Monday Evening News Brief, November 13

Monday evening brief Nov 13 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
PM Modi held wide-ranging talks with US President Donald Trump. In the meeting which took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in the Philippines, PM Modi told Trump that both nations can rise beyond bilateral ties and work jointly for the future of Asia, reflecting their growing convergence on strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region. Trump on his part described Modi as a friend. “It’s a lot of good reports coming out of India. So I want to congratulate you,” Trump added. Read more
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A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Iraq-Iran border killed more than 330 people. Iran’s state-run news agency reported that the quake killed 328 people in the country and some 3,950 were injured. Iran’s western Kermanshah province that bore the brunt of the temblor is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming to make a living. In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535, all in the country’s northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq’s interior ministry.
Only 50,000 pilgrims will be allowed at Vaishno Devi shrine in a day, the NGT directed. The NGT bench made it clear that if the number of pilgrims exceeds the prescribed 50,000 cap, they will be stopped at Ardhkuwari or Katra town, considering that the Vaishno Devi Bhawan structure cannot accomodate more than 50,000 persons. The green panel also said that a new path to the shrine exclusively for pedestrians and battery-operated cars will be opened from November 24. It also directed the authorities to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 on anyone found littering the roads.
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India’s retail inflation stood at 3.58 per cent in October this year. This is lower than the 4.2 per cent retail inflation recorded in the same period last year. However, compared to the September’s figure of 3.28 per cent, it showed a recovery of 0.3 per cent to hit a seven-month high of 3.58 per cent this month, the Central Statistics Office data showed. The numbers are mainly driven by higher prices of food and fuel. Food inflation stood at 1.90 per cent, up from 1.25 per cent in September.
A laptop on IndiGo’s Thiruvananthapuram-Bengaluru flight caught fire on Saturday. After the passengers reported burning smell from a black bag, the airline crew sprayed fire extinguisher, relocated passengers from nearby seats and kept the laptop in a container of water till the plane landed safely. Indian skies are also witnessing the increasing phenomenon of electronic devices catching fire. Last month, a mobile phone caught fire mid-air on Delhi-Indore flights of another airline.
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