Thursday Evening News Brief, April 13

Thursday evening brief Apr 13 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The BJP made impressive gains in the bypolls, results of which were declared today. Apart from winning Delhi’s Rajouri Garden, BJP fared well in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Assam, winning total five of the 10 seats which went to the bypolls. The Congress won two seats in Karnataka and one in Madhya Pradesh. The Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the biggest loser.
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The external affairs ministry said Pakistan hasn’t communicated with India Kulbhushan Jadhav’s present location or condition. “The absence of access and the farcical nature of the trial against him is regarded by all Indians as premeditated murder,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, adding “all indications are that he was somehow kidnapped” from Iran where he had a small business.
The Supreme Court asked the Centre and the Election Commission to reply on the allegations that EVMs can be tampered with. BSP had filed a plea in the apex court seeking its direction to make EVMs tamper proof by making Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) mandatory. Lending support to BSP, Congress, NCP and Trinimool Congress told the apex court that they would also file petition on the issue.
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A special court today issued a non-bailable arrest warrant (NBW) against controversial preacher Zakir Naik in a money laundering case. The Enforcement Directorate sought the NBW against Naik, saying that the preacher has not joined the investigation so far. Naik is said to be staying in Saudi Arabia to evade arrest after some perpetrators of the Dhaka terror strike last year claimed they were inspired by him.
Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu moved into the third round of the Singapore Open Super Series beating Indonesia’s Fitriani Fitriani. Fitraini, ranked 27th in women’s singles, took the first game but fifth-seeded Sindhu rallied in the second to force the decider, which she then absolutely dominated to enter the round of 16.
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