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Farmers’ unrest spreads in MP, SC rules on use of Aadhaar: Top stories to bring you up to date

A digest of important news stories in the last 24 hours.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2017 08:20 IST
HT Correspondent
Farmers torch vehicles during a protest in Phanda near Bhopal on June 9.
Farmers torch vehicles during a protest in Phanda near Bhopal on June 9.(PTI Photo)

MP farmers’ unrest spreads, journalists protest CBI raids on NDTV, PM Modi meets Nawaz Sharif, Supreme Court rules on use of Aadhaar.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

1- Mandsaur farmers’ agitation: Death toll climbs to 6 as unrest spreads; CM Chouhan to begin indefinite fast

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will begin an indefinite fast from Saturday for peace and possible talks with farmers as a violent agitation demanding loan waivers and better prices for their produce raged across the state. Two debt-ridden men allegedly committed suicide at different places of the state in the past 24 hours, underlining growing woes of farmers in the country’s heartland where a bumper harvest has sent prices crashing. Farmers in Maharashtra, another BJP-ruled state, are also agitating over similar demands, mounting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double their income by 2022.

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2- Modi-Sharif meet in Astana a pit stop in the rough ride that India-Pak ties are

Nothing happens until it has happened. The axiom best captures the rollercoaster that India-Pakistan ties are. Going against the script yet again, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday had a pull-aside with his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the annual Shangahi Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana on Thursday. It was more than an exchange of pleasantries, sources said.

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3- Journalists protest CBI raids on NDTV, claim govt undermining free speech

Hundreds of journalists came together on Friday to protest against recent CBI raids on the homes and offices of NDTV promoter Prannoy Roy, saying the investigation against him in an alleged bank fraud was reminiscent of the attack on press freedom during the Emergency. Veteran editors Kuldeep Nayar and HK Dua, senior jurist Fali Nariman and former BJP minister Arun Shourie were among the speakers who defended Roy and his TV channel at the two-hour event at the Press Club of India. In their speeches, Nayar, Nariman and Shourie took on the government, accusing it of undermining free speech and intimidating the media just as Prime Minister Indira Gandhi did during a 21-month period of Emergency in 1975-77 when she curtailed fundamental rights and tried to muzzle the press.

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4- Supreme Court says Aadhaar must be linked to IT returns for those who have it

The Supreme Court upheld on Friday a law that makes it mandatory for Aadhaar-card holders to give their identity numbers while filing income tax returns and applying for permanent account number (PAN). The top court, however, said it has not addressed privacy concerns over the scheme and said it will be decided by a separate constitution bench. A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri provided some relief for IT assesses who do not have Aadhaar – a 14-digit unique identification number scheme which critics say is vulnerable to misuse.

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5- NSCN (K) leader SS Khaplang dies in Myanmar

One of the most dreaded rebel leaders in the Northeast and a foe-turned-friend-turned-foe of the Indian armed forces, SS Khaplang, died in his Myanmar base Friday night. The 77-year-old Khaplang, chairman of the Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K), died of renal complications, officials in Nagaland quoting “reliable sources” in Myanmar said. “The Naga rebel leader is likely to be buried near the Taga camp on Saturday, and Akhio Konyak, one of the senior leaders after him, could take over as the next NSCN-K chairman to continue the fight the governments both in Myanmar and India,” a senior police officer said.

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6- RSS affiliates blame NITI Aayog for ‘anti-farmer’ policies

The BJP-led government’s handling of the ongoing farmers’ unrest and job cuts has earned the criticism of not just the Opposition, but from the offshoots of its ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The labour and the farmer’s wing of the RSS, the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) and the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) have blamed the government for failing to stem farm and services sectors crises and for allowing the government think tank NITI Aayog to steer policy towards reliance on foreign direct investment.

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7- Army foils infiltration bid in Kashmir’s Uri, 5 militants killed

Five militants were killed in north Kashmir’s Uri sector while trying to infiltrate into India, the army said on Friday. It was the latest infiltration attempt to the restive valley and at least 12 militants have been killed by Indian soldiers since Wednesday. Details were not immediately available. The army said, the total number of militants killed trying to enter India this year was 39.

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8- ‘Your turn will come’: Islamic State threatens attacks in Saudi Arabia

Islamic State (IS) threatened attacks in Saudi Arabia after the militant group claimed responsibility for assaults in Tehran that killed at least 17 people, Site Intelligence monitoring group reported on Friday. Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran on Wednesday. In a video that appeared to have been recorded before the attack on Tehran, five masked fighters were shown threatening Shi’ites in Iran as well as the Saudi Arabian government saying their turn “will come”. “Know that after Iran, your turn will come. By Allah, we will strike you in your own homes... We are the agents of nobody. We obey Allah and His Messenger, and we are fighting for the sake of this religion, not for the sake of Iran or the Arabian Peninsula”, a masked IS fighter said.

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9- US calls on Arab states to ease Qatar blockade as crisis deepens

The United States on Friday called on Arab states to ease their blockade on Qatar and demanded all sides move to calm tensions that intensified with a Turkish offer to send troops, warships and planes to aid its Qatari ally. In something of a reversal of US President Donald Trump’s suggestion earlier this week that he sided with Saudi Arabia and other countries against Qatar, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made clear on Friday that he expected all parties to end the crisis. “We call on the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to ease the blockade against Qatar,” he said in Washington.

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10- Comey testimony: Trump says vindicated, detractors allege obstruction

US President Donald Trump has claimed “total and complete vindication” in former FBI director James Comey’s testimony, but his detractors insisted the deposition showed he tried to “improperly” stop and “potentially obstruct” the investigation into his then national security adviser Michael Flynn’s Russia dealings. In a blunt and dramatic three-hour testimony before the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, Comey called Trump a “liar” multiple times and said he had asked him to drop the Flynn probe but repeated, in oral and written submissions, that the president was never under investigation personally.

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11- Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah lead Bangladesh to stunning win over New Zealand

Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan shared a superb 224-run partnership to lead Bangladesh to a memorable five-wicket victory over New Zealand who were knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy on Friday. Chasing 266 to win the Group A game, Bangladesh slumped to 33 for four as Kiwi seamers Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Adam Milne swung the new ball.

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