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Chinese media talks tough on India, protests against lynchings today: Top stories

Bhutan could be a key factor in Sikkim standoff, 86% of those killed in cow-related violence since 2010 are Muslim, here are the top stories to look out for.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2017 01:09 IST
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Fishing trawlers are seen in front of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai.
Fishing trawlers are seen in front of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai.(Reuters File Photo)

Bhutan could be a key factor in Sikkim standoff, 86% of those killed in cow-related violence since 2010 are Muslim, here are the top stories to look out for:

India has better options than surgical strikes to teach Pakistan a lesson: Army chief Bipin Rawat

India has more effective options than surgical strikes to teach Pakistan a lesson, chief of army staff General Bipin Rawat told HT in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. “Pakistan thinks it is fighting an easy war that’s paying them dividends, but we have options (other than surgical strikes) that are far more impactful and effective. Our army is not barbaric. I don’t want to (collect) heads because we are a disciplined force,” he said, referring to the decapitation and mutilation of two Indian soldiers on May 1. Read the story here.

India needs to be taught the rules of the game, says Chinese media on Sikkim stand-off

India needs to be taught the “rules” of dealing with border disputes, Chinese state media has said, cautioning New Delhi not to mistake China’s silence on boundary problems as its weakness. The warning comes in the middle of a standoff between the border troops along Sikkim on India’s northeastern border with Tibet that has seen the Chinese side suspend an annual pilgrimage through the Nathu La pass that lies on the frontier. The Chinese government “must force the Indian troops to retreat to the Indian side by all means necessary”, the media said on Wednesday, a day after China accused Indian soldiers of crossing into its territory. Read the story here.

Is Bhutan a key factor in Sikkim stand-off between China and India?

Bhutan could be the key to the ongoing China-India stand-off along the frontier in Sikkim, where troops from the two countries have accused each other of trespassing territorial borders, according to a Chinese expert. China has accused Indian troops of disrupting the construction of a road in Donglang area of Yadong County of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Donglang is located at the narrow but strategically important tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, with the three countries barely separated by mountains and passes. Donglang or Doklam is also part of a border dispute between China and Bhutan. While the area is in China, Bhutan has claims over it. Read the story here.

86% killed in cow-related violence since 2010 are Muslim, 97% attacks after Modi govt came to power

Muslims were the target of 51% of violence centred on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017) and comprised 86% of 28 Indians killed in 63 incidents, according to an IndiaSpend content analysis of the English media. As many of 97% of these attacks were reported after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014, and about half the cow-related violence – 32 of 63 cases – were from states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when the attacks were reported, revealed an analysis of violence recorded until June 25, 2017. Read the story here.

Attacks on Muslims: Thousands expected to join #notinmyname protest in Delhi, 4 other cities today

Facebook post by a filmmaker against the lynching of a Muslim teenager has sparked a powerful online campaign, leading to protest marches being organised in five cities across the country. Thousands have pledged to hit the streets this week in support of the campaign, “Not In My Name”. Citizen protests will be held in Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru, simultaneously, on Wednesday, said filmmaker Saba Dewan, adding that it reflected the “anger and grief” of the people. “I never realized the response would be so overwhelming. Despite the debilitating violence, these protests will make us feel we are alive and spark hope,” Dewan said. Read the story here.

Opinion: Modi-Trump meet: Optics are good, but India needs to see if US walks the talk

Three bear hugs, first dinner for a foreign dignitary at White House, a walk-around the residential area of the stately building, Donald Trump calling Narendra Modi a “true friend” and Indian Prime Minister returning the compliments in right earnest took care of the optics to a great extent. The two sides found growing convergence on Indo-Pacific region which could translate into a strategy to tackle growing Chinese influence in the region. The two sides found their defence and business ties growing though this visit didn’t come up with any definite blue print. H-1B visa and climate change continues to be issues that require greater political will and manoeuvring. Read the article here.

Cyberattack: Ransomware hits Jawaharlal Nehru port operations in Mumbai

Operations at one of the three terminals of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s largest container port, came to a standstill on Tuesday night following the global ransomware attack that crippled Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational companies in Europe. Officials said the attack has affected all software operations of Gateway Terminal India (GTI). Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk, one of the affected entities globally, operates the GTI, which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units. Read the story here.

Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai, lead to traffic snarls, delayed trains

Mumbaiites woke up to dark clouds and heavy rains on the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday. Several netizens also expressed their fear of facing peak-hour commuting hassles by both, road and rail on Twitter. Trains were running late, and there were massive traffic snarls on the road. On Tuesday, between 8am and 5.30pm, the Colaba weather station recorded 56.6mm rainfall and the Santacruz station recorded 40.9mm rainfall. Heavy rains are forecast till Friday. Read the story here.