Thursday Evening News Brief, September 21

Thursday evening brief Sep 21 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Calcutta High Court revoked ban on immersion of Durga idols during Muharram and said the state cannot pass such orders arbitrarily. “You are exercising extreme power without any basis… Just because you are the state, can you pass arbitrary order?” the court said, allowing immersion of Durga idols till 12 midnight on all days, including Muharram. It also asked police to designate routes for immersion and ‘Tajia’ procession. Read
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Maharashtra’s former chief minister Narayan Rane on Thursday announced his decision to quit the party. “I went to Congress because I was assured that I will be made chief minister in six months,” Rane, who joined the Congress in 2005 after being expelled from the Shiv Sena, said, adding, “I waited for 12 years, when I found that there was no scope for me in the Congress.”
The Centre is considering a plan to loosen the fiscal deficit target for the financial year ending in March 2018. This is being done so that it could spend an additional 500 billion rupees ($7.7 billion). The move comes after finance minister Arun Jaitley said the government was looking for ways to lift economic growth.
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China banned use of anti-Islam words on social media. “The Islamophobic terms invented by Chinese Internet users to stigmatize Muslims have been blocked by authorities on Chinese social media despite criticism from the netizens that such a ban overtly favourable to Muslim minorities,” state-run Global Times reported. China has over 21 million Muslims mostly the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and Hui community in Ningxia province, according to unofficial accounts.
Increasing carbon levels in the oceans may lead to the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history by about 2100. Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US analysed significant changes in the carbon cycle over the last 540 million years, including the five mass extinction events. The last such event occurred about 66 million years ago. It wiped out some three-quarters of the plant and animal species on Earth.
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