Monday Evening News Brief, October 23

Monday evening brief Oct 23 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Rajnath Singh has said that Centre will hold sustained dialogue to find a solution on Kashmir issue. Singh said former director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Dineshwar Sharma would be the central government’s representative to initiate dialogue with all stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir. Sharma, a 1979-batch (retired) officer of the Indian Police Service, served as the IB director between December, 2014 and 2016. Read
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Chief election commissioner Achal Kumar Joti on Monday said multiple factors led poll panel to hold Himachal elections earlier. Achal Kumar Joti said that the political parties and the state administration in Himachal Pradesh had requested EC to organise the polls before mid-November as there was probability of snowfall in three districts of the hill state.
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider a plea to modify ruling on playing national anthem in cinema halls. In its order, the apex court stated that citizens should not be forced to carry patriotism on their sleeves. It added that the court cannot inculcate patriotism through its orders. The court further urged the Centre to consider amending the national flag code to regulate the matter, and frame rules by January 9.
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Air India has sought business proposals for sale of scrapped aircraft engine parts. The move could provide additional revenues for the disinvestment-bound national airline. The carrier plans to salvage select engine parts under a profit sharing arrangement, failing which they would be sold as scrap, as per a tender document.
Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj have been named in India’s squad for three Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand. The All-India Senior Selection Committee met in Mumbai on Monday to pick the squad for the series starting November 1 in New Delhi. From the pool of players selected to play Australia earlier this month, only one was dropped – batsman Kedar Jadhav. Iyer, 22, has previously been part of India’s Test squad in Australia but did not get a debut.
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