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Supreme Court crisis continues to A Raja trains guns at Vinod Rai: Top stories of the day

A seven-member delegation of the Bar Council Of India (BCI) on Sunday met Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Anuj Loya, son of late CBI special judge BH Loya, said that his father’s death was by heart attack and the family has no suspicion, army chief Rawat wants pressure increased on Pakistan, Word ‘shithole’ projected on Trump’s Washington hotel.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2018 11:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Supreme Court,A Raja,Vinod Rai
A view of Supreme Court in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Talks continued to end the crisis created by four judges publicly criticising the Chief Justice; the Indian Army chief said he wants the heat turned up on Pakistan, and Donald Trump got his comeuppance for allegedly using a vulgar word about Haiti and African nations. These stories made news on Sunday. Here is more about them.

Crisis internal matter of SC, will be resolved soon: Bar Council

A seven-member delegation of the Bar Council Of India (BCI) on Sunday met Justice Jasti Chelameswar, one of the four senior judges of the Supreme Court who last week held an unprecedented press conference to criticise Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and two other judges. The BCI said the crisis will be resolved soon and must not be politicised.

Don’t harass us, says late judge Loya’s son

Anuj Loya, son of late CBI special judge BH Loya, said that his father’s death was by heart attack and the family has no suspicion. The death of Loya, who was hearing the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case, is believed to trigger for four Supreme Court judges revolting against the Chief Justice. “Our family is pained with the chain of events in the past few days. Please, don’t harass us,” said Anuj Loya at a press conference held by the Bar Council of India.

Army chief Rawat wants pressure increased on Pakistan

The strategy to bring peace in Jammu and Kashmir cannot be “status quoist” and the pressure on Pakistan must be increased to stop cross-border terrorism in the state, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said. “The political initiative and all the other initiatives must go simultaneously hand-in-hand and only if all of us function in synergy, we can bring lasting peace in Kashmir. It has to be a politico-military approach that we have to adopt,” he said.

Benjamin Netanyahu begins 6-day visit to India to deepen ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived Sunday for his first visit to India to expand defence, trade and energy ties. Prime Minister Narendra Modi set aside protocol to receive Nethanyu at the Delhi airport. Netanyahu’s visit marks 25 years since India and Israel established diplomatic relations, but comes just weeks after India voted in favour of a UN resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Supreme Court constitution bench to begin hearing petitions against Aadhaar

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra will begin hearing on Wednesday petitions challenging the validity of the 12-digit biometric identification number Aadhaar, says a Supreme Court registry notice issued on Saturday. Petitioners allege Aadhaar violates privacy and citizens’ personal data connected to it is unsafe.

World Economic Forum ranks India 30th on global manufacturing index

India ranks 30th on a global manufacturing index, far below China’s 5th place but above its BRICS peers, Brazil, Russia and South Africa, according to the World Economic Forum. Japan is ranked to have the best structure of production, according to Geneva-based WEF’s first ‘Readiness for the future of production report’.

A Raja’s new book wants former CAG Vinod Rai to be investigated

Excerpts from former telecom minister A Raja’s new book where he trains guns at former CAG Vinod Rai, whose report on 2G spectrum allocation was at the centre of allegations that the politician allotted 2G spectrum in violation of rules. “It would perhaps have been in the public’s better interests to investigate Rai’s motivation to rush into this ‘hunt’…It is ironic that such a person lays claim to the badge of ‘Nation’s Conscience Keeper’”, he writes.

UK cops issue leaflets to warn about babas, tantriks

Police in the UK have issued leaflets in Punjabi, Gujarati and English in the east Midlands city of Leicester and cautioned people against bogus faith healers who promise luck, lucre and love. The leaflets have been promoted in a place dominated inhabited by people of Indian origin. Several people in Leicester have fallen victim to these bogus babas over the years.

Aziz Ansari accused of coercing woman into oral sex

Indian-American Aziz Ansari, the first Asian to win a Golden Globe award for best actor, has been accused of sexual assault by a Brooklyn-based photographer . “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life,” said the anonymous woman about the comedian in a report published in a celebrity website.

A read dump: Word ‘shithole’ projected on Trump’s Washington hotel

The word “shithole”—which President Donald Trump allegedly used to describe countries from which he does not want immigrants coming to the US—has been projected along with other messages onto his Washington hotel. “NOT A DC RESIDENT? NEED A PLACE TO STAY? TRY OUR SHITHOLE. THIS PLACE IS A SHITHOLE,” read messages projected over the entrance of the Trump International Hotel in central Washington.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 07:27 IST