Morning News Brief, April 18

Tuesday morning brief Apr 18 2017
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Tamil Nadu ministers discussed patch-up with the Panneerselvam faction yesterday night. After the meeting, Electricity Minister K Thangamani and Finance Minister D Jayakumar said that modalities were being worked out to pave the way for the merger of the two factions. Earlier in the day, Panneerselvam had expressed confidence that the Dhinakaran faction leaders would approach him for merger talks. The development came after the Delhi Police booked AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official in a failed bid to obtain the coveted “two-leaves” party symbol for his faction.
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A Pakistan daily reported Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi meeting is ‘very much possible’. The Express Tribune, citing diplomatic sources, said that the two Prime Ministers could meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana in June. Bilateral tensions between the two neighbours have been higher than ever after a Pakistani military court sentenced Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to death on charges of being an Indian spy.
At least three Indian ministers are expected to visit China to attend the upcoming BRICS summit. The visits come amid repeated Chinese warning that bilateral relationship had been badly damaged by the recent visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman and power minister Piyush Goyal are expected to visit China to attend minister-level meetings of BRICS and the meeting of its financing agency, the National Development Bank, in June and July. NSA Ajit Doval is also due to attend a security related meeting of BRICS.
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Pakistan police arrested 22 people in connection with the lynching of a student accused of blasphemy. A large mob attacked journalism student Mashal Khan last Thursday, stripping, beating and shooting him before throwing from the second floor of his hostel at the Abdul Wali Khan university in the northwestern town of Mardan in Pakistan. Meanwhile, police have so far found no evidence to support the blasphemy allegations against Khan.
The Enforcement Directorate issued a show-cause notice to P Chidambaram’s son Karti for alleged FEMA violations. The agency also issued a similar notice in the case to Chennai-based Ms Vasan Health Care Private Limited for alleged forex violation of Rs 2,262 crore. The ED claimed that Karti paid Rs 50 lakh to Vasan Healthcare for shares which he, within a year, sold off to a Mauritius-based investor for Rs 22.50 crore through a front entity.
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