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Saturday evening news brief, Aug 05 2017

Aug 5, 2017 , , , ,
Saturday evening brief Aug 5 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Karunaratne and Mendis led a spirited fightback for Sri Lanka in the second innings of the Colombo Test against India. Mendis departed for 110 but Karunaratne is still at the crease with 92 against his name, as the hosts closed the day at 209/2. Following-on after being dismissed cheaply in the first innings for 183, the Lankans need another 230 to avoid an innings defeat. Read
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One person has been arrested in the incident of stone throwing on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s car in Gujarat. The Banaskantha SP identified the accused as Jayesh Darji alias Anil Rathod. Congress leaders claimed that he was a local office bearer of the BJP’s youth outfit.
US willing to join the UN climate talks, despite its decision to exit from the Paris agreement on climate change. It has formally submitted a communication to the United Nations in this regard. Aware that it won’t be technically possible to formally withdraw from the deal before November 2020, US in its communication hinted at willingness to re-engage itself on terms favourable to its people and business.
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BJP has become the largest party in the Rajya Sabha, overtaking Congress by one seat. The party swore in Sampathiya Uikey as its 58th member, who was elected unopposed from Madhya Pradesh in a bypoll necessitated by the death of Anil Madhav Dave. This does not signal the NDA gaining a majority, but the ruling coalition will gain seats in the next round of RS polls
The Election Commission has told the Supreme Court that EVMs were credible, reliable and tamper-proof. Dismissing allegations of tanpering by various political parties, it said it has never been shown or proven that EVMs contain any malware or are vulnerable to hacking. In an affidavit, the commission said EVMs with voter verifiable paper audit trails will be available by September next year.
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