Thursday Evening News Brief, June 22

Thursday evening brief Jun 22 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
PM Modi will push for purchase of 22 unarmed drones from the US during his US visit. If the Indian navy gets the unarmed surveillance drones it wants to keep watch over the Indian Ocean, it would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance. Modi’s two-day visit to Washington begins on Sunday.
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Pakistan announced new rules to tighten visa issuance for Chinese nationals, Pakistani media reported. Pakistan’s interior ministry announced these new visa rules a week after it said the two Chinese nationals recently killed in Balochistan were “preaching” Christianity illegally. The tightening comes in the form of extra layers of security through requirements like endorsed letters from chambers of commerce, as well as through clearances required even from Chinese authorities, in some cases.
Nasscom said Indian IT industry will hire 1.5 lakh people in 2017-18 as the domestic market is expected to grow 10-11 per cent. Indian IT export is projected to grow by 7-8 per cent in 2017-18, Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar said adding, “India’s share in the global IT sector is not only steady, but also growing.”
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The new Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to consolidate control over the oil industry, unlike his predecessors. The royal family had previously been content to leave the running of the oil industry to seasoned technocrats. Supporters say the 31-year-old prince will bring youthful energy and a fresh eye to the kingdom’s most valuable export, using it to help modernize and diversify the economy.
The opposition parties named former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar as their presidential candidate. Following a meeting attended by leaders of 17 parties, Congress president Sonia Gandhi announced Meira Kumar’s name against NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind. Kumar, a five-time Member of Parliament, was elected unopposed as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha and served from 2009 to 2014. She is a lawyer and a former diplomat.
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