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Monday Morning News Brief, September 4

Monday morning brief Sep 4 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The government is mulling a dedicated satellite bandwidth for security forces at the border for better surveillance. The idea is to enable the border guarding forces to monitor the movement of Pakistani and Chinese troops in real time, track terrorist infiltration, map terrain and communicate effectively in remote areas, besides assessing the strength of soldiers and artillery deployed by neighbours near the border.
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Bureaucrats and former military men account for nearly 10% of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers. The list includes a former home secretary, a retired diplomat, a former Mumbai police commissioner and an ex-Army chief. The presence of such a significant number of civil servants and ex-Armymen is seen as the PM’s push to get projects implemented in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
The BRICS Summit began in China today with a group photograph of leaders of the five countries. It was preceded by a warm handshake between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who also received the leaders of Brazil, Russia and South Africa ahead of the restricted meeting of the grouping.
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India inflicted a 5-0 whitewash on Sri Lanka with a thumping six-wicket victory in the final ODI of the three-Test series. After Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s maiden five-wicket haul enabled India to restrict Sri Lanka to a below-par 238, Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the umpteenth time anchored a successful chase in 46.3 overs with a fluent unbeaten 110.
US President Donald Trump said North Korea’s actions were ‘very hostile and dangerous to the United States’. China expressed strong condemnation+ while South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for the “strongest punishment” against the North, including new UN sanctions to “completely isolate” it.
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Monday Evening News Brief, August 28

Monday evening brief Aug 28 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim was sentenced to 10 years in prison for rape. The sentence was passed by a special CBI judge in a makeshift court in the Sunaria jail where Ram Rahim, 50, had been lodged since his conviction on Friday. The judge awarded the 10-year jail term after hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence by prosecution and defence lawyers. At least 38 people were killed and hundreds injured on Friday in Haryana and Punjab, which had seen widespread violence by his followers after his conviction on Friday.
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China claimed that Indian troops have been pulled out from Sikkim’s Doklam. Beijing’s comments came after India put out a statement earlier in the day saying both countries are withdrawing their personnel. Chinese foreign ministry also said its troops will continue to patrol the border and added that is “pleased” that Indian troops have withdrawn. The standoff between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, at the tri-junction of India-China Bhutan, has been continuing since June 16 when Indian troops stopped a Chinese PLA unit from building a road in the area.
The BJP won both seats in Goa bypoll while AAP retained its Bawana seat in Delhi. The ruling parties won the assembly bypolls with the BJP retaining both seats in Goa while AAP retained the Bawana seat in Delhi by defeating the BJP by a huge margin and the TDP snatching the Nandyal seat from YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. In Goa, where BJP retained power in the assembly earlier this year, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar won from Panaji with a margin of 4,803 votes while Health Minister Vishwajit Rane won the Valpoi seat with a margin of 10,066 votes.
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200 Indian students have been marooned in University of Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that she had been informed by the Consulate General of India in Houston that efforts were being made to deliver food to them. Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday. The rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.
India and Pakistan have been hit by spy malware, a cybersecurity firm said today. Symantec Corp, the digital security company said that it has identified a sustained cyber spying campaign, likely state-sponsored, against Indian and Pakistani entities involved in regional security issues. In a threat intelligence report that was sent to clients in July, the firm Symantec said the online espionage effort dated back to October 2016. The detailed report on the cyber spying comes at a time of heightened tensions in the region.
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Monday Evening News Brief, August 21

