Wednesday Evening News Brief, July 26

Wednesday evening brief Jul 26 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Delhi High Court imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on Arvind Kejriwal. The cost was imposed as he failed to file his response on a fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Union minister Arun Jaitley over use of an objectionable word allegedly by the CM’s lawyer. Jaitley had filed the second defamation suit after Kejriwal’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani allegedly “abused” him in open court during proceedings of another defamation suit he had filed against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and five other party functionaries.
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Right to privacy may be considered as a fundamental right, Centre said. Even as the Centre agreed upon this, it held that all aspects of privacy cannot be put under the fundamental rights category. Earlier today, four non-BJP ruled states, including Karnataka and West Bengal, moved the top court seeking to intervene in the ongoing hearing on the issue of whether the right to privacy can be declared as one of the fundamental rights under the Constitution.
Snapdeal has accepted Flipkart’s revised takeover offer of up to $950 million. According to sources, the board of Jasper Infotech, which runs Snapdeal, approved Flipkart’s bid of $900 million-$950 million last week. A deal is now pending the approval of Snapdeal shareholders. Japan’s solar-to-tech conglomerate SoftBank, Snapdeal’s biggest investor, is keen to consummate the deal and take an equity stake in Flipkart to profit from India’s booming online retail market.
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The death toll in week-long monsoon fury in Gujarat rose to 111. Bodies of 17 members of a family were recovered from the banks of Banas River in Banaskantha today. Villagers watched in disbelief as the bodies were recovered one after another from the muck. Two Army columns, three NDRF teams and one BSF team, aided by 10 Air Force choppers, are engaged in the rescue and relief operations in Banaskantha alone. On Wednesday, around 460 more people were rescued in various parts of Banaskantha district by various agencies.
Rajya Sabha witnessed an uproar over President Kovind’s maiden speech. A day after new President Ram Nath Kovind notably omitted mentioning Jawaharlal Nehru in his maiden speech, the Congress and the BJP sparred fiercely on the issue in the Rajya Sabha, with the former accusing the latter of undermining leaders of the freedom movement. The BJP hit back, with Union minister Arun Jaitley snidely commenting that zero hour “can’t run only for the benefit of the television channels”.
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