Monday Morning News Brief, January 15

Monday morning brief Jan 15 2018
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that India’s vote at the UN against the Jerusalem issue will not affect the ties. “Yes, naturally we were disappointed, but this visit is a testimony that our relationship is moving on so many fronts forward,” Netanyahu said, adding, “the partnership between India and Israel is a marriage made in heaven but consecrated on earth.” Netanyahu said he hoped that his visit to India will strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various areas like technology, agriculture and other spheres that are changing the world. Read
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The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) will soon have an air wing for reconnaissance so that transgressions and construction activities across the border can be spotted in time. For starters, two twin-engined helicopters are being procured, which will be used for recce, transportation of combat troops, evacuation of dead, injured and sick jawans, supplying rations and flying VIPs at altitudes of 16,000-18,000 feet in the Himalayas. The ITBP helicopters will operate from its bases in Chandigarh and Borjhar (Guwahati), covering almost the whole 3,488-km-long border with China, from J&K to Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the northeast region, including Sikkim.
Government is planning to auction over 9,400 ‘enemy’ properties worth Rs 1 lakh crore. The home ministry has started the process of identifying all such estates that were left behind by people who took citizenship of Pakistan and China. The move came after the amendment of the 49-year-old Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Act which ensured that the heirs of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during Partition and afterwards will have no claim over the properties left behind in India.
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The Centre has issued guidelines for objective selection of sites/locations for projects, institutions and other government schemes in states though a ‘challenge-based process’. The guidelines focus on selection of most suitable sites, commitment of stakeholders, speedy implementation and encouraging innovation in financing and use of technology. States that commit to make required land available early and ensure utilities such as power, electricity supply, drainage system and necessary connectivity will score high for getting greenfield projects such as IIMs, IITs, AIIMS, textile parks, airports, road and railway projects.
The son of CBI judge Brijmohan Loya said yesterday that he had no suspicions about his father’s sudden death in 2014, and that he did not want a probe into it. “My family had some suspicions earlier. But now they are clear,” judge Loya’s son Anuj said, adding, “I have no suspicions; so, (I) don’t want any probe.” At the time of his death, judge Loya was presiding over a trial into the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which BJP national president Amit Shah, then minister of state for home in Gujarat, was an accused.
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