Wednesday Morning News Brief, May 10

Wednesday morning brief May 10 2017
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The International Court of Justice asked Pakistan to stay execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav. The order by the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) came a day after India approached it against the death sentence handed down to Jadhav by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial last month on charges of ‘spying’. India, in its appeal, contended that it was not informed of Jadhav’s detention until long after his arrest and that Pakistan failed to inform the accused of his rights. Senior advocate Harish Salve was representing India before the ICJ in the case.
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An army officer was today found killed in Shopian district of south Kashmir. The deceased was identified as Lieutenant Umar Fayaz of Kulgam (South Kashmir). Police said the officer, hailing from neighbouring Kulgam district, was kidnapped yesterday by terrorists in Shopian where he had gone to attend the marriage function of a relative.
The Election Commission said a ‘lookalike’machine produced in the assembly by AAP could not be compared to an EVM. “It is possible for anyone to make any electronic gadget which looks like ECI-EVM and demonstrate any magic or tampering… any ‘lookalike’ machine is just a different gadget which is manifestly designed and made to function in a ‘tampered’ manner and has no relevance, incidence or bearing on the commission’s EVMs,” the EC said.
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Government asked the BJP, Congress, AAP and a few other political parties to furnish details about the source of their overseas funding. The Ministry of Home Affairs, in separate communications, has asked the political parties to give details of their sources of funding, including those from abroad or foreign business enterprises, official sources said. The officials made it clear that these were “not show cause notices” and a decision in this regard would be taken only after the replies were received from the political parties.
Former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In began his five-year term as president of South Korea today. Yesterday’s ballot was called after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and took place against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Moon promised unity after final results from the National Election Commission (NEC) showed he took 41.1 per cent of the vote. Conservative Hong Joon-Pyo was far behind on 24.03 per cent, with centrist Ahn Cheol-Soo third on 21.4 per cent.
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