Wednesday evening news brief, April 4

Wednesday evening brief Apr 4 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Top Indian cricketers attacked Shahid Afridi for his tweet urging UN to intervene in ‘Indian Occupied Kashmir’. Captain Virat Kohli stressed that he could “never support” anything that harms the interests of India. World Cup-winning former captain Kapil Dev wondered why Afridi was even receiving importance. Suresh Raina reiterated that “Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so always.” Read.
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India has given grant of Rs 4,312 crore to Afghanistan, Nepal and Lanka from 2014-18, says government. The grant was given for development activities “in a spirit of promoting friendly ties”, the government on Wednesday informed Lok Sabha. In a written response to a question, V K Singh said India gave a grant of Rs 2,088.19 crore to Afghanistan, a country torn by war and insurgency, between 2014 and 2018 (until January).
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‘No other government has done as much as we have in honouring Ambedkar’, said PM Modi, in a dig at the Congress. Even as parts of India are on the boil due to Dalit anger over a Supreme Court ruling diluting the SC/ST Act, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today came out and said his government is “walking on the path shown by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar”, a Dalit icon. This is the first time the PM has spoken directly on the issue.
Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have said that they won’t be challenging ban for a ball-tampering scandal. Former captain Steve Smith said on Wednesday he desperately wants to play for Australia again but will not be challenging a 12-month ban. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft echoed similar sentiments, saying he was determined to earn back the trust of the Australian public.
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