Current Affairs

ALL News Headlines 2020 January 18TH

Kapil Sibal: No state can deny the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) when it is already passed by the Parliament, said Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday. “If the CAA is passed no state can say ‘I will not implement it’. It is not possible and is unconstitutional. You can oppose it, you can pass a resolution in the Assembly and ask the central government to withdraw it. But constitutionally saying that I won’t implement it is going to be problematic and going to create more difficulties,” said the former minister of law and justice on the third day of the Kerala Literature Festival (KLF).


Jaising got Rebuttal: The mother of the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape and murder victim has hit out at senior lawyer Indira Jaising for asking her to forgive the four men, who are on death row for committing the brutal crime against her daughter. The mother was reacting to Indira Jaising’s tweet on Friday. “Who is Indira Jaising to give me such a suggestion? The whole country wants the convicts to be executed. Just because of people like her, justice is not done with rape victims. I can’t believe how Indira Jaising even dared to suggest such this. I met her many times over the years in the Supreme Court, not once did she ask for my well being and today she is speaking for convicts. Such people earn a livelihood by supporting rapists, hence rape incidents don’t stop,” she said.

NSA: Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has provided the power of detaining authority to the Delhi Police Commissioner under the National Security Act, according to a notification. In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 3, read with clause (c) of Section 2 of the National Security Act, 1980, the Lt Governor pleased to direct that during the period January 19 to April 18, the Delhi Police Commissioner may also exercise the powers of detaining authority under sub-section (2) of the section 3 of the aforesaid Act, the notification stated. The notification has been issued on January 10 following the approval of the LG.

Sai Baba controversy: Maharastra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray called Pathri in Parbhani as the birthplace of the 19th-century saint Sai Baba and said he will allot Rs 100 crore for its development. Following this, the residents of Maharashtra’s Shirdi town called for an indefinite shut down from Sunday. “There is no bonafide proof available to prove the birthplace. Sai Baba himself never shared any information about his birthplace or religion during his stay in Shirdi,” said a formal trustee of Shirdi Sai Sansthan. For many Sai Baba was a practicing Muslim and Sarada Pitha Sankaracharya Swarupananda objected to Sai idol in Sanatan temples.

CJI: Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde on January 18 said that citizenship was not only about people’s rights, but also about their duties towards the society. He was addressing the 107th convocation of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, he lamented that some educational institutes have become “extremely commercially-minded” and said developing intelligence and character was the true goal of education.

Piyush Goyal: Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal is going to lead the Indian delegation to the 50th World Economic Forum at Davos from January 20 to 24. He will also take part in an informal WTO Ministerial gathering being held in Davos during this period. The union minister will hold bilateral meetings with ministers of Australia, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Korea and Singapore.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad has emerged as the world’s most dynamic city on better performance in socio-economic and commercial real estate, global property consultant JLL India said. Seven Indian cities feature in the top 20 in this year’s ranking, despite the economic slowdown, it added.


Donald Trump: Donald Trump is going to meet with EU leader Ursula von der Leyen in Davos, Switzerland, next week, sources said on January 17, as tensions grew between the allies over tariff threats and the US president faces an impeachment trial at home.Just days after Trump scored big victories by inking a partial trade deal with China and passing a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he will travel to the World Economic Forum where he is expected to discuss deepening trade disputes with the European Commission president.

Pakistan: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has returned the petition of self-exiled former dictator Pervez Musharraf against his conviction and sentencing by a special tribunal with the objection that he is not allowed to appeal without surrendering to the law.

Sri Lankan: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the Muslim Religious Affairs Department to register all Muslim religious schools (Madrasas) with the Department, reported Sri Lankan newspaper Daily Mirror. Rajapaksa reportedly instructed officials of the Department to re-evaluate the curricula of all Madrasas and prepare an updated curriculum with the assistance of the Education Ministry. The Island nation has imposed strict Madrassa regulation in the wake of increasing radicalisation among Muslim youth.


Mastercard: Mastercard has planned to invest nearly $1 billion in India over the next five years towards the development of new technologies and products.”The proposed investment will be made over a period of five years in our India operations, which includes an R&D facility at Pune and another centre at Vadodara,” Mastercard vice president (customer delivery) Amitabh Khanna informed on January 17.

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World Economic Forum 2020 – Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal will hold bilateral meetings next week with a number of global corporate honchos, including Walmart chief executive officer Judith McKenna, Visa chairman Alfred F Kelly Jr and Unilever CEO Alan Jope, on the sidelines of the  50th edition of the World Economic Forum from January 20 to 24  in Davos.