Saturday Evening News Brief, May 20

Saturday evening brief May 20 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The International Court of Justice did not order consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Pakistan government said. “Wrong to say Pakistan lost at ICJ, court stayed execution, didn’t order consular access to Jadhav,” Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s foreign affairs adviser, said. He also said Pakistan had only five days to prepare its case.
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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa wrote a letter to officers asking them to be prepared for operations “at a very short notice”. “In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice. Training needs to be focused towards this,” said the letter.
The Election Commission will hold its EVM hacking challenge starting from June 3. “Any party can only choose four EVMs used in any four constituencies to demonstrate tamperability. The claimant will have to prove that the results were altered on EVMs with admin and tech safeguards. Parties have to confirm their participation by May 26, 5 pm. Only they will be allowed to take part in the challenge,” said CEC Nasim Zaidi.
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A 23-year-old woman cut off the genitals of a so-called godman, who was allegedly sexually abusing her. According to the police, the incident occurred on Friday night when Gangeshananda Teethapadam, alias Hariswami, allegedly tried to rape the woman at her residence. Sources said the woman alerted the police immediately after she chopped off the man’s genitals with a knife. She called the emergency 100 number because she was afraid the alleged rapist would kill her.
The Defence Acquisition Council finalised the broad contours of a policy which will allow private firms to build military platforms. Seen as a major initiative, the ‘strategic partnership model’ aims to create a vibrant defence manufacturing ecosystem in the country. Initially, the policy is expected to be implemented for manufacturing fighter aircraft, submarines and armoured vehicles. It is expected to be expanded to other segments at a later stage.
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