Monday Evening News Brief, April 17

Monday evening brief Apr 17 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Unruly flyers in Air India flights will soon have to pay hefty fines. The airline is planning to fine Rs 5 lakh for delaying a flight up to an hour; Rs 10 lakh for delay between one and two hours and Rs 15 lakh for delaying beyond two hours. Apart from paying huge fees for unruly behaviour, these passengers will also face immediate registering of police complaints. The airline took this step after three cases of high-handedness by MPs in recent past.
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US national security adviser Lieutenant General HR McMaster arrived in Islamabad today. This unannounced visit comes a day after he hinted the US could take a tougher stance on Pakistan. It was the first visit by a top member of Trump’s administration to the militancy-hit country, and came after a stop in neighbouring Afghanistan where he suggested Washington may take a stronger line on Islamabad, for years seen as an unreliable US ally.
Former BCCI president Srinivasan can’t represent the Board at ICC meet, Supreme Court said. The court said that since Srinivasan has been held guilty by the apex court for conflict of interest, he cannot be allowed to represent the BCCI in the ICC meeting. The apex court allowed BCCI’s Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary to represent the cricket board at the ICC meeting on April 24 and directed BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to accompany him.
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The Supreme Court ordered the auction of Sahara Group’s Aamby Valley property. The apex court’s order comes after the group failed to deposit instalment of Rs 300 crore. It also rapped disgraced Sahara chief Subrata Roy and said he “would do well” to keep his promises and not go back on anything he agrees to in court. In August 2012, the court had ordered Sahara to repay over Rs 25,000 crore to investors.
Adityanath compared those silent on triple talaq to mute spectators of Draupadi’s disrobing. “I’m reminded of everyone staying silent when Draupadi was being disrobed. Those who stayed silent were as guilty and at fault as those who disrobed her. Similarly, the people who are silent on the issue of triple talaq are equally guilty,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said. The Supreme Court is currently hearing a case on the constitutional validity of triple talaq.
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