Monday evening brief Aug 21 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The AIADMK factions led by K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam finally merged today after months of negotiations. Both the camps have agreed to a power sharing arrangement under which K Palaniswami will stay on as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu and O Panneerselvam will be his deputy. Panneerselvam will also be the AIADMK coordinator while Palaniswami will be the co-coordinator of the ruling party.
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The Supreme Court today granted bail to Lieutenant Colonel Purohit in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. Last week, Purohit had told the apex court that he has been caught in the “political crossfire” and was languishing in jail for nine years. Purohit had moved the apex court challenging the Bombay High Court’s order dismissing his bail plea.
Rajnath Singh said that a solution to the ‘deadlock’ at Doklam between India and China would be found ‘very soon’. “I’m confident that China, on its part, will make a positive move and a resolution (to the dispute) will be found,” the home minister said. The Union minister further said that “in life, one can change friends, but one can’t change neighbours” and therefore good relations with them is very important.
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India has imposed anti-dumping duty on tempered glass from China to protect its domestic industry. Investigations revealed that the tempered glass was being imported from China below its associated normal cost. The probe concluded that the domestic industry suffered material injury caused by the dumping of such imported goods.
The State Bank of India today announced processing fee waiver of up to 100% on various loans. The country’s largest lender said that it will waive up to 100% processing fee on car loans, gold loans and personal loans. This is part of a ‘festival bonanza‘ programme announced by the bank.
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Monday Morning News Brief, August 21

Monday morning brief Aug 21 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
Govt delegated greater financial powers to Border Roads Organization to improve infrastructure. The decision was taken amid a face-off between the armies of India and China at Doklam. Of the 73 “strategic roads” identified for construction along the LAC, only 27 have been completed in over 15 years. Besides, the construction of 14 “strategic railway lines” for the western and eastern fronts remains a mere pipedream. In sharp contrast, China has built an extensive network of railway lines, highways, metal-top roads, air bases, radar, logistics hubs, and other infrastructure in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
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The IIT Joint Admission Board has announced that the JEE (Advanced) will be completely online from next year. Errors in this year’s question paper has prompted the change, though the candidates in 2018 are likely to continue to have the option of taking either the online or written version of the JEE (Mains). Officials said an online test will help prevent mistakes and also avert situations like those encountered last year, when the JAB reportedly gave 18 bonus marks to candidates who took the JEE Advanced because of printing and translation errors in the question paper.
The toll in Bihar floods has reached to 253 as the situation worsened further with more areas getting affected. Around 1.26 crore people are hit by the deluge. Over 4.21 lakh people have been shifted to 1,358 relief camps in different parts of the state. 28 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams comprising 1,152 personnel with 118 boats are involved in rescue and relief operations.
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Rail ministry has sent on leave three senior officers, including a member of the railway board, for Utkal Express crash. The unprecedented action against senior officers comes at a time when railway minister Suresh Prabhu is under attack by opposition parties over rising accidents and under pressure to act. He has asked for responsibility to be fixed for the accident that killed 23 on Saturday.
Ten sailors are missing after Guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with the merchant vessel Alnic MC east of Singapore. The ship involved in the accident is a Liberian-flagged tanker used for transporting oil and chemicals and weighing over 30,000 tonnes. Search and rescue efforts are underway,” US Navy said. This was the second accident involving an American warship in the last two months.
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Monday Evening News Brief, August 14

Monday evening brief Aug 14 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India claimed their first ever 3-0 series win overseas, beating Sri Lanka in the final Test by an innings and 171 runs. Starting the day at 19 for 1, Sri Lanka lost three wickets by the time they could add 15 more runs and the writing seemed to be on the wall. Ravichandran Ashwin took 4 for 68 while Mohammad Shami took three wickets.

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Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said China-Pakistan relationship is “stronger than steel” and “sweeter than honey”. “China and Pakistan have always stood by each other in difficult times and their friendship will stand the test of time and grow with coming generations,” he said at Pakistan’s Independence Day celebration.

The JD(U) suspended 21 leaders, who are considered to be loyalists of Sharad Yadav, for indulging in anti-party activities. Sharad Yadav was removed by the party as its Rajya Sabha leader. These 21 leaders and district-level office bearers were seen with Yadav during his recent Bihar trip which he had said was meant to have “direct dialogue” with the people.

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The retail inflation rose 2.36 per cent in July from a year earlier, after easing for three months. The figure however, is still below what the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had forecast. The economists are also of the opinion that the inflation rate will ramp up further in the coming months.
An online survey found that people in China, India and Saudi Arabia are the most positive about the direction their nations are taking. The monthly survey, ‘What Worries the World’, was conducted among 26 countries. More than 50 percent of respondents in the US, the UK, Sweden, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, among others, believed their country was on the wrong track.

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