Wednesday Morning Brief, August 23

Wednesday morning brief Aug 23 2017
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India has launched a global hunt for 234 naval helicopters worth over $5 billion. These include 123 naval multi-role helicopters (NMRHs), with potent anti-submarine warfare capabilities, as well as 111 armed naval light utility choppers (NUHs) for operations from the decks of warships. The projects will be executed under the new “strategic partnership” (SP) policy under the “Make in India” framework. The government has sought responses from original equipment manufacturers through RFIs by early-October.
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Nine coaches of Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express derailed near UP’s Auraiya district during the wee hours today. The accident, which left 60 passengers injured, occurred around 2.40am when the train collided with a dumper. Railways minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted about the mishap, saying that he is personally monitoring the situation. An NDRF team has been rushed to the spot for rescue and relief purposes.
The UP government has ordered FIRs to be registered against doctors and officials of BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur. An FIR has also been lodged against the supplier of liquid oxygen on the basis of a report submitted by chief secretary Rajiv Kumar. The government also ordered the transfer of additional chief secretary, medical education, Anita Bhatanagr Jain to the post of DG, training. The report has advised medical education minister Tandon to inspect the medical colleges and address the grievances and take remedial steps.
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The United States warned an angry Pakistan that it could lose its status as a privileged military ally if it continues giving safe haven to Afghan militant groups. This comes a day after President Donald Trump unveiled a new strategy to force the Taliban to negotiate a political settlement with the Kabul government. Some of Pakistan’s critics in Washington have urged Trump to go further, by authorizing US strikes against militants inside Pakistan or declaring Pakistan a “state sponsor of terror.”
Rajasthan government sought a CBI probe into Robert Vadra’s land transactions. We have sent all the files pertaining to the case along with 18 FIRs registered in two different police stations to the Centre, Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said. Congress, on the other hand, accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state of misusing the CBI.
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