Tuesday Morning News Brief, August 26

Tuesday morning brief Sep 26 2017
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India slammed Pakistan for using a ‘fake picture’ in the UN General Assembly to push a ‘completely false narrative’. “In view of this cynical and misleading attempt by Pakistan, we are constrained to show this Assembly, a photograph that reflects the real picture of pain inflicted by the nefarious designs of Pakistan on India,” said Paulomi Tripathi, Indian diplomat at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. showing a picture of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz.
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Army chief General Bipin Rawat said surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the LoC could be repeated if necessary. “The surgical strikes were a message we wanted to communicate. I think they have understood. If the adversary does not behave, and it is required, we can conduct such operations again. We can repeat them, if not in the same form and shape,” said General Rawat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his firm stand against corruption at the BJP National Executive Meet. “My battle against corruption is uncompromising. Anyone caught indulging in corruption will not be spared. I have no relatives (to benefit),” the PM said. He outlined the idea of a ‘New India’ where “all schemes will be taken to the public,” and “party workers would act as a bridge between the BJP and the people.”
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North Korea said the US had declared war on North Korea and that Pyongyang reserved the right to take countermeasures. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country,” said North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was in the process of addressing challenges posed by the economy. Rejecting opposition charges that economy had been adversely affected by demonetisation, Jaitley said the Congress-led UPA had not “taken a single step” against black money and corruption. He said macro economic data in the last three-and-a-half years had shown it was “sounder than ever before” except for the “little dip” in the last quarter.
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