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From tensions in MP to Pentagon contradicting Trump on Qatar, top stories for today

Here are the top stories to keep you up to date.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2017 10:36 IST
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Violent clashes erupted between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
Violent clashes erupted between farmers and the police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.(HT Photo)

Tensions run high in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur a day after five farmers were killed in police firing

The government struggled to tamp down tensions on Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district a day after police firing killed five farmers during protests in an incident that has snowballed into a nationwide political storm. Tensions ran high in the town of Pipalia as shops and markets remained closed and internet services suspended, with scores of police personnel patrolling the streets. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to visit the spot today. Curfew has been imposed across the district. Angry farmers have said they will not cremate the five bodies unless chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited the district, and have called for a strike supported by the opposition Congress.

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Apathy, heavy losses: Why farmers in Madhya Pradesh are on warpath against Shivraj Singh Chouhan govt

About one-tenth of the farmer suicides in the past 16 years in Madhya Pradesh took place in a year, between February 2016 and 2017, telling a distressing story about farm despair in the state where agriculture growth had clocked 20% since 2014-15. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has celebrated farm sector success claiming five national Krishi Karman awards, ignoring farmers crying hoarse over poor remunerative price for their crop and increasing stranglehold of commission agents. The situation is bad in the Malwa-Nimad region, which comprises 15 districts, including Mandsaur, where five farmers reportedly died in police firing on Tuesday. Farmers are angry because the government neither made arrangements to procure the crop on time nor intervened to ensure a reasonable price.

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Army Major, three militants killed in Nagaland encounter

An army officer and three militants were killed in an encounter in Nagaland, the force said on Wednesday. The encounter on Tuesday night at Tijit near Lappa of Mon district, nearly 340 km north of the state capital Kohima also left three soldiers injured. Unconfirmed reports said a civilian had been killed but the army refused to confirm. The militants were believed to be from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) and the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent).

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Govt abandons goal of training 500 million people in new skills by 2022

The government has abandoned its goal of training 500 million people in new skills by 2022, in a clear shift in strategy. Skill development ministry officials, at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday, also refused to spell out a new number that the Union government and its 22 departments and ministries will chase. “We don’t want to chase any number. Whether it is 150 million by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and 350 million by ministries — we are delinking it, not attaching any number,” said Rajesh Aggarwal, director-general of training and a joint secretary in the skills ministry. Skill development minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy agreed. “It will be demand driven than supply driven,” he said.

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Arun Jaitley on a four-day visit to Paris, to sign OECD tax pact

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is in Paris on a four-day visit during which he will address foreign investors and sign the OECD pact that aims to check cross border tax evasion by MNCs. The Union Cabinet had last month approved signing of the multilateral convention of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The convention aims to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) which is resorted to by MNCs through tax planning strategies by exploiting gaps and mismatches in tax rules. Jaitley will deliver the keynote address at the OECD meeting today and participate in a panel discussion on ’Stocktaking on Globalisation’. He will also call on the French ministers of economy and defence during his visit.

Russian hackers ‘planted false news story’ that led to Qatar crisis: Report

US intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that led Saudi Arabia and several allies to sever relations with Qatar, prompting a diplomatic crisis, CNN reported on Tuesday. FBI experts visited Qatar in late May to analyse an alleged cyber breach that saw the hackers place the fake story with Qatar’s state news agency. Saudi Arabia then cited the false item as part of its reason for instituting a diplomatic and economic blockade against Qatar. Qatar’s government said the May 23 news report attributed false remarks to the emirate’s ruler that appeared friendly to Iran and Israel, and questioned whether US President Donald Trump would last in office, according to CNN’s report.

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US military praises Qatar as Trump tweet applauds Arab nations for severing ties

The Pentagon on Tuesday renewed praise of Qatar for hosting a vital US air base and for its “enduring commitment to regional security,” sticking to a message of reassurance even as President Donald Trump, via Twitter, applauded a decision by Arab powers to cut ties to the Gulf ally. It was the latest example of the tightrope that US officials are walking as Trump’s tweets raise questions about existing US policy and the carefully scripted talking points used to explain it. In the case of Qatar, the stakes are high. More than 11,000 US and coalition forces are deployed to or assigned to al Udeid Air Base, from which more than 100 aircraft operate.

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Trade, immigration, desi politicians: The India angle to UK’s ‘Brexit elections’

The focus of Thursday’s mid-term election in the United Kingdom is supposed to be Brexit – the decision to leave the European Union – but it connects with India and the 1.5 million-strong Indian community here at various levels. The shape that Brexit takes under the new government is of much interest to nearly 800 Indian companies that use United Kingdom as their base to operate across the European Union and beyond. The UK’s membership of the EU gives them several benefits that they may lose; some have already postponed expansion and other plans, or partly relocated in the EU. India is one of the key markets that Britain hopes will compensate for the loss of access to the European Single Market after Brexit.

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Champions Trophy: Pakistan face South Africa challenge in must-win match

Embarrassed by India in their opening match, Pakistan will strive to stay alive in the competition as they take on a confident South Africa in a must-win Group A ICC Champions Trophy match in Birmingham today. The two teams are approaching the encounter with contrasting results in their tournament openers. Pakistan received a severe 124-run hammering from India while South Africa outclassed Sri Lanka by 96 runs.