Tuesday Evening News Brief, May 9

Tuesday evening brief May 9 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj used ‘secret code’ to ‘tamper’ EVM inside Delhi assembly today. Bhardwaj took to the floor with a dummy EVM and explained the operating mechanism, before displaying how the device can be ‘hacked’ with a ‘secret code’ so as to manipulate the votes. Bhardwaj said his demonstration was meant to show that “any machine can be rigged or hacked.” The Election Commission later issued a statement saying the machine used by AAP was only a prototype and not an ECI EVM.
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The Supreme Court has sentenced Justice C S Karnan to six months in jail for contempt of court. A seven-judge bench headed by CJI JS Khehar said Justice Karnan is guilty of contempt of Supreme Court, judiciary and judicial process. Taking note of his past purported judicial orders passed despite being stripped of judicial work, the Supreme Court also barred media from reporting his statements in future.
Amid IT industry slowdown, Indian companies are getting ready for large layoffs. Cognizant, one of the top performers in the industry, is expected to eventually cut at least 6,000 jobs, or 2.3% of its total workforce, while at Infosys, nearly 1,000 employees in job level 6 and above (group project managers, project managers, senior architects and higher levels) are expected to be asked to leave.
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Holding Vijay Mallya guilty of contempt, the Supreme Court has asked him to appear before it on July 10. The court passed the order on a contempt plea filed by a consortium of banks led by the SBI, which sought action against Mallya for allegedly diverting $40 million to his children’s accounts in foreign banks in violation of the court order. Mallya’s counsel, however, strongly opposed any action against him and alleged that the businessman was being unnecessarily targetted despite attaching properties worth more than Rs 10,000 crore.
Three of Pakistan’s neighbours have accused it of cross-border terrorism. Iran has echoed the charge frequently levelled by Afghanistan and India, with its top military official warning Pakistan of reprisals for sheltering Sunni militias attacking targets in Iran. Successive Afghan regimes have also held Pakistan responsible for the resurgence of Taliban which has attacked development projects, kidnapped foreign nationals and sought to impose hardline Islam in its territory.
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