Doctors' stir in West Bengal continues as Calcutta HC refuses to intervene; CM convenes meeting
Junior doctors at state-run hospitals in West Bengal continue to protest even as around 700 doctors tendered their resignations on Friday following no resolution with the TMC government. Meanwhile, the Calcutta High Court refused to pass any interim order on the strike and asked the West Bengal government to persuade them to resume work and restore healthcare services. The protestors didn't turn up for a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat Nabanna on Friday. Therefore, a meeting with them is now being called at 5 pm on Saturday.
SCO summit in Bishkek: Narendra Modi talks tough on terror
On the first day of the SCO summit in Kyrgyzstan on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue of terrorism saying nations which provided encouragement, support and financial help to the menace needed to be called out. Without naming Pakistan, Modi reiterated his call for a global conference to deal with the challenges posed by terrorism. Modi is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with heads of governments of some countries on the sidelines of the summit.
India levies retaliatory tariffs on 29 US products
A year after the Unites States raised import duties on Indian steel and aluminum products, India too decided to impose additional customs duty on 29 products imported from the US " including almonds, walnut, apples and pulses. India's move comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of a G20 summit on 28-29 June in Japan.
SEBI bans NDTV's promoters from market for two years, asks to step down
The Securities and Exchange Board of India has banned NDTV's Chairman Prannoy Roy and Managing Director Radhika Roy from the securities market for two years and restrained them from holding any key managerial personnel or directorship in the company for the period as they failed "to conform to the fair and transparent principles of trades in the securities market" in a case relating to transfer of NDTV's shares.
Australia take on beleaguered Sri Lanka; South Africa, Afghanistan eye first win
Defending champions Australia take on 1996 winners Sri Lanka at The Oval in the 20th match of the 2019 World Cup, the former coming off a victory over Pakistan in their last outing. Sri Lanka has had an extensive break now, with both of their last two matches, against Pakistan and Bangladesh respectively, getting washed out without a ball bowled.
The South Africa-Afghanistan clash takes place three hours later at Cardiff, with the Proteas facing a do-or-die scenario, having collected just a solitary point in their last four games, courtesy a rained off fixture against West Indies. Afghanistan is so far the only team in the tournament who is still without a point.
The Sri Lanka-Australia fixture takes place at 3 pm IST, with the South Africa-Afghanistan match scheduled for a 6 pm start.
Huawei 'Mate X' foldable phone further delayed
Huawei has confirmed that its foldable phone will be delayed until at least September this year. The $2,600 foldable phone was initially expected in April but the company apparently delayed the launch following issues with Samsung's 'Galaxy Fold' smartphone. Interestingly, the 'Mate X' will be running Google's Android OS at launch as the phone was announced before the company was blacklisted by the US.