Wednesday evening news brief, March 14

Wednesday evening brief Mar 14 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Samajwadi Party candidates, backed by BSP, won the Lok Sabha bypolls in UP’s Phulpur and Gorakhpur seats. We undermined the SP-BSP alliance, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said after the results were declared. The seeming success of the SP-BSP experiment could pave the way for SP and the BSP to tie up in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to counter the BJP. Read.
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UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats, freeze Russian state assets over spy poisoning, biggest expulsion since Cold War. Britain will expel 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday. May said the biggest expulsions from London in 30 years would degrade Russian intelligence capabilities in Britain for years to come.
Every hour, Indian banks lose Rs 1.6 crore to just ‘cheating and forgery’- one of the 8 categories of fraud listed by RBI. Experts say this points to a major vulnerability in the system resulting from lack of training, security frameworks and overall hygiene. Of the Rs <a href=””>42,226 crore lost to &lsquo;cheating and forgery&rsquo;, </a>89 per cent was lost by public sector banks. Such fraud basically involves obtaining loans using forged documents, or cheating banks by making false claims.
Rahul Gandhi said it was clear that people were angry with the BJP and would vote for non-BJP candidate with potential to win. He also said the Congress was keen to rebuild the party in Uttar Pradesh but that would not happen overnight. “Congratulations to the winners of today’s by-elections. It is clear from the results that voters have a lot of anger towards the BJP and will vote for any non-BJP candidate who has more chances of winning,” he said.
Renowned British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking died today at his home in Cambridge at the age of 76. Hawking had a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease, that gradually paralysed him over the decades. The diagnosis of his disease came when Hawking was 21 years old, in 1963.
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