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Top news of the day: CBI court acquits all accused in Sohrabuddin case, Opposition up in arms against Centre’s new surveillance order, and more

Sohrabuddin Shaikh and his wife Kausar Bi were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2005 by Gujarat Police. File Photio

Sohrabuddin Shaikh and his wife Kausar Bi were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2005 by Gujarat Police. File Photio  

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Sohrabuddin Sheikh 'fake' encounter killing case: CBI court acquits all 22 accused

A special CBI court in Mumbai on Friday acquitted all the 22 persons accused in the alleged fake encounter killing of gangster Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kausar Bi and his associate Tulsiram Prajapati.

Opposition up in arms against Centre’s new surveillance order

“This is a serious development. Through this order BJP is converting India into a surveillance state,” said Congress leader Anand Sharma outside the Parliament House on Friday, December 21, 2018. “The government has done it by stealth. We collectively oppose it. Right to privacy is a fundamental right. The order directly hits at this fundamental right.”

ONGC oil rig off Andhra Pradesh coast found tilted, stabilisation exercise on

An Indian Navy chopper was pressed into service to stabilise a tilted hydrocarbon excavation rig belonged to the public sector major Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in the Bay of Bengal between Kakinada and Yanam.

Calcutta High Court Division Bench stays single judge order allowing BJP ‘rath yatra’

The BJP’s ''rath yatra'' in West Bengal, allowed on Thursday by a single Bench of the Calcutta High Court of Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, is postponed again, as a Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Debasish Kargupta and Justice Shampa Sarkar, on Friday asked the single Bench to take a relook at the intelligence reports from districts before allowing the proposed ''yatra.''

Delhi High Court orders National Herald publishers to vacate Herald House

The Delhi High Court on Friday directed Associated Journals Limited (AJL), publishers of National Herald newspaper, to vacate the Herald House in Delhi as per an eviction order of the Centre. Justice Sunil Gaur gave two-week time to the AJL to vacate the premises on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, failing which proceedings under the Public Premise Act could be initiated.

India, China agree on ‘10 pillars’ of cooperation to enhance cultural, people-to-people exchanges

In yet another step towards improving ties, Minister for External Affairs Minister Sushma and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Friday held extensive talks under a newly established framework and agreed on “10 pillars” of cooperation to enhance cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

Prapanchan, the writer who captured Puducherry’s history, has died

Award-winning Tamil writer Prapanchan, whose novel Vaanam Vasappadum, captured the colonial history of French Puducherry, died in Chennai on Friday after a prolonged fight with cancer. He was 73. Both Vaanam Vasappadum, which won him the Sahitya Akademi award in 1995, and its predecessor Maanudam Vellum were based on the private diaries of M.R.Ry. Anantarangam Pillai (1709-1761) , the dubash — who knew two languages — of the French colonial government.

‘Zero’ review: Honey I shrunk the romance

In Zero, SRK’s characteristic outstretched arms get smaller, as does his height, the creative ambition gets bigger but the film stays resolutely middling.

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