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Wednesday Evening News Brief, June 21

Jun 21, 2017 , , , ,
Wednesday evening brief Jun 21 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
The JD(U) decided to support NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind, breaking ranks with its alliance partners Congress and RJD. “All the leaders have decided that we will support Ram Nath Kovind for the post of president. He is Bihar’s first governor who has been nominated for this post. We are very happy with this. It is the matter of Bihar’s development,” JD (U) leader Ratnesh Sada said.

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Uber founder Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO following revolt by the shareholders. Five of Uber’s major investors demanded Kalanick’s resignation after the company earned a bad name for having a work culture rife with sexual harassment and discrimination. “I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted with another fight,” Kalanick said in a statement.
BCCI said a new head coach will be appointed before India’s tour of Sri Lanka next month. “BCCI tried its level best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, the CEO, they discussed the matter with Kumble and Kohli in great detail, the board consulted the chairman of the COA (Vinod Rai) also,” ​ senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla said.

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The Tata Group may be looking at buying India’s national carrier Air India in partnership with Singapore Airlines. Tata Group chairman N Chandrasekaran has held informal talks with the government, expressing preliminary interest in buying a controlling stake in Air India with 51 per cent equity, sources said. The government has been talking about its interest in privatising the beleaguered airline that has been in losses for a decade.

Amid tension with Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made his son his successor, ousting his nephew Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef. A royal decree appointed Mohammed bin Salman crown prince and deputy prime minister. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a counter-terrorism chief, was much admired in Washington for putting down an al-Qaida campaign of bombings in 2003-06.

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