Thursday Evening News Brief, May 18

Thursday evening brief May 18 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The International Court of Justice stayed Pakistan’s execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav until it rules on the merits of the case. The ICJ said that India should have been granted consular access to its national as per the Vienna Convention to which both countries have been signatories since 1977. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and appreciated the efforts of advocate Harish Salve who represented India in the case.
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Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave passed away at the age of 60. Dave had not been keeping well for the last few months. He complained of uneasiness at his home this morning and was rushed to AIIMS where he passed away. “Anil Madhav Dave ji will be remembered as a devoted public servant. He was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment,” PM Modi said.
The Centre unveiled the draft of Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2017 to check economic offences in the country. The bill makes provisions for a court of law under Prevention of Money Laundering Act to declare a person a fugitive economic offender. On such declaration, any property that is a proceed of crime of the accused shall stand confiscated. The accused, or any company where he is a promoter or key managerial personnel or majority shareholder, may be disentitled from bringing forward or defending any civil claim.
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General Motors decided to stop selling cars in India from the end of this year. It said it would no longer market its Chevrolet brand – its only brand of cars marketed in India – despite India’s promise as a market set to overtake Japan as the world’s third largest in the next decade. However, the company plans to keep operating its tech centre in Bangalore.
In a major security breach, data of 17 million users were stolen by hacking Zomato website. According to a report in security blog HackRead, “a vendor going by the online handle of ‘nclay’ is claiming to have hacked Zomato and selling the data of its 17 million registered users on a popular Dark Web marketplace.” The database reportedly includes emails and password hashes of Zomato’s registered users.
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