Tuesday Evening News Brief, Dec 19

Tuesday evening brief Dec 19 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Centre has informed there was no proposal to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for property transactions. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri informed this in Lok Sabha and said that the rural development ministry had advised states and union territories to explore possibilities of using consent-based Aadhaar authentication for registration of properties. Last month, Puri had said that seeding Aadhaar to property transactions was a great idea and as the government was linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, it might take some additional steps for the property market also. Read
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said she will take up the matter of alleged forced conversions with Pakistan. In a tweet, she expressed concern over the reports of Sikhs being forced to convert to Islam in Pakistan’s Hangu district. The community members have also lodged a complaint with the deputy commissioner of Hangu, alleging that they were being forced to convert to Islam by assistant commissioner tehsil Tall Yaqoob Khan.
BJP has slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that his credibility is “at an all-time low”. Hitting out at Congress, Union Minister Ananth Kumar was responding to a comment made by Rahul earlier today saying that the BJP’s performance in the Gujarat polls was indicative of a loss in PM Modi’s credibility. HRD minister Prakash Javdekar also took a jibe at Gandhi and said that due to Congress’s electoral defeats since 2014, it has “no choice but to consider its losses as victory.”
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Saudis have intercepted Yemen rebel missile which was targeting the official residence of King Salman. An announcement was made by Saudi state TV after the residents of the kingdom posted videos on social media showing a small cloud of smoke in the sky. No damage has been reported so far. In Yemen, Mohammed Abdul-Salam, the spokesman for the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, also confirmed the attack. This is the second missile attack fired by the Houthis to target Riyadh since Nov 4. Last month’s attack targeted the Saudi capital’s airport but it was also intercepted.
A driverless Delhi Metro running on the Magenta line rammed into a wall during its trial run. The train broke through the boundary at Kalindi Kunj depot. There were no passengers on board when the accident occurred. The 12.64 kilometre-long Magenta line which runs from Delhi’s Kalkaji Mandir station to Noida’s Botanical Garden was expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narndra Modi on December 25. The trains on this line will be the first to be driverless in the history of the Delhi Metro train. However, drivers will be present on the trains for some time.
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