Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
US B-1B bomber today joined large-scale US-South Korean military exercises.The bomber flew from the Pacific US-administered territory of Guam and joined US F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters in the annual exercises, which run until Friday. The drills come a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. Read.
Hitting out at Congress, PM Modi asked why Kapil Sibal was linking the Ram temple issue to 2019 elections.“Yesterday in the Supreme Court, Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?” PM Modi said while addressing a public rally in Gujarat’s Dhandhuka.
RBI said it will limit the Merchant Discount Rate on debit card transactions to provide a fillip to digital payment.“With a view to giving further fillip to acceptance of debit card payments for purchase of goods and services across a wider network of merchants, it has been decided to rationalise the framework for Merchant Discount Rate applicable on debit card transactions based on the category of merchants,” a statement issued by RBI said.
India registered ninth consecutive series win as final Test between India and Sri Lanka ended in a draw.Starting day five of the third and final India vs Sri Lanka Test at 31 for three, the visitors faced an uphill task in order to save the match at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi; and they did a commendable job with Dhaananjaya de Silva (119) and Roshen Silva (74*) bringing fortitude to the fore that was missing from Sri Lanka for most part of the three-match series.
UP civic poll data shows Mayawati’s BSP did better with EVMs compared to paper ballots.According to the civic poll results, BSP candidates contested on all 16 mayoral seats and won two – Aligarh and Meerut. Its candidates forfeited deposits in 11 seats. In the mayoral polls, the voting was done through EVMs and 68.7 per cent of BSP candidates lost their deposits.