OpIndia Evening Dispatch: Sunday, 20th January 2019

In the hustle and bustle of the day, it is only natural to miss some of the biggest developments that impact the nation. The OpIndia Evening Dispatch will catch you up on the day's event even if you have been busy thus far.

In the hustle and bustle of the day, it is only natural to miss some of the biggest developments that impact the nation. The OpIndia Evening Dispatch will catch you up on the day’s event even if you have been busy thus far.

1. How much really is the central government debt under Modi?

Several media houses ran a story claiming central government is under massive debt under the Modi government. India Today and Economic Times, both reported how the government is reeling under severe debt. While the reports were not factually incorrect, they miss out on letting the readers know of an important aspect. Read how the media spread half-truths regarding central government debt under Modi.

2. Madhya Pradesh BJP leader found bludgeoned to death

BJP Madhya Pradesh leader Manoj Thackeray had gone for a morning walk early on Sunday.  Unfortunately, he didn’t return. Police found a blood-soaked stone near his body and his head was smashed with a stone. Police is currently investigating the case.

3. BJP President Amit Shah discharged from AIIMS

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BJP President Amit Shah, who was undergoing treatment from Swine Flu at AIIMS was discharged earlier today. He is recovering well and is expected to be fine soon. Shah took to Twitter to thank his wellwishers for their prayers for his health.

4. IT department raids 12 locations belonging to Gautam Khaitan as part of AgustaWestland investigations

Gautam Khaitan is accused of receiving kickbacks in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam. The IT department carried out raids at 12 locations at properties belonging to khaitan. The Delhi-based lawyer was arrested on September 3, 2014, and later released on bail on January 9, 2015. He was a board member of Aeromatrix and is said to have received money from Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa, the key middlemen in the deal.

5. CJI Gogoi, Retd Justice Madan Lokur attend Pakistan Chief Justice swearing-in

The swearing-in ceremony of the 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan had Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and former Supreme Court judge, Justice Madan B Lokur in attendance. Retired Justice Madan B Lokur, along with the current Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and two other judges, were involved in an open rebellion within the judiciary and were part of the controversial press conference against the then CJI Dipak Mishra who has retired from the Supreme Court on November 30.


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