Monday Evening News Brief, March 27

Monday evening brief Mar 27 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Shiv Sena demanded revocation of flying ban on its MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Though the issue of assault of an Air India staffer by Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad resonated in the Lok Sabha today, it got no positive response from the government, which instead justified the action by the airlines. The Shiv Sena’s Leader in the House Anandrao Adsul also referred to a recent incident of alleged misbehaviour by comedian Kapil Sharma during a flight to Australia and wondered why no action was taken against him.
Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for giving out benefits from welfare schemes, Supreme Court said. The apex court did add though that the government can’t be stopped from making it compulsory to have one for things like opening bank accounts. It reiterated that until an Aadhaar number is assigned to an individual, they can use alternate means of identification to receive benefits linked to the card. Earlier this month, the government said nobody will be deprived of benefits because they don’t have an Aadhaar card.
The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on appeals in the December 16 gang-rape case. The appeals was filed by four death row convicts in the gang-rape and murder case which shook the country’s conscience. A three-judge bench asked the parties concerned to file their written submissions within a week. Senior advocate Sidharth Luthra, appearing for Delhi Police, told the bench that these convicts had “brutalised” the young woman and they deserved to be awarded death penalty.
Private weather forecaster Skymet predicted below normal monsoon for India this year. In its forecast, released for the upcoming monsoon season, the Skymet said, “The monsoon this year is likely to remain below normal at 95 per cent". Though such prediction may be a cause of concern for the country’s agriculture which continues to depend largely on monsoon rainfall, it is too early to fully rely on the forecasts at this juncture.
AAP MLA Ved Prakash Satish resigned from the party today to join the BJP. He left AAP saying the party has “failed” to deliver on the promises it had made in the run up to the 2015 assembly elections. The move is seen as a shot in the arm for the BJP ahead of the civic polls in the national capital next month. Prakash joined the BJP at its Delhi unit office in the presence of Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari.
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