From BSP protests to Kabali euphoria: What made headlines on Thursday

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 22, 2016 01:52 IST
Bahujan Samaj Party supporters burn an effigy of Bharatiya Janata Party's former Uttar Pradesh state vice president Dayashankar Singh in Lucknow on Thursday. (AP)

Missed the big headlines of the day gone by? Don’t worry. HT presents to you the top news of Thursday. Catch a glimpse to catch on. From protests over Dalit issues to China-Pakistan joint exercise and the euphoria over Rajinikanth’s Kabali, here’s your one-stop news basket.

Dalit ire singes BJP, Mayawati takes the centre stage

BSP chief Mayawati took centre stage in national politics and won rare unanimous opposition support in Parliament on Thursday, as protests grew over derogatory remarks about her and atrocities against Dalits.

Thousands of people filled the main streets of Lucknow and elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, demanding the arrest of expelled state BJP leader Dayashankar Singh for comparing Mayawati to a prostitute. They left after the authorities promised to arrest Singh within 36 hours.

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Chinese and Pakistani troops launch joint patrol along PoK border

Chinese and Pakistani troops are jointly patrolling a stretch of the border connecting Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Xinjiang against the backdrop of reports that more than 100 Uyghurs from the region have joined the Islamic State.

China’s state media reported the joint patrolling on Thursday, with the website of People’s Daily, the Communist Party of China’s mouthpiece, publishing dozens of photos of armed Chinese and Pakistani troops marching along the border and conducting drills.

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Stop inciting terrorism, meddling in our affairs, India tells Pakistan

Hitting out at Pakistan for observing a “black day” on the situation in Kashmir, India on Thursday asked it to stop supporting terrorism on Indian soil and meddling in the country’s internal affairs.

In a strong response to the “black day” observed by the Nawaz Sharif government , the external affairs ministry said the events in Pakistan were led by “UN-designated terrorists” – a reference to Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed who organised a rally from Lahore to Islamabad on Wednesday.

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France truck attacker had accomplices, planned for months: Prosecutor

The truck driver who killed 84 people on a Nice beachfront had accomplices and appears to have been plotting his attack for months, the Paris prosecutor said Thursday.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said five suspects currently in custody are facing preliminary terrorism charges for their alleged roles in helping 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel in the July 14 attack in the southern French city. Molins’ office, which oversees terrorism investigations, opened a judicial inquiry Thursday into a battery of charges for the suspects, including complicity to murder and possessing weapons tied to a terrorist enterprise.

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I’m not Trump’s ‘servile puppy dog,’ says Ted Cruz

The senator from Texas refused to endorse Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, and was widely seen as making a case for himself for another run for the presidential nomination in 2020.

“Vote your conscience,” Cruz said, winding up his speech. “Vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

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An entire state gone wild: Kabali has Tamil Nadu raving for more

With Kabali set to hit cinemas across the country on Friday, the state of Tamil Nadu is in uproar, with fans swarming local theatres desperately trying to nab the rare ‘first day first show’ ticket.

The release of a Rajinikanth film in Tamil Nadu is an almost sacred affair. An occasion which unites his die-hard fans and the curious alike in seeing the man known reverently as Thalaivar, perform on the big screen.

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