Morning Brief: Key Babri Ruling Today; Dinakaran Ousted; Data Protection Policy On Way

Hindu youth demolishing Babri Masjid.

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Key Babri Demolition Case Ruling Today: A Supreme Court bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman will deliver its ruling today on the appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against dropping conspiracy charges against senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, and 18 others, in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The bench will also decide whether the trial of the accused can be transferred from a court in Rae Bareli to Lucknow.

Dinakaran Ousted: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Amma faction comprising Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his cabinet, decided to oust the party deputy general secretary, T T V Dinakaran, brightening prospects of a truce with the O Panneerselvam faction that had rebelled against her leadership. The decision was “unanimous” and based on the views of all ministers, including Chief Minister E Palaniswami, legislators, MPs and the people, state minister D Jayakumar said, stressing that a committee will now run the party.

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Sunday Break For Petrol Stations In Eight States: Following the directives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to conserve oil, the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers declared on Tuesday that fuel outlets across eight states will be closed every Sunday, beginning on 14 May. Emergency services, such as ambulances, will be allowed to re-fuel. The decision is expected to affect at least 20,000 fuel pumps in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana, Suresh Kumar, an executive committee member of the consortium, confirmed.

India Ranks High On Key FDI Index: India has jumped to 8th rank in the 2017 AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index. Investor confidence in India has been growing steadily over the last two years, making it one of the top two emerging market performers on the FDI Index, said the UK-based AT Kearney. “Investors see India as a vast and diverse up-and-coming market with plans to increase investments there over the near to medium term,” said AT Kearney partner and India operations head Vikas Kaushal.

SBI Beats ONGC: In terms of market valuation, State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday surpassed Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to become the country’s most valued state-owned firm. At the end of trade, the market cap of SBI stood at Rs 235,307.51 crore. This is about Rs 2,961.79 crore more than that of PSU energy major ONGC’s Rs 232,345.72 crore. Among the top-10 most valued companies list, SBI is at fifth position, while ONGC is seventh.

Data Protection Policy On Way: The government is in the process of framing a policy to protect the data imprints on WhatsApp, Facebook and other applications and it will be ready by October, the Supreme Court was informed on Tuesday. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi supported the petition filed in the top court questioning the privacy policy of WhatsApp that allows the social media platform to share the data commercially left behind by its users. He said the comprehensive data protection framework would ban sharing of data by service providers or app owners.

Weathermen Predict Normal Monsoon This Year: India will receive normal rains during the June-to-September southwest monsoon season, the government’s weather office said on Tuesday. If the forecast holds, it will boost rural demand and also alleviate rural distress, especially in states such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu which are reeling under the impact of drought. Rainfall will be 96 per cent of the long-period average with a 38 per cent probability that monsoon will be near normal, India Meteorological Department said and added that rains would be evenly distributed across the country.

Centre Extends Ceasefire In Nagaland: The Union Home Ministry has extended the truce with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Reformation (NSCN-R) until 27 April 2018. The decision was taken during a meeting between Home Ministry officials and the Ceasefire Supervisory Board of the NSCN-R in New Delhi. “Government and the NSCN-R have mutually decided to extend the ceasefire agreement with effect from 28 April 2017 for one year… to bring about lasting peace in … Nagaland with the involvement of Naga people,” said a statement.

India Examining New Visa Clamp By Australia: New Delhi is examining “consequences” of Australia’s decision to abolish a popular work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers, majority of them Indians. The visa programme, known as 457 visa, allows businesses in Australia to employ foreign workers for a period of up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia will adopt a new ‘Australians first’ approach to skilled migration, something similar to what the Donald Trump administration has said.

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Why Modi Must Bite The Bullet In J&K: Governor’s Rule Is The Only Option: The case for Governor’s rule has never been stronger. Prime Minister Modi should bite the bullet and suspend the state assembly and let the Governor run it till the situation improves.

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