Daily News Summary – April 19, 2017


PM Modi puts an end to ‘VIP Culture’

Modi cabinet announced a ban on ‘lal batti’ culture. “In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency services vehicles, from May 1. This government is a government of common masses and has decided to abolish VIP culture of beacon lights and sirens”, mentioned Nitin Gadkari. According to a government decision taken on Wednesday only five constitutional posts, namely the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of Lok Sabha will be allowed to use the red beacons on their vehicles from May 1.


BJP leaders face trial in Babri Masjif demolition case

L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti will face trial in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case as the Supreme Court today allowed the CBI plea and restored criminal conspiracy charges against them. The court also clubbed the trial in the matter pending against the leaders and ‘karsevaks’ and said the proceedings should be completed in two years. “We have allowed the CBI appeal against the Allahabad High Court judgement with certain directions,” a bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman said. The apex court, however, noted that Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh enjoys Constitutional immunity and can be tried only after he ceases to hold the office. Kalyan Singh was the chief minister of UP in 1992. PTI


In a bold move, Sonu Nigam shaves his head

On Wednesday morning, Sonu Nigam announced in a tweet that he would shave his head in the afternoon, in response to a fatwa allegedly issued by a Muslim cleric in West Bengal. “Today at 2pm Aalim will come to my place, and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulavi”, tweeted Sonu Nigam. Sonu Nigam has been widely criticised for describing being woken by the morning azaan as ‘gundagardi.’


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