Sunday Morning News Brief, November 19

Sunday morning brief Nov 19 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
India’s Manushi Chhillar brought home the Miss World 2017 crown. Winning the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, Manushi brought an end to country’s dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest. The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico at the event, which saw participation from 118 countries. Read more
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Rahul Gandhi might be elevated as Congress president in December. The Congress Working Committee is expected to approve on Monday an election schedule that will culminate in a generational change by the first week of December. As it is unlikely that there will be a contender to challenge Rahul, his election will be complete even as the Gujarat election peaks. Rahul’s taking charge will bring the curtain down on mother Sonia’s 19-year stint as party chief and end a long apprenticeship that saw Rahul being named vice-president in January 2013.
Vasundhara Raje asked Smriti Irani to not release Padmavati without changes. Wading into the controversy, Raje has become the first CM to come out openly against the film and back the Rajput community in its demands. The Rajput community has been demanding that the film be banned, claiming that it is a distortion of history and portrays Rani Padmini in a poor light. In a letter to Irani, the Rajasthan chief minister said that it should be ensured that the film does not hurt the sentiments of the “aggrieved community”.
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Hardik Patel demanded 9 tickets for PAAS, Congress ready to part with 4. The deadlock between the Congress and Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti over seat distribution has been a bone of contention between the two parties. On Friday, PAAS leaders had given a 24-hour ultimatum to Congress for a final decision on the quota formula or face statewide protests. PAAS representatives had gone to meet Congress leaders on to discuss ticket sharing and the quota issue.
Nawaz Sharif and his family can soon be barred from leaving Pakistan. The ousted Pakistan premier and four of his family members can soon be barred from leaving their country in connection with the Panama Papers case as Pakistan’s anti-graft watchdog has initiated a process to place their names on the Exit Control List. Sharif and some of his family members are facing charges relating to their ownership of properties in London. He resigned as prime minister in July after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified him over undeclared income.
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