Saturday morning news brief, December 30

Saturday morning brief Dec 30 2017
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India slammed Palestine for its Pakistan envoy shared dias with Hafiz Saeed at a rally in Rawalpindi. India is serving a strongly worded demarche to the Palestine government, expressing displeasure. Pictures of the Palestinian ambassador to Pakistan, Waleed Abu Ali circulated on social media after he reportedly attended a rally organised by the Difah-e-Pakistan Council in Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi. Read.
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Gujarat Deputy CM Nitin Patel skipped office in the newly inducted Vijay Rupani government. Signs of discontent were visible in the new Gujarat cabinet as Nitin Patel, who suffered the ignominy of being stripped off three key portfolios – finance, urban development and petroleum – did not assume office in the Sachivalaya in Gandhinagar. Patel, who is learnt to have demanded finance and urban development portfolios this time too, feels he is being “cut to size”, according to a close aide. Read.
Domestic electronics production in 2016-17 stood at $49.5 billion, higher than the near $43 billion spent on imports. The Centre’s efforts to promote local manufacturing through the ‘Make in India’ programme seem to be reaping dividends with the domestic production of electronics, one of the key reasons behind foreign currency spends after oil, moving ahead of imports for the first time in 2016-17.
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Viswanathan Anand might ended the year on a high by reclaiming the World rapid chess title in Riyadh. “This win was so unexpected, I had no plans to come when it was announced so late,” Anand said. To add to that, Anand wasn’t in the best frame of mind before entering this tournament. A win against Peter Leko in the second round provided Anand the impetus he was looking for.
Two people including a gunman were killed and another was injured in a shooting at a Southern California law office. A murder investigation was underway at the scene, Long Beach police said. The wounded person was taken to a hospital, said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who described the person’s condition as stable. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the gunman shot himself or was shot by police.
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