Sunday evening news brief, May 20

Sunday evening brief May 20 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
BSF today said the Pakistan Rangers “pleaded” with them to stop firing along the International Border. The border guarding force also released a 19-second thermal-imagery footage showing the destruction of a Pakistani picket across the border in retaliation to the unprovoked firing and shelling along the IB. “(Pakistan) Rangers called up Jammu BSF formation today and beseeched to stop firing,” a BSF spokesperson said. Read.
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Kumaraswamy has termed reports on power-sharing formula of 30 months each between the parties as ‘bogus’. Speaking about reports on power-sharing formula of 30 months each that is being worked out with the Congress, Kumaraswamy said, “No such talks have taken place.” He also asserted that within 24 hours of taking oath, he would prove the majority on the floor of the House.
Government has started work on incorporating artificial intelligence to enhance operational preparedness of armed forces. The move is part of a broader policy initiative to prepare the Army, Navy and the Air Force for next generation warfare and comes amid rising Chinese investments in developing critical applications of AI for its military. The recommendations of task force are likely to come in by June.
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Seven police personnel were killed after Naxalites blew up their vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada. Naxalites carried out a landmine blast around 12 noon when a joint team of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and the District Force (DF) was patrolling the Cholnar-Kirandul road to provide security to trucks carrying construction material for road works between Kirandul and Palnar villages, a senior police official said.
Petrol price today touched a record high of Rs 76.24 per litre and diesel climbed to its highest ever level of Rs 67.57. Petrol price today increased by 33 paisa a litre in Delhi – the highest since the daily price revision came into force in mid-June 2017, and diesel by 26 paisa, according to price notification issued by state-owned oil firms. Rates vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT.
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