INTERNATIONAL NEWS

1. China going to make trade deal with US: Trump

• US President Donald Trump has said, China will be left with no other option but to enter into a trade deal with the United States because increased tariffs on Chinese products is having an impact on its economy.
• China will subsidise their product because there is a need to keep people working, so China is going to pay a lot.
• The US has put 25 percent tariffs on 250 billion dollars of Chinese goods, including 50 billion dollars of high-technology equipment and things.
• Trump has ordered for another round of tariffs on the rest of the Chinese imports amounting to 300 billion dollars.
• The China deal is going to work out. You know why, because of tariffs, because right now China is getting absolutely decimated by companies that are leaving China going to other countries, including our own, because they don’t want to pay the tariffs.
• And China will, in my opinion, based on a lot of facts and a lot of knowledge, China is going to make a deal because they’re going to have to make a deal,” he said.
• China will subsidise their product because they want to keep people working. So China is going to pay a lot. We have put 25 per cent on $250 billion of Chinese goods coming into our country, including $50 billion of high-technology equipment and things.
• Right now, we’re getting 25 per cent on $250 billion worth of goods. That’s a lot of money that’s pouring into our Treasury. We’ve never gotten 10 cents from China. Now we’re getting a lot of money from China. I think that’s one of the reasons that GDP was so high in the first quarter, because of the tariffs that we’ve taken in from China, he said.

2. US expresses grave concern about Hong Kong proposed amendments to fugitive offenders ordinance

• The US has expressed grave concern about Hong Kong’s proposed amendments to its fugitive offenders ordinance. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters that it would permit Chinese authorities to request the extradition of individuals, if passed.
• Ortagus said the peaceful demonstration by hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers a day earlier clearly shows the public’s opposition to the proposed amendments.
• She said the amended law will negatively impact the territory’s longstanding protections of human rights, fundamental freedoms, and democratic values, as enshrined in the Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
• The spokesperson said US is also concerned that the amendments could damage Hong Kong’s business environment and subject its citizens residing in or visiting Hong Kong to China’s capricious judicial system.
• Ortagus said, the continued erosion of the One Country, Two Systems framework puts at risk Hong Kong’s long-established special status in international affairs.

3. US : Sudan

• A top US diplomat will visit Sudan to encourage talks between Sudan’s military rulers and protesters. The US, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Tibor Nagy, during his visit plans to meet members of both sides.
• The US state department said, Mr Nagy would urge parties to work towards creating an enabling environment for talks between the two sides to resume. He will also discuss the situation with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, who has been trying to mediate between the military council and the opposition in Sudan.
• Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) called the strike after more than 100 protesters were killed by a paramilitary group, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), on 3 June. Protesters have set up roadblocks across the capital. The ruling military government has blocked the country’s internet.
• After ousting long-time President Omar al-Bashir in April following months of protests against him, the military council promised a transition to civilian rule. But pro-democracy campaigners say the military council cannot be trusted after Monday’s crackdown against a sit-in demonstration in Khartoum. They have rejected an offer of talks.

4. Mali village massacre

• In Mali, at least 100 people were killed by gunmen in an overnight attack in Sobane-Kou village in Koundou district. The village is inhabited by the Dogon ethnic group. Officials said, 95 people, have been found dead with many of the bodies burned adding that the search for more bodies is underway.
• The government said suspected terrorists attacked the village at around 03 a.m local time. It said that at least 19 people were still missing. A survivor said about 50 heavily armed men arrived on motorbikes and pickups. He said, they first surrounded the village and then attacked and anyone who tried to escape was killed.
• Clashes between Dogon hunters and semi-nomadic Fulani herders are frequent since a militant Islamist uprising in northern Mali in 2012. In the same region in March, more than 130 Fulani villagers were killed by armed men wearing traditional Dogon hunters’ clothing.
• There have been numerous attacks in Mali in recent months, some ethnic, some carried out by extremists groups. Clashes between Dogon hunters and semi-nomadic Fulani herders are frequent since a militant Islamist uprising in northern Mali in 2012.
• In the same region in March, more than 130 Fulani villagers were killed by armed men wearing traditional Dogon hunters’ clothing.

5. Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrested

• In Pakistan, former President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested today from his residence in Islamabad in the fake bank accounts case by the country’s top anti-corruption body.
• A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team accompanied by police, arrested the former president after the Islamabad High Court rejected an application seeking extension in the pre-arrest bails of Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur in the case.
• However, his sister Faryal was not arrested so far. The arrest warrants were issued yesterday by the NAB, which is probing them in the fake bank accounts case. The case pertains to the use of alleged fake bank accounts to keep money and transfer it out of Pakistan.

