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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that his government is making efforts to create systems that are innovation-friendly. Speaking after he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dedicated to the nation a centre for entrepreneurship and technology in Deo Dholera village near Ahmedabad, he said that the motive to establish the iCreate centre was to provide maximum benefit to the Indian youths from Israel's experience and their startup environment. Called the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology, a public-private partnership (PPP) venture, iCreate was set up to nurture entrepreneurs by providing them funds, space, mentors and other facilities. "When I went to Israel last year, I made up my mind that this foundation should have more strong relations with Israel. Since then, I was waiting for my friend Benjamin Netanyahu to come to India. He is here and now we are inaugurating this foundation," PM Modi said. "We are working towards making the entire system in our country innovation-friendly so that ideas are formed from intent, innovations are formed from ideas and new India is formed from innovations," he said.
Gujarat is set to roll out the red carpet for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he will hold a roadshow in Ahmedabad, which will begin from the city airport and end at the Sabarmati Ashram, a journey of eight kilometres. Around 50 stages will be erected on the roadside along the stretch and people from different states of the country will welcome Netanyahu. They will visit the Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed for a long time. The Prime Ministers will also inaugurate the iCreate Center at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad. They will then visit a Startup Exhibition and interact with innovators and Startup CEOs. The two PMs will further dedicate a mobile water desalination van to Suigam Taluka, of Banaskantha district, through a video link. Both leaders will also address the gathering. Afterwards, PM Modi and Netanyahu will visit the Centre of Excellence for Vegetables at Vadrad in Banaskantha district. They will inaugurate the Centre of Excellence for Date Palms at Kukama via a video link. The two leaders will also interact with farmers.
Highlights After a day of hectic parleying with apex court judges, the Bar Council of India delegation met with CJI Dipak Misra to discuss the issues raised by four senior-most judges at an unprecedented press conference last Friday. Following are the latest developments in the crisis which has thrown the judiciary in disarray: * A seven-member Bar Council of India delegation met with Chief Justice Dipak Misra this evening, and said the crisis in the Supreme Court will be sorted out soon. "We met CJI in a congenial atmosphere, everything will be sorted out. Bar council's role is very limited, judges have assured it there will be no problem at all," BCI chairman Manan Mishra told mediapersons after the 50 minute long meeting. * Supreme Court Bar Association president Vikas Singh also had a meeting with the CJI, during which he handed over a resolution on the apparent rift between Misra and the top court's senior-most judges.
The government will split state-run carrier Air India into four separate companies and offer at least 51 percent in each of them as part of a divestment plan proposed by the government, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The debt-laden airline would be divided into core airline business, regional arm, ground handling and engineering operations, the report added. The core airline business comprising Air India and Air India Express, the low-cost overseas arm, will be offered as one company, and the process will be completed by the end of 2018, Bloomberg reported, quoting Junior Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha. The government last week allowed foreign airlines to own up to 49 percent stake in national carrier Air India at a time when the process for strategic disinvestment of the debt-laden airline is on. While allowing foreign investors, including overseas airlines, to have stake in Air India, the government has also made it clear that the national carrier's substantial ownership would remain with an Indian national. A group of ministers is in the process of finalising the contours for the proposed strategic stake sale in the national carrier and expression of interest is likely to be invited from bidders soon. Foreign airlines were allowed to invest under government approval route in the capital of Indian companies operating scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, up to the limit of 49 per cent of their paid-up capital. The provision was not applicable to Air India.
1. The Bar Council of India (BCI) today formed a seven-member team to meet all judges+ of the Supreme Court, barring the five seniormost judges, to discuss the present crisis in the apex court. 2. Further, it passed a resolution saying no political party or leaders should take undue advantage of the situation arising out of the press conference by four senior Supreme Court judges. 3. The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) also met and expressed "grave concern" over the differences between the senior judges and Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, while also taking note of concerns raised by the four senior judges. 4. The SCBA passed two resolutions: the first saying the differences of four judges with the CJI should be considered by the full bench of the apex court, and the second suggesting all PILs to be taken up only by the CJI or benches led by members of the SC collegium. 5. In an unprecedented move in the country's judicial history, Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph had held a press conference+ yesterday and mounted a revolt against CJI Dipak Misra, questioning him on the 'selective' allocation of cases and certain judicial orders passed by him. 6. Former Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde "wholly" condemned the action of four senior judges in going public over internal matters of the judiciary, saying it affected the reputation of the institution and may amount to contempt of court. 7. Justice Kurian and Justice Gogoi asserted that there was no constitutional crisis in the apex court+ . Kurian also stressed that the issues they had raised required no external intervention and would be resolved by the judiciary itself. "This is not an issue that requires mediation from outside. This is an internal issue of the institution and the institution will sort it out. A correction inside the institution is what is required," he was quoted as saying by ANI. 8. Attorney general K K Venugopal adopted a positive outlook and observed that the problems in the top judiciary will be settled sooner than expected. "Unity among Supreme Court judges will return by Monday. We hope the entire issue will be settled in the larger interest of the institution. Judges are persons of wisdom and statesmanship and experience. We hope they won't allow the issue to escalate," Venugopal said. 9. Meanwhile, the Congress cornered Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demand an explanation after it was widely reported that his principal secretary turned up at the CJI's residence a day after the presser held by the four SC judges. "As PM's Principal Secretary, Nripendra Misra visits CJI's residence at 5, Krishna Menon Marg; PM must answer the reason for sending this special messenger to Chief Justice of India," the party's chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted earlier in the day. 10. DMK working president M K Stalin called for President Ram Nath Kovind's intervention should the aggrieved judges and the CJI be unable to resolve their differences internally. "In case, if a stage comes wherein judges could not resolve the issue, President Kovind should intervene and resolve it," Stalin told PTI. Judges of the top court should hold dialogue and make efforts to resolve the issue to safeguard democracy, he added.

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