Sunday Morning News Brief, May 20

Sunday morning brief May 20 2018
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JD(S)’ HD Kumaraswamy will take oath as the chief minister of Karnataka with the Congress-JD(S) alliance forming the state government on Wednesday. Kumaraswamy’s oath ceremony was initially slated for Monday (between 12 noon and 1.05pm, apparently on the advice of his father Deve Gowda’s astrologer). However, he later deferred it to Wednesday as May 21 is the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi. Read more
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday inaugurated two hydroelectric projects in Jammu & Kashmir. The inauguration of the 330-MW Kishanganga hydel station in Bandipore and laying of the foundation of the 1,000-MW Pakul Dul project in Kishtwar indicate Modi government’s political will to respond to Pakistan’s use of terrorism against India with every option at its command, including using in full India’s share of water from western tributaries of the Indus, as possible leverage points.
The Supreme Court has imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on Yahoo, Facebook India, Google India, Microsoft and WhatsApp for dragging their feet on porn. A SC bench had on April 16 ordered these internet giants to file affidavits detailing steps taken to curb circulation of violent sex videos as well as child pornography content. “None of these entities has filed anything to show us the progress nor any of these entities is ready with any response pursuant to our April 16 order,” the bench said on Friday and directed them to file their responses by June 15.
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Birju Kishore Salla – the Mumbai jeweller who created a hijack scare on a Jet Airways’ flight last year – has become the first person to be put on the no-fly list (NFL). Salla’s act of leaving a hijack message in the business class lavatory of a Mumbai-Delhi flight on October 30, 2017, which had forced the plane to divert to Ahmedabad, has led Jet to ban him from flying its planes for five years. “Jet Airways has informed us that after following due procedure, they have banned him for five years with effect from November 2017 for breach of security,” said a senior official of the DGCA.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the ‘misguided’ Kashmiri youth to shun violence and return to their homes to live a life of dignity and peace. “Every stone or weapon picked up by the youth of Jammu and Kashmir is only meant to destabilise this state and the country. My appeal to these misguided youth is to return to the national mainstream, which is their own family, and participate in the development of Jammu and Kashmir,” the PM said after promising Rs 25000 crore worth development initiatives for the state.
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