Sunday Morning News Brief, January 4

Sunday morning brief Feb 4 2018
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Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha claimed that air travel in the country was now cheaper than travel by auto-rickshaws. Explaining the mathematics behind his claim, Sinha said, “These days, passengers spend only Rs five per kilometre on air travel from Indore to Delhi. But if you take an autorickshaw in this city, then you need to spend a relatively higher price of Rs eight to ten per kilometre.”
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India pulled off eight-wicket win over Australia in the final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup yesterday. Rahul Dravid, who coached this side to World Cup glory, said: “Really proud of the boys and the effort they put in. Proud of the effort they put in and couldn’t be happier for them. Hopefully it’s a memory they cherish for a long, long time, but hopefully not the lasting memory and they have many more great moments and bigger things in future.”
Abdulla Yameen, the president of the Maldives, said he was willing to hold an early presidential election. The SC order has, according to the opposition, also cancelled an anti-defection ruling of 2017, thus reinstating 12 opposition MPs. This gave the opposition a clear majority in Parliament and that’s the reason the opposition believes Yameen can no longer remain in power.
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There was a ‘90% chance’ of Parliamentary polls being held around November, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told party workers. “You, as members, have served the party for so many years and now we need you to focus all your energy on realising our dream of winning the next election,” said Azad, the AICC general secretary in charge of UP.
US President Donald Trump claimed complete vindication from a memo that alleges the FBI abused its powers. The four-page document released on Friday contends that the FBI, when it applied for a surveillance warrant on a onetime Trump campaign associate, relied excessively on an ex-British spy whose opposition research was funded by Democrats.
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