Daily Gk updates : - January 18 2018
Padmaavat can't be banned by states, says Supreme Court
In a big relief to producers of controversial Bollywood movie ‘Padmavaat’, the Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the ban on the release of the film by four states, news agencies have reported.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also restrained other states from issuing such a ban on the exhibition of the film.
Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh had banned the movie citing law and order issues. The movie is scheduled to be released on January 25.
Poll dates of Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya declared; results on March 3
The Election Commission of India (ECI) today announced the poll schedule for Assembly elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland.
Tripura will go to polls on February 18, while Meghalaya and Nagaland will vote on February 27. The results of votes for all states will be declared on March 3.
Chief Election Commission AK Joti said that EVM and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in all the three states and first level checks have been completed.
India successfully test fires n-capable Agni-V ballistic missile
India on Thursday test fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missle Agni-V, which can reach targets as far as Beijing.
The firing took place from the Abdul Kalam Island facility off the Odisha coast.A Defence Ministry official said the pre-induction test of the highly sophisticated and world class game-changer missile was successful.
Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Agni-V is the most advanced version of the Agni series, part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme that started in the 1960s.
Supreme Court refuses to restrain media from reporting on judges' row
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a plea seeking to restrain the media from publishing reports relating to a row among its judges even as Chief Justice Dipak Misra held a closed-door meeting with four rebel judges.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Misra refused to pass any order, for now, on a petition by an advocate to restrain the media from carrying reports on the ongoing controversy as it would only cause further damage to the institution.
The court said it will examine the plea once the petition is formally listed before it.
Indo-Israel friendship is a match made in heaven: Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today termed his country's partnership with India as one "made in heaven", which rests on shared values of love for humanity, democracy and freedom.
Addressing the India-Israel Business Summit here, Netanyahu mentioned the "deep personal friendship" he shares with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, adding that the warmth goes deeper, right up to the common man.
On the last leg of his four-day India visit, which he described as extraordinary, Netanyahu said there is a deep and abiding respect for India, it's people and culture.
Trump reveals 'Fake News' award winners
US President Donald Trump has declared 'The New York Times' as the winner of the 'Fake News Award'.
Others in Trump's unique award were 'ABC News', 'CNN', 'Time' and 'The Washington Post'.
Trump announced the award by a tweet yesterday.
The website GOP.Com -- where the winners were listed -- crashed soon after Trump announced his Fake News Awards.
No action can be taken against Hafiz Saeed: Pakistan PM
Pakistan will not act against Hafiz Saeed 'sahib' as there is no case registered against him in the country, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said, giving a clean chit to the 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind.
Saeed, the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), was released from house arrest in Pakistan in November.
The US has labelled JuD the "terrorist front" for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a group Saeed founded in 1987. LeT was responsible for carrying the 2008 Mumbai attack that killed 166 people.
Sensex hits another peak of 35,476.70; Nifty at 10,887.10
The BSE Sensex continued its record-setting spree for a second day, scaling a new high of 35,476.70 in opening trade today as banking stocks led rally on sustained foreign fund inflows.
Also, the broader NSE Nifty zoomed to a new high of 10,887.10.
The 30-share index rallied by 394.88 points, or 1.12 per cent, to hit the peak of 35,476.70, breaching its previous intra-day high of 35,118.61 hit yesterday.
Banks stocks shoot up on 100% FDI in private banks reports
Banking stocks on Thursday zoomed following reports that the government may allow 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in private sector banks.
The S&P BSE banking index surged by 1.64 per cent -- almost 500 points higher -- with stocks of major private banks in the lead.
Around 1.30 p.m., stocks of Yes Bank traded higher by 2.99 per cent, followed by HDFC Bank (up 2.79 per cent), IndusInd Bank (up 2.01 per cent), ICICI Bank (up 1.84 per cent), Kotak Bank (up 1.28 per cent) and Axis Bank (up 0.47 per cent).
Virat Kohli clinches top ICC awards
After a prolific run with the willow last year, India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday swept the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual awards as the 29-year won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being the World Cricketer of the Year 2017.
Kohli was also named as ICC ODI cricketer of the year 2017 and the captain of both ICC Test and ODI teams. It is the second time Kohli has been named as the ODI cricketer of the year as he won the same honour in 2012 when he was 24 years old.
Kohli's Australian counterpart Steve Smith bagged the honour of being the Test Cricketer of the Year. The 28-year-old Smith posted six centuries in just 11 Tests in 2017; three on Australia's tour of India and three in the recently-completed 4-0 Ashes triumph over England.
Victory of freedom of expression: Shyam Benegal on 'Padmaavat'
Veteran filmmaker Shyam Benegal on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the ban against Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Padmaavat" in some states, saying it is clearly the victory of freedom of expression in the country.
Benegal, who chaired a Ministry of Information and Broadcasting committee to propose ways to revamp the censor board, said that once the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the Supreme Court have given the movie a go-ahead, nothing can stop its release.
The Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana governments had banned the movie's release in their states.