Wednesday Morning News Brief, April 26

Wednesday morning brief Apr 26 2017
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The battle for capturing the three municipal corporations in the national capital will be decided today. The eagerly awaited outcome will have a far-reaching impact on the political fortunes of the three major contenders — the BJP, AAP and Congress. The stakes for AAP are the highest as it has barely recovered from its Punjab and Goa defeats. The fate of 2,537 candidates will be decided on the basis of 53.53% of voting on Sunday, surpassing marginally the polling figure last time.
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The Centre asked security forces to launch an ‘all-out offensive’ against Maoists. “Identify the lapses and problem areas that are exposing the CRPF to repeated high-casualty attacks and redraw the counter-Naxal strategy to plug them. I want results on the ground in the next two to two-and-a-half months,” Union home minister Rajnath Singh is learnt to have told senior security adviser. He also termed the massacre of the 25 CRPF jawans “cold-blooded murder”.
Dhinakaran was arrested last night after four days of questioning by Delhi Police. The AIADMK (Amma) leader is accused of attempting to bribe an Election Commission official for retaining the party’s poll symbol of “two-leaves” for his faction. His longtime friend Mallikarjuna has also been arrested after being quizzed for the second day on the trot. Dhinakaran was being interrogated by the Delhi Police since the past four days.
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Supreme Court gave ‘future’ bail to a terror accused who has been in jail for 16 years. Gulzar Ahmed has since been acquitted in 10 of the 11 cases brought against him by UP and Delhi Police. His co-accused have been granted bail in the remaining one too, but Wani continues to be behind bars. “If the prosecution does not complete examination of witnesses by October 31, Wani will be released on bail on November 1, 2017 on the terms and conditions to be imposed by the trial court,” it ordered.
FCAT directed censor board to clear ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ with A certificate. Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) was of the view that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was “misdirected” in denying certification on the ground that the story of the film was women-oriented. It also rejected the contention that the film showed women in general and a particular community in bad light. “There cannot be any embargo on a film being women-oriented or containing sexual fantasies and expression of the inner desires of women,” it said.
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