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Farmers protest in MP, Myanmar’s plane debris found, Iran attacks: Top stories for today

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

india Updated: Jun 08, 2017 07:54 IST
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Former US President Barack Obama caught up with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday at Montreal’s Liverpool House restaurant.
Former US President Barack Obama caught up with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday at Montreal’s Liverpool House restaurant.(Twitter)

Mandsaur violence: Farmers’ protests spread as Centre rushes five battalions to Madhya Pradesh

A farmers’ agitation demanding loan waivers and higher crop prices in Madhya Pradesh spread to large parts of the state on Wednesday with protesters torching vehicles, targeting police stations and attacking government officials. The flare-up occurred a day after five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur, where district collector Swatantra Kumar Singh was heckled and assaulted on Wednesday when he was trying to pacify farmers blocking a highway. As the BJP-ruled state grappled to contain the situation, the Centre rushed five battalions of paramilitary forces to Madhya Pradesh. Six battalions were sent on Tuesday to assist police.

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Explosion at firecracker factory kills 23 workers in Madhya Pradesh’s Balaghat

At least 23 people were killed after an explosion in a firecracker factory in Balaghat, about 440km southeast of Bhopal, on Wednesday. The blast sparked a blaze around 3pm, which firefighters tamed in two hours. Superintendent of police Amit Sanghi told HT that 23 people died in the fire incident at the Barsa fire cracker factory in Khari village. He said the incident took place around 3pm. “Bodies were fished out from the rubble of the fallen structure and the injured were sent to the hospital”, he said.

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83% of Indians give thumbs up to country’s economy: Pew survey post demonetisation

Indians have the most positive view of their economic situation in the developing world, says the annual Pew Research Centre survey of global economic attitudes. Even compared to the citizens of rich countries, Indians are near the top with 83% describing their current economic situation as good. The survey said, “Notably, 30% of Indians believe their economy is very good.” This was “the strongest such sentiment among any country in the survey.”

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BJP legislator wants momos banned, says they cause life-threatening diseases

Everybody loves street momos, but not lawyer and BJP legislator Ramesh Arora of Jammu and Kashmir. He wants the dumplings dumped for good, saying they contain the carcinogenic monosodium glutamate or Ajinomoto. The member of the legislative council has been campaigning for a ban against the cheap street food, invented arguably in Nepal. “Momos have been found to be the root cause of several life-threatening diseases, including cancer of the intestine,” Arora said on Wednesday.

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Sacked FBI director Comey says Trump told him to let Flynn probe go

Fired FBI director James Comey confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump urged him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor Michael Flynn, then under scrutiny for his Russia contacts. “I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn in connection with his false statements about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in December,” Comey said in a statement for the record ahead of his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. “The president said, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.’ I didn’t move, speak, or change my facial expression in any way during the awkward silence that followed,” Comey said.

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Debris from Myanmar military plane carrying over 100 people found in Andaman Sea

Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard were found in the Andaman Sea late Wednesday, a local official said. Navy ships and aircraft had been searching since the afternoon when the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers. More than a dozen children were believed to be among the passengers on the plane travelling from the southern city of Myeik to Yangon.

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Islamic State warns of more attacks in Iran, says ‘caliphate will not miss a chance to spill their blood’

Islamic State said in a statement on Wednesday that five of its fighters were responsible for a raid on Iran’s parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini, using assault rifles, grenades, and suicide vests, and killing and injuring almost 60 people before dying. The Sunni militant group also threatened Iran’s majority Shi’ite population with more attacks, saying “the caliphate will not miss a chance to spill their blood” until Sharia law is implemented.

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Sri Lanka defends joining China’s OBOR project

Sri Lankan foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake on Wednesday defended his country’s participation in the One Belt One Road (OBOR), a signature project of Chinese president Xi Jingping, and said India hadn’t raised any objection in this regard. Karunanayake – who is in India on a two-day visit – met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and national security advisor Ajit Doval. Faced with a volley of questions, Karunanayake said India and Sri Lanka had held discussions on the project, which would “revive ancient shipping routes that have existed for thousands of years”.

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Barack Obama dines with Justin Trudeau. Internet goes gaga over their ‘Bromance’

Barack Obama maybe out of the White House, but his friendship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is still going strong. A recent photo of both of them dining together in Montreal is proof of their evergreen ‘bromance’. The former President caught up with Trudeau on Tuesday at Montreal’s Liverpool House restaurant, and their pictures are going viral for obvious reasons. Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted a photo showing both of them in deep conversation.

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Virat Kohli admits ‘disagreements’ with R Ashwin but for a good reason

Ravichandran Ashwin “understands the dynamics” of team composition which led to Ravindra Jadeja being preferred over him, feels India captain Virat Kohli. “Ashwin is a top-class bowler. Everyone knows that. And he is very professional as well. He understands the dynamics of the side that was picked in the last game and he was absolutely fine with it. He (Ashwin) told me ‘I support you whatever you want to do.’ That’s always been our equation,” Kohli said on the eve of the match against Sri Lanka. Kohli revealed that there has been “disagreements” with Ashwin but specifically related to on-field technical issues and never ever over selection matters.

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