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Evening news briefing: NRC a base for future, says CJI; Final call soon on 1st T20I amid concerns over Delhi air; more

From Delhi HC's orders of judicial inquiry in Tis Hazari case to Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala transformation, here are the news to look out for in the Sunday evening.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 3, 2019 6:32:32 pm
Top news today evening: EU delegation visits J&K, new CJI Arvind Bobde, and more Here are the top news of Sunday evening.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi: NRC a base for future, not a document of the moment

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Sunday said the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was not the document of the moment but a base for the future. “This is an occasion to put things in proper perspective, National Register of Citizens (NRC), as it may finally emerge, is not a document of the moment. 19 lakh or 40 lakh is not the point. It’s base document for future,” ANI quoted Gogoi as saying.

Tis Hazari clash: Delhi HC orders judicial inquiry, says no coercive action against any lawyer

No coercive action shall be taken against any lawyer involved in the clash with the police at Tis Hazari court, the Delhi High Court said Sunday. The High Court has also ordered judicial inquiry by one of its retired judges into the clash and directed the Delhi Police chief to transfer Special Commissioner Sanjay Singh and Additional DCP Harinder Singh pending probe into the matter.

Final call on 1st T20I at 6.30 pm amid concerns over Delhi air

Calls from Indian cricket fans to abandon the first T20I between India and Bangladesh grew louder after visuals from Arun Jaitley Stadium on Sunday showed the grounds enveloped in a thick layer of smog. Hoping to settle some dust, the groundstaff splashed water from tankers around the stadium on Sunday. The final call on whether the match should be cancelled or not will be taken by the match referee on consultation with the umpires after 6.30 pm.

Explained: Why is India’s labour productivity falling

According to an analysis by India Ratings and Research of Annual Survey of Industries data on India’s labour productivity growth in the organised manufacturing sector, during the high economic growth phase between 2004 and 2008, India’s labour productivity grew by over 14 per cent every year. But between financial years of 2011 and 2015, this rate fell to just half of that (7.4 per cent) and continued its deceleration to just 3.7 per cent between financial years of 2016 and 2018. So, what is holding back India’s labour productivity?

Facebook wanted to buy Fitbit but Google paid more cash, report says

Google made headlines this week when it announced that it will be acquiring Fitbit for $2.1 billion. Now, it’s being claimed that Facebook too was in the race to buy the struggling wearables company Fitbit. According to The Information, social networking giant held talks to buy Fitbit, but Google was willing to pay double for the fitness tracking band. On late Friday, Google confirmed that it had agreed to by Fitbit for $2.1 billion, a leading fitness tracker company.

‘Only way to get Brexit done is to go with my deal’: UK PM Boris Johnson

The only way out of the EU now is to go with the deal that we have got, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “Failure to leave the EU on October 31 is a matter of deep regret,” he added, while maintaining that his deal remained to only way to get Britain out of the bloc. “Anybody who looks at our deal can see it is a great deal… it allows us to have full unfettered control of our tariff schedule,” Johnson said.

Watch: Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala transformation

The makers of upcoming comedy film, Bala, have released a video showcasing the transformation of Ayushmann Khurrana into his character. The actor plays the role of a man suffering from premature baldness. The 51-second video is interspersed with makeup artists making a cast of Ayushmann’s head to make an adequately sized wig. We also see the glimpses of how different looks of Bala were created. The character starts from a mop and begins to lose his hair.

KBC contestant loses after choosing Tejasvi Surya over Rahul Gandhi; BJP MP reacts

Playing for Rs 6,40,000, the question that was posed to KBC Contestant Narendra Kumar was, “Which of the following members of the 17th Lok Sabha is a black belt in Aikido, a Japanese martial art?” Among the given options — Kumar selected Tejasvi Surya as the answer while the correct answer was Rahul Gandhi. Interestingly, Surya, BJP MP from Bangalore South, took note of the incident and amused netizens with his tweet for the contestant. “Bro. I feel so bad for you. I wish I was indeed a black belt in Aikido. You would have been a richer man today.”

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