Sunday Morning News Brief, July 23

Sunday morning brief Jul 23 2017
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India will play England in the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s today. The only time the Indian women made an appearance in a World Cup final before this was in 2005 against Australia, where they lost the game by 98 runs. Anjum Chopra, the former Indian skipper and member of the 2005 team, said that the Indian team is on the verge of “changing the face of women’s sport in the country”. India reached the finals after they beat Australia by 36 runs in the semis.
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A US report stated that India is the third largest terror target after Iraq and Afghanistan. The US report said that “nearly two third of terror attacks in India were carried by Naxals”. Out of 11,072 terror attacks in 2016 worldwide, India bore the brunt of 927, 16% more than 2015 (798), with higher fatalities and injuries than Pakistan. The number of deaths in India also rose 17% from 289 in 2015 to 337 last year, while the number of injured increased from 500 in 2015 to 636 last year.
Prakash Javadekar yesterday said that NEET questions will be uniform in regional papers from 2018. The Union Human Resource Development minister said the vernacular question papers of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test will be a mere translation of the question paper in English. This year, the CBSE had set different sets of questions for students appearing for the examination in different languages, with students complaining that the vernacular papers were much tougher than the English and Hindi papers.
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The US President Donald Trump approved a plan to give the country’s navy greater freedom in operating in the South China Sea. The new plan submitted by the US defence secretary Jim Mattis involves a full-year schedule of when US navy ships will sail through the contested waters. The US move will keep China’s expanding navy busy in the South China Sea making it difficult for Beijing to deal with its territorial disputes with other countries.
Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti rejected the idea of seeking the help of the United States and China to solve the Kashmir issue. Mehbooba Mufti rejected the suggestion of former CM Farooq Abdullah, saying that American intervention would be particularly disastrous. “Look at the places America has interfered in, be it Afghanistan, Syria, or Iraq. We have the Lahore Declaration and the Shimla Agreement with us. When we have to resolve the issue together (India and Pakistan), why do we need any third party?” she said.
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