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Venezuela’s leftist leader Nicolas Maduro re-elected for another 6 year

Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela’s President and leftist leader, Nicolás Maduro has won re-election for another six year term. National Electoral Council chief, Tibisay Lucena said with more than 90 per cent votes counted, Maduro, got 67.7 percent while his closest challenger Henri Falcon, secured 21.2 per cent.

The Election Council said, turn out in Sunday’s election was just 46.1 per cent.

Speaking to his supporters outside his Presidential palace, President Maduro said the opposition underestimated him.

Demanding for new elections in the country, Opposition leader Falcon said they do not recognise the present electoral process as valid.

Meanwhile,the United States, European Union and several of Venezuela’s Latin American neighbours said they would not recognize the results of the election, saying the conditions did not exist for a free and fair poll.

In a tweet, ahead of the vote, the US mission to the United Nations termed the election process an insult to democracy.

The elections were supposed to be held in December 2018, but the National Constituent Assembly advanced it.

Reeling from a fifth year of recession, falling oil production and U.S. sanctions, Venezuela is seeing growing levels of malnutrition and hyperinflation, and mass emigration.

China launches satellite for lunar exploration


China has successfully launched a relay satellite designed to establish a communication link between the Earth and a lunar probe planned to land on the far side of the Moon.

The launch from a space center in Sichuan Province on Monday morning is part of China’s plan to explore the far side of the Moon with the unmanned Chang’e-4 probe.

State-run China Central Television says the satellite was successfully put into orbit. China aims to be the first country in the world to explore the far side of the Moon.

China plans to build its own space station by around 2022 as part of its vision to become a major space power. Moon exploration is another pillar of its space drive.

In 2013, China became the 3rd country in the world to reach the Moon when its unmanned Chang’e-3 landed on the lunar surface.

China plans to send the Chang’e-4 probe to the Moon’s far side by the end of the year.

India 6th wealthiest country in the world



India is the sixth wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of 8,230 billion US dollars. According to the AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review, the US is the wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of 62,584 billion dollars. China stood at the second place with 24,803 billion dollars, while Japan is at the third place with 19,522 billion dollars.

Total wealth refers to the private wealth held by all the individuals living in each country. It includes all their assets less any liabilities. Government funds are excluded from it. Larger countries have an advantage due to higher populations. Other countries in the top 10 wealthiest list include the UK, Germany, India, Australia, Canada, France and Italy. Factors that will help in wealth creation in India include, large number of entrepreneurs, good educational system, robust outlook for IT, business process outsourcing, real estate, healthcare and media sectors which will result in a 200 percent rise in wealth in 10 years.

The AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review

Globally,the total private wealth held worldwide amounts to around 215 trillion US Dollars. There are about 5.84 lakh multi-millionaires in the world, each with net assets of 10 million dollars or more and 2,252 billionaires, each with net assets of 1 billion dollars or more. Global wealth is expected to rise by 50 percent over the next decade, reaching 321 trillion dollars by 2027. The fastest growing wealth markets are expected to be India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, China, Mauritius, the report said.

N.Korea rejects list of journalists again, says S Korea



South Korea’s Unification Ministry says North Korea is still refusing to accept a list of reporters the South wants to send to the North to cover the shutdown of a nuclear test site.

The ministry said it resubmitted the list on Monday but North Korea rejected it. It was initially submitted and rejected on Friday last week.

Pyongyang has announced that it will dismantle the Punggye-ri test site between Wednesday and Friday this week. It said it will allow Journalists from 5 nations, including South Korea and the United States, to cover the work.

US and other foreign media personnel obtained entry visas at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on Monday. They are expected to fly to Pyongyang on Tuesday.

A US research group says satellite images taken on May 15th show what appears to be a media observation stand near the tunnel at the Punggye-ri test site.

Pyongyang abruptly cancelled inter-Korean talks last week after taking issue with a US-South Korean regular joint military exercise.

The rejection of the list of reporters is believed to be an attempt to put pressure on Seoul. North Korea has recently stepped up its criticism of the South.

CBI presents progress report in Unnao gang rape case to Allahabad HC



The CBI presented its progress report in Unnao gang rape case to the Allahabad High Court on Monday. Ruling BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar and his brother are accused in the case.

