Saturday Evening News Brief, July 29

Saturday evening brief Jul 29 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India recorded its biggest overseas win, defeating Sri Lanka by 304 runs on day 4 of the Galle Test. For Sri Lanka, it was their biggest defeat (in terms of runs), surpassing their 301-run loss against Pakistan in 1994. “We are an experienced team now, we played good cricket. All bases were covered and I’m really happy with the way things went in this Test,” captain Virat Kohli said.

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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will become the interim prime minister of Pakistan for 45 days. Sources said the decision was taken by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during an informal consultative meeting of the party. Meantime, Punjab chief minister and Sharif’s younger brother Shehbaz Sharif would contest elections to make his way into the country’s National Assembly.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed India’s first unmanned, remotely-operated tank. The tank, which is called Muntra, has three variants – surveillance, mine detection and reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats. It has surveillance radar, an integrated camera along with laser range finder which can be used to spy on ground target 15km away – may be a crawling men or heavy vehicles.

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A group of US senators sought enhanced cooperation with India in Afghanistan, a move that could annoy Pakistan. The lawmakers have introduced a legislative amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) – 2018 in the Senate to support their demand. The amendment seeks increasing India’s role in assisting the Afghan security forces through logistics support, threat analysis, intelligence, materiel, and maintenance support.

The Bihar cabinet underwent a reshuffle as the new ministers took oath at Raj Bhawan in Patna. The new cabinet include 13 MLAs from National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and 14 from Janata Dal (United). LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother, Pashupati Paras, will also be a minister in Nitish cabinet

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