Wednesday Evening News Brief, November 8

Wednesday evening brief Nov 8 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Civil aviation minister summoned IndiGo in wake of manhandling incident. The manhandling incident, which occurred on October 15, came to light after a video was released yesterday of the tussle, filmed by an employee of IndiGo. The airline submitted a detailed report to the ministry, saying that the sacked “whistleblower” employee had “instigated” the entire episode. The airline said that the ground staffer blamed for manhandling the passenger was trying to prevent the passenger from any harm near the aircraft and was just doing his job. Read more
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India’s stand on Belt and Road Initiative is wavering, China said today. China has been reiterating that the $50 billion CPEC which traverses through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is a connectivity project and will not affect its stand that the Kashmir issue should be resolved between India and Pakistan through talks. India has objected to the CPEC as it is being laid through the disputed territory and boycotted a high-profile Belt and Road Forum organised by China in May.
HS Prannoy beat Kidambi Srikanth to win 2017 Senior National Championship. Second seed Prannoy, who achieved his career-best ranking of World No 11 last week, saw off top seed Srikanth 21-15, 16-21, 21-7 in a 49-minute clash to return the favour after his semi-final loss to his compatriot at the French Open Super Series last month. Shuttlers Srikanth and Prannoy have played four times in their international career but it was the former who had the last laugh on the last three occasions. The only time Prannoy had beaten Srikanth was way back at the 2011 Tata Open.
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A Bangladeshi man was sentenced to imprisonment till death in Ranaghat rape case. In March 2015, a 72-year-old nun was raped inside a missionary school in Nadia district’s Ranaghat. The criminals also took away cash and other belongings from the institute. Though the prosecution had accused all the six men of gang rape, the charge was not established and only Nazrul Islam, a Bangladeshi man, was convicted of rape. The Kolkata court also awarded 10 years in jail to five other accused.
All schools in Delhi will remain closed till Sunday in view of “unbearable” air pollution. The Delhi government had on Tuesday directed that primary schools would be closed on Wednesday. It had also ordered suspension of outdoor activities for secondary classes. The decision came after the Air Quality Index (AQI) touched 448 in a scale of 500, entering ‘severe’ category. Today, the AQI was worse at 484. The situation will be reviewed on Sunday for further action.
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