Saturday evening news brief, May 12

Saturday evening brief May 12 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Nawaz Sharif tacitly admitted that Pakistan played a role in the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai. Speaking to Dawn, Sharif stated that terrorist organisations were thriving in Pakistan and “non-state actors” were responsible for the series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 which claimed over 160 lives. Sharif said: “Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai?” Read.
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64% polling has been recorded till 5 PM in the single-phase Karnataka Assembly elections today. The election is witnessing a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and the JDS. According to election observers, the JDS is expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a fractured mandate. Polling is being held for 222 out of 224 seats.
North India hill states are likely to witness thunderstorm accompanied with squall on Sunday, the IMD has said. “Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds also very likely at isolated places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, Vidharbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Telangana, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Kerala,” an IMD advisory said adding that parts of Rajasthan might see dust storm over the next two days.
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India is ready to be the ‘Sherpa’ to help Nepal scale the mountain of success, PM Modi said. Addressing a civic reception programme to honour him here, Modi stressed on the special relation shared by the two neighbours and admired Nepal’s spirit of resilience and commitment towards democracy. The Prime Minister has left for India after wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal.
93% of the total H-4 visa holders in the US having work authorisation are from India, a report said. Over one-fifth of the H-4 visa holders with work authorisation live in California, a latest Congressional report on the spouse visa has said. According to the report, 93% of granted applications for employment authorisation were issued to women; seven per cent to men.
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