From the CM of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti appealing to keep peace in the Valley to how Beijing reacted to the South China Sea verdict by the UN-backed international court, and who will lead Indian hockey team in the Rio Games next month, here are the top five headlines on Hindustan Times on Wednesday:
Mehbooba tries to calm the Valley
Blaming “vested interests” for the unrest in Kashmir, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed on Tuesday to the parents not to allow anybody to play with the future of their children as she asserted that violence does not achieve anything but only results in bloodshed.
Beijing snubs South China Sea verdict
UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration on Tuesday ruled that China never had historic rights over islands in the South China Sea (SCS). The verdict said China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights by exploring for resources in the region. Beijing, which had always rejected the validity of the court’s jurisdiction over the issue, upped the offensive with President Xi Jinping leading the charge.
Najma, Siddeshwara axed from Modi Cabinet
As part his last week’s cabinet rejig, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped two more ministers from his council, promoted one and changed the portfolio of a junior minister. Minority affairs minister Najma Heptulla and minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprise, GM Siddeshwara, were axed on Tuesday.
New role for Raj Babbar
Raj Babbar will lead the Congress campaign in Uttar Pradesh that goes to polls early next year. Babbar, a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttarakhand, replaces Nirmal Khatri who was named as the chairman of the screening committee that will shortlist the party candidates for the upcoming polls.
Indian Hockey team gets new skipper
Just a month ahead of the Rio Games, Hockey India sprang in a surprise by ending the eight-year reign of Sardar Singh as the men’s team captain, and passing the baton to his long-time deputy PR Sreejesh, who led India to the historic Champions Trophy silver last month.