Monday Evening News Brief, June 5

Monday evening brief Jun 5 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Isro successfully launched India’s most powerful rocket, GSLV Mk III. The rocket nicknamed ‘Fatboy’placed the country’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-19 into orbit. With the launch, Isro has demonstrated its mastery in developing a cryogenic engine, a technology denied to it years ago. The lift off took place at the launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 5.28pm.
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Want a dialogue with Pakistan but talks and terror cannot go together, India said. Speaking at a meet on the completion of three years of the Modi government, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj also made it clear that the Kashmir issue can be resolved only bilaterally and said “Pakistan can’t take Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice”. She denied any flip-flop in India’s policy on Pakistan.
India’s NSG bid has become ‘more complicated’ under the ‘new circumstances’, China said. “About the Nuclear Suppliers Group, it is a new issue under the new circumstances and it is more complicated than the previously imagined,” China’s assistant minister of foreign affairs Li Huilai said. Once again, China ruled out backing New Delhi’s entry in the grouping, saying there should be non-discriminatory solution applicable to all non-NPT signatory countries.
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A gunman held a woman hostage following an explosion at an apartment in Melbourne. Australia Police successfully rescued the woman being held hostage by the gunman, who was shot dead. Three police officers were injured during the incident with reported gunshot wounds. They are both in a stable condition. Police are now investigating whether the events are terrorism related.
Indian Army’s DGMO spoke with his Pakistani counterpart to discuss the LoC situation. Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen A K Bhatt made it clear that India will not refrain from retaliating if Pakistan continues to resort to unprovoked ceasefire violations and support infiltration bids. The Army also gave a befitting response to Pakistan’s charge that the Indian forces had killed civilians in cross-border shelling. The DGMO conveyed that the Indian Army is a professional Army and will not harm civilians in any manner.
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