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Express daily briefing: BCCI to scrap IPL opening ceremony; Bengaluru police tapped phones of 30 public figures

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hints at sops for home buyers, senior citizens; ISRO was alerted of possible breach by suspected malware; and more.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: November 6, 2019 9:07:17 am
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Not only Kudankulam, ISRO, too, was alerted of cyber security breach

Not just the Kudankulam plant of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), too, was alerted of a possible breach by suspected malware, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources confirmed that at the time, with the proposed lunar landing of Chandrayaan 2 and the safety of a nuclear power plant at stake, a multi-agency team swung into action soon after the threat was received on September 4.

Finance Minister hints: Sops for home buyers and senior citizens

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government is working on some sops for the real estate sector and support to senior citizens in the wake of the decline in interest rates. Speaking at the Express Adda, an informal interaction organised by The Indian Express group, she also hinted that cooperative banks will soon face tighter regulation norms, and will be brought under the ambit of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

Curtains for IPL opening ceremony, Board finds it too costly

The BCCI has decided to scrap the IPL opening ceremony, the Bollywood-style extravaganza that previously cost close to Rs 30 crore. Speaking to Devendra Pandey, a BCCI official said: “They are a waste of money. Fans don’t seem to be interested, and the performers have to be paid a lot.” The cricket board has also decided that the IPL will henceforth have a fourth umpire to focus only on no-balls.

Editorial: Shaming the law

The violence between lawyers and police is shameful and undermines the entire justice system in the national capital. Those meant to uphold the rule of law are breaking it in the most crass manner possible, those who are meant to ensure order are bringing chaos to the streets. The fact that the root of the violence is something as petty as a parking spot only shows what little regard officers of the law have for their own professions.

Smuggling probe as cover, Bengaluru police tapped phones of 30 public figures

In May 2019, the Bengaluru police had announced one of its biggest successes in stopping the smuggling of over Rs 4 crore worth of red sanders via Karnataka. Investigations have revealed that under the cover of that probe, the police illegally tapped telephones of several public figures in the state, including an influential seer of the dominant Vokkaliga community, at least one candidate in the Lok Sabha polls and associates.

Ahead of verdict, a look at issues in Ayodhya title suit

The Supreme Court will decide on the 2010 ruling of the Allahabad High Court that had directed a three-way partition of the disputed land in Ayodhya. The HC had broadly dealt with eight significant issues that involve over 30 questions in connection with the civil suit. Apurva Vishwanath and Kaunain Sheriff M look at how the HC had ruled on these issues, which are central to the appeal in the SC.

Pakistan Kartarpur song video has poster of Bhindranwale

The video of the official Punjabi song welcoming Sikh pilgrims to Pakistan for the Kartarpur Corridor, shows posters of Khalistani separatist leaders Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Maj Gen Shabeg Singh and Amrik Singh Khalsa in the background in one part. All three were killed when the Indian Army stormed Golden Temple in June 1984 in Operation Blue Star to free it from terrorists holed inside.

After death of Baghdadi, who is the world’s ‘most wanted criminal’?

The death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has ended one of the most intense and aggressive manhunts in the world. And now, the race for the unofficial title of the world’s “most wanted” individual is open again. Who are law enforcement agencies most eager to capture or kill? Here’s a list.

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