Wednesday morning news brief, Jan 24 2018

Wednesday morning brief Jan 24 2018
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India was at a lowly 177 out of 180 in the latest global Environmental Performance Index rankings. Poor handling of air pollution abatement and forest protection measures saw India slip from 141st position two years ago. The report noted that countries such as India, China and Pakistan which scored badly on air quality front “face public health crisis that demand urgent attention”. Read
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CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said opposition parties may consider moving an impeachment motion against the CJI. Congress too appeared to be mulling support to the move. The opposition parties are likely to use the Rajya Sabha route to move the impeachment motion, where it has the backing of larger numbers. But in Lok Sabha, they will find it impossible to find the required numbers.
Shiv Sena said it will not ally with BJP for the 2019 Lok Sabha and Maharashtra state polls. BJP’s rift with its oldest ally now looks complete, with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray even urging people to pull down the Modi government in the next polls. However Sena is not withdrawing from the Modi government or the BJP-led state government as of now.
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Kuwait won’t impose penalty on Indian workers forced to illegally extend their stay due to non-payment of salaries. The amnesty has been granted from January 29 to February 22. The workers, who had overstayed by several months, had been denied several months’ salaries by their Kuwaiti employer. The issue was taken up by MoS external affairs VK Singh during his recent Kuwait visit.
Delhi High Court will today hear fresh petitions by 20 former AAP Delhi MLAs challenging their disqualification. The ex-MLAs have argued that EC “failed to follow due process of law by not offering the petitioners a full hearing before making the final opinion to the President”. The controversy stems from the disqualified MLAs holding positions of parliamentary secretary in the Delhi government.
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