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  • Chief Justice Met 4 Judges, Ice Has Begun Melting, Say Sources: 10 Points
    Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today met the four judges who had criticised him publicly, and discussed "all issues", top sources have told NDTV. "The ice has started melting," said the sources, delivering another twist in the story after Attorney General KK Venugopal said that the dispute remained unresolved. One of the main triggers of the unprecedented rift, the case related to judge BH Loya's death, was taken up today by the Supreme Court.
  • PM Modi Invites Israeli Defence Companies To Make In India: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Israeli defence companies to India for co-production during his bilateral meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, his Israeli counterpart whom he referred to as "my friend Bibi". The two countries signed nine agreements, including ones on cooperation in the oil and gas sector and co-production of films. The two leaders also held extensive talks on controlling terror, a matter on which Israel has a tough stand. The two nations have also decided to work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for, reported news agency Reuters
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day: 10 Quotes From The Civil Rights Champion That Will Leave You Inspired
    Martin Luther King Jr Day is observed on January 15 across the world. Born in 1929, the American civil rights champion, Martin Luther King Jr, is remembered as one of the finest orators and influential speakers in the world. He was assassinated at the age of 39 in1968, but the impact he made during his lifetime as an activist and Baptist minister is unmatched. He received Nobel Peace Prize of 1964 for fighting racial inequality through non-violent resistance. His words still resonate with people and encourage the world leaders to stand up for justice and equality.
  • All Settled, Says Centre's Lawyer On Top Court Judges' Rift: 10 Facts
    The rift between the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, and the four Supreme Court judges who took him on publicly, has been settled in an informal meeting over tea, Attorney General KK Venugopal said today. The five top judges reportedly spoke after all staff was ordered out of a lounge where judges chat before going to court every day. Later, the Chief Justice "smiled but didn't answer" when the rebellion of Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurien Joseph was raised in his courtroom.
  • "You're A Revolutionary," Benjamin Netanyahu To PM Modi: 10 Points
    India and Israel signed nine agreements today including ones on cooperation in the oil and gas sector and film co-production as Prime Minister Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu held talks in Delhi. A joint press statement that followed was marked by a positive chemistry between the two leaders, with the Prime Minister referring to Netanyahu as "my friend Bibi" and Mr Netanyahu calling the PM "Narendra" and describing him as India and Israel signed nine agreements today at bilateral meetings led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who praised PM Modi as a "a revolutionary in the true sense of the term," recalling that he was the first Indian leader to visit "Israel in 3,000 years."
  • Bar Council Team Meets Chief Justice of India To Mend Rift: 10 Points
    A team from the Bar Council of India - the regulatory body of lawyers - met with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra as part of its efforts to resolve the unprecedented crisis that hit the judiciary after four most senior judges of the Supreme Court took him on in public on Friday. Bar Council chairperson Manan Kumar Mishra said the matter will be resolved in "two to three days". Hectic parleys continued through the day as the seven-member council panel met other judges of the top court to seek their opinion on the way forward.
  • Don't Need Outside Intervention, Says Justice Joseph Amid Rift: 10 Points
    Justice Kurian Joseph, one of the four judges who had criticised the distribution of cases at the Supreme Court on Friday, underscored that there was "no need for outside intervention" to resolve a matter that "occurred within an institution". The remarks - the first since the unprecedented press conference by the four judges that was seen as virtual rebellion against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra - come after a lawyers' body, Bar Council of India, said it would start meeting all judges of the top court from Sunday morning to discuss the situation.
  • PM Modi Hosts Private Dinner For "Friend" Benjamin Netanyahu: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who broke protocol to receive his "friend" Benjamin Netanyahu at the airport in Delhi on Sunday, ended the day by hosting a private dinner for him. Mr Netanyahu, the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in more than a decade, had landed in Delhi with wife Sara Netanyahu and a 130-member business delegation. Mr Netanyahu is in India on a six-day visit, during which the two nations hope to deepen ties in trade and defence. The Israeli PM is also expected to visit Mumbai, and PM Modi's home state Gujarat, where the two leaders will hold a joint road show on Wednesday.
