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Saturday Evening News Brief, May 5

May 5, 2018
Saturday evening brief May 5 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Nasa today blasted off its latest Mars lander, InSight, designed to perch on the surface and listen for ‘Marsquakes’. The spacecraft launched on a dark, foggy morning atop an Atlas V rocket at 4:05am Pacific time (1105 GMT) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, marking Nasa’s first interplanetary launch from the US west coast. The $993 million project aims to expand human knowledge of interior conditions on Mars, inform efforts to send human explorers there, and reveal how rocky planets like the Earth formed billions of years ago.
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Security forces today killed three terrorists during an encounter in J&K’s Srinagar. A civilian also died following clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies near the encounter site, police said. Three bodies of terrorists were recovered in a clean operation by J&K Police & CRPF, an official said. The security forces recovered three AK47 rifles and ammunition from the site of the encounter.
BS Yeddyurappa today asked BJP supporters to ‘tie up’ non-voters and get them to cast ballot for the party’s candidate in the upcoming assembly election. “Don’t rest now. If you think that somebody isn’t voting, go to their homes, tie up their hands and legs and bring them to vote in favour of Mahantesh Doddagoudar,” ANI quoted BJP’s chief ministerial candidate as saying. Yeddyurappa’s remarks drew a sharp response from the Congress, which accused the veteran BJP leader of threatening voters.
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Fourteen accused were arrested by the police today in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Jharkhand’s Chatra district. The accused had forcibly taken the minor girl, who was on her way to attend a relative’s marriage ceremony, to a nearby forest and raped her. Police are conducting raids to nab the four accused who are still absconding. Read more
China is ‘very spoiled’ by trade wins over America, US President Donald Trump has said. “Our high level delegation is on the way back from China where they had long meetings with Chinese leaders and business representatives,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “We will be meeting tomorrow to determine the results, but it is hard for China in that they have become very spoiled with US trade wins,” the US president added.
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