Saturday Morning News Brief, January 20

Saturday morning brief Jan 20 2018
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Ahead of the Davos summit, PM Modi said the world wants to hear directly from the “horse’s mouth” about India’s plans and prospects. “The Davos platform is an opportunity for networking. There are many people there from business and academics to policymakers. India is a centre of attraction and our democratic values reassure the world which expects direct communication with India on its policies and possibilities,” the PM said ahead of his visit to the world economic forum next week. Read
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RSS is planning to sack VHP leader Pravin Togadia for his recent attacks on the Modi government. Sources said RSS was unhappy at the way Togadia and two other functionaries followed their agenda and embarrassed the government. The Sangh is keen that its organisations avoid confrontation with the government and wants to ease out those who have opened a front against the BJP government, including PM Modi.
UP cops let two 15-year-old accident victims die as they were unwilling to get their car ‘dirty’. The cops were worried that the blood of the seriously wounded kids would soil their vehicle, a Toyota Innova. In a video that shows chilling indifference on the part of the men who were duty-bound to help the teens, one of the cops can be seen asking, “Where will we sit the whole night if our vehicle gets dirty?”. The police department suspended the three cops after the incident came to light.
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A person’s caste is unalterable and can’t change after marriage, the Supreme Court said yesterday. Setting aside the appointment of a woman teacher who joined Kendriya Vidyalaya 21 years ago taking benefit of reservation on the ground that she was married to a Scheduled Caste man, the apex court said that the woman, who has now become the vice-principal, was not entitled to the benefits of reservation as she was born in an upper caste family.
The Delhi high court yesterday refused interim protection to the 20 AAP MLAs who are facing disqualification. Six AAP lawmakers moved the high court yesterday after the Election Commission sought their disqualification for allegedly holding office of profit. Justice Rekha Palli, during a late-evening hearing, repeatedly pointed out that records showed the MLAs had refused to participate in the proceedings before the EC.
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