Saturday Evening News Brief, June 24

Saturday evening brief Jun 24 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, the US sees no threat to Pakistan from arms deal with India. A senior White House official cautioned that any US military transfer to India would take into account the regional situation. We want to avoid a situation that escalates the tension between India and Pakistan, the official said, adding that the two countries should engage in direct talks and seek a normalization of ties. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones, worth more than $2 billion, is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties between India and the US.
Mixed-use township in Bengaluru
2/3/4/ BHK homes in a mixed use township in Bengaluru starting at 98 Lacs.

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Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government has announced a farm loan waiver package of Rs 34,000 crore. We are waiving loans of up to Rs 1.5 lakhs completely, Fadnavis said, adding that all state ministers and MLAs will give one month salary to support farmers loan waiver. At least thirty one lakh farmers with overdue loans and another 35 lakh who have not defaulted on their loans but have pending loans in the current fiscal, will be eligible for a waiver of up to Rs 1.5 lakh.
A plenary meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group failed to take a decision on India’s application for its membership. The group decided to continue its discussion and noted the intention of the chair to organise an informal meeting in November, the NSG said in a statement at the end of the two-day plenary meeting in the Swiss capital Bern. The 48-nation elite grouping said its relationship with India was discussed, particularly about implementation of the 2008 statement on civil nuclear cooperation with New Delhi.
Homes inspired by London’s Westend in Bangalore

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The Election Commission has decided to continue hearing office of profit case against AAP MLAs. A senior EC official said the Commission has for now ruled on the limited question of whether the disqualification petition against the 21 AAP MLAs from Delhi had become infructuous after the High Court’s quashing of their appointment order as parliamentary secretaries. The order has huge repercussions for Kejriwal government, as a mini-election would be forced upon Delhi in case the EC recommends their disqualification.
Qatar has said that Saudi-led demands are not ‘reasonable’. Qatar government communications director Sheikh Saif bin Ahmed Al-Thani said the 13-point list of demands made by Saudi Arabia and its allies went far beyond the four governments’ stated aim of combating terrorism. “This blockade is not aimed at fighting terrorism but at impinging on Qatar’s sovereignty and interfering in its foreign policy,” Sheikh Saif said. He recalled that the US wanted a clear list of grievances that was “reasonable and actionable” and that this list “does not meet those standards”.
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