✔ Lalu Prasad convicted in fodder scam case
A special CBI court has pronounced judgment in the two-decade-old fodder scam case, convicting Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and 15 others, while acquitting former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and five others. The sentencing will be on January 3, 2018.
✔ 33 killed as bus falls into river in Rajasthan
At least 33 passengers of a bus were killed when their vehicle plunged into the Banas river in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan after its driver lost control on a 100-foot high bridge near Dubi village on December 23. The bus broke the railing of the bridge and fell into the river.
✔ Advisory issued to States for Christmas security, says Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said an advisory had been issued to all the States to ensure law and order during Christmas in the wake of fringe elements recently threatening some Christian community membersagainst celebrating the festival.
✔ Pakistan government urges Islamabad High Court to deny clearance to Hafiz Saeed’s political party
Nearly four weeks after Hafiz Saeed was set free from house arrest, the Pakistangovernment has urged the Islamabad High Court not to allow the registration of his political party, the Milli Muslim League (MML), terming it an offshoot of proscribed entities, the Lashkar-Tayyaba (LeT) and the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) that face international sanctions.
✔ Rajinikanth to meet fans, expectations peak on his political entry
Actor Rajinikanth is all set to meet his fans for six days here, beginning December 26, giving rise to expectations that he might finally announce his long expected political entry.
✔ Rahul Gandhi indulging in cheap barbs, says BJP
The BJP on Saturday accused Congress chief Rahul Gandhi of indulging in cheap barbs and lowering political discourse in his bid to gain power. The attack from party spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao came after Mr. Gandhi fired a fresh salvo at the saffron party, saying if the BJP had a film franchise it would be called ‘Lie Hard’.
✔ Ram Vilas Paswan slams Lalu for claiming ‘innocence’ in media in fodder scam case
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday slammed RJD chief Lalu Prasad for talking to media about his “innocence” in the fodder scam even as a CBI court was due to deliver its judgement in the case.
✔ Philippines storm death toll climbs to 133: government
The death toll from a tropical storm in the southern Philippines climbed swiftly to 133 on Saturday, as rescuers pulled dozens of bodies from a swollen river, police said.
✔ Infosys completes ₹ 13,000 cr buyback
IT services major Infosys on Saturday said that it has completed its ₹ 13,000 crore buyback programme that saw participation from Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Rohan Murty and LIC among others.
✔ No plans for reshuffle: Odisha CM
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Saturday there were no plans of a ministerial reshuffle in the immediate future. Speculation about a possible reshuffle was rife after the Chief Minister on Friday dismissed Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout.