Daily News Summary – June 1, 2017


US Visa applicants need to provide social media information

In an effort to tighten security, the Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for US visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. The new questions, part of an effort to tighten vetting of would-be visitors to the United States, was approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget despite criticism from a range of education officials and academic groups during a public comment period. The Office of Management and Budget granted emergency approval for the new questions for six months, rather than the usual three years.


Russia a natural ally: Modi

Enhancing bilateral trade, nuclear and technology cooperation will be at the top of the agenda, but multilateral issues will hold centre stage during his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at St. Petersburg, Prime Minister Narendra Modi indicated. He said that India and Russia were “natural partners” in fighting terrorism, and promoting a multipolar international system. The PM’s words are significant as they come amid a visible strain in India-Russia ties that have further strained since his last meeting with President Putin in Goa, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in October 2016, and rising discomfort over Russia’s growing alliance with China and ties with Pakistan.


India, Spain call for ‘zero tolerance’ to terrorism

India and Spain stressed that there should be “zero tolerance” to terrorism and called on the international community to end “selective or partial” approaches in combating the menace which posed the gravest threat to international peace and stability. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first Indian PM to visit Spain since 1992. The two sides signed seven agreements; on transfer of sentenced persons, visa waiver for holders of diplomatic passports,cooperation in organ transplantation, cybersecurity, renewable energy, civil aviation and one between India’s Foreign Service Institute and Diplomatic Academy of Spain. There are more than 200 Spanish companies in India that are actively involved in road construction, railways, wind power, defence and smart cities.


AAP insults Hindus for vote bank politics

A day after the Rajasthan High Court suggested that cow should be declared a national animal, Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh on Thursday dived into the debate, suggesting that goat should be declared as `national sister’. Taking to Twitter, Singh said Mahatma Gandhi had said that goat’s milk was healthy, hence the animal should be declared ‘national sister’. Minutes later, Sanjay Singh got trolled pretty badly on twitter.


Indian Army fights back and kills 5 soldiers in response to cease fire violation by Pakistan

The Indian Army on Thursday killed five Pakistani troopers in a counter offensive strike along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district’s Nowshera sector and Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch. Six Pakistani soldiers were also said to be injured in the strong retaliatory fire from the Indian side. Pakistan today violated the ceasefire by shelling mortars and opening fire on forward posts along the LoC, drawing retaliation from Indian troops. The Army on May 26 foiled an attack by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) LoC in Uri sector in Kashmir and killed two of the intruders. On May 1, two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated in a BAT attack in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.


Afghanistan cancels Pakistan games after Kabul attack

The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) on Thursday (June 1) said it had cancelled all matches and agreements with Pakistan after the Afghan intelligence linked the Pakistani intelligence agency to the Kabul bombing that left 90 dead and 463 wounded. “After the deadly attack and in light of the findings of the security services and strong reaction by the Afghan nation, we cancelled all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreements with the Pakistan Cricket Board,” ACB Media Director Aziz Gharwal told EFE.


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