Japan goes to polls to pass judgement on Shinzo Abe

Japan, voters headed to the polls today to cast their ballot in a Parliamentary election.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party is expected to cruise to victory despite lukewarm support.
Abe, in power since late 2012, has yet to achieve a strong recovery in the world’s third-largest economy for his cherished goal of removing a war-renouncing clause from Japan’s US-imposed constitution.
Today’s vote is for half the seats in the House of Councillors – the less powerful Upper House of Parliament. The vote outcome is expected to become clear shortly after the polls close at 8.00pm

Australia PM Turnbull’s conservatives win election

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today declared victory for his conservative coalition in the closely fought general election after opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten conceded defeat.
According to media reports, Mr. Shorten called Mr Turnbull to congratulate him and concede electoral defeat even as the vote counting was underway.
In the ongoing vote counting, the Liberal-National coalition has won 74 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives and Labor was at 66 seats with five seats still too close to call.
The coalition needs 76 seats to claim a majority in the lower house, the House of Representatives.

HM Rajnath Singh takes stock of situation in J&K

Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi today said, situation in Kashmir valley is under control.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today chaired a high level meeting in Delhi to review law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir following protests over Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing.
Home secretary, Intelligence Bureau chief and senior Home Ministry officials were present at the meeting. The Home Minister also spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. He assured her of all central assistance to deal with the situation.
Earlier, Mr Singh had said, the Centre is working with the state government to bring normalcy in Kashmir valley.

Climate Change likely to cause 2,50,000 additional deaths per year: WHO

World Health Organisation, WHO says, Climate change is likely to cause over 2 lakhs 50 thousand additional deaths per year between 2030 and 2050.
It said, these deaths will be caused due to malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea and heat stress.
The WHO said, by the late 21st century, climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of drought at regional and global scale.
It said, rising temperatures and variable precipitation are likely to decrease the production of staple foods in many of the poorest regions of the world.
This will increase the prevalence of malnutrition and under-nutrition, which currently cause 3.1 million deaths every year.
However it said, climate change may cause fewer winter deaths in temperate climates and increase food production in certain areas.


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