Thursday morning news brief, May 3

Thursday morning brief May 3 2018
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India is re-examining pacts with the US that could enable access to cutting-edge military technologies. India and the US are scheduled to hold fresh discussions on the two pacts &mdash; Communications Compatibility and Security Arrangement and the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation &mdash; this week. These two &ldquo;foundational agreements&rdquo; have been pushed by the US for over 15 years now. India&#39;s action comes after inking the bilateral military logistics pact in 2016. <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-re-examining-us-pacts-that-could-give-access-to-top-notch-weapons-like-armed-drones/articleshow/64006089.cms”>Read more</a><br />
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Cambridge Analytica is shutting shop following the Facebook data controversy. The London firm blamed “unfairly negative media coverage” and said it has been “vilified” for actions it says are both legal and widely accepted as part of online advertising. Cambridge Analytica said it has filed papers to begin insolvency proceedings in the UK and will seek bankruptcy protection in a New York federal court. The company has said that it is committed to helping the UK investigation of the alleged data leak.
Many opposition leaders skipped the Centre’s meeting on Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary events. The anniversary celebrations are set to commence on October 2, 2019. Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, Andhra chief minister (CM) N Chandrababu Naidu, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee and Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik did not attend the meeting. The CMs who attended the meeting included Mehbooba Mufti (J&K), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (MP), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) and Nitish Kumar (Bihar). The Congress was represented by former PM Manmohan Singh and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
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Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda said that he was still a Lok Sabha member only because of PM Modi’s persuasion skills. The reaction comes a day after Modi heaped praise on him. However, <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/would-have-quit-lok-sabha-but-for-pm-modi-h-d-deve-gowda/articleshow/64008023.cms”>Gowda </a>was quick to add that the new-found mutual bonhomie was not indicative of any alliance between the JD(S) and the BJP, in the event of a hung assembly. Gowda said the PM is a smart politician. &ldquo;Modi is aware of the happenings in Karnataka politics, and also what Rahul Gandhi said about me. In this background, he must have praised me out of respect. What he said is true, but that doesn&rsquo;t mean I don&rsquo;t have any differences with him,&rdquo; he added.<br />
A body of historians has asked that the ‘Dalmia deal’ inked under the new ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme be suspended. The Indian History Congress has said it is &ldquo;greatly perturbed&rdquo; that a cement company with &ldquo;no known experience of maintenance of monuments&rdquo; has been involved in the preservation of a major <a href=”https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/red-fort-adoption-row-historians-body-asks-for-dalmia-deal-suspension/articleshow/64007905.cms”>national monument</a>. The academic body of Indian historians also claimed there is &ldquo;ample room for the fear&rdquo; that in order to attract tourist traffic Dalmia Bharat may &ldquo;propagate false or unproven interpretations of particular structures in the complex.&quot;<br />
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