Monday morning news brief, April 16

Monday morning brief Apr 16 2018
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India is getting ready to play a larger role in the Commonwealth that could now work well for its global aspirations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to almost double India’s financial contribution to the Commonwealth when he heads to London this week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). That will be followed by India indicating that it is ready to take on greater responsibilities in the Commonwealth and play a leading role in terms of increased Indian activity. More
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Indus Valley civilisation was wiped out 4,350 years ago by a 900-year-long drought, IIT-Kharagpur scientists have found. Researchers from the geology and geophysics department have been studying the monsoon’s variability for the past 5,000 years and have found that the rains played truant in the northwest Himalayas for 900 long years, drying up the source of water that fed the rivers along which the civilisation thrived.
India may lose aircraft carrier edge over China as the latter will soon begin preliminary sea trials of its second carrier. India is currently making do with just one aircraft carrier in the shape of the 44,400-tonne INS Vikramaditya, the refurbished Admiral Gorshkov inducted from Russia for $2.33 billion in November 2013. Sources say the long-delayed 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-I) or INS Vikrant, being built at Cochin Shipyard, is likely to begin sea trials only by October 2020 now.
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Former World No 1 Saina Nehwal, who claimed the badminton gold at CWG 2018, said she never lost hope and just kept fighting. Up against compatriot PV Sindhu, the World No 3, in the women’s singles gold medal match on Sunday, Saina prevailed 21-18, 23-21 in a riveting performance highlighted by an aggressive approach that she never backed down from. With this win Saina, ranked 12th in the world, took her overall head-to-head record against Sindhu to 4-1.
An 11-year-old, whose body was found with at least 86 injury marks, had been raped and strangled to death, Surat police told TOI. There were severe injuries to the girl’s private parts caused by a blunt object, according to the autopsy report. It seems she was confined, raped and brutally tortured before being killed, cops said. Police are yet to make any headway on the girl’s identity or the perpetrators of the ghastly crime.
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