Thursday Evening News Brief, October 5

Thursday evening brief Oct 5 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The FIFA U-17 World Cup is all set to get rolling from tomorrow. The bunch of 21 talented but nervous teenagers will script history by just stepping on the turf at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for their campaign opener against the US as they will be the first Indian team to take part in a FIFA tournament. The U-17 World Cup, which will feature 24 teams, is the first FIFA event in any age group to be held in India. The teams, representing FIFA’s six confederations, have been divided into six groups of four.
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Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature today. The award marks a return to a more mainstream interpretation of literature after the 2016 prize went to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Ishiguro uncovered “the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world,” the Swedish Academy said on awarding the 9 million crown ($1.1 million) prize.
IAF chief BS Dhanoa said the Indian Air Force is capable of countering China and is ready to take on the challenge of a two-front war. Addressing a press conference on the eve of Air Force Day, the Air Chief Marshal said his force is ready for a full spectrum operation but added that any decision on surgical strike involving the IAF has to be taken by the government.
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Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani emerged as India’s wealthiest for the 10th straight year as his net worth swelled to $38 billion (nearly Rs 2.5 lakh crore). Wipro’s Azim Premji was the distant second with a net worth of $19 billion, moving up two places from last year, while Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shanghvi slipped from his earlier second place to the ninth now ($12.1 billion) on Forbes magazine’s annual ‘India Rich List 2017’. Anil Ambani, Mukesh’s younger brother, was ranked much lower at 45th place with $3.15 billion.
The National Green Tribunal directed the Delhi government to immediately stop all protests at the Jantar Mantar area as these are causing pollution. It said the residents of the nearby and surrounding area have a right to live peacefully and comfortably and in an atmosphere free from pollution at their residences. The tribunal directed the authorities to shift the protesters, agitators and the people holding dharna (sit-in) to alternative site at the Ramleela Grounds in Ajmeri Gate.
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