Tuesday morning news brief, May 16 2017

Tuesday morning brief May 16 2017
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Here’s everything you need to know to start your day…
The OBOR meet in Beijing ended without establishing a framework for implementing the planned construction program. However there were promises of joint action by participating countries. There were enough indications that Beijing will continue to control the Belt and Road Initiative, despite its promise about equally sharing the responsibility with participating countries. Read
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The United Nations has come down heavily on the military courts system in Pakistan. The UN Committee Against Torture has asked Islamabad to transfer criminal cases against civilians from military courts to civilian courts and allow for appeal. It says Pakistan’s counter terror legislation eliminates legal safeguards against torture that are otherwise provided to people deprived of their liberty.
Suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra ended his indefinite hunger strike on the sixth day on Monday evening. In a tweet he said cases of hawala, black money, money laundering and operating through shell companies will be filed in CBI and CBDT against Arvind Kejriwal today itself. Mishra has demanded that some top Aam Aadmi Party leders reveal sources of funding for their foreign trips.
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India escaped largely unaffected by the WannaCry ransonware attack. Sporadic attacks were reported from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Chennai and Kolkata. In Kerala, computers in panchayat offices in two districts were affected. Business was unaffected as markets and offices opened on Monday after a weekend during which ripple effects of the malware were witnessed across the globe.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar favours a second term for President Pranab Mukherjee. He said there would be ‘no better idea’ than to re-elect Mukherjee as President. He also asked the Narendra Modi government to talk to all opposition parties and try for a consensus candidate for the post.
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