Thursday Evening News Brief, October 19

Thursday evening brief Oct 19 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
An anti-corruption court indicted Pakistan’s ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law over corruption charges. A Sharif representative entered a not guilty plea for the sacked premier, who is currently in London. Maryam also pleaded not guilty, brushing aside the decision as “baseless” as she left the court in Islamabad.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with jawans in Gurez valley in J&K. Offering them sweets, he said that like everyone else, he too wished to spend the Diwali with his family and that is why he had come among the jawans of the armed forces.
The Centre will again auction six properties of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai. The auction of the properties with a total reserve price of Rs 5.54 crore will be held on November 14. During the earlier auction, Desh Seva Samiti, an NGO of former journalist S Balakrishnan, placed the highest bid of Rs 4.28 crore for the Hotel Raounaq Afroz plot, but finally could not buy the property.
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Former President Pranab Mukherjee said he never sought PM post owing to his weak Hindi. Referring to former PM Manmohan Singh, he said, “…doctor sahib was the best PM among the available Congressmen. I could not qualify myself to be the PM because I have no means of communication with the vast masses of the people because of my deficiency in Hindi. Nobody who cannot communicate in the language of the masses, can be the PM, apart from other political reasons.”
China’s ruling Communist Party is expanding its role in business even as it promises freer markets and support for entrepreneurs. Beijing’s conflicting goals are raising concerns that leaders might put off changes needed to reinvigorate a cooling economy that faces surging debt and trade tensions with Washington and Europe.
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