Monday Morning News Brief, September 4

Monday morning brief Sep 4 2017
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The government is mulling a dedicated satellite bandwidth for security forces at the border for better surveillance. The idea is to enable the border guarding forces to monitor the movement of Pakistani and Chinese troops in real time, track terrorist infiltration, map terrain and communicate effectively in remote areas, besides assessing the strength of soldiers and artillery deployed by neighbours near the border.
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Bureaucrats and former military men account for nearly 10% of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers. The list includes a former home secretary, a retired diplomat, a former Mumbai police commissioner and an ex-Army chief. The presence of such a significant number of civil servants and ex-Armymen is seen as the PM’s push to get projects implemented in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
The BRICS Summit began in China today with a group photograph of leaders of the five countries. It was preceded by a warm handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also received the leaders of Brazil, Russia and South Africa ahead of the restricted meeting of the grouping.
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India inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka with a thumping six-wicket victory in the final ODI of the three-Test series. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s maiden five-wicket haul enabled India to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 238, Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the umpteenth time anchored a successful chase in 46.3 overs with a fluent unbeaten 110.
US President Donald Trump said North Korea’s actions were ‘very hostile and dangerous to the United States’. China expressed strong condemnation+ while South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for the “strongest punishment” against the North, including new UN sanctions to “completely isolate” it.
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