Thursday Evening News Brief, November 23

Thursday evening brief Nov 23 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India has expressed ‘outrage’ at Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s release from house arrest in Pakistan. Saeed’s release appears to be an attempt by the Pakistani system to mainstream proscribed terrorists, ANI quoted MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying. Kumar said Saeed’s release confirms the neighbouring country’s “lack of seriousness” in bringing perpetrators of terror to justice, adding, India was “outraged that a self-confessed and UN-proscribed terrorist has been allowed to walk free.” Read
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India today sought a sovereign guarantee from Pakistan to ensure the safety and security of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife during their stay in the country. While India has responded “positively” to the neighbouring country’s offer to arrange a meeting between Jadhav and his wife, there was a “long-standing request from Jadhav’s mother to visit Pakistan and meet her son.” ANI quoted ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying. The MEA has also asked the Pakistani government to allow a diplomat from India’s High Commission in Pakistan to accompany the duo “at all times, including during the meeting.”
Indian captain Virat Kohli today complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for big series such as the upcoming tour of South Africa. Kohli said he was left with no choice but to seek bouncy tracks in the ongoing series as there was hardly any time in the schedule to prepare for the trip to South Africa. “Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario but we have to sort of make do with what we have, Kohli said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Nagpur tomorrow.
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The Election Commission has settled the AIADMK symbol row in favour of the group led by Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam. The EC verdict issued today acknowledged the EPS-OPS group as the ‘real’ AIADMK and held that it shall be entitled to use the ‘two leaves’ poll symbol in all future elections. As per affidavits submitted to EC, EPS-OPS faction has support of 34 Lok Sabha MPs, 8 Rajya Sabha MPs, 111 TN MLAs and 4 Puducherry MLAs. As for Dhinakaran group, it submitted affidavits from only 3 Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs each; 20 TN MLAs, of which 18 stand disqualified under the Tenth Schedule.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to start repatriating Rohingya refugees in two months. The two sides inked a deal in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw today following talks between Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Dhaka’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali. In a brief statement, Dhaka said that a working group would be set up within three weeks to agree the arrangements for the repatriation. It remains unclear how many Rohingya will be allowed back and how long the process will take.
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