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Thursday Evening News Brief, April 11

Thursday evening brief May 11 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The police today said that terrorists belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen may have killed Kashmiri Army officer Lt Ummer Fayaz. The Jammu and Kashmir police suspected that an INSAS rifle snatched from cops could have been used in the crime. A senior police official also said that Fayaz’s body did not bear any torture marks while adding that the post-mortem report is awaited.
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The Supreme Court today started proceedings in the triple talaq case and said that it won’t give a verdict on polygamy. The top court made it clear that it’s only going to rule on the constitutional validity of oral divorce (triple talaq) and not on polygamy. The apex court said it will determine whether triple talaq is part of the fundamental right to religion of the Muslim community.
The head of Pakistan’s MQM party has alleged that the country’s army and ISI are pushing the Sindh province towards a civil war. Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain alleged that the Pakistan army and ISI have “virtually taken control” of all Pakistan including Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and all Balochistan. He sought the intervention of the UN and the international community in the matter.
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An Indian-origin man in the US claimed that the United Airlines refused him entry after he filmed an employee during a dispute. Navang Oza, 37, complained to a United Airlines agent about a $300 charge for his luggage. Oza said he paid $125 to check the same bag on the first leg of his trip. Unable to get an explanation, Oza decided to film the incident and was subsequently denied entry.
Justice CS Karnan today moved the Supreme Court seeking the recall of an order that held him guilty of contempt of court. A petition on Karnan’s behalf was mentioned before a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, which agreed to look into it. When Khehar asked about the whereabouts of Justice Karnan, the advocate said he is “very much in Chennai”.
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Sunday Evening News Brief, April 30

Sunday evening brief Apr 30 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India will launch South Asia Satellite on May 5 for the benefit of the entire region, PM Modi said. “We have always attempted to move ahead with the concept of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas (cooperation of all, development for all),” Modi said describing it as a ‘priceless gift’. Seven out of the eight SAARC countries are part of the project. However, Pakistan refused to join as it did not want the “gift” from India.
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India recorded a facile 3-0 victory over New Zealand in their second match of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament today. Mandeep Singh opened the Indian account with a fine deflection in the 23rd minute before Harmanpreet produced two fine drag-flicks to double the tally. With this win, India now have four points from two outings.
Parents going for adoption will now not be allowed to “pick and choose” any child from tomorrow. “The rate of adoption was very slow and the children would remain in the referral cycle for a very long time. Under the new method, we will be able to refer all children in our adoption pool to an equal number of prospective parents,” CEO, Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), Lt Col Deepak Kumar said.
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Sunday Morning News Brief, April 30

Sunday morning brief Apr 30 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Pakistan envoy has said domestic laws, not Vienna Convention, will guide access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. “For every international treaty, all states do adopt a national legislation in order to implement that treaty. The Vienna Convention doesn’t take precedence over our domestic laws. Secondly, we do have a bi-lateral agreement on consular access signed on 21 May 2008 which clearly stipulates that in such security related cases, access would be decided on merit. This is not at ordinary case,” the envoy ​ Abdul Basit said.
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To dispel doubts on EVM tampering, the Election Commission (EC) would soon convene an all-party meet over the issue. Chief election commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi yesterday said, “the commission’s objective is to use VVPATs in all coming elections. India will perhaps be the first country where there will be 100% use of VVPATs at all polling stations. It will boost voters’ confidence and bring more transparency in the election process.”
BJP is eyeing 120 ‘weak’ seats to ensure its victory in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Party members will be asked to hold regular interactions with people to acquaint them with the party’s ideology and also the achievements of Modi government. “We can’t claim to retain all the seats we had won in 2014. So exploring possibilities is pragmatic and viable,” said a senior party leader, adding the party will soon announce these 120 constituencies as it doesn’t want to keep it a secret.
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Finance minister Arun Jaitley has said the need of the hour is to transform India into a tax-compliant society. Jaitley exhorted a large gathering of senior ED officials to “strictly enforce the law in the endeavour to raise legitimate revenue which is in larger public interest.” Giving example of the developed countries where violation of tax laws is rare, the FM said that the government could collect more revenue than its existing collection targets of Rs 19 lakh crore both from direct and indirect taxes.
Donald Trump has hailed his ‘very productive’ first 100 days as America’s president. Trump told a cheering crowd of supporters in Pennsylvania that “great battles” lay ahead and we will win in every case.” The US president said major accomplishments in his first 100 days included seeing a Supreme Court nominee confirmed by the Senate, pulling the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, a rising stock market and the easing of regulations on exploration for energy.
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Saturday Evening News Brief, April 29

