Current Affairs

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 26TH

NATIONAL HEADLINES

MAHARASHTRA: The Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress alliance on Tuesday evening picked Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as their nominee for Maharashtra chief minister’s post.Then Chief Ministerial nominee Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday night reached Raj Bhavan and staked claim to form government in Maharashtra.

TRANSGENDER BILL: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill on protection of rights of transgenders after a motion to refer it to a select committee of the Upper House was defeated. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill on August 5.The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, was moved for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on November 20.

SABARIMALA: Kerala Director General of Police Loknath Behera on Monday directed the Additional DGP to inquire into the complaint of a devotee who alleged that he found a dead lizard in the packed tin of the Sabarimala temple’s main offering (prasad) ‘Aravana Payasam’.

AYODHYA: The Sunni Central Waqf Board decided on Tuesday that it would not file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, but was yet to take a call on whether to accept a five-acre alternative plot for a mosque, its chairman Zufar Farooqi said.

INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

ZARDARI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday filed a supplementary reference against former president Asif Ali Zardari and 24 other suspects, including a son-in-law of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, for having connections with various companies of Omni Group and Zardari Group. Presently  Mr Zardari is in custody and the names of 172 accused have been placed on the Exit Control List.

PAKISTAN SC: Pakistan Supreme court on Tuesday suspended the government notification for the extension of army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure until a hearing on Wednesday. The court also issued notices to the defence ministry, the federal government and Gen Bajwa, who is due to retire on November 29. During the court proceedings, the chief justice said that “apparently the summary and approval of army chief’s extension is not correct”.READ MORE

SRILANKA: Sri Lanka will work with India and it won’t do anything that will harm its interests, newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said ahead of his visit to New Delhi later this week.“We will work with India as a friendly country and won’t do anything that will harm India’s interests,” said Rajapaksa, who will travel to New Delhi on November 29 on his first official trip abroad as Sri Lankan President.

CONAN: US President Donald Trump welcomed to the White House on Monday – Conan, the military service dog who helped hunt down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “This is Conan, right now probably the world’s most famous dog,” said Trump, flanked by his wife Melania, Vice President Mike Pence, Conan and a handler.“We’re very honoured to have had Conan here and to have given Conan a certificate and an award that we’re going to put up in the White House,” Trump told reporters on the steps facing the White House garden.

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EARLY RETIREMENT: The government has compulsorily retired another 21 “corrupt” tax officers in the fifth tranche of its crackdown on errant officials accused of corruption and other malpractices, finance ministry sources said.The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) — the agency that overseas income and corporate tax collections — compulsorily retired 21 Group B officers of the rank of Income Tax Officer under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in the public interest, due to corruption and other charges .

CPEC: Refuting the US’ assertions on the multi-billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China has claimed the debt incurred from the project stands at $4.9 billion, which is less than one-tenth of Pakistan’s total debt.