Monday Morning News Brief, August 21

Monday morning brief Aug 21 2017
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Govt delegated greater financial powers to Border Roads Organization to improve infrastructure. The decision was taken amid a face-off between the armies of India and China at Doklam. Of the 73 “strategic roads” identified for construction along the LAC, only 27 have been completed in over 15 years. Besides, the construction of 14 “strategic railway lines” for the western and eastern fronts remains a mere pipedream. In sharp contrast, China has built an extensive network of railway lines, highways, metal-top roads, air bases, radar, logistics hubs, and other infrastructure in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
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The IIT Joint Admission Board has announced that the JEE (Advanced) will be completely online from next year. Errors in this year’s question paper has prompted the change, though the candidates in 2018 are likely to continue to have the option of taking either the online or written version of the JEE (Mains). Officials said an online test will help prevent mistakes and also avert situations like those encountered last year, when the JAB reportedly gave 18 bonus marks to candidates who took the JEE Advanced because of printing and translation errors in the question paper.
The toll in Bihar floods has reached to 253 as the situation worsened further with more areas getting affected. Around 1.26 crore people are hit by the deluge. Over 4.21 lakh people have been shifted to 1,358 relief camps in different parts of the state. 28 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 1,152 personnel with 118 boats are involved in rescue and relief operations.
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Rail ministry has sent on leave three senior officers, including a member of the railway board, for Utkal Express crash. The unprecedented action against senior officers comes at a time when railway minister Suresh Prabhu is under attack by opposition parties over rising accidents and under pressure to act. He has asked for responsibility to be fixed for the accident that killed 23 on Saturday.
Ten sailors are missing after Guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore. The ship involved in the accident is a Liberian-flagged tanker used for transporting oil and chemicals and weighing over 30,000 tonnes. Search and rescue efforts are underway,” US Navy said. This was the second accident involving an American warship in the last two months.
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