Friday Morning News Brief, November 24

Friday morning brief Nov 24 2017
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Three persons were killed and seven others injured after 13 coaches of Vasco da Gama-Patna Express derailed near UP’s Banda. The incident took place near Manikpur in Uttar Pradesh at 4:18 AM, a railway official said. Prima facie the cause of accident looks like fractured railway track as per local assessment, UP ADG (law and order) said. Railways has issued helpline numbers for kin of accident victims. Read.
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Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed walked from house arrest as a free man and said he will fight for ‘Kashmir cause’. Moments after the release he said he will gather people across Pakistan and help the Kashmiris secure “freedom”. The JuD head, who carries a bounty of $10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, was set free after the Pakistan government decided against detaining him further in any case.
China has hinted that it can rename CPEC if India joins its One Belt One Road connectivity plan. The ambassador had said during a speech in Delhi last week that China “can change the name of CPEC” and “create an alternative corridor through Jammu & Kashmir, Nathu La pass or Nepal to deal with India’s concerns”. Chinese investments in Nepal and Myanmar are meant to pressure India to join the initiative but India has not responded to these overtures so far.
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Bus conductor who was arrested on charges of killing seven-year-old Ryan school student said police brutality compelled him to confess. “Soon after the tragedy, some 5-6 cops picked me up and took me to the Sohna crime unit, where they administered two injections and electric shock, and thrashed me mercilessly. They forced me to admit I was the killer, while assuring me that after a fortnight, they would help me get a government counsel to help me fight my case,” bus conductor, Ashok Kumar said.
The government has said Facebook and other social media giants cannot have exclusive access to programmes under the Digital India policy. “India does not believe in exclusivity. When you talk about digital inclusion, we also mean internet inclusion, we also mean internet democracy,” IT and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. He said India does not believe in any kind of negotiations when it comes to open access.
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