Saturday Morning News Brief, April 29

Saturday morning brief Apr 29 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The IITs will soon have a quota for women students. The IIT Council, which met in Mumbai yesterday, discussed the possibility of raising the number of women students from the current annual 8-9 per cent to 20 per cent by 2020. There would be additional seats set aside coursewise, thus allowing more girls to join the IITs. The elite engineering colleges are currently male-dominated, with only about 800 of the 4,500 girls who crack the JEE (advanced) every year joining the IITs.
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IAS officers to adopt families of security personnel martyred in line of duty. An association of IAS officers from across the country decided that each of them will adopt one family of the security personnel (defence, central armed police forces and state police) who died in such action and support them for 5-10 years. They will ensure that their children get a good education and other family members get timely financial assistance that is due to them under the government’s compensation policy.
North Korea “disrespected” China by firing another ballistic missile, Trump said. Trump said he is counting on Chinese President Xi Jinping to encourage North Korea to give up its pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs. South Korea’s military said yesterday that North Korea had fired the missile from an area near the capital of Pyongyang. US and South Korean officials said the launch apparently failed, with the missile breaking apart a few minutes after launch.
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Gangster Chhota Shakeel refuted rumours about Dawood Ibrahim’s death. Several Pakistani media had reported about Dawood’s critical health condition following a heart attack. Soon, speculations were rife that the gangster is no more. However, his long-time aide Chhota Shakeel in a telephonic conversation with TOI said that all the rumours about Dawood’s death are false. Bhai is fit and fine, Shakeel said.
Both the protesters and the govt must take steps to end J&K violence, the Supreme Court said. “When you (bar association) project violence, you project only one side of the story by pointing at pellet guns. We can order a dialogue once the violence stops. The inclination to talk must come from both sides. Otherwise it will continue to be a Catch-22 situation. The dialogue may or may not succeed. But at least the bloodshed will stop,” the bench observed.
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