Sunday Evening News Brief, May 7

Sunday evening brief May 7 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India, Russia are likely to ink deal on the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA). The “milestone” pact is aimed at finalising the detailed design for the FGFA, the contract for which would be signed in the second half of the year. Both the countries are co-developers and India will have equal rights over the technology, top official involved in the negotiations with Russia on the project said.
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To make the Northeast a gateway of Southeast Asia, Centre has initiated major infrastructure projects in the seven states. The projects include investment of Rs 40,000 crore to improve the roads and highways and major thrust would be develop the entire region for tourism purposes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, adding, if this gateway is dirty, then the dream would not be fulfilled. The PM asked the people and organisations like the Sangha to join hands in the cleanliness campaign.
Sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra has alleged, he witnessed AAP leader Satyendar Jain giving Arvind Kejriwal Rs 2 crore in cash. Mishra said he had informed Delhi’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) about the transaction immediately, implying, that’s why he was sacked from his ministerial posts yesterday. “I asked him ‘What is this? What is this for?’ He (Kejriwal) refused to answer. And then he said ‘In politics things like this happen that can only be talked about later,'” Mishra said, adding, he’s the only minister who is not being investigated for anything.
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The BCCI has cleared the Indian cricket team’s participation in next month’s Champions Trophy. The Board made the decision at a Special General Meeting, where it was also announced that the squad for the eight-team event, starting June 1, will be picked tomorrow and that no legal recourse will be taken against the ICC as per the diktat of the Committee Of Administrators.
Samajwadi founder Mulayam Singh Yadav has blamed the alliance with the Congress for the ‘poor’ state of the party. “I had advised Akhilesh not to go ahead with the alliance but he did so. The SP is itself responsible for its defeat and not the people of the state”, Mulayam said, adding, “Congress left no stone unturned to ruin my life. It (Congress) lodged cases against me and Akhilesh forged alliance with it”. On his brother Shivpal Yadav’s decision to form a new front, Mulayam said efforts should be made to strengthen the Samajwadi Party.
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