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Modi makes India pitch in Davos to Shiv Sena dumps BJP: Top stories of the day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wooed investors in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Shiv Sena snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of general elections in 2019. These stories made news on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2018 07:34 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos on January 23, 2018. (Reuters)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wooed investors in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Shiv Sena snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of general elections in 2019. These stories made news on Tuesday. Here is more about them.

Invest in India for peace and prosperity, says Modi in Davos

Investors must come to India if they want “peace and prosperity”, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Come to India if you want wellness along with wealth, wholesomeness along with health and peace with prosperity,” said Modi, the first prime minister to speak at the Davos summit in 21 years. He is leading a government and business delegation to Davos, aiming to showcase India as a fast growing economic power and a potential driver of global growth.

Shiv Sena dumps BJP for 2019 elections

The Shiv Sena snapped ties withthe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of general elections in 2019, ending a nearly three-decade-old alliance based on nationalist ideology. “The BJP allied with the Sena in the name of Hindutva and the Sena kept its patience for Hindutva. However, the BJP in the last three years has been demoralising the Sena and using power to do so,” said party leader Sanjay Raut. The Sena didn’t clarify if it would withdraw support to the BJP government in Maharashtra.

NIA can’t probe legitimacy of Hadiya’s marriage: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said on Tuesday the National Investigation Agency (NIA) cannot probe the legitimacy of Hadiya Jahan’s marriage to a Muslim man that was annulled by the Kerala high court last year. Hadiya, 24, was born Akhila Ashokan before she converted after her marriage, prompting allegations that it was a case of “love jihad”, a term popularised by radical Hindu groups to describe what they believe is an organised conspiracy of Muslim men to force or trick Hindu women into conversion and marriage.

Actress Deepika Padukone arrives to pray at the Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on Tuesday, ahead of the release of her film 'Padmaavat'. (PTI)

Supreme Court dismisses Rajasthan, MP pleas against Padmaavat

The Supreme Court rejected bids by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to re-instate a ban on the release of controversial Padmaavat, saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theatres. Despite the court ruling, theatre owners in the two states, which are among India’s biggest film markets, said they were wary of releasing the film without more explicit support from their state governments.

CPM begins efforts to remove Chief Justice Dipak Misra

The CPI(M) started its efforts to rally opposition parties in Parliament for removing Chief Justice of IndiaDipak Misra. Party leader Sitaram Yechury, who met NCP leader Tariq Anwar and rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav to discuss the issue, said the legislature and the executive must come together to resolve the crisis as the judiciary has been unable to address the issues raised by the four senior Supreme Court judges against Misra.

Trump signs spending bill, ending US shutdown

US President Donald Trump signed into law a short-term spending bill funding the federal government until February 8, ending a shutdown that had overshadowed the first anniversary of his presidency over the fate of undocumented immigrant brought to the US as children. The legislation was a product of a deal reached first by senators that funded the federal government for the next three weeks in return for considering a legislation reinstating protection from deportation for the 700,000 undocumented immigrants.

Don’t use Dalit word in official communication: MP High Court tells Centre, state

The Madhya Pradesh high court has asked the state government and the Centre not to use the word Dalit in official communication, saying the word finds no mention in the Constitution. The Gwalior bench of the high court suggested scheduled caste or scheduled tribe be used instead.

Rafael Nadal out of Australian Open, retires hurt 5

An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal has retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic. Top-ranked Nadal saved five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then went to shake hands with the umpire and his opponent.

Monster movie ‘Shape of Water’ lands 13 Oscar nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance “The Shape of Water” fished out a leading 13 nominations, Greta Gerwig became just the fifth woman nominated for best director and “Mudbound” cinematographer Rachel Morrison made history as the first woman to earn a nod in that category in nominationsannounced for the 90th annual Academy Awards.

‘Good morning’ messages are cluttering smartphones in India

Indians’ habit of sending millions of ‘good morning!’ text messages along with sun-dappled flowers, adorable toddlers and birds to friends, family and strangers is clogging up their smartphones. One in three smartphone user in India runs out of space daily, as compared to one in 10 in the US, the Wall Street Journal reported.

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 07:30 IST