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In this Indian Express News Bulletin, we look at the top national news of the day: Days after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that his country has learnt its lesson from three wars and wants to live in peace with India, New Delhi has reached out to Islamabad with an invitation to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers meeting in Goa, The Indian Express has learnt. We look at another big story of the day: Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that he was awakened to speak to his then-Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj who told him that Pakistan was preparing for a nuclear attack in the wake of the Balakot surgical strike in February 2019. In some international news: A 23-year-old Indian has died after he was shot during an armed robbery in Chicago, according to a media report. Stay tuned to learn about why President Vladimir Putin said that there were shortages of some medicines in Russia and that prices had gone up, despite the country producing more of its drugs.
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"Let us begin with the top national news: Days after Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that his country has learnt its lesson from three wars and wants to live in peace with India, New Delhi has reached out to Islamabad with an invitation to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) foreign ministers meeting in Goa, The Indian Express has learnt.
The invitation from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has been sent through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to visit Goa in the first week of May for the meeting, it is learnt. The dates being looked at, as of now, are May 4 and 5.
"In other news: Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed that he was awakened to speak to his then-Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj who told him that Pakistan was preparing for a nuclear attack in the wake of the Balakot surgical strike in February 2019 and India is preparing its escalatory response.
In his latest book ‘Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love’ that hit the stores, Pompeo says that the incident took place when he was in Hanoi for the US-North Korea Summit on February 27-28 and his team worked overnight with both New Delhi and Islamabad to avert this crisis.
"Meanwhile, days after the Supreme Court collegium made public the government’s objection to some of the names it had recommended for appointment as High Court judges, including that of Saurabh Kirpal, the senior advocate addressed some of the issues the government cited while sending his name back, including his sexual orientation. Speaking at an event at the Kolkata Literary Meet, when asked about the government’s concern that he may “lack objectivity” given his “passionate” involvement in causes such as “gay rights”, Kirpal said, “It is a fallacy to assume that a judge can be completely divorced from their upbringing, from the social milieu, from their conceptions, ideas etc. It shapes who they are""
"In other news: At 8.30 pm, barely half an hour before the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union planned to screen the first episode of the two-part BBC documentary, ‘India: The Modi Question,’ which was pulled down by YouTube and Twitter on orders from the Centre, the campus was plunged into darkness.
It was only after midnight that power was restored after a group of students, as a mark of protest against what they said was a deliberate blackout, watched parts of the documentary on their phones and laptops.
JNU V-C Santishree Pandit and university Rector 1 Satish Chnadra Garkoti were not available for comment. Deputy Registrar Ravi Kant Sinha said he was not authorised to comment."
"Let us look at the top international news: A 23-year-old Indian has died after he was shot during an armed robbery in Chicago, according to a media report.
Devsish Nandepu was shot during an armed robbery Sunday night in Princeton Park on the South Side, Chicago police said on Tuesday morning.
He succumbed to his injuries, a report in ABC7 Eyewitness News said."
"In more news from the US: Aides to former Vice President Mike Pence found a small number of documents with classified markings at his home in Indiana during a search last week, according to an adviser to Pence.
The documents were “inadvertently boxed and transported” to Pence’s home at the end of President Donald Trump’s administration, Greg Jacob, Pence’s representative for dealing with records related to the presidency, wrote in a letter to the National Archives. The discovery of the classified documents in Pence’s home was reported earlier by CNN.
"Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin said that there were shortages of some medicines in Russia and that prices had gone up, despite the country producing more of its drugs.
While prescription drugs are exempt from Western sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine, their delivery to Russia has been hit by transport, insurance and customs hurdles caused by the war and other restrictive measures, industry figures say.
Putin said during a televised meeting with officials: “There has been a shortage of some drugs, despite the fact that we saw production of pharmaceutical products in the (first) three quarters of last year grow by about 22%,” "
"In other news: Finland’s top diplomat appeared to suggest that the country may have to consider joining NATO without Sweden after Turkey’s president cast serious doubt on the expansion of the military alliance.
His comment came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Sweden not to expect support for its bid for NATO membership following weekend protests in Stockholm by an anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups. It was the first time a leading government official in either country had appeared to raise doubts about joining the alliance together. Haavisto later backpedalled, telling reporters in Parliament that his comment had been “imprecise” and that Finland’s ambition to join NATO jointly with Sweden remained unchanged.
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