Thursday Evening News Brief, December 7

Thursday evening brief Dec 7 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Congress today distanced itself from senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s derogatory remarks aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Asserting that Aiyar’s comments did not reflect the Congress party’s views or culture, Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet: “I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said.” The Gandhi scion’s reaction came minutes after PM Modi disparaged Aiyar for calling him a “neech aadmi who resorts to dirty politics.” Read
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The Centre has informed the Supreme Court that it will extend till March 31 next year the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for welfare schemes. A notification to this effect will be issued on Friday, the government told the top court. CJI Dipak Misra told petitioners that a five-judge constitution bench may sit next week to decide their plea for interim stay on Aadhaar. Attorney general KK Venugopal made it clear that February 6 next year would remain the deadline for linking Aadhaar for availing uninterrupted mobile services as it had been mandated by the apex court.
If India takes the lead in ethical and moral education, China will follow, the Dalai Lama has said. The Dalai Lama got to the bottom of strife in the modern world and emphasised that India’s tradition of ahimsa can make today’s angry world a compassionate place. Exhorting the pursuit of peace, the 82-year-old spiritual master said that using force to solve problems is outdated and the time has come to practise ‘karuna’ through education. “Because of this 1,000-year-old tradition of ahimsa, I think modern India is more peaceful than Pakistan” he said.
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The UK has sidestepped London mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for an official apology on the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The UK Foreign Office said in a statement that the government has “rightly condemned” the “deeply shameful act” in British history in the past. The statement comes after Khan, during his visit to Amritsar on Wednesday, said the British government should apologise for the mass killing. The UK foreign office invoked former British Prime Minister David Cameron’s views on the issue after Khan asked for an apology.
Australia became the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage today, prompting cheers and singing from a packed parliament public gallery. Lawmakers, who had cast aside a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples, waved rainbow flags and embraced on the floor of the chamber. “What a day. What a day for love, for equality, for respect. It is time for more marriage,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The laws, which will also recognise same-sex marriages solemnised in foreign countries, take effect from Saturday.
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