Thursday morning news brief, April 19

Thursday morning brief Apr 19 2018
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Amid outrage over Kathua, Unnao rape cases, PM Modi said rape should not be politicised. &quot;A rape is a rape. How can we tolerate this exploitation of our daughters? But can we compare the number of rapes in different governments? We can&rsquo;t say there were this many rapes in our government and that many in yours. There cannot be a worse way to deal with this issue,&rdquo; Modi told the Indian diaspora at an event. <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/dont-politicise-rape-pm-modi-in-uk/articleshow/63822484.cms?”>Read</a>.
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The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Thursday in special judge B H Loya’s death case today. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had on March 16 reserved the judgment on the pleas seeking an independent probe into the alleged mysterious death of Judge Loya. He had allegedly died of cardiac arrest in Nagpur on December 1, 2014 when he had gone to attend the wedding of a colleague’s daughter.
A new strategic thinktank, the defence planning committee, will formulate military strategy and oversee defence deals. The panel will refine recommendations for defence procurement as it is expected to take a longer view of acquisitions and how they fit into current and future scenarios. The committee, set up by the government, is intended to make defence planning and strategy a more integrated and forward looking process.
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CBSE has come out with the dress code for students taking the upcoming NEET exam. While issuing the <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/neet-exam-cbse-issues-dress-code/articleshow/63822716.cms”>admit cards for NEET</a> for students willing to pursue MBBS and BDS at medical colleges, the board has advised candidates to come in &ldquo;light-coloured halfsleeves dress&rdquo; and &ldquo;not to wear shoes&rdquo;. The board has added that the candidates will have to report at the exam centre an hour earlier in case they choose to wear their &ldquo;customary dress&rdquo;.
The I-T department has cautioned salaried taxpayers against claiming incorrect deductions or under-reporting income. The<a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/dont-file-incorrect-returns-warns-i-t/articleshow/63822683.cms”> advisory, issued on Monday</a>, said such offences are punishable under various provisions of the Income Tax Act and warned people against using the services of &ldquo;unscrupulous intermediaries&rdquo;. It also threatened to refer such cases to other enforcement agencies for further action.
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