Saturday Evening News brief, November 18

Saturday evening brief Nov 18 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
A top American expert today said PM Narendra Modi is the only world statesman to have stood up to China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “The only statesman in the world who stood up to it yet, is Prime Minister Modi. He and his team have been quite outspoken, partly because the Belt and Road Initiative includes violation of Indian sovereign claims,” Michael Pillsbury, Director of Center on Chinese Strategy at the prestigious think-tank Hudson Institute said. Read.
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Ignoring denial of permission by the authorities, the Patidars are set to to hold rally in support of Hardik Patel. PAAS leader Hardik Patel has said that in spite of the authorities denying them permission, they will be holding a massive ‘prestige rally’ in Mansa, showcasing the support the group has among the Patidar community. Patel also claimed that they would “drop a bigger bomb” on the ruling BJP against the recent releases of CDs alleging a sex scandal against him.
Rahul Gandhi today hit out at Nirmala Sitharaman and her ‘boss’, a day after she called Congress’s allegations on Rafale deal ‘shameful’ “Dear RM, what’s shameful is your boss silencing you. Please tell us,” Rahul tweeted while directing three questions related to the Rafale deal at the defence minister. Rahul’s tweet echoed recent allegations of irregularities and wrongdoing in the deal, levelled by his party against the Modi government.
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Karni Sena has called for a country-wide bandh on December 1, the day the Bollywood movie ‘Padmavati’ is slated to be released. Rajasthan BJP chief Ashok Parnami, member of erstwhile Udaipur royal family Laksyaraj Singh Mewar and Congress’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh were among others who said that no effort to distort historic facts would be tolerated. The Congress said that if there are any scenes in ‘Padmavati’ that hurt sentiments they need to be reviewed.
Sushil was declared the winner in the 74kg category in the National Wrestling Championship in Indore. Sushil strolled to a national gold medal and was declared the winner after three wrestlers, including the finalist, Praveen Rana, gave him walkovers. During the quarterfinal and semifinal matches, Sushil’s opponents came to the mat, touched his feet and then he was declared the winner.
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