Top headlines This Morning | 17 August 2019

Verdicts in some major cases expected before CJI retires
in 3 months

Three months from now, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi
will retire. Before that he is expected to deliver verdicts in some major cases
like the Ayodhya land dispute, Sabarimala temple issue and contempt of court
matter against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

US envoy for DPRK to visit Japan, South Korea

US Special Representative for the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea (DPRK) Stephen Biegun will visit Japan and South Korea next
week, said the US State Department.

US stocks close higher amid fading recession fears

US stocks closed higher, wrapping up the week in a positive
note, as the market was mildly buoyed by easing US bond market and a batch of
mixed economic data.

Ashes: England reduce Australia to 80/4 at lunch on Day 3

Not a single ball could be bowled after lunch as England
made the most of the seam-friendly conditions to dent Australia’s top-order and
leave them stuttering at 80/4 before showers forced a break to be taken early
on Day 3 of the rain-affected second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Friday.

UNICEF calls for investment in education for Rohingya
refugees

A new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls for
urgent investment in education and skills development opportunities for the
Rohingya refugees in southeastern Bangladesh.

Israeli minister resigns amidst corruption allegations

Israel’s welfare minister resigned from the cabinet
following attorney general’s decision to charge him of corruption.

Panama City celebrates 500th anniversary

Panama City, the first Spanish settlement on the Pacific
coast of North America, celebrated its 500th anniversary with an enormous cake
for 4,500 people reminiscent of the ruins of the city that Spaniard Pedro Arias
Davila founded in 1519.

PM Modi describes India-Bhutan partnership as an
important pillar of New Delhi’s “Neighbourhood First” policy

AIRPrime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India-Bhutan
partnership today is of a special character and substance and forms an
important pillar of Government of India’s Neighbourhood First policy.

Rupee hits 6-month low of 71.40 against US dollar

The rupee today plunged 62 paise to close at a nearly
six-month low of 71 rupees and 40 paise against the US dollar.

N.Korea says it tested ‘new weapon’ under Kim’s

North Korea said on Saturday that it has tested a “new weapon” under the guidance of its leader, Kim Jong-un, in the launch of two projectiles the previous day, the media reported.

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