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From launch of India’s heaviest rocket to London attack, top stories for today

Here is a look at the top stories of today, in case you missed any.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2017 11:27 IST
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The 25 and half hour countdown for the launch of GSLV MkIII carrying heaviest communication Satellite GSAT-19 by Indian Space Research Organisation till date commenced at 3.58 PM on Sunday.
The 25 and half hour countdown for the launch of GSLV MkIII carrying heaviest communication Satellite GSAT-19 by Indian Space Research Organisation till date commenced at 3.58 PM on Sunday.(PTI)

CBI raids promoters of NDTV and residence of Prannoy and Radhika Roy

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the promoters of news channel NDTV, Pranay Roy and his wife Radhika Roy in connection with an alleged bank fraud case said a senior CBI official on condition of anonymity. The office RRPR Holding Private Ltd, the promoter company of English and Hindi news channels as well as the residence of Roys were raided on Monday morning. The premises of NDTV has not been covered in the raids, a source said.

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India’s heaviest rocket with GSAT-19 satellite to lift-off into space today

India’s heaviest rocket – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) – is set for its maiden flight into space along with a communications satellite GSAT-19 on Monday evening. The rocket, weighing 640 tonnes and standing 43.43 metres tall, will carry a 3,136-kg GSAT-19 communications satellite to an altitude of around 179 km above the Earth after just over 16 minutes into the flight. The mission’s success will enable India to launch four-tonne satellites on its own rocket instead of paying huge amounts of money to foreign space agencies to execute the operation.

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Four militants killed by security forces as they attack CRPF camp in Bandipora

Security forces killed four militants as they foiled a pre-dawn fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. A police spokesperson said the militants were killed while attempting a suicide attack at the 45Bn headquarters of the CRPF at Sumbal in Bandipora district around 4.10am. The four tried to storm the camp hurling grenades and resorting to heavy firing, he said. But their attempt was foiled by alert sentries, who immediately retaliated resulting in a gun battle which lasted over an hour.

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World Environment Day: Despite increasing green cover, India is losing its forests

“Do not erect a memorial when I die, but plant a tree if you loved and respected me,” Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave wrote in his will. Dave had reasons to be worried. Between 1880 and 2013 India lost about 40% of its forest cover. Today, 24% of its area is under forests or 7 lakh sq km, according to government data. The area under forest and tree cover has grown by 5,081 sq km between 2013 and 2015. A rise in forest and tree cover may seem like a reason to celebrate but a careful look at the state of forests shows the government has many promises to keep.

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‘Drunk’ constable arrested after he dials 100, threatens to kill Arvind Kejriwal

The security agencies of New Delhi went into a tizzy on Friday night after a Delhi Police constable allegedly called the police control room and threatened to kill chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. When questioned by a joint team of intelligence bureau (IB), special cell and local police, the constable claimed that he made the bogus call after getting drunk. The constable, identified as Vikas Kumar, is deployed with the Delhi Police’s seventh battalion in Malviya Nagar.

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Islamic State claims terror attack in London that killed 7

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the London attacks, which left seven people dead, an online news agency affiliated with the terrorist group said on Monday. A “detachment of fighters from Islamic state carried out London attacks yesterday” the Aamaq news agency said, referring to Saturday’s assault which saw three men in a van plough into pedestrians on London Bridge before going on a stabbing spree. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday blamed “evil” Islamist ideology for the attack, as police said they had arrested 12 suspects.

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE cut ties with Qatar over ‘terrorism’

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the wealthy Gulf Arab state of supporting terrorism. The coordinated move dramatically escalates a simmering dispute over Qatar’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran. The three Gulf states announced the closure of transport ties with Qatar and gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries.

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Russian President Putin denies knowledge of Trump son-in-law back channel proposal

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has no knowledge of a reported pre-inauguration proposal by President Donald Trump’s son in law and top aide Jared Kushner to set up a secret, bug-proof communications channel with the Kremlin. In an interview with journalist Megyn Kelly aired Sunday on NBC, Putin again flatly denied US intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia meddled via hacking and other means in the US election to help Trump win. He said there may have been non-Russian hackers from anywhere that simply blamed Russia.

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Why Virat Kohli felt like a ‘club batsman’ during India vs Pakistan clash

India captain Virat Kohli praised Yuvraj Singh’s “game-changing” quality after seeing his side launch their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 title-defence with a 124-run rout of arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday. Some of Yuvraj’s shots were breathtaking. “Yuvi’s innings, I think, was the game-changing innings,” Kohli told reporters. “I felt like a club batsman while playing alongside Yuvi, the way he was hitting the ball. He took all the pressure off me and played the way only he can.”

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Yuvraj Singh dedicates knock in India vs Pakistan match to these special people

Yuvraj Singh dedicated his ‘game-changing’ innings during India-Pakistan match at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to cancer survivors on the occasion of ‘Cancer Survivor Day’. He also expressed his thoughts and prayers to all those impacted in the London terror attack. “My innings on #CancerSurvivorDay is dedicated to all the heroes & survivors. Also my thoughts & Prayers to all impacted in #londonattack,” Yuvraj Singh tweeted.

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