Thursday evening news brief, May 24

Thursday evening brief May 24 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
North Korea today demolished its nuclear test site with a series of blasts. The explosions at the nuclear test site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast were centered on three tunnels into the underground site and a number of observation towers in the surrounding area. The planned closing was previously announced by leader Kim Jong-un ahead of his planned summit with US President Donald Trump next month. Read
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Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami blamed “certain political parties” behind the Tuticorin violence while defending police action. Breaking his silence over the killing of 11 people in police firing in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu chief minister EK Palaniswami defended the action of the police saying they fired in self-defence. Meanwhile, Congress announced its support to a day-long ‘bandh’ called by DMK and other opposition parties to condemn the police action against protesters in Thoothukudi.
Enforcement Directorate filed its first chargesheet in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud involving diamantaire Nirav Modi. The 12,000 page chargesheet (prosecution complaint) has been filed before a special court in Mumbai under various sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). It is also expected that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) would file a second chargesheet against Nirav Modi’s uncle and jeweller Mehul Choksi and his businesses.
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Rahul Gandhi today dared PM Narendra Modi for a fuel challenge and asked him to reduce the spiralling fuel prices. The Congress president tweeted the challenge saying – sardonically – that he “looked forward to the PM’s response”. “Reduce Fuel prices or the Congress will do a nationwide agitation and force you to do so,” Rahul Gandhi wrote in the tweet.
India captain Virat Kohli has been ruled out of playing for English county team Surrey in June because of a neck injury. The 29-year-old will require a three-week rehabilitation to recover from the injury, the BCCI said. Virat Kohli will undergo a fitness test on June 15, which will confirm his availability for the initial phase of the UK limited-overs tour starting with the two T20 Internationals against Ireland in last week of June.
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