Thursday Morning News Brief, July 13

Thursday morning brief Jul 13 2017
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PM Narendra Modi has set a five-year deadline for completion of all pending projects. Modi told all secretaries at the Centre and chief secretaries in states that the “yesteryears’ speed of implementation won’t be acceptable”. “The PM urged all chief secretaries to work expeditiously towards ensuring that all traders register under the GST regime, and this task is completed before August 15,” a statement issued by PMO said.
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Rebuffing India’s bid on Doklam row, China has offered to mediate on Kashmir issue instead. Beijing rebuffed foreign secretary S Jaishankar’s peace overture saying the situation was “entirely different” this time and also offered to mediate on Kashmir. “The situation there has drawn international focus and Beijing is ready to play a constructive role,” the Chinese ministry said, adding, the conflict along the line of control (LoC) was not conducive to peace in the South Asia region.
Novak Djokovic retired hurt against Tomas Berdych in Wimbledon quarter-final. Djokovic said a right elbow injury was to blame for his retirement from yesterday’s Wimbledon quarter-final against Berdych. The three-time Wimbledon champion, who would have regained the world number one ranking if he had won the tournament, was trailing 7-6 (7/2), 2-0 when he called it quits on Court One.
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The Enforcement Directorate has named former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) minister Swaran Singh Phillaur in Rs 6,000 crore drug case. Phillaur’s son Damanvir and ex-chief parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander, have also been named in the chargesheet. Although this is the fifth supplementary chargesheet to be filed in Punjab’s biggest drug haul case, it is the first time that two prominent politicians of the state have been named.
US President Donald Trump is facing lawsuit by users he blocked on Twitter. The group has sued Trump and two top White House aides, arguing that his account amounts to a public forum that he, as a government official, cannot bar people from. By blocking people from reading his tweets, or from viewing and replying to message chains based on them, Trump is violating their First Amendment rights because they expressed views he did not like, the lawsuit argued.
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