Monday morning news brief Nov 27 2017

Monday morning brief Nov 27 2017
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Pakistan army will not participate in the crackdown on religious protesters blockading Islamabad. A high-level meeting yesterday advocated a political settlement to the crisis, while deciding that the army would only safeguard important buildings and installations in Islamabad. In a late night development, Zahid Hamid resigned as Pakistan law minister. Hamid’s resignation was being demanded by the protesters. Read
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India will undertake a diplomatic exercise to secure a seat in the International Maritime Organisation. India has been a member of this UN council since 1959 and was always elected unopposed. But this time it’s facing a challenge as more countries are contesting for the group that can have only 10 members. Shipping minister Nitin Gadkari is visiting London this week to meet representatives from other countries.
The northeastern states will play a big role during the India-ASEAN summit in January. India will open up Guwahati for select countries like Japan, and Bhutan will be the first country to open a consulate in the city. Assam, for the first time, will host an ‘Invest Assam’ summit. Economic development and linkages are now gaining priorities, as security challenges in the North East have diminished.
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The push and pull between the judiciary and the executive was out in the open again at a function to mark Constitution Day. Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the balance of power was sometimes under strain due to judicial overreach. CJI Misra refuted the suggestion that the judiciary was overstepping its domain, and said governance could not be defined by a mathematical formula. PM Modi said the three pillars of executive, legislature and judiciary must work together.
Abhinav Bindra believes that India hasn’t reached the stage where it can host Olympics games. The Beijing Olympics Gold medallist feels that the priority should be on nurturing and investing in our athletes instead. He said while our expectations are sky high from athletes during Olympics, we forget about them till the next Games.
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