Saturday Morning News Brief, April 15

Saturday morning brief Apr 15 2017
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Odisha prepares to welcome PM Narendra Modi ahead of BJP national executive meet. PM Modi is to arrive in Odisha at 3.30pm and will head straight to Janta Park, where the national executive meeting is scheduled to be held. Party is expected to discuss past successes and future plans at the meeting. According to sources around one lakh people are expected to witness Modi’s road show.
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In retaliation over Jadhav issue, India calls off security dialogue with Pakistan. Amid fresh turmoil in ties with Pakistan, India has decided to put on hold all bilateral exchanges with Pakistan including talks on maritime security, which were scheduled for Monday. India officially conveyed to Pakistan that it wasn’t prepared to host a delegation of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) which was supposed to travel to India on Sunday. Secretary-level talks on the Indus Waters Treaty have also been postponed.
The global output of cereals is estimated at record high, India too heads for a new high. The second advance estimate of the government put cereal production for 2016-17 at nearly 250 million tonnes, crossing the record of about 246 million tonnes set in 2013-14. According to the latest estimates of the UN-affiliated Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the year is ending with the largest ever global stock of foodgrains in history, some 682 million tonnes
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Latur girl Shraddha Mohan Mengshette wins Rs 1 crore as lucky e-grahak 20-year-old Shraddha, a second-year electrical engineering student in Maharashtra, won the Lucky Grahak Yojana draw for consumers, launched by the government to boost digital payments after it decided to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 current notes. She won the reward for making a transaction of Rs 1,590 through her RuPay card online to pay the monthly EMI for her new mobile phone.
Temperatures crossed 40 degree celsius in Delh on Friday. Delhi’s main weather station, Safdarjung, recorded a maximum of 40.6 degrees C, five notches above normal, making it the first 40-degree-plus day in the city this season. IMD’s regional centre has warned of heat wave conditions in Delhi-NCR from Saturday onwards.
Pak government discovered Jadhav verdict at the same time Indians did. The progress of the secret military trial against Kulbhushan Jadhav was kept out of view of even the civilian government in Pakistan. It was only a statement read out by Sartaj Aziz, PM Nawaz Sharif’s adviser on foreign affairs, that gave any details at all. It was also clear that Aziz was merely the messenger being used by the army.
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