Briefing :- 13/06/17

Here is CurrentHow’s Briefing™ for the 13th of June, 2017 :-

1. Process to elect next President of India begins tomorrow :-

Pranab Mukherjee’s term as President of India ends on July 24 and the process to elect India’s 15th President commences on Wednesday, June 14 when the election commission of India will issue the notification calling for the election. If required, voting will be held on July 17 while July 20 has been fixed as the date of counting. Elected members of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the elected members of state legislative assemblies including NCT of Delhi and UT of Puducherry vote to elect the President of India

A total of 4,896 legislators — 543 from Lok Sabha, 233 from Rajya Sabha and 4,120 from the state assemblies — will form the electoral college for the presidential polls this time.

The value of votes of each MLA and MP is arrived at by using formulae that take into account the population of respective states as per the 1971 census.
Currently, the total value of the votes of 4,120 MLAs is 5,49,495.  And the total value of votes of 776 MPs is 5,49,408.  Thus, the total value of votes for the presidential polls is 10,98,903. Though several names have informally been doing the rounds, neither the ruling NDA nor the Opposition parties have formally announced the names of their respective candidates for the presidential polls yet. While the BJP would be hoping to create some consensus for its candidate, the opposition would try to use this as an opportunity to embarrass the govt by getting its candidate elected. This election will also provide opposition parties to form a front against the BJP in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

2. North Korea releases US student held captive since 2016 :-

North Korea has released Otto Warmbier, a US university student who has been held captive there since January 2016, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement on Tuesday.

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from suburban Cincinnati, was on his way back to the United States after being released while serving a 15-year prison sentence with hard labour for alleged anti-state acts, Tillerson said.

3. Erdogan slams ‘inhumane’ isolation of Qatar :-

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the isolation of Qatar, likening the diplomatic stranglehold of the small but wealthy peninsula by neighboring Gulf countries to “a death sentence.”

Erdogan’s support comes after nine countries — including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — severed ties with the oil-rich nation citing its alleged support and financing of terrorism.
The country has strenuously denied all charges, rejecting them as “unjustified” and “baseless.”
The rift has led to the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Gulf Arab states in decades with Qatari citizens expelled from the three Gulf nations involved as well as ending all air, sea and land links with Doha. “To isolate a country’s population in every respect is inhumane,” the Turkish leader told his ruling Justice and Development Party in a weekly Parliamentary address in Ankara on Tuesday.

“Qatar is not the one who supports terrorism, quite the opposite. Along with Turkey, it is the country with the most resolute stance against ISIS which has caused grave damage to our region,” Erdogan continued.
“It is almost like a death sentence has been issued for the country. Cutting of food, pharmaceuticals whatever you can think of the country is being squeezed, the airspace is being closed that is what the country is faced with.”
Related: Iran sends planes stuffed with food to Qatar
Qatar is facing restricted airspace access since the diplomatic curtain fell around its borders. Qatar Airlines, a major global flight operator, is no longer allowed to use the airspace above Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE. Saudi Arabia has also closed off Qatar’s sole land border.
The only flight avenue open at present is through Iranian airspace. All this means flights to Africa and North America may have to make big detours — raising fuel costs, flight times and potentially ticket prices.
4. Ronaldo accused of $16.4 million tax evasion :-
Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax between 2011 and 2014.
In a statement, the prosecutor’s office said Ronaldo, a four-time Ballon d’Or winner, had used a “business structure” — created in 2010 — to hide the revenue generated by his image rights from the Spanish treasury, describing the breach as “voluntary” and “conscious.”
The 32-year-old — the world’s highest-paid sports star according to Forbes — has been charged with four crimes against the public treasury.
The statement said the Portugese became a Spanish tax resident in January 2010 and, in November 2011, opted to follow the Spanish tax regime that applies to foreigners working in the country.


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