Saturday Evening News Brief, December 9

Saturday evening brief Dec 9 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
68 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5pm in the 89 seats Gujarat Assembly seats that went to polls today. A total of 89 seats out of 182, spanning Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions , are up for grabs in the first phase with 977 candidates in the fray. The election is being viewed as a prestige battle for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a litmus test for the soon- to-be Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of misleading the Muslims by giving them ‘fake’ promise of reservation. “In every part of the nation, the Congress has misled the Muslim community. They have made fake promises of reservations for Muslims but in no state have they fulfilled their promise,” said Modi.
Iraq has been “totally liberated” from the Islamic State, announced the Iraqi armed forces. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced Iraqi forces were in full control of the country’s border with Syria. “All Iraqi lands are liberated from terrorist Daesh gangs and our forces completely control the international Iraqi-Syrian border,” Lt Gen Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah said in a statement released shortly after al-Abadi’s remarks.
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A 15-year-old Noida boy has admitted to killing his mother and sister because he was scolded for not studying. The boy was traced in Varanasi and brought back to Noida. He has confessed to having killed his mother and sister, SHO of Bisrakh police station Ajay Sharma said. The accused told police that he used a cricket bat, a pair of scissors and pizza cutter to kill his mother and sister, according to a statement.
A helicopter ferrying Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis landed soon after taking off from Nashik due to overloading. The private chopper took off again successfully for its scheduled journey after offloading one of the passengers and some luggage, the police said. “This is not a major issue. The chief minister flew in the same chopper and attended all events in Aurangabad as per schedule,” said an official.
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