Wednesday Morning News Brief, August 9

Wednesday morning brief Aug 9 2017
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Congress leader Ahmed Patel secured 44 votes today to win a bitterly-fought battle in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls. Patel defeated the BJP nominee after late night dramatic developments saw the poll panel reject the votes of two rebel Congress MLAs for violating electoral rules. The other two seats were won comfortably by BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani, who clinched 46 votes each.
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Senior Supreme Court judge Justice Dipak Misra has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of India. Justice Misra will succeed incumbent Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar to become the 45th CJI and will have a tenure of a little over a year. He will take oath on August 27 and will retire on October 2 next year.
Nepal’s Deputy PM yesterday said that his country will not take any sides in the ongoing Doklam stand-off. Nepal wants India and China to use “peaceful diplomatic means” to resolve the issue, said Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who is also the foreign minister. “Some media reports are attempting to drag us in favour of one or the other side, but I want to make it clear that we have not taken any side in this matter,” Mahara said.
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The SC yesterday sought the response of the Centre on a plea challenging the validity of special status to J&K. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and justices Adarsh Goel and D Y Chandrachud issued notices to the Centre and state governments on the petition which said that Article 370 of the Constitution, which confers special status on the state, was a temporary provision that should have been scrapped in the 1950s.
The defence ministry yesterday sought an ‘urgent’ additional allocation of Rs 20,000 crore from the Centre for military modernization. The MoD officials sought Rs 20,000 crore in addition to the Rs 2.74 lakh crore allocated for defence in the 2017-2018 budget. In fact, the armed forces want the annual defence budget to reach at least 2% of the GDP for their operational requirements.
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