UK to exit EU at 11 pm on March 29, 2019: The United Kingdom will exit the European Union (EU) at 11 p.m. on March 29, 2019, British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced. May outlined plans to set the UK’s departure date and time from the EU in law, warning she will not tolerate any attempt to block Brexit. She said the EU Withdrawal Bill will be amended to formally commit to Brexit at 11 p.m. on March 29, 2019, reports the BBC. “Let no one doubt our determination or question our resolve, Brexit is happening,” she wrote in an article in The Daily Telegraph. “It will be there in black and white on the front page of this historic piece of legislation: the United Kingdom will be leaving the EU on March 29, 2019 at 11 p.m.”
SC draws the line on ‘Master of Rolls’: The Supreme Court on Friday axed an order passed by a bench headed by Justice J. Chelameswar to set up a constitution bench to hear a plea for a SIT probe into agraft allegation involving a retired Orissa High Court judge. A five-judge constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R.K. Agrawal, Justice Arun Mishra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said that the CJI was the “Master of Rolls” and he alone can assign cases to different benches and decide the composition of benches. The bench cited its 1998 judgement that had held that the Chief Justice of a High Court was the ‘master of rolls’ and said that same applied in the case of the top court.
Industrial output dips: A decline in the manufacturing of consumer durables brought down India’s factory output growth in September to 3.80 per cent from 4.46 per cent in August. According to the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Friday: “The general index for the month of September 2017 stands at 122.7, which is 3.8 per cent higher as compared to the level in the month of September 2016. The cumulative growth for the period April-September 2017 over the corresponding period of the previous year stands at 2.5 per cent.” As per the IIP data, the slowdown on a sequential basis was mainly on account of deceleration in consumer durables, mining and electricity outputs.
Trump talks America at APEC Summit: US President Donald Trump on Friday pitched an “America First” trade policy at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Na Dang, Vietnam, warning that he will not allow “the US to be taken advantage of any more.” Speaking at a gathering of business leaders, Trump demanded trade “on a fair and equal basis” and returned to his campaign rhetoric, promising to place America first in global deals and agreements. “We are not going to let the US be taken advantage of any more,” Trump said, speaking shortly after arriving in Vietnam, his fourth stop on a five-country tour through Asia. “I am always going to put America first, the same way that I expect all of you in this room to put your countries first,” Trump said.
Tax raids continue on Sasikala, her kin: The massive hunt for unaccounted wealth at premises of close relatives of jailed AIADMK leader V.K.Sasikala, their business associates and organisations connected to them by tax officials went on for the second successive day and is set to continue. The raid may enter third day as the searches are continuing in several premises. For the second consecutive day on Friday, Income Tax (IT) officials continued their massive raids at around 140 premises. “Sizeable volume of cash and documents have been seized at the searched premises. The search operation is still on. The volume and value of cash and documents seized would be known only after they are totalled after completing the entire operation,” an official said.
Pakistan allows Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife to meet him: Pakistan has announced that the wife of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, can meet him “purely on humanitarian grounds”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said a Note Verbale to this effect was sent to the Indian High Commission here on Friday. “The government of Pakistan has decided to arrange a meeting of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav with his wife, in Pakistan, purely on humanitarian grounds,” a two-para statement from the ministry said.Islamabad has said that Jadhav, allegedly an officer with the Indian Navy and attached to the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was arrested on March 3, 2016 after he crossed illegally into Pakistan.
Bhandari re-election locked in run-off: World court judge Dalveer Bhandari could not win re-election after several rounds of separate balloting by the Security Council and the General Assembly on Thursday and his fate now depends on a vote set for Monday. In an unusual development he is locked in a run-off with a fellow judge, Christopher Greenwood of Britain, when balloting resumes. In the voting held to elect five judges, four other candidates won the absolute majorities in both the chambers that is required for election after four rounds in the Council and five in Assembly.
Centre’s J&K interlocutor meets governor, CM: Centre’s Special Representative on J&K Dineshwar Sharma called on state Governor N.N. Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. It said that Sharma, the Special Representative of the Government of India for the Dialogue in Jammu and Kashmir, who is currently visiting the State and meeting representatives of different sections of society, student organizations, political parties, social and religious groups etc, informed Vohra about his talks with various individuals and groups in the Valley and the major concerns which had been voiced by those he had met on his first visit to Kashmir.