Sunday evening news brief, June 25 2017

Sunday evening brief Jun 25 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The final location survey for a rail link to Ladakh will begin this week in Leh. The planned 498 km long Bilaspur-Manali-Leh all-weather line will overtake China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway as the world’s highest rail track. It will help in easy transportation of personnel and equipment to military bases in the strategically important region. Read
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PM Narendra Modi will meet top Silicon Valley CEOs in Washington DC later tonight. He is also scheduled to address the Indian diaspora in Virginia. He will meet US President Donald Trump at the White House tomorrow, when several strategic and trade issues are likely to come up for discussion. Indians in the US have urged Modi to raise the H-1B visa issue during his meeting with Trump
Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth defeated Olympic champion Chen Long to win the Australia Open Super Series men’s singles title. Srikanth won in straight games 22-20, 21-16 for his fourth Super Series title. This is world no. 11 Srikanth’s second straight title victory in a week after he won the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier last Sunday. This was also his first win over the Chinese in six meetings.
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Four tourists and a local were killed in a cable car accident in Gulmarg, J&K. The gondola car cabin crashed hundreds of meters down to the ground after its cable snapped. Strong winds caused a tree to uproot and fall on the gondola cable, causing it to snap. Four of those killed are from a family in Delhi.
At least 10 policemen were killed in a Taliban attack near the India-made Salma dam in Afghanistan’s Herat province. The militants attacked a checkpoint near the dam and fled after killing the policemen, a security official said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in June 2016 jointly inaugurated the dam, a Rs 1,700 cr infrastructure project funded by India.
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