6. Sudan Crisis

• In Sudan, police fired tear gas today at protesters taking part in the first day of a civil disobedience campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators.
• The latest bid by demonstrators to close off streets in the capital Khartoum comes nearly a week after a deadly raid on a sit-in outside army headquarters which left dozens dead.
• The bloody crackdown prompted the Sudanese Professionals Association, SPA, which first launched protests against longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir in December, to announce a nationwide civil disobedience campaign starting today.
• The SPA said the movement will end only after the military rulers, who took over after Bashir’s ouster two months ago, transfer power to a civilian government.
• Khartoum residents have mostly remained indoors over the past few days and the downtown business district was largely shut. Buses were not running in several districts, but private vehicles were ferrying passengers in some areas. Airlines have scrapped most of their Sudan flights since the deadly raid.

7. Kazakhstan Protest

• Kazakhstan elected the hand-picked successor of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev with 70 per cent of the vote, exit polls showed, as police arrested hundreds of opposition protesters.
• The victory of career diplomat Kassym Jomart-Tokayev was never in doubt after he received the blessing of powerful Nazarbayev, who had led the Central Asian nation for the last three decades.
• Tokayev, 66, took just over 70 per cent of the vote, according to the government-approved “Public Opinion” pollster. His nearest opposition rival Amirzhan Kosanov had around 15 per cent.
• The day was marked by the biggest protests the Muslim-majority country has seen in three years, as demonstrators urged a “boycott” of what they said was a fixed election. Human Rights Watch called the prospect of a genuine political transition “an illusion” and noted the persistence of rights abuses under Tokayev’s interim presidency.

8. UK EU Deal

• British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that the European Union would be willing to renegotiate the Brexit deal.
• Hunt is one of nearly a dozen Conservatives to replace Theresa May as party leader and UK Prime Minister. He said, he spoke with Ms Merkel last week and was convinced changing Ms May’s agreement.
• Hunt did not specify if he was referring to the legally binding withdrawal agreement, which the EU has repeatedly insisted cannot be re-opened, or to the accompanying political declaration on future relations, which could be revisited.
• Ms May had agreed the package with the EU last year but British lawmakers rejected it three times, forcing her to delay Brexit twice – the latest extension being to 31st October.

9. Cananda to ban single use plastics from 2021

• Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday announced that single-use plastics will be banned in the country from 2021. He declared it a global challenge to phase out the plastic bags, straws and cutlery clogging the world’s oceans.
• Canada has a unique chance to lead the fight against plastic pollution as the country with the world’s longest coastlines. He said, less than 10 percent of plastics used in Canada are currently recycled.
• Each year a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide suffer injury or death by becoming entangled in plastic or ingesting it through the food chain. Single-use items represent some 70 percent of the plastic waste littering the marine environment.
• Canada, France, Germany, Britain and Italy, along with the European Union, subscribed at last year’s G7 summit in Quebec to a new charter against pollution in the world’s oceans. The United States and Japan did not join the pact.
• The non-binding Ocean Plastics Charter called on participating countries and the EU to commit to making all plastics reusable, recyclable or recovered by 2030.

10. World:UAE-Russia

• Amidst simmering tension in the Arab region , the Russian President Vladimir Putin today called Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. • Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a tweet said that he had received a phone call from the Russian President. He said, they discussed cooperation and key regional and international issues of mutual interest as well as recent regional developments. • The two leaders reviewed the latest regional and international developments, with special emphasis on the current situation in the Gulf region as well as other issues of common interest. • UAE , Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Norway in a briefing to the UN Security Council last week had said that the sabotage attack behind the four oil tankers off the Fujairah coast is most likely a handiwork of a state actor, pointing fingers at Iran , without naming the country. • The US has accused Iran of being behind the attacks but Tehran denies this and has called for an investigation. • Earlier , the decision of Iran to partially withdraw from the nuclear deal last month in retaliation to the sanctions imposed by the US has led to the military escalation in the region riding on the fear of Tehran’s nuclear ambition.

