Thursday Evening News Brief, August 31

Thursday evening brief Aug 31 2017
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Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
China said it would beef up patrols along a disputed stretch of its border with India. “The Chinese military will continue to carry out its mission and responsibilities, strengthen its patrols and garrisons in the Donglang area and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty and security,” defence ministry spokesman Ren Guoqing said, after the two countries ended a more than two-month standoff.

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Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was declared absconding in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. Nearly 10 years after her assassination, former Rawalpindi CPO (City Police Officer) Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad were sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each. As an absconder, Musharraf legally must be arrested and brought to trial if he returns to Pakistan. The anti-terrorism court acquitted five people in the case.

India’s GDP grew 5.7 per cent on a year-on-year basis during the April-June period (Q1). During the previous quarter (January- March), the GDP had grown by 6.1 per cent. The GDP growth rate has been slowing every quarter since March 2016, when it stood at a whopping 9.1 per cent. Analysts have owed the slowing rate of growth to disruptions in the economy caused by demonetisation and teething problems after the roll out of GST.

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The Trump administration said Pakistan can access $255 million US military assistance only if it does more to crack down on internal terror networks. The dueling messages sent to Pakistan &mdash; promising aid but attaching strings if the country&#39;s counter-terror efforts fall short &mdash; are part of an increasingly <a href=”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/arms-sale-to-pakistan-has-strings/articleshow/60305336.cms”>confrontational </a>turn in an alliance that has long been strained.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
India posted 375 for five against Sri Lanka in the fourth One-day International of the five-match series. India did not get off to the best of starts by losing Dhawan early, but Virat Kohli (131) and Rohit Sharma (104) smashed the Lankan bowlers black and blue. Manish Pandey and MS Dhoni, too, steadied the ship. This is the highest total by any team against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

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