Sunday Morning News Brief, August 27

Sunday morning brief Aug 27 2017
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Army chief General Bipin Rawat said the incidents like ongoing stand-off in the Doklam area are likely to ‘increase’ in future. “The recent stand-off in the Doklam plateau by the Chinese side attempting to change the status quo are issues which we need to be wary about, and I think such kind of incidents are likely to increase in the future,” Rawat said. He added that during the flag meetings with China, the Indian Army keeps insisting that both sides should return to the pre-June 16 positions, but no resolution has been found yet.
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Eight security personnel were killed when terrorists carried out a suicide attack on a district police complex in south Kashmir’s Pulwama. Among those killed four were from the CRPF, one was a constable of Jammu and Kashmir Police and three were Special Police Officers working with the state police. Director General of Police S P Vaid said it was a sad day for security forces who suffered such a heavy causality.
PV Sindhu reached the finals of the World Badminton Championship with a straight game win over Chen Yufei in women’s singles. After compatriot Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze, following her heart-breaking loss to Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, Sindhu lifted the spirits of the Indian camp by reaching the finals with a 21-13 21-10 win over World No 10 Chen Yufei. Sindhu will next take on Okuhara, whom she has beaten thrice and lost equal number of times in the last six meetings.
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The Punjab and Haryana High court slammed Manohar Lal Khattar for ‘protecting’ the Dera followers and extending political patronage to them. “It was a political surrender just to allure the vote bank,” observed the court. “There is a sea of difference between administrative and political decisions; administrative decisions were paralysed because of political considerations,” the judges added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs 500 crore fund for relief work in Bihar where 440 people died in the devastating floods. The Prime Minister conducted an aerial survey of four flood-hit districts of Araria, Kisanganj, Katihar and Purnea. He also announced Rs 2 lakh ex gratia for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those injured in the floods.
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