NATIONAL NEWS

11. SC grants bail to journalist Prashant Kanojia

• The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted bail to journalist Prashant Kanojia who was arrested for allegedly making objectionable comments against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media. • A vacation bench, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi, said Right to Liberty, a fundamental right, is non-negotiable as it granted bail. • However, the bench said granting bail does not mean that it approves of the journalist’s tweets or posts on social media. • Kanojia, a freelance journalist, was arrested from his home in Delhi on Saturday for sharing a video clip on social media of a woman claiming to have sent a marriage proposal to Adityanath. Kanojia’s wife had filed a plea in the Supreme Court on Monday against his arrest. • Taking up the plea, the Supreme Court noted the case against Kanojia was not murder. The Vacation Bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Ajay Rastogi noted that they may not agree with Kanojia’s tweets, but asked whether he should be put behind bars for it. • Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, who was arguing for the Uttar Pradesh government, noted that the order to release Kanojia would be seen as an “endorsement” of his tweets to which Justice Banerjee replied it was “endorsement of his personal liberty”. Justice Banerjee emphasised liberty is guaranteed by the Constitution and the fundamental rights were sacrosanct and non-negotiable. • The Supreme Court noted that the Uttar Pradesh government was free to initiate proceedings against Kanojia under law.

12. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit India this month

• US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that he would visit India later this month to forge relations with India. He said the US and India can continue to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both the countries.
• Mr Pompeo also told reporters that he would outline the US strategy on the Indo-Pacific ahead of his trip to India.
• New Delhi would be Pompeo’s first stop during the nearly week-long visit to the Indo-Pacific region. The tour includes Sri Lanka and Japan with South Korea being his last stop. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said Pompeo will join President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summits in Osaka.

13. Indo-French strategic partnership

  • French Deputy Foreign Minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, who is in New Delhi, met Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan and held discussions on further deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership.
  • French envoy to India Alexandre Ziegler said, there was a very productive meeting between Mr Muraleedharan and Mr Lemoyne on the further deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership.  Both the leaders agreed to contribute to a more stable and sustainable world governance.
  • Lemoyne is the first French minister to visit New Delhi after the formation of the new Indian government and the trip will “acknowledge the reinforcement of the Indo-French relationship and will lay the groundwork for” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France for the G7 Summit in Biarritz in August, said a statement from the French embassy.
  • During his visit, Lemoyne will call on external affairs minister S Jaishankar. “The meeting will focus on the further deepening of the Indo-French strategic partnership and its contribution to a more stable and sustainable world governance.
  • Lemoyne will also meet minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan and minister of state for commerce and industry Hardeep Puri to discuss bilateral trade, investment and cooperation in the field of urban affairs.
  • Lemoyne will also visit the Alliance Française in Delhi and interact with Indian alumni of French higher education institutions in the fields of business administration, engineering and design and students of the Alliance Française. He will also attend a lunch hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and interact with top Indian business leaders.

14. PM Modi to meet China’s Xi Jinping at Bishkek this week: What to expect

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14. At the sidelines of the summit, PM Modi will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of Russia and China.
• The meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping is the one that will be followed very closely, given the common concerns and improving ties between the two nations after the Doklam standoff.
• This will be the second meeting between the two leaders after the Wuhan Summit in April 2018. Modi and Xi had also met on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in December last year.
• China on Monday said it was hoping that the two leaders would discuss their respective trade frictions with the US and reach a consensus on opposing trade protectionism during their “very important” meeting.
• China on Monday said it was hoping that the two leaders would discuss their respective trade frictions with the US and reach a consensus on opposing trade protectionism during their “very important” meeting.
• The Trump administration has imposed heavy tariffs on China and has tightened trade restrictions on Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

Improving India-China ties
• The meeting on the sidelines of the SCO Summit will be Modi’s first meeting with Xi after winning the re-election last month.
• The India-China ties are on the upswing since the Wuhan summit. The Bishkek meet is likely to step up co-operation between the two countries further.
• The April 27-28 Wuhan summit between Modi and Xi was largely credited to have turned around the bilateral relations soured by the 73-day Doklam standoff in 2017, triggered by Chinese troops’ attempt to build a road close to the Indian border in an area also claimed by Bhutan.
• After the Wuhan summit, both the countries stepped up efforts to improve relations in different spheres including military ties.

SPORTS NEWS

15. Yuvraj Singh’s fans react, extend best wishes to him via social media on his retirement

• Soon after cricket star Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement, Twitter was flooded with best wishes and praise with legendary Sachin Tendulkar leading the way.
• One of Yuvraj Singh’s pillars during his journey from cricket to cancer and back, Sachin Tendulkar congratulated Singh for a fantastic career, calling him a true champ who has come out shining every time the team needed him.
• Thanking the southpaw for all he has done for the sport, Tendulkar said Yuvraj’s fight through all the ups and downs, on and off the field was just amazing.
• Captain Virat Kohli too congratulated Yuvraj for a wonderful career and wished him best for the life ahead. While Virendra Sehwag recalled Yuvraj as a rare gem who thrashed disease, thrashed bowlers and won hearts, Gautam Gambhir called him the best ever white ball cricketer India had.

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