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Monday evening news brief, May 7

May 7, 2018
Monday evening brief May 7 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Supreme Court today transferred the Kathua gangrape-and-murder trial to Pathankot in Punjab. The court allowed J&K government to appoint public prosecutor to conduct prosecution of accused in the trial at Pathankot and also asked the government to provide security to victim’s family, their lawyer and witnesses. It fixed the next date of hearing as July 9. The hearing of the case would be held on day-to-day basis and in-camera, the court said. Read
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Afghan security officials are working with tribal elders to trace the seven Indian engineers abducted by the Taliban. Provincial police spokesman Zabiullah Shuja said the Indian engineers of KEC International, an RPG group company, were working on a project for the construction of a power sub-station. They were abducted by the militants from the vicinity of Cheshma-e-Sher area on Sunday while they were travelling to inspect the work progress.
The UPSC said candidates appearing for the civil services prelims will not be issued a physical copy of their admit card. In a statement with a list of do’s and don’ts for candidates, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said it had uploaded the e-admit cards on its website – www.upsc.gov.in. “Candidates are advised to download their e-admit cards and take a printout thereof,” the UPSC said in the statement.
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The Supreme Court today quashed a Uttar Pradesh Assembly law that granted permanent accommodation to former chief ministers. The Supreme Court (SC) said ex-CMs can’t be granted such a facility as they aren’t holding office. Although the SC verdict is confined to the UP law it will have implication on residential accommodations given to former Presidents, Prime Ministers and CMs of other states too, as the top court said that a person can’t be given such facility on the basis of post held by them earlier.
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah today sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over corruption allegations. In the notice, Siddaramaiah’s lawyer cited instances of political advertisements published by the BJP and speeches delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during election rallies and accused the saffron party of promoting a “false” and “defamatory” propaganda against his client.
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