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From Sukma ambush to Musharraf defending Hafiz Saeed; top stories to bring you up to date

Suspected Maoist militants killed 25 paramilitary personnel and injured six in Chhattisgarh’s south Sukma region on Monday.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2017 08:02 IST
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Injured CRPF being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday follwing a Maoist attack at Burkapal near Chintagufa in Bastar. The attack occurred at two places at a place called Burkapal.
Injured CRPF being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday follwing a Maoist attack at Burkapal near Chintagufa in Bastar. The attack occurred at two places at a place called Burkapal. (PTI Photo)

Here’s a list of top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

25 CRPF personnel killed in Maoist encounter in Chhattisgarh, PM Modi calls attack ‘cowardly, deplorable’

Suspected Maoist militants killed 25 paramilitary personnel and injured six in Chhattisgarh’s south Sukma region on Monday, police said, in an ambush possibly to thwart a crucial road link the government believes would break the back of the insurgent group. The midday attack, which occurred between the Burkapal-Chintagufa area in the Maoist hotbed of Bastar, is the worst in seven years. Monday’s victims were part of a 99-strong team providing security to workers building the road. Survivors of the attack said about 300 militants waylaid them, firing with rifles from hilltops. Senior police officers said the security party was having lunch when they were attacked.

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Cows to get unique identification numbers, tags with details of horn, tail: Centre’s proposal to SC

The central government will soon approve tamper-proof identity tags for all cattle in the country that will document a range of data, including a unique number and the type of their horn and tail, solicitor general Ranjit Kumar told the Supreme Court on Monday. A government-appointed panel headed by a joint secretary of the Union home ministry came up with the idea as part of efforts to prevent illegal transportation of cattle and livestock to Bangladesh. The panel’s report was submitted on the top court on Monday, and Kumar told the bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar that the government backed the suggestions.

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Musharraf defends Hafiz Saeed, claims he was not involved in Mumbai attacks

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has claimed that Jamaat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed was not involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack that left 166 people dead. “I don’t think Saeed was behind the 26/11 attacks. In Pakistan, we don’t call him a terrorist,” the 73-year-old Musharraf said. Referring to Saeed’s house arrest in Pakistan, Musharraf said, “Let me surprise you. The Hafiz Saeed issue is an issue in India, not in the United States.” “They may be talk about Haqqani and Shakil Afridi... they don’t talk about Hafiz Saeed, only India keeps talking about him,” he said, while talking about the Mumbai attacks.

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For Indians, America under Trump is a land of vanished opportunity

Generations of Indians have admired the United States for almost everything. But many are infuriated and unnerved by what they see as a wave of racist violence under President Donald Trump, souring the United States’ allure. The reaction is not just anger and anxiety. Now, young Indians who have aspired to study, live and work in the United States are looking elsewhere. “We don’t know what might happen to us while walking on the street there,” said Kanika Arora, a 20-year-old student in Mumbai who is reconsidering her plan to study in the United States. “They might just think that we’re terrorists.”

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Army canteens suspend sales of Patanjali amla juice; company blames Uttarakhand dept

The Canteen Stores Department (CSD), the retailing entity selling consumer goods to the armed forces, has suspended the sale of a batch of Patanjali Ayurveda’s amla juice after it “failed” to clear a laboratory test. The Haridwar-based ayurveda firm, promoted by yoga guru Ramdev, however, blamed an Uttarakhand government department for the fiasco. Defence ministry sources said a show cause notice has been served on the company after the juice “failed” the test carried out at West Bengal Public Health Laboratory in Kolkata. The company has said “Amla juice is an Ayurvedic proprietary medicine and department should have conducted examination under prescribed (Ayurveda) category and not under food category”.

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Days after Jharkhand breach, govt websites continue to bleed Aadhaar data

Days after Hindustan Times reported a data breach of over a million Aadhaar numbers from a Jharkhand government website, at least four more instances of similar leaks on other government websites have come to light. These breaches come at a time when the Supreme Court is hearing a set of petitions challenging a controversial government decision to make it mandatory to seed Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) with Aadhaar numbers for filing income tax returns. The unsecure websites investigated by HT include a scholarship database in Uttar Pradesh, a public distribution system website in Chandigarh, a pensioners dashboard in Kerala and a Swachh Bharat Mission website maintained by the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, which cumulatively compromise the digital identities of thousands of citizens.

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Students clash with security forces, 24 hurt as protests rock Srinagar again

Twenty four people, including 12 security personnel, were injured on Monday as students clashed with police who used tear gas to disperse the protesters as colleges opened in Kashmir after a five-day shutdown. As soon as colleges reopened on Monday, students of Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School and College came out on roads adjacent to the institutions and pelted stones on security forces who retaliated with tear gas and water cannons. Students shouted Islamic and pro-azaadi slogans as they charged at the security personnel and threw stones that left a dozen policemen injured.

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Cops, scribes injured as cow vigilantes trigger tension in Jharkhand’s Giridih

A day after self-styled Gau Rakshaks (cow vigilantes) triggered tension in Jharkhand’s Giridih district which left over a dozen persons and seven cops injured, the sensitive areas remained under police surveillance on Monday, with only a few shopkeepers daring to up the shutters. Tension simmered in the town a few hours after cow vigilantes found three bovine-laden trucks on way to Bengal from Bihar via Bengabad-Madhupur on Saturday. The protests by the Gau Rakshaks against alleged cow smuggling took a violent turn on Sunday morning, police said.

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Testing times for Adityanath govt as saffron outfits run riot in UP

Violence involving right wing Hindu organisations from various parts of Uttar Pradesh is proving to be an embarrassment for the Yogi Adityanath government. The volatile situation even forced chief minister Yogi Adityanath to send a clear message of ‘zero tolerance’ on law and order front. The

Saharanpur violence on Friday was latest in the series of incidents that have rocked the state after the BJP formed the government in U.P. After the CM took a tough stand on the issue, an FIR was lodged against BJP workers and eight people were arrested on Monday.

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IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant halt Mumbai Indians’ winning spree, rise to 4th

Rohit Sharma’s splendid 58 went in vain as Ben Stokes’s 2/21 and a brilliant final over from Jaydev Unadkat guided Rising Pune Supergiant to a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians. Steve Smith’s men have now risen to fourth in IPL 2017 standings while MI are still at the top with 12 points.

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