Saturday morning news brief, April 14

Saturday morning brief Apr 14 2018
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US, France and UK today launched strikes on Syria in retaliation for it’s alleged use of chemical weapons. US President Donald Trump said a combined operation with France and Britain was under way and that they were prepared to sustain the response until Syria stopped its use of chemical weapons. The operation by the three allies came after a poison gas attack in Syria that killed at least 60 people last week. Read
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Boxer MC Mary Kom won gold in women’s 45-48 kg category at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, 2018 in Gold Coast. The five-time world champion beat Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara 5-0 via unanimous decision to claim the yellow metal. Mary Kom won 30-27, 30-27, 29-28, 30-27, 20-27 to land the verdict in her favour. Four years ago, she could not qualify for the event following a loss to Pinki Jangra during trials.
CBI yesterday arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape case after day-long interrogation. The Allahabad high court had ordered on Friday afternoon that the MLA should be arrested ‘forthwith’, but the CBI officials kept claiming till late evening that he had been detained. However, at around 9.45 pm, CBI spokesperson RK Gaur confirmed to TOI that Sengar had been arrested at 9.30pm.
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The number of applications for H-1B visa has fallen for the second year in a row. For the 2018-19 season, which would permit successful visa applicants to work in the US from October 1, 2018, the US agency received 1.90 lakh applications as against nearly two lakh applications in the previous season. This fall of 8,902 applications – or 4.5% as compared to 2017-18 – is minuscule, given the protectionist rhetoric of the Trump administration.
BJP secured resignations of two of its ministers for participating in protests in favour of the accused in the Kathua rape-murder case. BJP chief in J&K Sat Sharma confirmed that the two ministers, Lal Singh and Chandar Prakash Ganga, had put in their papers. Although Sharma claimed that Lal Singh and Ganga quit on their own, sources said they were recalled at the instance of PM Narendra Modi, who held that being ministers, they should not have joined the attack on J&K police for arresting the accused.
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