Friday morning news brief, August 18 2017

Friday morning brief Aug 18 2017
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Spanish police said they killed 5 suspects in Cambrils town, to thwart another terrorist attack. The men were planning to execute an attack using explosive belts. Police said the Cambrils plot was linked to the Barcelona attack that killed 13 people. Also, one person was killed in an explosion in a house in a town southwest of Barcelona. Residents there were preparing explosives. Read
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Japan has endorsed the Indian position in the ongoing Doklam border standoff with China. The Japanese ambassador to New Delhi said there should be no attempt to change the status quo on the ground by force. Categorising the crisis as a dispute between China and Bhutan, ambassador Hiramatsu said India’s actions were in keeping with bilateral security arrangements with Bhutan.
Fourteen railway staff members of August Kranti Rajdhani Express have been grounded after an on board robbery. That includes seven house-keeping staff and seven coach attendants. Some passengers alleged that the staff might have drugged them before robbing their valuables in the intervening night of August 15 and 16. A special team of RPF Delhi has been sent to Kota and Ratlam to assist in the investigation.
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NIA arrested Zahoor Ahmad Watali, a millionaire businessman from Srinagar for alleged terror funding. He allegedly uses his business to channel ISI funds to India for separatist activities. He had been in contact with serving and retired personnel of Pakistan Army and ISI, and also prominent politicians from PoK. He owns a large number of properties in J&K and at prominent locations in Delhi.
The Uttarakhand government has issued show-cause notices to 54 IAS officers for skipping the Independence Day flag hoisting. The list includes 46 additional secretaries, one principal secretary, five secretaries-in-charge and two secretaries. If the explanation is not found satisfactory, the state government is believed to have warned the officers of an adverse entry in their annual confidential report.
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