Friday Evening News Brief, June 2

Friday evening brief Jun 2 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir are facing a new threat of social media manipulation, capable of waging war from anywhere. Armed with access to platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, there are fears that this new band of ‘bedroom jihadis’ could instigate communal riots in the Valley ahead of the 40-day pilgrimage of Amarnath Yatra. Many officers felt that false rumours could be floated in Jammu in the coming days, leaving authorities with little time to react.
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Historian Ramchandra Guha raised the issue of conflict of interest against several cricketers, including Sunil Gavaskar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid. In his seven-page resignation letter, Guha expressed his disgust to Vinod Rai, chief of the Supreme Court appointed BCCI Committee of Administrators accusing the COA of “silence and inaction”. He also criticized the “extremely insensitive and unprofessional manner” in which the speculated Kohli-Kumble fallout was handled by BCCI CEO (Rahul Johri) and the BCCI office-bearers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said sky is the limit in India as far as investment opportunities are concerned. Addressing at St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday, Modi said, “Political will, political stability and clear vision has set the tone for transformative reforms, making India one of the most sought-after markets in the world.” “The eyes of the world are on Asia and there is renewed interest in India. We’re a fast growing economy,” he said.
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The income tax department warned people against cash transaction of Rs 2 lakh or more. The receiver of the amount will have to cough up an equal amount as penalty, it said. It also advised people having knowledge of such dealings to tip-off the tax department by sending an email to ‘blackmoneyinfo@incometax.gov.in’.The government banned cash transactions of Rs 2 lakh or more from April 1, 2017, through the Finance Act 2017.
US President Donald Trump’s rant against India cast shadow on PM Narendra Modi’s US Visit. Although dates for the Prime Minister’s trip have not been officially announced, the White House has penciled in June 26-27 for the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and Modi. That expected meeting, if it comes through, will now take place under a cloud of misgivings as Trump repeatedly raged against India along with China, and rest of the world on Thursday, casting the US as a victim of global machinations.
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