Sunday evening news brief, September 24

Sunday evening brief Sep 24 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Pakistan flashed fake image of ‘pellet gun victim’ to malign India at the UN General Assembly. Pak envoy Maleeha Lodhi brandished a photo of a woman whose face was peppered with wounds and said, “This is the face of Indian democracy.” The photo was later found to be that of a 17-year-old Gazan woman who had been injured by shrapnel during an airstrike by Israeli forces. Lodhi went on to call India the “mother of terrorism”. Read more
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UP CM Yogi Adityanath sought a report on violence in Banaras Hindu University. A number of students, including women and two journalists were injured in lathicharge by the police in BHU campus in an ugly turn to a protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident. Nearly 1,500 policemen, including PAC personnel, have been deployed in and around the campus to maintain law and order.
US flew bombers to the farthest point of the border between North and South Korea. The Pentagon said the mission in international airspace showed how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea’s “reckless behavior”. Earlier, North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un said Trump would “pay dearly” for threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea. This comes just days after the US President came down heavily upon the North Korean regime for its numerous missile testings of late.
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US Defence Secretary James Mattis is scheduled to arrive in India tomorrow for a two-day visit. Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan’s security challenges are likely to dominate the agenda. Mattis is scheduled to arrive in Delhi late Monday and is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and new defence minister in the first visit by a top US official since Donald Trump became US president in January.
Angela Merkel bids for fourth term as Germany heads to polls. Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to win a fourth term in office as Germans went to the polls today in an election that is also likely to see the farthest right-wing party in 60 years. Merkel campaigned on her record as chancellor for 12 years, emphasising her government’s policies.
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