Thursday Evening News Brief, June 1

Thursday evening brief Jun 1 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Jaitley accused Pakistan of scuttling the environment that must exist for bilateral talks. The Union defence minister further said that while India has taken several significant steps to ease tension, Pakistan responded by terror attacks at Pathankot, Uri and mutilating the bodies of Indian soldiers. “The fact that our Prime Minister dropped in at Lahore at a social function in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family, were all steps intended to ease the tension,” Jaitley said.
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Pakistan said Jadhav will remain alive till he does not exhaust the right to seek clemency. Pakistan’s foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria released a statement which he claimed was aimed at addressing “certain misrepresentations/false statements/allegations” made in the Indian media following the ICJ’s provisional measures order of May 18 in the Jadhav case. He accused the Indian government of misusing the media to create a “false impression of winning” Jadhav’s case in the ICJ.
Afghanistan cancelled proposed home and away cricket fixtures with Pakistan after yesterday’s attack. The country’s intelligence agency blamed the attack onto the militants which are allegedly backed by Islamabad. The deadly bomb attack killed more than 90 people yesterday and injured hundreds. Pakistan were set to play their first Twenty20 match in Kabul later this year in what was seen as an opportunity for the neighbours to ease tensions over border skirmishes and alleged proxy warfare.
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The Trump administration approved tougher visa vetting, including social media checks. It rolled out a new questionnaire for US visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget despite criticism from a range of education officials and academic groups during a public comment period.
State Bank of India revised service charges on ATM withdrawals for users of its mobile app. The revised charges are for the app “SBI Mobile Buddy”, as well as for various other cash and online transactions. The country’s largest lender will start charging customers Rs 25 per transaction for withdrawing money from an ATM through its mobile wallet app from today. The SBI mobile wallet allows cardless ATM withdrawals via its app. From today, any customer wanting to change more than 20 soiled notes (or if the total value of soiled notes is above Rs 5,000) will have to pay Rs 2 plus service charge for every note.
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