Tuesday Evening News Brief, August 1

Tuesday evening brief Aug 1 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Arvind Panagariya resigned as the vice-chariman of the Niti Aayog today to return to academics. The Indian-American economist said that the Columbia University was not giving him further extension and he would be leaving Niti Aayog on August 31. Panagariya had joined as the first vice-chairman of the government think-tank, which had replaced the Planning Commission, in January 2015.
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Pakistani lawmakers today elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the country’s new prime minister. The lower house met today to elect a successor to the ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Abassi’s tenure is expected to be short, as Sharif has earmarked his brother Shahbaz as the successor once he becomes eligible.
Top Lashkar terrorist Abu Dujana was killed today in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir. Dujana was killed as he sneaked into a house in Pulwama to meet his wife. The fact that he went to meet his wife from time to time was known to J&K police and having watched him on two earlier occasions, a certain pattern of timing and pre-arrival locational environment was noticed.
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RJD supremo Lalu Prasad called Bihar CM Nitish Kumar a ‘political turncoat’ who is ‘hungry for power’ “Nitish is a ‘paltu-ram’. He is a political turncoat. I’ve lost count of the number of times he has changed his stance and his allegiance for the sake of power,” Lalu said while hitting back at the Bihar chief minister.
PM Modi today announced Rs 2,000-crore relief package for all flood-hit northeastern states. Modi arrived in Guwahati for a day-long review of the flood and landslide problems that crippled Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland. He also announced Rs 100 crore to fund a study on the course of the Brahmaputra river and its devastating effects.
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