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Sunday morning news brief, April 1

Apr 1, 2018
Sunday morning brief Apr 1 2018
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
India is slowly building military muscle from Ladakh to Arunachal on the China front. The operational readiness and troop morale are high, with India slowly but steadily adding some much-needed muscle to its military capabilities all along the 4,057-km-long the Line of Actual Control to offset the stark military asymmetry with its larger neighbour. This has picked up pace after the People’s Liberation Army of China occupied north Doklam throughout the winter this time, even as it is disengaged from the actual face-off site on Bhutanese territory, say officers. Read more
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At least ten people were killed as a hotel building collapsed in Indore last night. Eyewitnesses claimed that the dilapidated four-storey hotel building near Sarwate Bus Stand came crumbling down at around 9.17pm when a car collided with a weight-bearing pillar on the front portion of the building, creating panic in the busy area that hosts a major bus stand and eateries which were full of customers. Rescue operations are under way and efforts are being made to pull out those feared trapped under the rubbles.
CBI has quizzed the officials of the ICICI bank in the Videocon loan case. The investigation agency may soon take a call on whether to call Deepak Kochhar, ICICI bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband, for questioning, along with Dhoot and Chanda Kochhar as there are allegations of “conflict of interest” on the latter’s part. Sources said bank officials were examined to know more about the details of Rs 3,250-crore loan given by India’s largest private sector bank to Videocon as part of a consortium and whether they were aware of any quid pro quo.
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The Bombay High Court has ruled that battered wives do not need to depose for maintenance. The court has held that an affidavit filed by the woman will suffice as evidence. She need not depose in court to make her case. The court, though, can permit the husband to cross-examine her based on the affidavit filed. The question before the HC was whether a woman who has filed an application under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (Domestic Violence Act), can be allowed to submit evidence in the form of an affidavit alone.
Ahead of Karnataka elections, BJP chief Amit Shah has said that the Siddaramaiah government like Congress’s ATM of corruption. Winding up his two-day tour of Mysuru, Chamarajanagar and Mandya districts, Shah said the Karnataka elections will have a bearing on the 2019 elections. He exuded confidence that BJP is the only alternative for Karnataka, which, he claimed, has become a ‘den of corruption’ under Congress. He also cited the model code of conduct and refrained from commenting on the Lingayat minority tag issue.
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