Saturday Morning News Brief, September 16

Saturday morning brief Sep 16 2017
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The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bomb attack on a packed London Underground train, which injured at least 29 people. “The bombing on a metro in London was carried out by a detachment of the Islamic State” group, it said in a statement published by its Amaq propaganda agency. British officials raised the country’s terrorism threat level to “critical”, meaning another attack is expected shortly. Read
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Two separate murder cases against Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh will be heard today in Panchkula. The cases, related to the murder of Sirsa-based journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati and former Dera manager Ranjit Singh, allegedly by functionaries and followers of the sect will be held in the court of special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh. The same court had, on August 25, convicted Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on two counts of rape of female disciples. Security has been tightened in Panchkula.
China said it was opposed to any foreign investment, including from Japan, in the “disputed areas” in India’s Northeast. Reacting to Japan’s plans to step up investment in the Northeastern states, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “You also mentioned Act East policy. You must be clear that the boundary of India and China border area has not been totally delimited. We have disputes on the eastern section of the boundary.”
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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will oppose the government’s plans to deport 40,000-odd Rohingya Muslim refugees. The ministry of home affairs (MHA) is set to file the affidavit on deportation of Rohingyas whose stay has been termed as “illegal, a security threat and strain on India’s resources”.
The Tata Group initiated a proposal to turn Tata Sons into a ‘private limited company’ from a ‘deemed public company’. The most significant implication of this step will be that it places restrictions on Tata Sons’ shareholders from selling their stake to external investors. The Mistry family, which holds an 18.4% stake in Tata Sons, has objected to the proposal and may move court.
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