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Kejriwal’s AAP blasts Election Commission to US warns Pakistan: Top stories

Delhi’s governing Aam Aadmi Party blasted the Election Commission after it recommended disqualifying 20 of its MLAs, India and Pakistan tensions rose over border firing, and the US said it has told Pakistan to act against militant leader Hafiz Saeed. These were the top stories on Friday.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2018 08:16 IST
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the launch of a book.(Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

Delhi’s governing Aam Aadmi Party blasted the Election Commission after it recommended disqualifying 20 of its MLAs. India and Pakistan tensions rose over border firing. The US said it has told Pakistan to act against militant leader Hafiz Saeed. These were the top stories on Friday. Here is more about them.

20 MLAs face disqualification, AAP criticises Election Commission

The Election Commission (EC) recommended disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAson grounds of holding office of profit as parliamentary secretaries, embarrassing their party’s government in Delhi and testing its grip on power. The controversy goes back to February 2015 when the party won the Delhi assembly elections and appointed the 20 MLAs as parliament secretaries in March. “EC has never touched so low ever. Sad,” said AAP leader Ashutosh.

Supreme Court rejects plea to cancel Padmaavat’s censor certificate

The Supreme Court refused to stop the screening of Padmaavat and rejected a petition that said the controversial movie threatens peace. “Maintaining law and order is not our job. That is the job of the state. Prayer rejected,” said the court as it refused to cancel the censor certificate for the movie. The court on Thursday had overturned a ban on the movie by five states.

Border shelling kills civilians, Pakistan summons Indian envoy

Two people were killed and at least were 11 injured when Pakistani troops hit Indian villages with artillery and mortar along the border in Jammu and Samba districts, officials said. Pakistan alleged Indian firing on Friday killed a civilian and wounded nine others in Sialkot in its Punjab province. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh and condemned what it called “unprovoked cease-fire violations” by India.

Terrorist’ Hafiz Saeed should be prosecuted: US tells Pakistan

The US said it has told Islamabad that Hafiz Saeed is a “terrorist” and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, reacting strongly to Pakistan Prime Minister’s remarks that there was no case against the Mumbai attack mastermind. “He was the mastermind, we believe, of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed many people, including Americans as well,” said a spokesperson for the US State Department.

A file photo taken on July 5, 2006 shows a Chinese soldier and an Indian soldier placing a barbed wire fence following a meeting of military representatives at the Nathu La border crossing in Sikkim. (AFP)

China says Doklam its territory, will build ‘infrastructure’

China said Doklam is its territory and it will continue exercising its sovereignty in the remote plateau in the eastern Himalayas. “Just as China will not make comments about Indian construction of infrastructure on India’s territory, we hope other countries will not make comment on China’s construction of infrastructure on its territory,” said a foreign ministry spokesperson in Beijing. He was commenting on reports about satellite images that purportedly show massive Chinese infrastructure build-up in Doklam, where Chinese and Indian troops confronted each other for 73 days last year.

Loya case: Uncertainty over who will hear PIL that split SC

Uncertainty increased over who in the Supreme Court (SC) will hear the BH Loya caseafter the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, on Friday ordered that the matter be put up before ‘an appropriate bench as per roster’. The bench will hear the two public interest litigations demanding an independent probe into the death of special CBI court judge Loya who died in 2014. It is not clear who will constitute the bench. The CJI’s directive comes three days after a bench of Justices Arun Misra and MM Shantagoudar hearing the case ordered its listing before the ‘appropriate bench,’ triggering speculation that they would withdraw from hearing it.

Kerala woman kills teenaged son for ‘teasing’ her

A 45-year-old woman has been arrested in Kollam town of Kerala after confessing that she killed her teenaged son for “teasing” her, police said. Jayamol, a “mentally unstable” homemaker, allegedly killed Jeethu Job by strangling him with a shawl. She then tried to set the body on fire.

2017 was India’s fourth warmest year

The year 2017 was India’s fourth warmest on trot after 2016, 2015, and 2014, with average temperature across the country 0.71 degrees C above the 1971-2001 average. Warming of temperatures has been a global phenomenon, with the World Meteorological Organisation declaring 2017 as one of the three hottest years on record.

Islamic State supporter from Kerala killed in Syria

An Indian supporter of the Islamic State has been killed in Syria. Abdul Manaf was from Kerala where he allegedly was a member of the radical Islamic group Popular Front India and an accused in the murder of the CPI (M) worker in 2009.

India becomes member of weapons export control group

India became the 43rd member of the Australia Group, a voluntary collective of nations that work to identify and control the export of material, equipment and technologies that could lead to the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons. The membership helps India’s pitch for being a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 08:16 IST