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Thursday Evening News Brief, May 3

May 3, 2018
Thursday evening brief May 3 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
At least 27 passengers were charred to death as a bus caught fire in Bihar’s Motihari today. The bus was travelling from Muzaffarpur to New Delhi, when it turned turtle and caught fire on NH-28 near Motihari in East Champaran district of Bihar at around 3pm today. Kotwa police station SHO said only four persons could be rescued from the ill-fated bus. “They all were injured and were rushed to sadar hospital for treatment. They also received burn injuries,” the SHO said, adding “the bus was of a private operator and the accident took place while the driver attempted to save a two-wheeler.”
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The Modi government is set to map employment in India’s vast informal sector to measure the economy’s real growth. The labour ministry will start publishing quarterly surveys on jobs in about a year’s time, covering enterprises with less than 10 people, including those who are self-employed. These are businesses that are typically cash-based and don’t pay tax. “It’s a huge survey and takes the entire country into account,” B N Nanda, senior labour and employment adviser in India’s labour ministry, said, adding, “This will be the first informal sector data from the government, enterprise-wise.”
The Supreme Court today asked Karnataka to release at least 2tmc of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu and warned it of ‘serious consequences’ if it fails to release the water. The apex court posted Tamil Nadu’s petition for framing of scheme for release of Cauvery water as per the February 16 judgment for hearing on Tuesday. It also asked the Centre to file an affidavit by Tuesday stating the steps taken to frame the scheme. Attorney general K K Venugopal told the court that the scheme has to be approved by the Cabinet which could not meet because of non-availability of PM, who has gone to Karnataka for election campaign.
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China today defended the deployment of anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems in the disputed South China Sea. China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha (known as Spartly) islands and its affiliated islands, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, adding, “China’s activities in the South China Sea is to uphold the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is our right.” Virtually confirming the deployment of the missiles, Hua said, “relevant deployment is not directed against any country. The relevant parties should not be concerned about this and should view this in an objective way.”
The National Film Awards ceremony faced a major revolt today as about 65 awardees reportedly skipped the function. The awardees who were apparently in for a shock when they discovered that only 11 awards would be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind, cited the breach of a 64-year old tradition of the awards being handed over by the President. I&B Minister Smriti Irani, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Narendra Kumar Sinha reportedly presented the bulk of awards.
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