Tuesday evening news brief, January 16

Tuesday evening brief Jan 16 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Haj pilgrims will no longer receive any subsidy this year onwards, the government said. The government stated that the decision is part of its agenda of empowerment of minorities without appeasement. The government will offer air and waterways option for the pilgrims as cost will go up. The cut in funds meant for subsidy will be used for educational empowerment and welfare of girls from minority communities, Union minister for minority affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Read.
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The US has been trying to convince Pakistan that India was not a threat to it, Pakistan defence minister has said. He said that it is time for a courteous yet “ruthlessly candid dialogue” with the US “with everything on the table” to remove all misunderstandings between Islamabad and Washington. The minister said the perception of India was one of the foundational divergences between Pakistan and the US.
Baba Ramdev-led Patanjali Ayurved has announced its foray into e-commerce for its FMCG items. The company is targeting Rs 1,000 crore sale in online platform. The Haridwar-based company said it has partnered eight players, which also include Grofers, Shopclues, BigBasket, 1mg, Paytm Mall and Netmeds, through which its entire range of products would be available online.
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The Defence Acquisition Council has cleared the procurement of assault rifles and carbines worth Rs 3,547 crore. Under the proposal, cleared at the meeting chaired by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, 72,000 assault rifles and 93,895 carbines will be procured, the sources said. The procurement is expected to address the shortage of weapons for the armed forces, they added.
CJI Dipak Misra met the four SC judges who called him out for alleged irregularities in how he assigns cases. Sources said the meeting was also attended by Justice A K Sikri and two other judges. They also said this is probably the first step towards making efforts to resolve the distrust between the CJI and four judges. Attorney General KK Venugopal backtracked from his statement of yesterday, to say that the issues the judges have are still to be resolved.
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