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The big news: Bar Council says SC rift is an internal matter, and nine other top stories

Other headlines: 4 bodies were retrieved after a helicopter went missing off Mumbai, and P Chidambaram accused the Centre of misusing the ED.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Bar Council of India urges political parties to not politicise rift between Supreme Court judges: The association said that statements made by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other political parties were unfortunate, but praised the Centre’s stand.
  2. Helicopter with seven aboard goes missing off Mumbai en route to ONGC oil rig: Four bodies were recovered during the search and rescue operation. 
  3. Enforcement Directorate raids Karti Chidambaram’s houses in Delhi and Chennai: The former Finance Minister P Chidambaram accused the government of misusing the agency. 
  4. At least two dead after boat carrying 40 schoolchildren capsizes off Dahanu in Maharashtra: Thirty-two children were rescued but the toll is likely to increase, local reports said.
  5. Aligarh school faces inquiry for portraying Zakir Naik as an Islamic hero in a textbook: The Uttar Pradesh government has issued a notice to the Islamic Mission School for including the preacher in its syllabus.
  6. Adoptive father of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews charged with capital murder for her death: The Dallas County grand jury also charged Wesley Matthews with tampering with physical evidence for dumping her body in a culvert.
  7. Lalu Prasad moves Jharkhand High Court against conviction in fodder scam, seeks bail: The bench is likely to hear his petitions on January 19, the former Bihar chief minister’s advocate said.
  8. Trump’s lawyer reportedly arranged $130,000 payout for adult film actress to keep affair secret: The attorney arranged for the payment to Stephanie Clifford a month before the presidential election in November 2016, ‘The Wall Street Journal’ reported.
  9. TRAI cuts international call termination rate to 30 paise per minute to curb grey market: The new rates will be effective from February 1. Indian telecom operators are not happy with the decision, though.
  10. US ambassador to Panama resigns, says he can no longer serve under President Donald Trump: Officials said John Feeley’s resignation is not a direct response to Trump’s alleged use of the word ‘shithole’ in reference to some African nations.
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