Tuesday Evening News Brief, April 18

Tuesday evening brief Apr 18 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted normal monsoon rainfall this year. As IMD predicts, India is likely to receive 96% of the Long Period Average rainfall. “Even the distribution of the rainfall is expected to be good this year,” said IMD chief KJ Ramesh. Last year, parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala reeled under drought-like situation.
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Loans defaulter Vijay Mallya was arrested in the UK and later released on bail. Scotland Yard acted on an extradition warrant requested by India on February 8, as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK. The extradition process from the UK involves a number of steps, including a decision by the judge whether to issue a warrant of arrest. “Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected,” Mallya tweeted.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu warned officials of stern actions if train delays are not checked. The punctuality rate of the trains has deteriorated to 79 per cent from last year’s 84 per cent. The minister also expressed his concern over the discrepancy of train timings data available on national train enquiry system, the official website of Indian Railways, and actual train timings being experienced by passengers.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for an election on June 8. “It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through Brexit and beyond,” she said.
The BCCI rejected tainted pacer S Sreesanth’s plea for a review of his life ban. “The decision of the Sessions Court to acquit the petitioner from criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the BCCI to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organized by the BCCI and/or its affiliates,” BCCI said in its response to Sreesanth’s plea.
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