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Top news of the day: Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director, IPL 2019 to kick off in India from March 23, and more

Here are the important news stories of the day

SC five-judge Constitution Bench to hear Ayodhya land title dispute case on Jan. 10

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, set up a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case. It will hear the matter on January 10.

Nandan Nilekani to head five-member RBI panel on digital payments

The Reserve Bank of India has appointed a five-member panel headed by Nandan Nilekani to suggest ways to improve digital payments. The committee will submit its report in 90 days from its first meeting.

IPL 2019 to kick off in India from March 23

The Indian Premier League (IPL) will stay in the country despite a speculated clash of dates with the general elections but the glitzy event will start from March 23, which is earlier than usual, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday.

Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director

A three-judge Supreme Court Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday set aside the "overnight" divestment of Alok Verma as CBI Director on the intervening night of October 23-24, saying statute empowers neither the State nor the Central Vigilance Commission to hamper with the tenure of the CBI chief.

Central trade unions’ nationwide strike evokes mixed response

A two-day nationwide strike called by 10 central trade unions began on Tuesday to protest against the Union government’s “anti-worker, anti-national” policies, including unilateral labour law reforms, privatisation of public sector entities, policies encouraging contract work and ‘destroying’ job security, and the proposed amendment to the Trade Union Act.

India to fully operationalise Chabahar port soon, says Gadkari

India is hopeful to fully operationalise the strategic Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran, and the government has allowed an Iranian bank to open a branch in Mumbai for related transactions, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.

No one can save PM Modi from Rafale probe: Rahul Gandhi

No one can save Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Rafale investigation and the entire nation will know “without a shadow of doubt” that he has taken Rs 30,000 crore of people’s money and given it to his “friend” Anil Ambani, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on a day the Supreme Court reinstated CBI Director Alok Verma.

Modi, Norwegian PM hold ‘fruitful talks’ on aspects of ocean economy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday discussed with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg, cooperation in efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and ways to give a new direction to bilateral ties. Mr. Modi and Ms. Solberg held delegation-level talks and reviewed the entire gamut of India-Norway ties.

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’: Bihar court orders lodging of FIR against Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna and others

A court in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, on Tuesday ordered the lodging of an FIR against actors Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna and 15 others associated with the upcoming movie The Accidental Prime Minister based on the tenure of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Lok Sabha passes DNA Bill

The Bill that provides for regulation of use and application of DNA technology for establishing the identity of certain categories of persons, including offenders, victims, suspects and undertrials was passed in Lok Sabha on January 8.

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