Saturday morning news brief, Dec 23 2017

Saturday morning brief Dec 23 2017
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A special CBI court will decide the fate of Lalu Prasad and others in the Bihar fodder scam today. The RJD chief, along with another former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra, is one of the 34 accused in the case pertaining to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 84.5 crore from the Deoghar treasury between 1994 and 1996. Lalu was granted bail by the SC in 2013, after being sentenced to 5 years in jail by a CBI court in another fodder scam case. Read
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The government is set to increase the prison term for deaths caused by drunk drivers to seven years. At present, drunk drivers causing death are booked under Sector 304A (causing death due to negligence) and face a two-year jail term or fine or both. The Supreme Court has already termed this penalty “absolutely inadequate” and sought harsher punishment for such offences.
A sharp rift has emerged between BJP leaders in Himachal Pradesh over the choice of the next CM. BJP central observers met various party leaders and RSS functionaries on Friday to select the next chief minister. However supporters of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and Seraj MLA Jai Ram Thakur, both considered frontrunners, shouted slogans at each other.
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Salman Khan’s film ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ landed in trouble over his alleged derogatory remark about a particular community. Members of the Valmiki community staged protests across Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP and several other states, demanding an apology from the actor. Community members burnt posters of the movie and vandalised theaters in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota.
The PMO has asked all government agencies to prefer Indian products over imports for public-funded programmes. This came after the steel ministry raised red flags over the railway’s global tender for purchasing rails as part of its track replacement programme. In June, the government issued a new public procurement order which provides a minimum local content of 50%, with possible exemptions.
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