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Top news of the day


Here's a quick wrap-up of the top news of the day.

1. Sasikala gets 5-day break from jail, can't stay at Poes Garden in Chennai

VK Sasikala walked out of a Bengaluru prison today, nearly eight months after she was jailed for corruption. She has been granted five-day parole to travel to Chennai and visit her husband in hospital. Full report by NDTV

2. Supporting Narendra Modi was a mistake, Arun Shourie hits out at PM

Former BJP cabinet minister Arun Shourie hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time in the week when he said supporting him was a mistake. Delivering the inaugural address of the sixth edition of the Khushwant Singh literary festival at Kasauli on Friday morning, Shourie said, “I made too many mistakes — by supporting (former prime minister) VP Singh and then by supporting Modi.” Full report by Hindustan Times

3. Death by hanging: SC asks govt if this is best way to execute convicts

The Supreme Court asked the government on Friday to explain within three weeks why it shouldn’t ban hanging by the neck as a mode of execution, reopening a decades-old debate over what’s a more humane and dignified way to end a life. Full report by Hindustan Times

4. Navy commandos aboard INS Trishul foil piracy attempt on Indian vessel in Gulf of Aden

MARCOS commandos aboard Navy vessel INS Trishul today thwarted a piracy attempt on an Indian ship, the 82,000-ton cargo carrier MV Jaga Mar, in the Gulf of Aden. Both the ship, and the 26 Indian crew members on board are safe, the Navy has said. Full report by India Today

5. Anti-nuclear weapons group wins Peace Prize

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee honored the Geneva-based group "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons." Full report by AP

6. Mahatma Gandhi assassination: SC appoints amicus curiae on plea seeking reprobe

The Supreme Court on Friday appointed senior advocate and former additional solicitor general Amrender Sharan as amicus curiae on a petition seeking reprobe into the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. After a brief hearing, a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao appointed Sharan to assist the court in the matter. Full report by The Indian Express

7. China defends patrol in Doklam amid reports of new deployments

China on Friday said there was "no dispute" about its claims to Doklam and that it had "always" patrolled the area, amid reports that Beijing was beefing up its deployments. Full report by India Today

8. GST Council meeting: Dealers in gems, jewellery out of money laundering act

With an eye on the Gujarat polls, the government has put gem and jewellery dealers out of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the GST Council meeting held today. The move is certainly timed with a view to the wooing voters in the upcoming Gujarat assembly election as the development will definitely impact traders in Gujarat. Full report by India Today

9. Watch video: First image of Honeypreet in Rampura jail


(Video provided by India Today)


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