National News- Daily Digest: 4 Key Updates

1. The Election Commission of India (ECI) allotted the bicycle symbol of Samajwadi Party to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh .The symbol was allocated to UP CM after he proved majority support in the party’s organisational and legislative structures as per Para 15 of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order. With this, the ECI concluded split in the Samajwadi Party. The Para 15 of the order defines the ECI’s power to determine to which faction the party symbol should be allocated in case of split in recognised party.

2. Filmmakers S S Rajamouli and Jagarlamudi Krish, who directed Telugu period films Baahubali and Gautamiputra Satakarni, respectively, will be giving suggestions on Andhra Pradesh’s ancient architecture, culture and traditions to architects and designers selected by the state government to design buildings for Amaravati, the new capital. Art director Anand Sai too has been requested to give his suggestions, The architects roped in for designing the government complex in Amaravati are Foster + Partners and Hafeez Contractor. The government complex will include the Secretariat, the High Court, the Assembly and Raj Bhavan.

3. The Supreme Court allowed a 22-year-old woman from Dombivali to abort her 24-week foetus on medical grounds. The court had ordered a panel of doctors at the civic-run KEM Hospital to re-examine the case and submit a report after the woman moved the court last week.

4. Home Minister Rajnath Singh wants to have a direct line of communication with the Central Armed forces personnel, nearly a million in number. For this, the Home Ministry is developing a mobile application, which could be used by CAPF jawans and officials to air their grievances directly with Mr. Singh.

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