✔ In Manila, Modi calls for joint efforts with ASEAN to mitigate terror
India has suffered much from terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out at the ASEAN-India summit on Tuesday and called for joint efforts to mitigate the menace. India placed ASEAN at the core of its ‘Act East Policy.’ “Our ties with ASEAN are old and we want to further strengthen cooperation,” he said, adding that 125 crore Indians were waiting to welcome the ASEAN leaders as Chief Guests of the 2018 Republic Day.
✔ NGT asks Delhi to give “one scientific reason” to exempt two-wheelers from odd-even scheme
The Delhi government on Tuesday withdrew the review petition that it had filed before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) with respect to exempting two-wheelers and women drivers from the odd-even car rationing scheme.
✔ Medical college bribery case: SC holds Jaiswal, CJAR efforts as contemptuous
The Supreme Court on Tuesday variously described the efforts and conduct of advocate Kamini Jaiswal and lawyers of the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) as “forum-shopping, contemptuous, unethical, derogatory” in the medical college bribery case, and stopped short of instituting contempt of court proceedings against them, mindful of the “welfare of the great institution.”
✔ Banglar Rasogolla, Mamallapuram stone sculptures get GI tag
The Geographical Indication (GI) Registry and Intellectual Property India on Tuesday presented the Geographical Indication Tag status to Banglar Rasogolla of West Bengal and Mamallapuram stone sculptures of Tamil Nadu. West Bengal was involved in a lengthy battle with Odisha, which too had claimed Rasogolla as its invention.
✔ Part of Perarivalan’s confession was omitted, ex-CBI officer tells apex court
Twenty-six years after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a former CBI officer who interrogated one of the convicts, then 19-year-old A.G. Perarivalan, made a sworn statement before the Supreme Court that the CBI omitted the part of the convict’s confession where he said he had “absolutely no idea” of the purpose for which the two nine volt batteries he bought would be used for.
✔ Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills over 530
Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies.
✔ Sujoy Ghosh quits as IFFI Indian Panorama section jury chief after I&B Ministry drops two films from lineup
Filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh on Tuesday resigned as jury chairman of the 48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2017 Indian Panorama section in protest against the dropping of two films from the lineup. Malayalam filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s S Durga and Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi film Nude were rejected by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting despite being selected by the jury constituted as per the Indian Panorama regulations.
✔ After I-T searches on Sasikala, kin premises, tax evasion of income of ₹1,430 crore found
At the end of a largest ever search operation by the Income Tax Department in Tamil Nadu that lasted for five days and covered the properties of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s former aide and jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala and her extended family members, officials of the department on Monday said that until now, a tax evasion of an income of ₹1,430 crore had been detected.
✔ Look at your career before commenting on Dhoni: Shastri
India’s chief coach Ravi Shastri today once again extended unflinching support to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying those commenting on the two-time World Cup winning former skipper should look back at their own careers.