Saturday Evening News Brief, April 15

Saturday evening brief Apr 15 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
North Korea paraded its long range missiles in a massive military display in Pyongyang. Ruler Kim Jong Un did not speak during the annual parade, which celebrates the 1912 birthday of his late grandfather Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s founding ruler, but Choe, who is widely seen by analysts as North Korea’s No 2 official warned that the North would stand up to any threat posed by the US. “We will respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and a nuclear war with our style of a nuclear attack,” Choe said.
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With an eye on Odisha, BJP’s national executive meet started today in Bhubaneswar. PM Narendra Modi took the centre stage with a road show soon after his arrival this afternoon from the airport to the Raj Bhavan. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who is a prominent face of the party in the coastal state said, the credibility of the PM would be a game-changer in the state. UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his ministerial colleagues were among the leaders present at the meet.
Malala Yousafzai said that Pakistanis themselves have given a bad name to Pakistan and Islam. Referring to the recent mob-lynching of a university student for ‘blasphemy’, the Pakistani Nobel Laureate said in a video message, “This incident was not just about the death of Mashaal. It was also the death knell of the message of Islam. We have forgotten our religion…we have forgotten our values and decency.” Yousafzai said Pakistanis need to study their religion carefully because it preaches tolerance and peace.
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National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah won the Srinagar bypoll. Regaining his pride after a shock defeat from the same constituency in 2014, Abdullah stood ahead by more than 9,000 votes over his closest rival, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s Nazir Ahmad Khan. A total of nine candidates were in the fray for the bypoll seat. The Congress, which is backing Abdullah, blamed the state government and the Election Commission for the miserable turnout of voters.
Amid Kulbhushan Jadhav row, Pakistan has arrested ‘three RAW spies targeting CPEC’. Pakistan yesterday said the suspected Indian spies – Khalil, Imtiaz, and Rashid were allegedly targeting Chinese engineers, sensitive installations and (the) China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The three men, who are also accused of a bomb blast in Abbaspur last year, were booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act and Explosives Act and will be produced before Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court.
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