Sunday Morning News Brief, April 30

Sunday morning brief Apr 30 2017
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Pakistan envoy has said domestic laws, not Vienna Convention, will guide access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. “For every international treaty, all states do adopt a national legislation in order to implement that treaty. The Vienna Convention doesn’t take precedence over our domestic laws. Secondly, we do have a bi-lateral agreement on consular access signed on 21 May 2008 which clearly stipulates that in such security related cases, access would be decided on merit. This is not at ordinary case,” the envoy ​ Abdul Basit said.
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To dispel doubts on EVM tampering, the Election Commission (EC) would soon convene an all-party meet over the issue. Chief election commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi yesterday said, “the commission’s objective is to use VVPATs in all coming elections. India will perhaps be the first country where there will be 100% use of VVPATs at all polling stations. It will boost voters’ confidence and bring more transparency in the election process.”
BJP is eyeing 120 ‘weak’ seats to ensure its victory in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Party members will be asked to hold regular interactions with people to acquaint them with the party’s ideology and also the achievements of Modi government. “We can’t claim to retain all the seats we had won in 2014. So exploring possibilities is pragmatic and viable,” said a senior party leader, adding the party will soon announce these 120 constituencies as it doesn’t want to keep it a secret.
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Finance minister Arun Jaitley has said the need of the hour is to transform India into a tax-compliant society. Jaitley exhorted a large gathering of senior ED officials to “strictly enforce the law in the endeavour to raise legitimate revenue which is in larger public interest.” Giving example of the developed countries where violation of tax laws is rare, the FM said that the government could collect more revenue than its existing collection targets of Rs 19 lakh crore both from direct and indirect taxes.
Donald Trump has hailed his ‘very productive’ first 100 days as America’s president. Trump told a cheering crowd of supporters in Pennsylvania that “great battles” lay ahead and we will win in every case.” The US president said major accomplishments in his first 100 days included seeing a Supreme Court nominee confirmed by the Senate, pulling the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord, a rising stock market and the easing of regulations on exploration for energy.
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