Friday Evening News Brief, October 20

Friday evening brief Oct 20 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Chinese President Xi Jinping foiled a coup by former political heavy weights, a top Chinese official revealed. Xi, who is set for a second five-year term as General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), has saved the party by foiling a coup plot by his detractors, Liu Shiyu, chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission said. The detractors are accused of graft charges and are serving life terms.
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S Sreesanth hinted he might spend the rest of his playing career turning out for another country. As the Kerala High Court reinstated a life ban of the Sreesanth imposed by BCCI for allegations of match fixing, Sreesanth said, “BCCI has imposed the ban, not ICC. If not India, I can play for any other country, because am 34 now and I can only play for maximum six more years.
India acknowledged the US’s “positive evaluation of its relationship” with New Delhi ahead of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s visit. “We appreciate US secretary of state Tillerson’s positive evaluation of the relationship and share his optimism about its future directions,” said a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs. Two days ago, Tillerson not only openly expressed his preference for India over China, he also bluntly said India needs “a reliable partner” and declared, “the United States is that partner.”
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The Indian Railways will soon cut short the running time of over 500 long-distance trains by up to two hours. Following directions from railway minister Piyush Goyal earlier this month, the national carrier incorporated “innovative timetabling” under which running time of popular trains will reduce by 15 minutes to two hours.
Unidentified men threw a grenade into a labourers’ hostel in the Pakistani port of Gwadar wounding 26 of them. This attack raises concern about the security for the Pakistani section of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, one of three on Thursday in the gas-rich southwestern province of Baluchistan, a key section of the plan for energy and transport links connecting western China with the Middle East and Europe.
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