Morning Digest: MoD approves 33 new fighter jets for ₹38,900 crore; India’s trade deficit with China dips to $48.66 billion, and more

India has in different batches contracted 272 Su-30s from Russia, majority of which have been licence manufactured by HAL

India has in different batches contracted 272 Su-30s from Russia, majority of which have been licence manufactured by HAL   | Photo Credit: PTI

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MoD approves 33 new fighter jets for IAF in deals worth ₹38,900 crore

Amid the ongoing tensions on the border with China, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Thursday approved deals worth ₹38,900 crore.

Italian marines case | India loses jurisdiction

The Government of India said it was studying an international tribunal’s ruling that the Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen in the waters off Kerala on February 15, 2012, held “immunity” and would face a trial in Italy, not India.

India’s trade deficit with China dips to $48.66 billion in FY20

India’s trade deficit with China fell to $48.66 billion in 2019-20 on account of the decline in imports from the neighbouring country, according to government data.

Nine of those killed in northeast Delhi riots were forced to shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’

In their charge sheet, the Delhi Police have mentioned that these nine Muslim men were murdered in the period from the evening of February 25 till late night on February 26. Their bodies were recovered over a period of several days from the Bhagirathi Vihar drain.

Children in Kashmir valley vulnerable to ongoing trauma, say doctors

Mental health professionals in the Kashmir valley have warned of an “epidemic of psychological disorders” among the children exposed to “rare, complex, ongoing trauma” due to the prolonged conflict in the region.

Sattankulam custodial deaths | Inspector, three policemen arrested

A CB-CID officer said a special team intercepted a car at the Gangaikondan checkpost on the Tirunelveli-Madurai National Highway, in which Mr. Sridhar was found fleeing towards Theni district, and arrested him.

One militant, jawan killed in Srinagar encounter: Police

A police spokesman said the security forces, including the police, have engaged the hiding militants in the encounter in Malbagh area of Srinagar. It’s third encounter in Srinagar since May. Earlier, five militants were killed in two separate encounters in Srinagar.

Trump cheers U.S. jobs surge in June despite rising virus count

His cheering drew a sharp rebuke from former vice president Joe Biden, who is challenging Mr. Trump in the November election and said there is little to celebrate with the economy still in a dire state.

Coronavirus | Johnson urges Brits to act responsibly when pubs open

The spike in cases in the English city of Leicester, which led to local schools and shops this week being shut again and the July 4 reopenings delayed, was proof that “the virus is still with us”, he said.

George W. Bush supporters form Super Political Action Committee to gather support for Joe Biden

The Super PAC which describes itself as a group of ‘alumni’ who served Mr. Bush and other Republican Presidents, Members of Congress and governors, believes “Principles matter more than politics,” as per its website.

U.S. should put sanctions on Russian intelligence, defence sectors, says Pelosi

While not disclosing what she and other top lawmakers were told about the reported bounties, Ms. Pelosi accused the White House of “putting on a con” in saying President Donald Trump was not briefed on the intelligence because it was not fully verified.

Premier League | City honour Liverpool - then hammer them 4-0, Spurs go down 3-1 to Sheffield

With the title secured a week ago, there was little at stake for Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool side who showed far from their usual levels of intensity but the loss, just their second of the league campaign, was an emphatic reminder that City will be desperate to regain their crown next season.

La Liga | Ramos helps Madrid edge Getafe 1-0, increase lead over Barca

Ramos converted the 79th-minute spot kick after Getafe made its first mistake in an otherwise flawless defensive performance to stifle the more talented rivals. It was the ninth league goal of the season for the Madrid center back.

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