Friday Evening News Brief, June 23

Friday evening brief Jun 23 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Indian Space Research Organisation launched PSLV-C38 with Cartosat-2s satellite and 30 nano satellites. It was PSLV’s the 40th flight. Around 16 minutes after lift-off, the rocket placed its main payload -Cartosat-2 Series Satellite– in orbit. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre director K Sivan said it was not an ordinary mission. PS4 (fourth stage) would travel 10 more orbits after ejecting all the satellites.
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A bipartisan bill seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as major non-NATO ally to the US was introduced in the House of Representatives. The status was granted to Pakistan in 2004 by the then president, George Bush, in an effort to get the country to help the US fight al-Qaida and the Taliban. “Pakistan must be held accountable for the American blood on its hands,” said Republican Congressman Ted Poe, who introduced the bill along with Democratic lawmaker Rick Nolan.
Four Arab states asked Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera to end the ongoing Gulf crisis. A list of 13 demands, compiled by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, which cut economic, diplomatic and travel ties to Doha on June 5, was sent to Doha. It also demanded the closing of a Turkish military base in Qatar.
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Centre reduced passport application fees for those below 8 years and over 60 years of age. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj announced from now, all new passports issued will be in Hindi and in English and not just in English like before.
Former India coach Anil Kumble had demanded 60 per cent of the captain’s earnings. On May 21, he had submitted a document titled ‘Restructuring of Remuneration and Contracts of Personnel of the Indian Cricket Team’. Kumble’s proposal is an indicator that Virat Kohli would have earned more from the BCCI, and his own earnings would have gone up proportionately.
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