Morning News Brief, August 12

Saturday morning brief Aug 12 2017
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At least 30 children have died in 48 hours at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur. Sources said the supply of oxygen to the hospital was stopped on Thursday night due to non-payment of dues to the firm engaged in supplying oxygen to the hospital. The district magistrate gave no reasons for such a large number of deaths.
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Pahlaj Nihalani was yesterday sacked as the censor board chief and was replaced by lyricist Prasoon Joshi. The decision follows the assessment in the government that Nihalani was attracting unwarranted controversy over decisions relating to cuts in films and that the board had become a source of harassment for filmmakers. Lyricist and advertising specialist Prasoon Joshi took over with immediate effect for a term of three years.
Amid Doklam stand-off with China, India continues to pump in additional troops and weapon systems on the eastern front. India’s troop mobilisation comes in response to muscle-flexing by China, which has amassed troops, tanks and artillery in the Tibet Military District. “While the People’s Liberation Army is showing its teeth in a bid to make us cower down, we have cranked up our caution levels,” said a source.
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The NCP yesterday skipped a key opposition meeting convened by Sonia Gandhi to chalk out a strategy against the BJP. NCP’s uncertain relations with Congress and friction caused by only one of its two MLAs voting for Ahmed Patel in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls seemed to have cast a shadow over the opposition talks. The move comes as a jolt to the opposition as it has lost JD(U) after Bihar CM Nitish Kumar returned to the NDA-fold.
The monsoon session of Parliament ended yesterday with both Houses clocking nearly 80% productivity. The Rajya Sabha worked for nearly 79.95% of the scheduled hours and the Lok Sabha clocked a shade lesser, sitting for 77.94% of its allotted time. The lower House, however, passed more bills as compared to the upper House which spent more time on non-legislative business.
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