Friday evening news brief, January 26

Friday evening brief Jan 26 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India today celebrated its 69th Republic Day with a grand parade along with ten Asean leaders. Signifying India’s fast growing strategic ties with Asean, leaders of all the 10 countries of the powerful bloc attended the parade at the majestic Rajpath which showcased the country’s military might and cultural diversity. Tableaux from 14 states and union territories showcased the historical, art and cultural heritage of the country. Read.
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BSF refused to share sweets with Pakistan Rangers on the occasion of India’s 69th Republic Day. “Atmosphere was such that no exchange of sweets took place with Pakistan Rangers. I think in the coming time old tradition of exchanging sweets will be revived soon,” ANI quoted BSF DG KK Sharma as saying at the Attari-Wagah border. He added that ceasefire violations were the main issue of discussion during the flag meeting between the two sides.
Virat Kohli has surpassed Mahendra Singh Dhoni to become the India captain with most runs in Test cricket. During India’s second innings of the third Test against South Africa at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, Kohli scored a gritty 41 and took his tally of runs as captain to 3456. Dhoni as a captain scored 3454 runs for India in 60 Test matches while his successor Kohli took just 35 Tests to better the record.
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Honest borrowers will find it easier to get loans from public sector banks, government said. The government this week announced a slew of reforms for the banking sector and said it will infuse an unprecedented Rs 88,139 crore capital in 20 PSBs before March 31 to boost lending and revive growth. Financial services secretary Rajiv Kumar affirmed that there would be a premium on integrity.
The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on six Taliban and the Haqqani network leaders. The Trump administration also pressed Pakistan to work with the US to deny terrorists safe havens on its soil and aggressively target their fund-raising activities. The Haqqani network has carried out a number of kidnappings and attacks against US interests in Afghanistan. All the six terrorists have been designated as global terrorists by the US’ Department of Treasury.
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