Saturday evening brief Apr 29 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Muslims to not politicise the issue of triple talaq. “Reformers from the Muslim community itself will come forward to fight what (our) Muslim daughters have to go through (in the name of triple talaq), they will find a way out,” said Modi.
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The first direct London-China train arrived in China today after covering over 12,000 kilometres. The train, loaded with whisky, baby milk, pharmaceuticals and machinery, departed London on April 10 and passed through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan during its 20-day trip before arriving in Yiwu. The route is the second-longest in the world, after China-Madrid link, which opened in 2014.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal acknowledged that he and his party made mistakes. “The reality is obvious. Yes, we made mistakes, but we will introspect and course correct…We owe that to voters and volunteers. We owe that to ourselves. Need is action and not excuses,” the AAP chief tweeted.
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The Allahabad High Court suspended Justice Om Prakash Mishra for granting bail to Gayatri Prajapati, accused in a gangrape case. All powers of the Additional District and Sessions Court judge have also been seized by the court, after Chief Justice DB Bhonsle took a grim view of the bail granted to the Samajwadi Party leader by the judge. Gayatri Prajapati was a powerful minister in the former Akhilesh Yadav cabinet and held Mining and Transport portfolios.
India squandered the lead twice as Great Britain rallied to earn a 2-2 draw in the opening match at the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament. Akashdeep Singh (19th minute) and Mandeep Singh (48th minute) scored field goals to give India the lead two times in the match but only to see the Britons hit back through Tom Carson (25th) and Alan Forsyth (52nd).
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Saturday Morning News Brief, April 29

Saturday morning brief Apr 29 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The IITs will soon have a quota for women students. The IIT Council, which met in Mumbai yesterday, discussed the possibility of raising the number of women students from the current annual 8-9 per cent to 20 per cent by 2020. There would be additional seats set aside coursewise, thus allowing more girls to join the IITs. The elite engineering colleges are currently male-dominated, with only about 800 of the 4,500 girls who crack the JEE (advanced) every year joining the IITs.
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IAS officers to adopt families of security personnel martyred in line of duty. An association of IAS officers from across the country decided that each of them will adopt one family of the security personnel (defence, central armed police forces and state police) who died in such action and support them for 5-10 years. They will ensure that their children get a good education and other family members get timely financial assistance that is due to them under the government’s compensation policy.
North Korea “disrespected” China by firing another ballistic missile, Trump said. Trump said he is counting on Chinese President Xi Jinping to encourage North Korea to give up its pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. South Korea’s military said yesterday that North Korea had fired the missile from an area near the capital of Pyongyang. US and South Korean officials said the launch apparently failed, with the missile breaking apart a few minutes after launch.
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Gangster Chhota Shakeel refuted rumours about Dawood Ibrahim’s death. Several Pakistani media had reported about Dawood’s critical health condition following a heart attack. Soon, speculations were rife that the gangster is no more. However, his long-time aide Chhota Shakeel in a telephonic conversation with TOI said that all the rumours about Dawood’s death are false. Bhai is fit and fine, Shakeel said.
Both the protesters and the govt must take steps to end J&K violence, the Supreme Court said. “When you (bar association) project violence, you project only one side of the story by pointing at pellet guns. We can order a dialogue once the violence stops. The inclination to talk must come from both sides. Otherwise it will continue to be a Catch-22 situation. The dialogue may or may not succeed. But at least the bloodshed will stop,” the bench observed.
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