Monday evening news brief, October 9

Monday evening brief Oct 9 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
US economist Richard Thaler won the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize. The Nobel was awarded to Thaler of the University of Chicago for research showing how people’s choices on economic matters whether on savings or game shows are not always rational. Thaler is considered one of the founding fathers of behavioral economics, a field that shows that far from being the rational decision-makers described in economic theory, people often make decisions that don’t serve their best interests. Read
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Top Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Khalid was killed in an encounter today. Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P Vaid said it was a major breakthrough for the security forces as the terrorist was involved in many attacks on security camps in North Kashmir as well as targeting policemen in particular. Khalid, who was a Pakistani national, had been operational in the area for last two to three years and was also instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, police said.
Ahead of Diwali, Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR. While the SC had issued a similar ban in the NCR region last year, it didn’t have the opportunity to observe the impact on pollution levels, it said. The apex court also ordered that a relevant agency compute the impact of a noise-and smoke-free festival this year. The SC allowed the sale of firecrackers to resume after November. It simultaneously suspended all licenses issued by the Delhi Police to shopkeepers that allowed them to sell fireworks.
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The Gujarat high court reduced to ‘life in prison’ the death sentence given to 11 Godhra convicts. A special trial court had on March 1, 2011, convicted 31 people and acquitted 63 of setting ablaze a coach of the Sabarmati Express on February 27, 2002 at Godhra station. Of the 31 convicts, 11 were sentenced to death and 20 were given life in prison. All the convicts had appealed their conviction. On Monday, a division bench upheld life imprisonment for the 20 other convicts in the case and refused to alter the acquittal order for 63 accused.
Indian Army thwarted an attack on their post by armed rebels in Congo. The Indian Army troops were deployed under the United Nations Organisation Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to Army officials, the armed Mai Mai rebels on Friday attacked the Indian Army’s Lubero post, which lies about 300 km North of Goma, the main town of North Kivu. Last month, the Indian Army rescued 22 children who were in the danger of being turned into “child soldiers” by armed groups in the country.
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