatising historical facts on screen. The bench, after going through the trailer of the Madhur Bhandarkar film, said a movie was not a documentary and filmmakers were allowed to present facts in a dramatised fashion.
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