Thursday Morning News Brief, April 12

Thursday morning brief Apr 12 2018
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India today put into space a new satellite under its regional navigation satellite system — also called NavIC. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) thus completed the constellation, which needed seven functional satellites to provide foolproof satellite-based navigation signals. The 1,425-kg satellite made by Bengaluru-headquartered Alpha Design Technologies, in collaboration with Isro, is the second satellite to be actively built by private industry. Read more
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The US has announced that it would transfer critical defence technology to India and conduct a tri-services exercise with the country’s armed forces. US envoy to India Kenneth Juster said the ties between New Delhi and Washington are &ldquo;sending a strong signal&rdquo; to other countries. &ldquo;The US has designated India as a major defence partner and it is significant in many respects. The US Congress supports India on both sides of the aisle,&rdquo; he said, outlining the objectives of <a href=””>the 2+2 meeting,</a> which is likely to take place in May.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead around 2,000 BJP lawmakers in a day-long fast today to protest against the recent Parliament washout. &ldquo;The people who couldn&rsquo;t gain power in 2014 don&rsquo;t want the country to move forward. They didn&rsquo;t let Parliament work for a single day. They killed democracy and we will observe a fast to bring their crime in front of the world. I will also fast. But I will continue my work,&rdquo; <a href=””>Modi said while interacting with party MPs</a> on the occasion of Jyotiba Phule&rsquo;s birth anniversary.
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British Airways, Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines are among the four major international airlines that have shown interest in Air India’s disinvestment. A Gulf carrier has also evinced initial interest, sources connected with the disinvestment process said, adding that the <a href=””>foreign carriers are in talks with Indian business houses</a> to meet the criterion of &ldquo;substantial ownership and control&rdquo;. A foreign airline can have a joint venture in India provided it has a local partner with at least 51% stake and effective control.
The Supreme Court has ruled that there was no concept of “senior” or “junior” SC judges as all were equally competent to decide any case allotted to them by the Chief Justice of India. Dismissing a PIL demanding that the CJI-headed three-judge bench must have the two other most senior judges on it, a bench of CJI Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it was unimpeachably ruled earlier by a five-judge bench that the CJI was the master of the roster and had the sole discretion of deciding the composition of benches and assigning cases.
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