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WION Evening News Brief, January 7, 2018

File photo of former finance minister P Chidambaram. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 07, 2018, 01.29 PM (IST)

Government's 'hard' approach in Kashmir not working, Chidambaram tweets; BJP calls him 'Pakistani poodle'

Former union home minister P Chidambaram posted a total of nine tweets on Kashmir on Sunday -- the gist of his argument being that the government's "hard, militaristic" approach in the state was not working. "From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir," he said. 

UP: Loudspeakers in religious places to be removed

The Uttar Pradesh police was on Sunday directed to remove all loudspeakers present in public places, religious and otherwise, that have been installed without appropriate permission being sanctioned towards the same, in a bid to curb noise pollution caused by these.The order was issued following directions from the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on the matter, citing the provisions of the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000.

Government open to proposals to further clean up political funding: Jaitley

The electoral bonds mechanism is a substantial improvement in transparency over the present system and the government is open to suggestions to further cleanse political funding, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. In a Facebook post, Jaitley said the conventional practice of funding the political system was to take donations as well as undertake expenditures in cash.

Bengal man arrested for allegedly stalking Sachin Tendulkar's daughter

A 32-year-old man has been arrested in West Bengal for allegedly stalking Sachin Tendulkar's daughter Sara. News reports said Sunday that the man got hold of the Tendulkars' landline number and made around 20 calls to it. In the calls, he passed lewd comments about Sara and even threatened to kidnap her. The reports identified the arrested man as Debkumar Maity, who is allegedly a college dropout.

Heel injury restricts Dale Steyn from bowling in first test, likely to miss series

In a major setback for South Africa, Dale Steyn will not bowl for his team in the remaining first Test match and is likely to miss the remaining series against India also, due to the heel injury he suffered. However, he can bat for his team if required. The right-arm pacer had injured his left heel on the second day of the first test match at Newlands, Cape Town.