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VENEZUELA’S PRESIDENT HIKED THE NATION’S MINIMUM WAGE

Venezuela’s president  Nicolas Maduro hiked the minimum wage to another 60% on Sunday to mitigate the country’s ongoing economic crisis.
Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday he expected delayed state polls to be held this year, although opponents have demanded a broader general election to replace him in protests that have sparked 29 deaths.
The postponed vote for governors of Venezuela’s 23 states – originally slated for 2016 – is one of a litany of opposition grievances against Maduro whom foes accuse of becoming a dictator and wrecking the economy.
President Nicolas Maduro announced the change on his weekly television show. It’s the latest in a series of hefty increases to the minimum wage that have been issued as the country’s currency plunges in value.
Though the wage hike sounds significant, the country’s price of food, goods and medicine is skyrocketing, which has made basic purchases too expensive for many Venezuelans.
Media agencies

200 ARRESTS AT MAY DAY CLASHES IN ISTANBUL

Protesters hold May Day demo in Istanbul’s Bakirkoy neighbourhood.
Turkish Government Bans May Day Celebrations In İstanbul’s Taksim Square as per media reports.May Day rallies in Tukey’s  city  descended into clashes with the police, as several activist groups tried to get into cordoned-off areas of the city. Over 200 people have been detained, and at least one man was reportedly killed.
Labor Day celebrations in Istanbul turned violent as multiple groups of demonstrators attempted to march towards central Taksim square, despite police cordons and warnings. Taksim Square was the traditional place for May Day celebrations until 1977, when dozens of people were killed during demonstrations on what was dubbed ‘Bloody May Day.’ The square was reopened for celebrations in the late 2000s, but was shut again in 2013.media agencies

SAEED KARIMIAN OF IRANIAN SATELLITE NETWORK SHOT DEAD IN ISTANBUL

The head of Iranian satellite television network GEM TV, Saeed Karimian, was shot dead in Istanbul along with a business partner on Saturday, Turkey’s Dogan news agency reported, as cited by Reuters. Their car was reportedly stopped by a jeep and shots were fired. Karimian was later found dead by emergency services in Istanbul’s Maslak neighbourhood. His business partner was declared dead at the hospital. Karimian was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court in 2016 on charges of “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the state.”

DEPUTY PM & HOME MINISTER OF NEPAL BIMALENDRA NIDHI RESIGNS

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of Nepal Bimalendra Nidhi has resigned from his post yesterday. According to media reports, Shri Nidhi has resigned in protest of impeachment motion registered against Chief Justice Sushila Karki, Nepal’s first female chief justice.
Member of Parliament from ruling Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) has registered an impeachment motion at the parliament secretariat yesterday against Chief Justice Karki alleging her interference in the jurisdiction of executive and failing to issue verdicts without being prejudiced.
At least 249 MPs signed the motion which is over the required number to open an impeachment investigation. It comes after the Supreme Court overturned the government’s choice of chief of police.

ISRAEL SAYS 300 PALESTINIAN END HUNGER STRIKE

An Israeli minister said Sunday that 300 Palestinians have agreed to end an almost two-week-old hunger strike launched in protest at the conditions of their detention. Three hundred hunger strikers have “agreed to take food without having obtained” any of their demands, Israel’s internal security minister, Gilad Erdan, told army radio. “Negotiations are out of the question,” he said, adding that 920 Palestinian prisoners remained on hunger strike. Erdan also said the prison service planned to set up 400 medical centres inside jails “to avoid as much as possible the transfer of hunger striking detainees to civilian hospitals.”

SOLDIERS MARTYRED IN CEASEFIRE VIOLATION BY PAKISTAN IN POONCH

In Jammu and Kashmir, two soldiers were martyred today in an incidence of ceasefire violation along Line of Control by Pakistani forces in Poonch district. Two soldiers were also injured.
Defence sources told AIR that Pakistani forces started unprovoked firing with automatic weapons and rackets targeting some Indian positions in Krishna Ghati sector at around 8.30 this morning. Indian troops retaliated the ceasefire violation and the exchange of fire lasted for some time.
The firing left four soldiers, three from BSF and one from army, injured. Two of the soldiers, one from army and another from BSF, later succumbed to their injuries. The injured have been evacuated and airlifted to the military hospital in Udhampur.

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