Tuesday morning news brief, Jan 09 2018

Tuesday morning brief Jan 9 2018
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The Centre is for the SC withdrawing its interim order for mandatory playing of national anthem in theatres. Centre made its stand after the court in the last hearing hinted at modifying its order to make playing of national anthem optional to stop moral policing in the name of patriotism. The government had earlier insisted that playing of national anthem be made mandatory in theatres and educational institutions. Read
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Tobacco product makers must display pictorial and statutory health warnings on 85% of the product pack area. The Supreme Court passed this order on Monday, while staying a Karnataka High Court judgment reducing the area to 40%. Tobacco product manufacturers made desperate attempts to thwart a stay on HC judgment, but the apex court bench remained unimpressed.
The United States has told Pakistan what concrete steps it must take for Washington to resume security aid. “Taliban and Haqqani leadership and attack planners should no longer be able to find safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil,” a Pentagon spokesperson said. Last week, US President Donald Trump froze payments from the “coalition support fund” for Pakistan, worth $900 million.
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India has hit back at Washington’s latest legal assault on its solar power policies at the WTO. The US had argued that India had illegally discriminated against foreign suppliers of solar cells and modules, in violation of a WTO ruling. India said it had changed its rules to conform with the ruling and that a US claim for punitive trade sanctions was groundless.
A Hindu unmarried daughter can obtain expenses for her intended marriage from her father, the Kerala HC held. This, even if the daughter and her mother have other income. An unmarried daughter is entitled to claim maintenance from her father, which also includes educational and marriage expenses, the judgment stated.
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