Saturday Evening News Brief, Jan 6

Saturday evening brief Jan 6 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Former CM of Bihar Lalu Prasad has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in the second fodder scam case. The CBI court had on December 23 convicted the RJD chief and 15 others in a case related to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 lakh from the Deoghar district treasury in Bihar between 1990 and 1994. Lalu was also convicted in the first of five fodder scam cases in 2013, for which he was sentenced to five years in prison. Read
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Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu has sent privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker. The privilege notice has been issued over Congress president’s tweet targeting finance minister Arun Jaitley which seemed as deliberate misspelling of his surname as ‘Jaitlie’. “Dear Mr Jaitlie – thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means,” reads Rahul Gandhi’s Tweet. Rahul posted the tweet along with a video clip of PM Modi’s speech made during election.
Nearly 1000 flights are expected to remain cancelled from Jan 18 to 26 in view of Republic Day security. While airspace over Delhi remains closed for 105 minutes daily during these 9 days every year, most of the flights scheduled to operate to and from the airport during these hours are rescheduled. However, with no free slots available at IGIA, DIAL had to ask the airlines to cancel all these flights. International carriers have been requested to re-schedule their flights.
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Four policemen were killed in IED blast in Sopore of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. There was deployment in the run up to Republic Day on 26th January when there was a strong explosion around 10.20am. Three policemen were killed on the spot. A fourth policeman injured in the explosion died later. Three shops were also damaged in the blast. Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the blast.
11 Saudi princes were arrested for protesting at ruling palace in Riyadh. The princes were protesting against the decision by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to stop the government from paying the power and water bills of princes. They were also angry at the palace’s disregard for their demands to get compensation for last year’s execution of a prince charged with murder. The arrested princes have been sent to prison, pending trial.
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