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News18.com Daybreak | Modi's Jhappis, Haj Subsidy Abolished And Other Stories You May Have Missed

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcomed by PM Narendra Modi upon his arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi on January 14, 2018. (REUTERS)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcomed by PM Narendra Modi upon his arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi on January 14, 2018. (REUTERS)

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Justice Arun Mishra may have decided not to hear any further petitions relating to the CBI judge BH Loya death case, which triggered the open revolt in the Supreme Court. An order released late in the evening on the Supreme Court website says the case should be “Put up before the appropriate bench,” hinting that a new bench could be formed to hear the Public Interest Litigation. Does it mean that the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra is not the "appropriate" bench to hear this case any further?

The central government has withdrawn the subsidy given to Haj pilgrims. Minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the decision is in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasement.  The union minister said the government would save Rs 700 crore by stopping the subsidy and would use the funds for the education of minorities, particularly girls.

He went missing on Monday, was found later in an Ahmedabad hospital the same day and on Tuesday in a press conference alleged that attempts were being made to silence his voice. Soon after people were lining up to meet Vishwa Hindu Parishad's international president Pravin Togadia. Among the notable visitors were the Congress' Arjun Modhvadia, Patidar leader Hardik Patel and retired Gujarat IPS officer DG Vanzara.

Anna Hazare is making sure that volunteers joining his new movement submit affidavits to the effect that they will not join politics in future and remain dedicated to social causes.

Senior lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan filed a complaint against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, alleging that he stopped the CBI from filing an FIR against a sitting High Court Judge in the medical college bribery scam case. The complaint, filed on the behalf of Bhushan-led Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), also sought an SIT probe in the matter.

On the final day of a Jallikattu event, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and other ministers in the Tamil Nadu government were present showering participants with gifts at the same venue where villagers sparked off a protest exactly a year ago. There have been three deaths during the traditional sport of bull taming this year.

The Supreme Court came down heavily on the CBI's SIT, probing alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in insurgency-hit Manipur, for not registering the required number of FIRs as directed by it earlier.

Suvarna Raj, a two-time Thailand Para Table Tennis Open medalist, has been virtually forced into quitting the sport. After nearly 10 years of struggle to see the condition of the sport improve, the 34-year-old has finally succumbed. Her quitting table tennis has highlighted the problem of lack of support for para-athletes in the country.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat has been banned by the BJP government in Haryana. This is the sixth state to ban the movie. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chipko moments with world leaders have obviously titillated the Congress. The party’s #hugplomacy video mocking the PM’s warm and fuzzy diplomatic style reveals a puerile urge towards low-brow social media sensationalism and lack of empathy with popular culture. Perhaps the post-Sonia Gandhi phase whiz kids missed ‘Munnabhai MBBS’, the smash Bollywood hit which put the bro-hug on the map: “Aye mamu, jadoo ki jhappi de daal aur baat khatam”. Let’s face it, the jhappi is no less a cultural export than Yoga and all power to Modi in promoting it.

Jallikattu is not just a sport, it’s a tradition for Tamil ‘Makkal’. Only native-breed bulls are used in Jallikattu. Breeds like Kaangeyam, Pulikulam, Malaimadu etc. – that go by the biological name, Bos Indicus. Unlike the Jersey bulls from the west, these breeds have a strong, prominent hump. Prices of these breeds, that otherwise cost up to Rs 12 lakh per bull, dropped when the Supreme Court had issued a ban on the sport in 2014.

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