Wednesday Evening News Brief, November 1

Wednesday evening brief Nov 1 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The Supreme Court today sought the creation of special courts for speedy trial of cases pending against politicians. The top court said this after the Centre indicated that it was not averse to creating such courts. These courts will be created on the lines of fast-track courts for the swift handling of cases against elected representatives. Read.
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Several dead after a boiler exploded at the NTPC plant in Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli. Several workers were injured in the explosion which took place at unit number 6 of the 500MW power unit. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Mauritius on a three-day official visit, took cognizance of the incident and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of the victims.
The government is working with the World Bank to recognise over 200 reforms to push India into the top 50 bracket in ease of doing business. “We have already implemented 122 reforms this year, and are working with World Bank to recognise these. We will further initiate 90 more ease of doing business reforms this year,” Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion secretary Ramesh Abhishek said. India yesterday jumped 30 places to rank 100th in the World Bank’s ‘ease of doing business’ ranking.
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Former sports minister Vijay Goel has nominated Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth for the prestigious Padma Shri award Srikanth became the first Indian and only the fourth shuttler in the world to win four Super Series tournaments in a calendar season when he clinched the French Open last week. Goel, who is now parliamentary affairs minister, wrote a letter to home minister Rajnath Singh, recommending Srikanth for the country’s fourth highest civilian award.
Arun Jaitley and Rahul Gandhi traded barbs today over India’s improved ranking in the ease of doing business report. The Congress vice-president claimed the India’s ranking didn’t reflect the ground reality in the country. The finance minister responded, “The difference between the UPA and NDA – ‘The ease of doing corruption has been replaced by the ease of doing business’.”
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