KCR Reaches Out To Mamata Banerjee For Non-BJP, Non-Congress Federal Front
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday met West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee as part to form a third party federal government. “Our dialogue will continue, very shortly we will come out with a concrete plan. We are discussing things. I will continue with my efforts,” said Rao after his meeting with Banerjee in Kolkata. The meeting between the two leaders assumed significance amid talks about efforts on the formation of a new political front of like-minded, non-BJP and non-Congress parties to take on the national ones in the upcoming polls.
Bengal Rath Yatra: SC Declines Early Hearing To BJP Plea Challenging Blockade By Calcutta HC
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to give an urgent hearing to the appeal by before vacation bench on an appeal of West Bengal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the Calcutta High Court’s division bench order on Rath Yatras in West Bengal. The BJP had moved the Supreme Court asking for an urgent hearing on Wednesday. Turning down the request, the court said that the BJP’S petition would now be heard in the month of January. On December 22, a divisional bench of the Calcutta High Court had put on hold the order by a single-judge bench allowing the party to hold three rath yatras in the state.
MS Dhoni Returns To T20I Squad For Series Against New Zealand
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who was left out of India’s T20I squad for the T20I series against Australia is back in the fold for T20 internationals for the T20 international series against New Zealand. India will travel to New Zealand after finishing their assignments in Australia. The selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India also announced full-strength squads for the one-day international series against Australia and New Zealand.
65 US Universities Oppose Trump Govt’s Visa Policy Changes For Foreign Students
Almost 65 top US universities, including Harvard and MIT, have challenged the Trump administration in a court against its new stringent visa policy for foreign students, warning that the new ‘backdating’ rule will have a detrimental effect on America’s higher education system. The new policy announced by the Trump administration in August places restrictions on overstaying a visa. The top institutions, including Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Yale, and Princeton signed onto an amicus brief filed Monday, arguing that the new rule puts visa-holding students in a position to make tough choices.
Ex Pak PM Nawaz Sharif Gets 7-Yr Imprisonment in Corruption Case
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on Monday sentenced to seven years in jail in Al Azizia case by an anti-corruption court in Pakistan while acquitting him in the Flagship Investments corruption case in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal. Accountability Court II Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik announced the verdict in the two remaining corruption cases against the Sharif family, after reserving the decision last week. In its decision, Judge Malik said there was concrete evidence against the 68-year-old former premier in the Al-Azizia reference, and that he was unable to provide a money trail in the case, Geo TV reported. Sharif was present in the court when the verdict was announced.