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Saturday Morning News Brief, May 12

May 12, 2018
Saturday morning brief May 12 2018
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Polling for Karnataka assembly elections is underway amid thick security cover. The state has over 5.07-crore electorate, including 2.62-crore men and 2.5-crore women. New voters are 15,42,000 in the 18-19 age group. A single-phase polling began at 7.00 am in 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST). Polling in Bengaluru’s Raja Rajeshwari Nagar seat was postponed to May 28 and stopped in Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP contestant BN Vijaya Kumar on May 4. Read More
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India kicked off the process to induct its first intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-V into the Strategic Forces Command. This comes 20 years after the country conducted the five Pokhran-II underground nuclear tests under ‘Operation Shakti’. Several systems associated with the over 5,000-km-range missile, which brings the whole of China as well as parts of Europe and Africa under its strike range, “are being handed over” to the new Agni-V unit raised under the SFC.
An Indian navy ship was dispatched to the Maldives for joint surveillance of the Exclusive Economic Zone. The move was taken to improve bilateral relations between the two countries which nose-dived after imposition of emergency in the island nation. The Indian Navy said its ship Sumedha, a naval offshore patrol vessel was deployed to undertake the joint surveillance of EEZ of Maldives from May 9 to 17. Two officers and eight sailors from the Indian Navy’s elite marine commandoes wing are also currently in the Maldives to train its personnel in diving and tactics.
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India and Nepal have agreed to ply buses on eight new routes to improve connectivity between the two neighbours. These include Patna-Janakpur, Kathmandu-Varanasi, Bodh Gaya-Kathmandu and Nepalganj-Delhi. According to sources, the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, which PM Narendra Modi and KP Oli flagged off on Friday, was one of the routes that both Nepal and India governments had recently agreed. The regular service will start soon.
The government has decided on a ten-fold increase in the minimum compensation payable to road accident victims or their kin. As per the new norms, in case of a fatality in the road accident, the compensation will be Rs 5 lakh and for permanent disability, it will be in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh based on the extent of disability. This will increase by 5 percent annually. However, Option will be left for people to pursue their case in the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) if they believe they deserve higher compensation.
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