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How India can respond to Pak to EC cancels Anantnag bypoll: Top stories of the day

From Beijing trying to meddle in the Kashmir issue, to the Election Commission cancelling the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll and a 16-year-old boy stabbed to death with a compass, part of a geometry set used by students, here are the top stories of the day.

india Updated: May 02, 2017 10:38 IST
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Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat (left) has reached Kashmir. The visit assumes significance in view of the beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops.(PTI)

Here are top stories of the day to look out for:

1) Beijing gearing up to meddle in Kashmir through China-Pakistan corridor, says Chinese media

It is finally out in the open. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be Beijing’s road to Kashmir, Chinese media has said, proving true India’s fear of China meddling in the dispute. “Given the massive investment that China has made in countries along the One Belt, One Road, China now has a vested interest in helping resolve regional conflicts including the dispute over Kashmir between India and Pakistan,” an article in the nationalistic tabloid Global Times said.

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2) ‘Act decisively, go to extreme extent if needed’: Calls for action against Pakistan grow after Indian soldiers mutilated

The Congress asked the government on Tuesday to act decisively against Pakistan, including going “to an extreme extent” if necessary, to respond to Monday’s attack in Kashmir where two Indian soldiers were killed and their bodies mutilated by attackers from across the Line of Control (LoC). “Pakistan is violating all international understandings and conventions between two neighbours. If this is the attitude of Pakistan, then I think the future is going to be very serious. India will be forced, even though India does not want that to happen, to act decisively,” Congress leader PC Chacko told ANI.

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3) How India can respond to mutilation of Indian soldiers by Pakistan army

Army sources said one of the options for the force was to bring artillery to the fight along the Line of Control to cause maximum damage to Pakistani posts and inflict casualties on the neighbouring army. Officers who have served in J&K said another option could be to carry out similar cross-border raids at the tactical level to exact revenge for the killing of the two security personnel.

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4) EC cancels Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll, says ground situation not right

The election commission has put off the Anantnag Lok Sabha bypoll again, saying the situation was not conducive for a free and fair election. Earlier the byelection to the parliamentary constituency in Jammu and Kashmir was postponed to May 25 from April 12 after poll day violence in Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency left eight people dead and many more injured. The poll panel also cited non-availability of enough security personnel for cancelling the Anantnag election.

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5) World Asthma Day: India chokes, sales of medicines rise 43% in 4 years

India’s lungs has been choking and now we can put a number on that—by adding up the number of those salvaged. The sales of anti-asthma medicines in India went up 43% over the past four years, shows market data, with 2016 marking a 15% growth in anti-asthma prescriptions across children and adults. Thirteen of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in India, shows World Health Organisation’s ambient air pollution database. The air in Delhi, Patna, Gwalior and Raipur has the highest amounts of tiny suspended particles (PM2.5) that penetrate deep into the airways and lungs to cause asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, stroke and a clutch of other diseases.

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6) Canada’s Indian-origin defence minister says sorry for exaggerating his military role in Afghanistan

Canada’s defence minister Harjit Sajjan has apologised in Parliament for claiming to have been the “architect” of the country’s largest battle in Afghanistan. Harjit Sajjan on Monday repeatedly said sorry for what he called a “mistake” while being grilled by opposition lawmakers about his remark last month during a speech in India. The battle involving Canada’s Operation Medusa was planned and executed in 2006 by then-Maj Gen David Fraser, who was responsible for all NATO forces in southern Afghanistan. At the time of the operation, Sajjan was a major in Afghanistan.

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7) Class 11 student stabbed to death by compass in Delhi’s Vikaspuri

The body of a 16-year-old boy was found in south west Delhi’s Chhawla area on Monday afternoon. The boy was apparently stabbed to death. Police said the boy, who was in school uniform, was stabbed in his chest with a sharp object. Police suspect a compass, part of a geometry set used by students, was used in the crime. The boy was a student of Class 11 in Veda Vyasa DAV public school in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri. He lived with his family in Vikaspuri. The boy was murdered around 10 kilometres away from his school.

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8) WhatsApp update: App to soon let you pin favourite chats on top

WhatsApp is bringing another cool feature that will allow users to pin their favourite chats to the top. The company, which seems to be working on several features at the same time, will allow users to pin conversations with their favourite contacts to the top to the Chats tab. The new feature is being tested on Android for now, but is expected to roll out to stable versions of the app soon.

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9) Azhar Ali stands firm as Pakistan seize advantage vs West Indies in Barbados Test

Pakistan’s opening batsman Azhar Ali compiled an unbeaten 81 as they gained the upper hand vs West Indies cricket team on 172 for three in their first innings on the Day 2 of the second Test . WI scored 312 in its first innings at the Kensington Oval. Pakistan lead the three Test series 1-0.

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10) Opinion: CRPF soldiers are the real Gandhians with guns

Historically, CRPF has been the force that has held India together. They are deployed in almost every challenging situation that India has faced. They go into hostile areas when needed the most. From Kashmir to Bastar, it is the CRPF, which receives bullets, grenades, IEDs, stones and abuses. There are several incidents where the CRPF men were hit and did not retaliate out of the concern for civilians.

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