Wednesday Morning News Brief, May 3

Wednesday morning brief May 3 2017
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Arvind Kejriwal met an upset Kumar Vishwas in a last-ditch attempt at rapprochement. This development comes as the Aam Aadmi Party battles a major internal crisis with speculation that senior leader Kumar Vishwas is on the verge of quitting over allegations made by MLA Amanatullah Khan. He had alleged that Vishwas was acting at the behest of BJP and trying to grab the party’s national convener’s post. Khan also alleged that if Vishwas failed in his takeover bid, he planned to join BJP, taking with him several AAP legislators.
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PM Modi talked to his Australian counterpart to discuss scrapping of the 457 visa facility. PM Modi in a telephonic conversation with Malcolm Turnbull expressed concern about the possible impact of the changes in the skilled professionals’ visa programme on Indians. In a veiled threat to Australia, the government had declared in its reaction that it was going to look at it in the context of Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement negotiations. The 2 countries have failed to finalise a free trade agreement despite several rounds of negotiations.
CBI and ED officials reached London to present a strong case for Mallya’s extradition. The joint team in London is armed with documents to persuade lawyers of UK’s Crown Prosecution Service on the “dual criminality” committed by Vijay Mallya of cheating and money laundering, so a strong case for the former liquor baron’s extradition could be presented in court on May 17. While they are not parties to extradition arguments, their material will assist CPS lawyers to counter pleas expected to be taken by Mallya to avoid extradition.
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New terror training camps and launchpads have come up across the LOC, sources said. There are now an estimated 55 camps of various Pakistan-backed terrorist outfits operational in PoK. Of these, 35 camps were dismantled and shifted deep inside Pakistani territory following last year’s surgical strikes. Sources in the central agencies said 60 infiltration attempts were reported in the first four months of 2017, in which 15 terrorists managed to enter into Jammu & Kashmir.
Citizens cannot claim ‘absolute’ right over their body parts, Centre told Supreme Court. “The concept of absolute right over one’s body was a myth and there were various laws which put restrictions on such a right,” attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told the court. This was in response to a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act which provides for mandatory mention of Aadhaar while filing income tax returns and applying for PAN number. Many petitions challenge giving digital samples of fingerprints and iris for Aadhaar enrolment, claiming ‘absolute’ right over their bodies.
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