Saturday Evening News Brief, August 12

Saturday evening brief Aug 12 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
​The UP government suspended the principal of the medical college in Gorakhpur where over 30 children died in 48 hours. On the issue of shortage of Oxygen gas supply in the hospital, UP’s health minister Siddharth Nath Singh said, “Children haven’t died due to disruption of gas supply. There was no shortage of oxygen in the hospital. For two hours, there was shortage of emergency cylinders, during which manual resuscitation procedure was carried out.”

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Lalit Kumar Modi announced on Twitter that he is stepping away from cricket administration. “I have done my part for the betterment of Rajasthan cricket, and now it is your turn to honor your part of the promise! I repose my faith in you and the BCCI to do the right thing!” the former Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president tweeted.

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged US President Donald Trump to avoid “words and deeds” that would stoke North Korea tensions. Xi stressed that “China and the US have a common interest in realising the de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.”

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The JD(U) on Saturday removed Sharad Yadav as the party’s leader in Rajya Sabha, citing “anti-party activities” by the senior leader. “(The move) was important due to Yadav’s recent actions. It was a necessary step because being a leader, if a person indulges in anti-party activities, it has to be condemned unanimously,” Bihar JD(U) president Vashishtha Narayan said. Yadav has been replaced by Bihar MP RCP Singh.

India is “behaving like a mature power” in the Doklam standoff, a top American defence expert said. James R Holmes, professor of strategy at the prestigious US Naval War College, said, “New Delhi has done things right thus far, neither backing away from the dispute nor replying in kind to Beijing’s over-the-top rhetoric. It is behaving as the mature power and making China look like the adolescent throwing a temper tantrum.”

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