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After doing the rounds in several spheres, the term “surgical strike” resonated in the Supreme Court on Friday. A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur was hearing a clutch of PILs seeking a ban on bursting of firecrackers. While the lawyers urged for an immediate ban, the bench insisted on issuing an order only after examining research work on its impact on air quality, health and life-style. “This is not going to be a carpet bombing but a surgical strike,” quipped the CJI-led bench.
With chaos at banks following the demonetisation move, the SBI branch in Parliament complex had thrown its doors open for all who have access to the complex. But following pressure from MPs, a notice was put up on Thursday: “Due to serious complaints from hounourable members of Parliament, exchange of notes/ non-home branch receipts/ payments restricted to only members of Parliament.” On Friday, though, the notice was removed and the branch functioned until 8 pm, entertaining all who could gain access inside the complex.
The seamless fusion between the BJP-led government and the Sangh Parivar was at display during an event marking the 80th anniversary of RSS women’s wing, the Rashtra Sevika Samiti, in Delhi on Friday. RSS sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat inaugurated the session, and wives of several Union ministers were in attendance. Among many other guests were J P Nadda’s wife Malika Nadda, Rajiv Pratap Rudy’s wife Neelam Pratap Rudy, Prakash Javadekar’s wife Prachi Javadekar, besides spouses of several BJP MPs. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, who was earlier member of the BJP’s national executive, was also present at the event. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will attend it on Sunday.