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SC set to pronounce order on implementation of Lodha Committee proposals

The Supreme Court is set to pronounce its order on the plea filed by the Justice R.M. Lodha committee on 7 October, seeking to replace the current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) brass for impeding the panel's work to usher in transparency and accountability in Indian cricket administration.

The court decided to pass an order on the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations today after the BCCI counsel declined to give an unconditional undertaking by today that it will seek instructions to stop funds to state bodies and abide by the committee's recommendations.

The BCCI on Thursday, however, faced the wrath of the apex court for its defiant attitude in implementing the directions of the Lodha committee to reform cricket in the country. The court also rebuked the cricket body for hurriedly disbursing around Rs 400 crore to state bodies.

Jayalalithaa being treated for diabetes, lung congestion: Apollo Hospital

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is being treated for Diabetes and lung congestion and she will need a longer stay, the Apollo Hospital said in a statement on Thursday.

An expert group of doctors have drawn up a medical management plan, keeping in mind "the Chief Minister's known history of diabetes and winter bronchitis in inclement weather."

According to the bulletin released by the hospital, the chief minister's treatment regimen includes continued respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest lungs, antibiotics and supportive therapy. Experts are of unanimous view that she should extend her stay in hospital, further stated the release.

Hurricane Matthew claims 300 lives; Obama declares emergency in Georgia

The death toll following the deadly Hurricane Matthew has climbed above 300 across the Caribbean. On Friday, President Barack Obama declared emergency in Georgia.

Hurricane Matthew hit Florida on Thursday, with heavy rain and storm steaming close to the coast with potentially catastrophic winds of 130 mph. Millions of people from Florida and Georgia have been urged to evacuate their homes in the wake of disaster.

Interior Minister Francois Anick Joseph earlier informed that the deadly storm has claimed 108 lives in Haiti after it ripped through the poorest counties in the States.

Rahul Gandhi: I don't support using Indian Army in political posters and propaganda

After the BJP lashed out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his 'khoon ki dalali' remark, Gandhi today tweeted that he fully supports surgical strikes but "will not support using the Indian Army in political posters and propaganda all across the country".

Earlier, while addressing hundreds of supporters at Jantar Manter in New Delhi, Gandhi targeted Prime Minster Narendra Modi and said, "The soldiers who spilled their blood for the country and carried out surgical strikes, you are hiding behind them and trying to cash in on their blood. They have done their work now you do yours. Help the farmers give the army a hike in the seventh pay commission, it is your responsibility and that is what you have been elected for."

To which BJP's spokesperson Sambit Patra responded with, "I am really astonished by the kind of language Rahul Gandhi has used for the Indian Government and the Indian Prime Minister. By saying that the surgical strike and the aftermath was nothing but 'khoon ki dalali', he had in fact made a joke of the martyred brave soldiers and Indian Army."

Kejriwal slams Rahul Gandhi over 'Dalali' comment on surgical strikes, says it is time for unity

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 7 October slammed the Congress vice president over his "Khoon ki dalali" comment saying he was wrong in using such words about Indian soldiers who bravely carried out surgical strikes across the LoC on 28 September.

"I strongly condemn what Rahul Gandhi said about our jawans, this is a matter in which we all need to stand united. Such words (dalali) should not have been used by Rahul Gandhi. These are the times for us unite and stand with the army," Kejriwal told ANI.

Kejriwal also took to Twitter to condemn the statement saying Rahul Gandhi had insulted Indian soldiers by using such words.

BJP seeks evidence for 'so-called' UPA-led surgical strikes

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday sarcastically responding Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar's claim of conducting four surgical strikes during the UPA government and said that the citizens would like to see the proof for those strikes as well.

"I think people of India will want to know, when these so called four surgical strikes took place," BJP leader Shaina NC told ANI.

Shaina said that the BJP is not behind tom-tomming its government's achievements as people have faith and trust in them and their conviction.

Kerala High Court gets four female sitting judges

On 6 October, the Kerala High Court went on to create history, as Justice V. Shircy was appointed to the High Court Bench, making her the fourth female sitting judge in the High Court.

Justice V. Shircy joined the likes of Justice P.V. Asha, Justice Anu Sivaraman and Justice Mary Joseph to become the fourth sitting judge on the Kerala High Court Bench, a landmark feat in a profession largely dominated by men.

Kerala has always set the benchmark for being progressive. The very first female judge to be appointed to a High Court bench, and the very first female judge on the Supreme Court Bench were also from the state of Kerala.