Friday Evening News Brief, May 26

Friday evening brief May 26 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The HRD ministry instructed the CBSE again to release Class XII results ‘on time’. The ministry and CBSE officials had a second round of meeting with the legal counsel yesterday, where a view emerged that moving the Supreme Court may be counter-productive and also delay results if the court refuses to intervene. The board had earlier decided to move the Supreme Court against Delhi HC’s order asking it not to do away with moderation of marks. Meanwhile, uncertainty continues on the date of the results as CBSE remained mum on the matter.
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The BJP began preliminary consultations for the posts of President and Vice-President. This comes amid indications that the party is looking at a larger social pool to draw its choices for the constitutional positions. The discussion takes on significance in the light of speculation in political circles that BJP may nominate a dalit or a tribal for the offices as part of its social outreach. Opposition parties have also been exploring the possibility of putting up a candidate.
Donald Trump ordered ‘complete review’ of leaks coming out of US government agencies. The Justice Department of the US was tasked with the complete review as ties between Washington and London deteriorated sharply over American law enforcement agencies pre-maturely spilling information to the media on the Manchester bombing. The US move came after an outraged UK government said it would stop sharing intelligence with US because it is compromising investigations.
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The Election Commission turned down AAP’s demand for allowing changes in EVM motherboard. “Allowing any change of the motherboard or any internal circuit of the EVM is like saying that anyone should be permitted to manufacture a new machine and introduce newly made EVMs, which is implausible and irrational,” the EC said in a letter. AAP had urged the poll panel to reconsider the terms of the EVM challenge and allow it to be an ‘open hackathon’ where tampering of any kind can be demonstrated.
A man was hacked to death in Andhra Pradesh while bystanders filmed the killing on phones. The incident occurred on a busy thoroughfare in Kadapa district’s Proddatur town in broad daylight but nobody came forward to help. Police suspect an illicit relationship may have led to the gruesome murder. After the attack, the assailants walked away and only then people approached the body and called the police. Within a few minutes, the incident went viral on social media, triggering public outrage against the police.
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