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Saturday evening news brief, July 22 2017

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Saturday evening brief Jul 22 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Bengaluru-based Team Indus is aiming to be the first private firm worldwide to land a spacecraft on the moon. The company is one of the five finalists in the Google Lunar X Prize competition that seeks teams to successfully land a 90% private-funded spacecraft on the moon. Guided by two dozen retired Isro scientists, a team of more than 100 have designed and developed the 600kg spacecraft and a 6kg rover. Read
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Kerala Congress MLA M Vincent has been arrested on charges of raping a 51-year-old woman. As per the statement of the complainant, the MLA pursued her and trapped her into a non-consensual physical relationship ever since she and her husband approached him with a complaint in the past. Vincent had alleged that the case against him was a result of conspiracy by local CPM leaders.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar met Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi today. They are believed to have discussed the current political situation and graft charges against Bihar deputy chief minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasdad’s son, Tejashwi Yadav. While the RJD supremo has rejected demands of resignation of his son, Kumar is learnt to have reservations about Tejashwi’s continuance.
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The Pentagon has suggested direct dialogue “free of any coercive aspects” between India and China to ease the Doklam stand-off. Earlier this week, a top Pentagon Commander told US lawmakers that China was exploiting its economic leverage as a way to further its regional political objectives. In recent years, almost all neighbours of China have accused Beijing of coercive tactics to settle border disputes.
An errant US airstrike has killed 12 Afghan National Police officers and wounded two others. The US confirmed that the airstrike happened during a US-supported operation against Taliban insurgents in the Helmand province. The governor of Helmand said it was believed the police officers were not in uniform, which may have resulted in mistakenly identifying them as Taliban fighters.
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