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Amarnath attack, Rajnath Singh’s tweet, Trump Jr in trouble: Top stories now

Opposition blame government for security lapses in Jammu and Kashmir, JD(U) tensions with Lalu Yadav’s RJD continue, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is reportedly dead, Trump Jr knew Kremlin was behind offer on information about Clinton, Ravi Shastri appointed head coach of Indian cricket team: Top stories now.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 07:53 IST
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Youth Congress activists hold placards and light candles during a protest to condemn the attack on a bus during the Amarnath Yatrs, in New Delhi.
Youth Congress activists hold placards and light candles during a protest to condemn the attack on a bus during the Amarnath Yatrs, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Amarnath Yatra attack: J-K police claim LeT responsible, Kashmir unites against terror

Police blamed Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba on Tuesday for killing seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims overnight amid mounting evidence of security lapses in the hours before the attack that triggered widespread condemnation across the country. Opposition parties blamed the government for not doing enough to stop the militant strike on the bus. Many on social media changed their profile photos to “I condemn’’ as traders, businessmen and civil society organised a protest in the heart of Srinagar in Lal Chowk. “This is a moment for us to define ourselves… No terror & murder in our names,’’ former chief minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet. Separatist leaders also condemned the attack. A fresh batch of 3,200-odd pilgrims left for the remote Himalayan cave on Tuesday.

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I’m ready to go on Amarnath Yatra again, says braveheart bus driver

“Given a chance, I will go back again on Amarnath Yatra,” said Saleem Sheikh Juhar, the driver of the bus attacked by militants in Kashmir’s Anantnag that left seven Amarnath pilgrims dead. Hailed as a hero for having driven through the hail of bullets until the bus reached a military camp, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has announced a cash award of Rs 3 lakh for Saleem. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said his government will recommend his name for a national bravery award. “I just did my duty,” the 37-year-old braveheart driver hailing from Gujarat’s Valsad told HT on Wednesday.

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After Amarnath attack, who gives a f*** about spirit of Kashmiriyat? Home minister Rajnath says ‘I do’

Home minister Rajnath Singh used Twitter on Tuesday to counter angry demands for retaliation against the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir and to the send out a clear message that not all Kashmiris are terrorists. Hours after the attack on Amarnath pilgrims Singh noted in a tweet that the people of Kashmir had strongly condemned the brazen assault by terrorists. “It shows the spirit of Kashmiriyat is very much alive,” he said and subsequently tweeted a memorable reply to a person who had called for retaliation.

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JD(U) gives partner RJD 4 days to dispel graft charges against Tejashwi Yadav

Bihar’s ruling allies appeared headed for a major confrontation on Tuesday, with a senior Janata Dal (United) leader saying partner Rashtriya Janata Dal has four days to dispel corruption allegations against deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav and his father Lalu Prasad. The announcement came amid mounting pressure on chief minister Nitish Kumar to sack Tejashwi, who along with Lalu is facing charges in an alleged land-for-hotels scandal that saw the Central Bureau of Investigation raiding their homes and other properties last week. Chief minister Nitish Kumar asked Tejashwi Yadav to give a “fact-wise reply in public” to the corruption charges hurled at him but said the ruling Grand Alliance won’t break.

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Misa Bharti grilled for 8 hours by ED in money laundering case

RJD MP Misa Bharti was on Tuesday grilled for nearly eight hours by Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths in connection with the agency’s probe into a Rs 8,000- crore money laundering case, officials

said. Bharti, the daughter of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, deposed before the investigating officer (IO) of the case at the central probe agency’s zonal office here shortly after 11 am. The officials said her statement was also recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

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Weighed down by fears & anxieties, but have faith in Constitution: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition’s pick for vice-president, said on Tuesday he applauded the “unity and conviction” with which the 18 parties asked him to be their candidate. “I accept the nomination with all the seriousness that it calls for. I applaud the unity and conviction with which the opposition parties have asked me to be their candidate for the vice presidentship,” he said. “I see myself as a citizen who is weighed down by anxieties and even fears about our collective future in these violent and retributive times but who nevertheless refuses to give up hope, faith, trust in our Republican constitution, our independent judiciary, our free press, in the institutions of parliamentary democracy and above all on the robust good sense of the people of India,” he said.

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Trump Jr was told Russia behind promised information on Hillary Clinton

Before the US president’s son Donald Trump Jr met a Russian lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, he was reportedly told that the Kremlin was behind the information. The revelation, reported first by The New York Times, has been called the “smoking gun” in media reports linking the Trump campaign to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, under investigation by the justice department and congress. Rob Goldstone, a British publicist who set up that meeting, told Trump Jr in an email that the compromising information he was to get from the lawyer was part of Russian government’s efforts to ensure his father’s victory, according to the report.

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Syrian Observatory says Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead

Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reported dead on Tuesday, according to a Syrian monitoring group and an Iraqi TV news channel, a day after Iraq announced it had defeated the terror group in its stronghold of Mosul. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told news wires it had “confirmed information” from top IS commanders that al-Baghdadi had been killed. “Top tier commanders from IS who are present in Deir Ezzor province have confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, emir of the Islamic State group, to the Observatory,” the group’s director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. “We learned of it today but we do not know when he died or how.”

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Goa: Woman ‘confined’ in dark room for 20 years rescued by police

A woman, currently in her 50’s, was on Tuesday found to be “confined” in a room in her parents’ house for the last twenty years for her ‘abnormal behaviour’ in Candolim village near Panaji, the police said. The woman, locked in a dark room which has been her world for the last two decades, was rescued after an NGO alerted the police. “The woman was locked in a dark room of her parents’ house currently occupied by her two brothers and their family members. She was being served food and water through a window,” a senior police official said.

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Ravi Shastri named Indian cricket team’s head coach, Zaheer Khan bowling coach

Ravi Shastri was confirmed as India head coach after a 48-hour long drama late on Tuesday. Former India pacer Zaheer Khan will be the bowling coach while Rahul Dravid, who is also the India A and U-19 coach, will be batting consultant on overseas Test tours. The term of the appointments will be till the World Cup 2019. The confirmation is surprising as earlier in the day acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary had rubbished reports that claimed Shastri had been appointed coach.

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Ravi Shastri - Indian cricket team’s ultimate comeback man

After much drama and suspense, Ravi Shastri was appointed the new head coach of the Indian cricket team on Tuesday. For Ravi Shastri, this is his third stint with the Indian cricket team. As a player, Shastri was one of the pillars of the Indian team in the 80s and early 90s. He typified the Mumbai school of grit, starting out as a lower order batsman but going on to open the batting and also supplement it with slow left-arm orthodox bowling.

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