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SC rules in Cauvery dispute to govt suspends Nirav Modi’s passport: Top stories of the day

The Supreme Court reduced the amount of water Karnataka has to give Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery river, seeking to settle a dispute that is 150 years old. The government suspended the passports of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, the central figure in the Punjab National Bank fraud, and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who leads the Gitanjali group. These were the top stories on Friday.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2018 07:39 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Police in Coimbatore grapple with members of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kalagham who were protesting against the judgement of Supreme court on the Cauvery river issue.(PTI)

The Supreme Court reduced the amount of water Karnataka has to give Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery river, seeking to settle a dispute that is 150 years old. The government suspended the passports of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, the central figure in the Punjab National Bank fraud, and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who leads the Gitanjali group. These were the top stories on Friday. Here is more about them.

Supreme Court reduces Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water

The Supreme Court reduced the amount of water Karnataka has to give Tamil Nadu from the Cauvery river, seeking to settle a dispute that is 150 years old. Karnataka will now supply 177.25 tmc instead of 192 tmc--a reduction of 14.75 tmc--from its Billigundlu site to Mettur dam in Tamil Nadu. Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said his state had got “some justice” from the court. A spokesperson for AI ADMK, which rules Tamil Nadu, said the court’s order was a setback for the state and possibly linked to elections in Karnataka. “The BJP wants to win in Karnataka - that’s why the judgment is in its favour,” KC Palaniswami told The News Minute website.

CBI widens probe into PNB fraud; Nirav Modi’s passport suspended

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the offices of jewellery retailer Gitanjali in a widening probe into a Rs 11,400 crore loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank, the biggest bank scam in the country’s history. The external affairs ministry announced it has suspended the passports of billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, the central figure in the fraud, and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who leads the Gitanjali group. A ministry spokesperson said it doesn’t know where Modi is.

Candidates in elections, their spouses must disclose source of income: SC

The Supreme Court ruled that all candidates contesting elections must disclose their “sources” of income, including those of their spouse and dependent children. Presently, the law says candidates are required to disclose details of assets and liabilities for themselves, spouse and three dependents while filing nomination paper but not their source of income.

Farmers, employment, healthcare top draw in Karnataka, UP budgets

Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh listed schemes for farmers, healthcare and employment in their annual budgets for a politically crucial year. Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah, who holds the finance portfolio and faces elections this year, announced schemes for universal health coverage, providing free LPG connections and farmers. The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh presented a budget that focused on doubling farmers’ income and improving infrastructure. The 2019 parliamentary elections are crucial for the BJP-led state government as the saffron party and its allies won 73 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 and aim to grab all 80 seats next year.

Chandrayaan-2 launch in April, to aim for moon’s south pole

Chandrayaan-2, India’s lunar mission to land a rover on the moon’s south pole, will be launched in April. The rover of India’s second lunar mission, costing nearly Rs 800 crore, will be made to land near the yet-unexplored south pole, Isro’s newly-appointed chairman K Sivan said.

7 workers die while cleaning septic tank in Andhra Pradesh village

Seven workers of a hatchery died of asphyxiation while cleaning a septic tank in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district. Police suspect that the sanitation supervisor of the hatchery owned in Moram village failed to spot that the septic tank had poisonous gases and asked the workers to go inside.

Pakistan says it will deploy troops in Saudi Arabia

Pakistan’s military said it is sending troops to assist Saudi Arabia on a training mission but that they will not be deployed in conflict zones outside the kingdom. The announcement surprised lawmakers, as Parliament had voted in 2015 not to send soldiers to the kingdom for fears that they would become involved in the Yemen conflict.

I am an outsider in politics: Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he considers himself an outsider in politics and still didn’t feel accepted. “I entered politics rather late. A lot of people are not able to accept it,” he said in Delhi while speaking to school students about exam stress. “I am in the political system but I am not a politician by nature. My nature is to do something,” he said.

Virat Kohli masterclass powers India to 5-1 series win against South Africa

India crushed South Africa by eight wickets in Centurion to win the six-match ODI series 5-1. After being asked to bat, the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 204. Virat Kohli continued his good form and scored yet another century, becoming the first batsmen ever to score 500 runs in a bilateral series.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 07:35 IST