Dissenting SC judges offer peace plan to Padmaavat ban overruled: Top stories of the day
The Supreme Court set aside Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, MP’s orders disallowing the controversial mov Padmaavat. The National Investigation Agency charged 12 people with financing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. These were the top stories on Thursday.india Updated: Jan 19, 2018 09:42 IST
The Supreme Court set aside Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, MP’s orders disallowing controversial movie Padmavaat. The National Investigation Agency charged 12 people with financing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Virat Kohli is ICC’s Cricketer of The Year. These were the top stories on Thursday. Here is more about them.
Dissenting SC judges meet Chief Justice for solution
The four senior judges of Supreme Court who publicly criticised Chief Justice Dipak Misra have recommended the creation of a committee of senior judges that will assign sensitive and important cases. Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurien Joseph met Misra for the second time this week and put forth their proposal to allocate cases.
Play on, Padmaavat: Supreme Court suspends states’ ban on movie
The Supreme Court barred states from disallowing Padmaavat, clearing the controversial movie for release across India on January 25. The censor board had cleared the movie, but Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh banned it after Rajput groups protested its portrayal of a legendary queen. The states said they will look for legal options and right wing Hindu groups said they will not heed the court’s order.
Hafiz Saeed, Syed Salahuddin, charged with funding terrorism in Kashmir
Pakistan-based militants Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin are among the 12 people charged by India’s National Investigation Agency for allegedly funding terrorism and secessionism in Kashmir. The agency’s chargesheet, which was filed before a court in Delhi, accused Hurriyat Conference leaders, hawala agents and stone-pelters of carrying out terrorist attacks and instigating violence in Jammu and Kashmir as a part of a “well-planned” criminal conspiracy.
Netanyahu visits Mumbai, calls Israel-India partnership “match made in heaven”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saidhis country and India were a “match made in heaven” as he met top Indian CEOs, industrialists and bankers in Mumbai. “Israel is an innovation nation, India is an innovation nation. The two innovation nations must come together to define the future,” he said. Netanyahu later paid pay homage to the victims of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and visited a Jewish centre along with Moshe Holtzberg, an 11-year-old survivor of the attacks.
Virat Kohli named Cricketer of the Year by ICC
Virat Kohli was crowned cricketer of the year by the sport’s world governing body, capping off a strong innings for the Indian skipper across all three formats of the game. Australian captain Steve Smith was named Test player of the year in the International Cricket Council annual awards.
52 killed in Kazakhstan bus fire
A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said. The bus was travelling along a road in the remote Aktobe region that links the Russian city of Samara to Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan close to the Uzbek border.
Tripura to vote on February 19; Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27
Tripura will hold Assembly electionson February 18 and Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 27. Results will be announced on March 3. The three states have just 60 assembly seats each, but are significant for national political parties. The BJP rules in 19 states now and wants to add more to its kitty. Of the three poll-bound states, Meghalaya is ruled by the Congress.
GST Council cuts tax rates on 29 items, discusses making return filing process simpler
The Goods and Services Tax Council (GST Council) cut tax rates on 29 products and 54 services at its 25th meeting and agreed to make the process of filing tax returns simpler. The federal indirect tax body cut rates on products including pre-owned vehicles, household cooking gas cylinders from private suppliers and precious stones.
Donald Trump unveils ‘Fake News Awards’
Donald Trump, who is accused of peddling conspiracy theories and mistruths, sought to question the accuracy of the media on Wednesday by unveiling the so-called “Fake News Awards”. The US president announced his top-ten list--which included his regular targets CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post--using his preferred medium of Twitter.
No space to store demonetised currency notes worth Rs 100 crore
The Uttar Pradesh police can’t find a place to keep the demonetised currency notes worth Rs 100 crore seized from a half-built house in Kanpur on Tuesday night. Police brought five 4x6-feet trunks to store the notes, but its maalkhanas (storage houses) in Kanpur are full, and the district treasury doesn’t have space either.