  • Remembering Lohri Legend Dulla Bhatti Who Led A Revolt Against Mughal Emperor Akbar
    When singing the famous Lohri song, 'Sundar Mundariye', you must have encountered the word 'Dulla Bhatti'. For the uninitiated, the wordings of the famous punjabi folk song are: "Sundar mundariye, hoe! Tera kaun wichara, hoe! Dulla Bhatti walla, hoe! Dulle di dhee vyayee, hoe! Ser shakkar payee...!" But are you aware about the legend of Dulla Bhatti, the man who revolted against the Mughal empire and saved many girls from being sold into slavery? Dulla Bhatti is revered as the 'Son of Punjab' for his unparalleled bravery.
  • Five-Point Guide To The Judge Loya Controversy
    In the stunning "rebellion" against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, by the four judges who rank just after him, the case of Mumbai judge BH Loya may have been the tipping point. Two petitions asking for an investigation into the judge's death were assigned to a bench that the judges reportedly disapproved of. This morning, the four judges reportedly voiced their protest before chief Justice Misra. Judge Loya's family has alleged that his death in 2014 was linked to the only case he was handling at the time - the CBI's case of murder against BJP president Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter. "It is a serious matter," the Supreme Court said today, hearing a journalist's request for an independent inquiry into the death.
  • 'Chief Justice First Among Equals, Nothing More, Nothing Less':  Judges' Letter
    In an unprecedented move, four senior judges of the Top Court today took on the Chief Justice of India. The judges, who are next in seniority to the Chief Justice -- Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice M B Lokur and Justice Kurian Joseph -- said they met the Chief Justice in the morning and handed him a letter signed by all four of them. Here are key five points from the letter that they released to the media.
  • Democracy At Stake, Things Not In Order: 4 Supreme Court Judges - 10 Points
    Democracy in India is at stake, said four senior Supreme Court judges on Friday as they went public with complaints against the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. The "rebel" judges - the four most-senior at the top court after the Chief Justice - said that "things are not in order" with what they described as "the administration of the Supreme Court". An independent judiciary is essential for a functioning democracy, they said. Asked if they believed the Chief Justice should be impeached, they said, "Let the nation decide."
  • ISRO Launches Its 100th Satellite, Says "New Year's Gift": 10 Points
    Space agency ISRO this morning successfully sent up a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others, four months after failed launch. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle or PSLV lifted off at 9.29 am from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and a key component that had failed in August worked this time, causing scientists to gasp in relief at having crossed a major hurdle. The lift-off was postponed by a minute because of fear of collision with space debris. The last launch of IRNSS-1H - India's first privately built satellite -- on August 31 last year had failed because of a freak accident. This is the 42nd flight of the PSLV.
  • Swami Vivekananda Jayanti: 10 Thought-Provoking Quotes From The Spiritual Leader
    Swami Vivekananda was one of the greatest spiritual leaders from India. He is seen as a key figure to have introduced Indian philosophies of vedanta and yoga to the western world. It was his 1893 speech at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago that made him popular as "Messenger of Indian wisdom to the western world". He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna and founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He was considered a major force in bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion in the late 19th century. His birth anniversary on January 12 is observed as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti every year. Since 1985, the day is also celebrated as National Youth Day.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Death Anniversary: 5 Inspiring Quotes From India's Second Prime Minister
    Lal Bahadur Shastri, one of the greatest Indian leaders, played an important role in the freedom movement. He was the second prime minister of Independent India and a Congress leader. He led the country during Indo-Pakistan war of 1965. During the war, he coined the famous slogan, 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' which means 'hail the solder, hail the farmer'. While the war ended on January 10, 1966, he died the next day on January 11, 1966, reportedly due to a heart attack. His sudden death led to conspiracy theories that he was poisoned.

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