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Top news of the day: NCLAT restores Cyrus Mistry as chairman of Tata Sons, Supreme Court refuses stay on citizenship law, and more

A demonstrator walks past a graffiti outside the Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi on December 18, 2019 during a protest against a amended citizenship law.

A demonstrator walks past a graffiti outside the Jamia Millia Islamia university in New Delhi on December 18, 2019 during a protest against a amended citizenship law.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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NCLAT restores Cyrus Mistry as Tata Sons chairman

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal quashes conversion of Tata Sons into a private company, holds N. Chandrasekaran’s appointment illegal.

Supreme Court refuses stay on amended Citizenship Act

Court says it will hear the 59 petitions on January 22; asks govt to publicise the Act’s objectives to avoid chaos on the streets. | Anti-Citizenship Act protests updates | Oxford University students declare solidarity with anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests in Indian universities | No threat to any Indian Muslim or any other citizen, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Urdu author Mujtaba Hussain to return Padma Shri award

“The unrest in the country, the atmosphere of fear which is being created, and the flame of hatred which is being fanned is truly disturbing. The democracy which we worked for with so much pain and effort, and the way in which it is being destroyed, is condemnable. In these circumstances, I do not wish to keep any government award in my possession,” Mr. Hussain said.

Data | Minorities within majority face persecution in Indian subcontinent

Data show that religious minorities, including Muslims, in other neighbouring countries such as Myanmar, China and Sri Lanka also face persecution. In many countries, minority sects within the majority religions (including Islam) are also persecuted.

Supreme Court rejects review plea of Nirbhaya case convict

The Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by one of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case to review its May 5, 2017 judgment confirming his death penalty. The court refused Akshay Singh’s plea to grant him three weeks time to file a mercy petition before the President of India.

4 convicted in 2008 Jaipur blasts case, 1 acquitted

The serial blasts that ripped through the Walled City on May 13, 2008, killed 71 persons and left about 200 injured.

 

2019 Sahitya Akademi awards | Tamil writer Cho Dharman wins for his novel Sool | Shashi Tharoor’s non-fiction book selected in English category

In a statement, the Akademi announced that it would honour seven books of poetry, four novels, six books of short stories, three of essays and one each of non-fiction, autobiography and biography. The award, including ₹1 lakh in cash, would be presented to the authors at a ceremony on February 25, 2020, the Akademi said in a statement.

Delegation from Dhaka fails to arrive in Delhi for river panel meeting

Sources in the Bangladesh High Commission say they do not have “any knowledge of the delegation’s plans”.

Donald Trump on brink of impeachment as House readies historic vote

Mr. Trump, who would be just the third U.S. President to be impeached, fired off a furious letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi denouncing the “vicious crusade” against him, but he also acknowledged he was powerless to stop the expected outcome.

India should take urgent action to tackle air pollution: WHO

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar recently told Parliament that there was no Indian study to show any correlation between pollution and the shortening of lifespan. Several studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Science and Environment and others published in journals such as The Lancet, have linked pollution with premature deaths in India.

A look at new sedans set to launch in India in 2020

There are quite a few sedans set to arrive on our shores in 2020, ranging from easily accessible mass market models to exclusive and uber-luxurious limousines. Here we take a look at what you can expect to arrive in showrooms from now up to end-2020. | Top 15 emerging jobs for 2020

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey unfollows Mark Zuckerberg

Both CEOs have had difference of opinion over free expression, fake news and political ads on their platforms. | Facebook says it can locate users who opt out of tracking

IPL 2020 player auction preview | How the eight teams stack up

A quick guide to the squads, player slots remaining and purse available before the franchises start bidding on December 19 in Kolkata

India vs West Indies 2nd ODI scorecard

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