Saturday Evening News Brief, May 6

Saturday evening brief May 6 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has said, PM Modi alone can pull Kashmir out of its prevailing situation. “If anyone can take us out of this quicksand, it is PM Modi. Whatever he decides, the nation will support it,” Mehbooba said. While calling PM Modi “daring”, Mehbooba said: “It was he who visited Pakistan during heightened tensions between the two countries”. The J&K CM’s remarks come amid ongoing violence in the state with a spate of terrorist attacks and frequent clashes between civilians and security forces.
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A Pakistani publisher censored a New York Times (NYT) article slamming the army for its ‘hate India’ agenda. Instead of author Mohammed Hanif’s article, entitled “Pakistan’s Triangle of Hate: Taliban, Army and India”, Pakistani readers of the International edition of NYT confronted a blank page, a note on which made sure to convey that NYT “had no role in its removal”. Hanif, in his opinion piece ‘The Case of Exploding Mangoes’, excoriates the Pakistani army for making a repellant Pakistani Taliban man “a new ally in its never-ending war against India”.
Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the revised mid-term foreign trade policy (FTP) will be announced before GST roll out. Sitharaman also said, no suggestions were made to scale down the 2020 export target of $900 billion, including services. In the meeting of various stakeholders, including exporters as part mid-term review of FTP (2015-20), suggestions were also made to explore rupee denominated trade, especially in the south east Asian nations and those in the middle east.
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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has assured the people of UP that his government will not work with any bias towards anyone. ‘Na teeka ka bhed hoga, na topi ka bhed hoga’ (There will be no discrimination on the basis of teeka and skull cap), Yogi said, adding that his government would involve everyone in UP’s progress, but there would not be appeasement of any. “Law and order is our priority. Minor incidents are occurring at some places but I am sure that by the time I present the report card of my government’s 100 days, such incidents will stop completely,” Yogi said.
Over 300 students were hospitalised after chemical leakage near two schools in Delhi. The students of Rani Jhansi School and Government Girls Senior Secondary School in South Delhi’s Tughlakabad area, were rushed to nearby hospitals as they complained of irritation in eyes and breathlessness. A senior doctor at Batra hospital, where 55 children in the age group of 10-14 years were admitted, said their condition was stable. The Delhi government has ordered a magisterial probe into the incident.
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