China protests India’s ‘incursion’, fresh cyberattack: Top stories to bring you up to date
From China lodging a protest against Indian soldiers’ ‘trespassing’ into their territory to another ransomware attack hitting computers across the worldindia Updated: Jun 28, 2017 07:38 IST
Beijing claims area in Sikkim as its own, Haryana CM Khattar says Junaid’s killers will be punished, ransomware attack across the world: Here are the top stories of the day:
1) China lodges protest with India over Sikkim ‘incursion’
China on Tuesday lodged protests in Beijing and New Delhi against Indian soldiers’ “trespassing” into its territory and indicated the Mansarovar Yatra would remain suspended till India “withdrew” its troops. The ministry of foreign affairs made it clear it would leverage the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, a major confidence-building measure between the two neighbours, in the standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Sikkim. In a late-night statement, China cited an 1890 treaty signed between the British-Indian government and the then ruling Chinese Qing dynasty on Sikkim to say India was violating rules established 127 years ago. Read the story here.
2) Area in Sikkim that Indian army raised objection about is ‘undoubtedly’ ours, says China
China on Tuesday justified the construction of a road in the Sikkim sector, saying the area “undoubtedly” is located on its side of the border as per the 1890 Sino-British Treaty. “According to the treaty, ‘zhe’ is the ancient name of Sikkim,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement. “As per this treaty, the area over which the Indian army has raised objection is undoubtedly located on the Chinese side of the border,” he said. The statement came a day after the Chinese military accused the Indian army of stopping the construction of the road in what it claims to be China’s “sovereign territory” in the Sikkim section of the India-China border. Read the story here.
3) VHP calls for boycott of Chinese products after Mansarovar yatra suspended
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) today urged the people to boycott the Chinese products as a mark of protest against China’s refusal to allow pilgrims to undertake the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The neighbouring country has reportedly refused entry to the first batch of some 50 pilgrims, who were supposed to travel to Kailash Mansarovar via Nathu La in Sikkim. Reacting sharply to this, VHP joint general secretary Surendra Kumar Jain alleged that China had its eye on Tibet, which it had been “illegally” occupying. Read the story here.
4)‘It’s WannaCry all over again’: Ransomware cyberattack hits Europe, major companies
A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia’s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and shutting down computers at multinational shipping and advertising firms. Cyber security experts said those behind the attack appeared to have exploited the same type of hacking tool used in the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May before a British researcher created a kill-switch. “It’s like WannaCry all over again,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer with Helsinki-based cyber security firm F-Secure. Read the story here.
5) Those who lynched Junaid on train will be punished, says Haryana CM Khattar
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar promised on Tuesday the killers of Junaid Khan, who was lynched on a train in Faridabad, will be brought to justice. “The government will not allow anyone to take the law in his hands,” he said in an interview to Hindustan Times. The 16-year-old Junaid was returning to his Ballabhgarh home with his brothers after Eid shopping in New Delhi on June 23. He was stabbed to death by a mob after an altercation over seats on a suburban train.
Khattar disapproved the incidents of vigilantism in the name of cow protection. The chief minister said Junaid’s killing was not a “big conspiracy”. “There is nothing to suggest it was a planned act.” Read the story here.
6) Can’t adopt white child, try in India, British-Sikh couple told by UK agency
A British Sikh couple were asked by an adoption agency not to apply because of their “Indian heritage” and were advised to try to adopt in India, sparking fury and a race-discrimination case. Berkshire-based Sandeep and Reena Mander wanted to adopt a child of any ethnic background but were told that since only white children were in need, white British or European applicants would be given preference, meaning they were unlikely to be selected. The case prominently reported in the British media on Tuesday highlighted race issues in adoption though the official position is that a child’s ethnicity should not be a barrier to adoption. Read the story here.
7) JD(U) asks why Congress is shortening life of grand alliance, cites natural ties with BJP in past
The JD(U) hit out on Tuesday at the Congress’ “unfriendly and unwarranted” attack on its chief Nitish Kumar, wondering why the grand old party seemed bent on shortening the life of the Bihar grand alliance, where Lalu Prasad’s RJD too has a stake. With the JD(U)’s decision to back NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind under intense scrutiny, spokesperson KC Tyagi also referred to his party’s “natural” relations with the Centre’s ruling BJP when it was part of the National Democratic Alliance. He, however, insisted that there was no question of joining the saffron alliance. Read the story here.
8) UPSC third ranker gets HC notice for producing ‘fake’ disability certificate
The Hyderabad high court on Tuesday issued notices to Gopalakrishna Ronanki, who was ranked third in the civil services examination this year, to prove the disability certificate that he submitted to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) while appearing for the examination, was genuine. A public interest litigation petition has alleged that Ronanki, who belonged to the Other Backward Caste, submitted a fake certificate stating he has 45% disability to the UPSC while applying for the civil services exam last year. Read the story here.
9) Opinion: Why US designation of Hizb’s Salahuddin as global terrorist will put Pakistan in a spot
The US designation of Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based chief of Hizbul Mujahideen and United Jihad Council, as a global terrorist is significant for India’s efforts to counter cross-border terror in several ways. Salahuddin is the only terrorist from Jammu and Kashmir to make the infamous State Department’s list. Unlike other Pakistan-based Indian citizens, Islamabad has never denied the presence of Salahuddin on its soil. With the US position on terrorism in the region aligning more closely with that of India, it may be difficult for the Pakistani security establishment to resist pressure to crack down on terrorists such as Salahuddin. Read the story here.
10) Why Ravi Shastri is better than Anil Kumble, reveals Indian cricket team insider
With Ravi Shastri throwing in the hat now for the job of India coach, one can’t help but question whether the brouhaha last year over his application and its subsequent rejection was really worth it. There is little doubt that Shastri gelled better with skipper Virat Kohli than the more workmanlike Kumble. Fielding coach R Sridhar, who has been with the team for three years says “Shastri was somebody who was character-based. He wanted characters in the team, so he worked on that kind of approach.” “He wanted to take that approach to the field. Kumble was someone who wanted to achieve excellence in his own way,” he adds. Read the story here.