Sunday Evening News Brief, April 29

Sunday evening brief Apr 29 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
With an aim to keep an eye on India, Pakistan is set to launch a space programme during the next fiscal year. Under the programme, several projects will be initiated to develop self-reliance capacity and reduce dependence on foreign satellites, mainly the US and French satellites for civil and military communications. The budget of the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Organisation (Suparco) for the upcoming fiscal year 2018-19 is Rs 4.70 billion which includes Rs 2.55 billion for three new projects.
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India has achieved the target of electrifying all villages 12 days ahead of a deadline set by PM Modi, the government said today. April 28, on the evening of which a remote village in the northeast became the last to be connected to the grid, would be remembered as a “historic day in the development journey of India”, the PM said today. “Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever!” Modi wrote on Twitter, as various ministers took to social media to congratulate him.
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today called on DMK president M Karunanidhi to discuss ‘truthful federalism’. “This is not the beginning and not the end. We have been discussing and it will take 2-3 months to reach a consensus,” KCR said after a prolonged meeting with Stalin at the latter’s Alwarpet residence. Stalin said the discussion was focused on strengthening states. Read more
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The Congress today launched a full-fledged attack on the Narendra Modi-led BJP regime by dubbing it a ‘Jan Virodhi’ (anti-people) government. Leading the charge was party chief Rahul Gandhi, who called PM Modi a silent spectator while the BJP-RSS took over and destroyed the democratic institutions of the country. Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, too, targeted the Prime Minister, saying that all promises made by Modi before he came to power have turned out to be hollow.
A bomb exploded today at the office of a hydroelectricity project being developed with Indian assistance in eastern Nepal. The compound wall of the 900 MW Arun III Hydroelectric Power Plant’s office in Tumlingtar area was damaged in the explosion, said Siva Raj Joshi, Chief District Officer of the Sankhuwasabha district. The project, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his official visit to Nepal, is slated to come into operation by 2020.
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