A division bench of the court headed by Chief Justice DB Bhosale directed the CBI to file its reply on the allegations made by the victim’s mother of a biased probe by the agency.

She has also accused in her affidavit that different FIRs have been lodged by the CBI in the case. The court has fixed the 30th of this month as next date of hearing in the matter.

The bench stayed the court proceedings against the accused MLA under POCSO Act at Unnao district court on a technical ground.

10 killed in Madhya Pradesh bus accident


Ten people, including an infant, were killed and 47 others injured in a bus accident in Guna district Monday morning.

According to police, a private bus going to Ahmedabad in Gujarat from Banda in Uttar Pradesh hit a stationary truck from behind near Ruthiyai town. The truck was stranded on the road due to some technical problem.

Seven persons, including the bus driver, died on the spot while three others succumbed to their injuries in a district hospital. The condition of three of the injured is serious.

2 coaches of New Delhi-Vishakhapatnam Express train catch fire near Gwalior



Two coaches of New Delhi-Vishakhapatnam Express train caught fire near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. All passengers were reported to be safe. The cause of the blaze is not known yet. An inquiry has been ordered into the accident.

Railway Ministry spokesperson Ved Prakash said that the fire was detected in the B-6 coach around 11.50 a.m.

Later, it spread to the B-7 coach, Following the incident, the guard stopped the train and shifted the passengers of these coaches to other coaches. The train then reached Gwalior.

Rafael Nadal beats Zverev to win Italian Open


Rafael Nadal thrashed Germany’s Alexander Zverev to win Italian Open title for a record eighth time. With this win, Nadal regained the world number one ranking before the French Open beginning next Sunday.

Nadal survived a stunning fightback. He cruised to the first set before Alexander, the defending champion, won nine of the 11 games to take the second set 6-1 and lead 3-1 in the decider.

Nadal turned the match around following a lengthy rain delay and closed out a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory.

He has now won three clay-court titles from four tournaments in the lead-up to his bid for an 11th Roland Garros title in Paris.

Death toll from Nipah virus rises to 10 in Kerala


kerala-mapDeath toll due to Nipah virus-induced fever in north Kerala has risen to ten. The State Health Department issued an alert to the public. Latest victim is a a 31-year-old nurse at Perambra Taluk hospital in Kozhikode district in Kerala who succumbed Monday morning due to suspected symptoms of the Nipah virus attack.

A high-level central team is presently visiting the infected areas of the district and is scheduled to have detailed discussion with administration and health department.

A district-level special task force headed by district collector has been formed to coordinate precautionary steps and disease management activities.

Control rooms are opened across the State. The state health Minister KK Shailaja said that all necessary measures had been taken for the protection the patients and hospital staff and the state government is in constant touch with the Central government for all necessary assistance to deal with the situation.

This is the first detection in Kerala of the Nipah virus which has a high fatality rate and spreads mainly through bats, pigs and other animals.

Its symptoms include fever, vomiting, headache and respiratory problems.

Health workers have been asked to take the highest level of protection while handling patients and the public had been alerted to ensure clean environment and to take medical assistance at the earliest in case of symptoms.

Rajnath commissions CRPF’s anti-naxal ‘Bastariya’ battalion


AMN / Raipur

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the passing out parade of newly commissioned ‘Bastariya’ battalion of CRPF in Ambikapur city of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

He took the salute at the passing out parade. Chief Minister Raman Singh was also present on the occasion.

Central Reserve Police Force has constituted the Bastariya battalion on the lines of Naga battalion. The battalion is named ‘Bastariya’ as its members are from the tribal Bastar region in south of Chhattisgarh.

This maiden anti-naxal force will be known as 241 battalion of CRPF. The Bastariya battalion comprise of more than 500 tribal youth from Chhattisgarh.

The squad that passed out on Monday has 33 percent representation of women combatants with 189 women constables.

Bastariya battalion will be deployed for anti-naxal operations in some of the worst Left Wing Extremism-hit areas, such as Sukma, Dantewada and Bijapur in Bastar division of Chhattisgarh.

Union Home Minister will also hold a high-level meeting Monday afternoon in state capital Raipur to review the anti naxal operations and will take stock of the developmental works being carried out in Maoist affected regions of Chhattishgarh.