Monday Morning News Brief, May 22

Monday morning brief May 22 2017
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Mumbai Indians created history by becoming the first team to win IPL for a record three times. Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant, the team they had lost to thrice earlier in the tournament, by one run in the final in Hyderabad last night. This is also the first time since 2008 that a team finishing first in the Points Table has lifted the trophy.
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Pakistan envoy has hinted that Kulbhushan Jadhav is safe till the final ICJ order. Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit said Islamabad will abide by the court’s ruling last week staying the Indian national’s death sentence. While Basit said the ICJ ruling did not really matter much to Pakistan as Jadhav had 150 days to seek clemency in any case, his comment on abiding by the ruling comes as a relief to India which expressed fear that Jadhav might be executed even while the case was being heard at ICJ.
Internet on flights in India could soon be a reality as the Centre is likely to permit it by August-end. International airlines are in talks with the aviation ministry as currently, they have to switch off Wi-Fi in the Indian airspace (where inflight internet is banned on security grounds),” said Lalit Gupta, joint DG, Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Indian carriers like Jet Airways and SpiceJet are slated to take deliveries of the Wi-Fi-fitted Boeing 737 MAX by mid-2018.
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US space agency Nasa has joined hands with Isro to co-develop the world’s most expensive earth imaging satellite. The 2,200kg Nasa-Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) satellite, which cost the two countries over $1.5 billion, is being designed to observe and take measurements of some of the planet’s complex processes, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse and natural hazards. Ironically, GSLV, which is likely to place NISAR satellite into orbit in 2021, is the same rocket for whose cryogenic engine the US put sanctions on India.
US President Donald Trump has assured leaders of the Islamic world that America is not at war with their faith. Trump cast the fight against terrorist groups as a “battle between good and evil” not defined by religion. “Terrorist don’t worship God. They worship death,” Trump said while addressing the leaders of more than 50 Muslim-majority countries, who had gathered in Riyadh for a US-Islam summit.
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