Kovind vs Meira in presidential poll today, Federer wins 8th Wimbledon: Top stories to bring you up to date
NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind takes on Oppn’s Meira Kumar in presidential election today, 16 Amarnath pilgrims killed in road accident, Roger Federer wins 8th Wimbledon: here’s a list of stories to bring you up to dateindia Updated: Jul 17, 2017 09:58 IST
Ram Nath Kovind vs Meira Kumar: NDA takes on Opposition in presidential election today
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Opposition parties intensified their campaigns a day before the country’s 15th presidential election on Monday, with leaders from both camps holding strategy meetings and calling for support. Congress president Sonia Gandhi led the Opposition’s charge at an inter-party meeting, where she asked members to cast “conscience votes” against a “narrow-minded, divisive and communal vision”. Gandhi told participants from non-NDA parties to “fight the battle and fight hard” despite the ruling dispensation seemingly having a numerical advantage. Read the story here.
Ram Nath Kovind: From virtual anonymity to front-runner in presidential race
A two-time Rajya Sabha MP, former BJP spokesman and till recently the Bihar governor, Ram Nath Kovind has never been part of the Lutyens’ Delhi until the limelight was thrust upon him when the ruling party announced his name as its Presidential nominee last month. And come July 20, he will be set to occupy the most palatial building in the leafy central Delhi – the Rashtrapati Bhawan as India’s 14th President. The Kanpur-born politician’s CV has few highlights – a law graduate who cleared Civil Services Examination but did not join and a personal associate to Morarji Desai before he became PM. Read the story here.
16 Amarnath pilgrims killed, about 30 injured as bus skids off highway
At least 16 Amarnath pilgrims were killed and about 30 injured when a bus skidded off the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and rolled down into a deep nullah in the Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today, officials said. The bus carrying pilgrims skidded off the road, overturned and rolled down into the nullah at Nachlana belt of Ramban late this afternoon, police said. Read the story here.
Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to win record 8th Wimbledon, 19th Grand Slam
Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament’s oldest champion on Sunday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976. However, the Swiss superstar’s 11th Wimbledon final will also be remembered for the moving sight of the popular Cilic breaking down in tears after slipping 3-0 behind in the second set. Read the story here.
Modi asks states to crack down on cow vigilantes, calls for ‘stringent action’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the state governments to sternly deal with those who incite violence in the garb of protecting cows, a day before the monsoon session of Parliament begins with the opposition geared up to raise the issue. “Cow is revered as the mother in our country. Public sentiments are attached with the cow. However, people must know that there is a law to protect the cow and the violation of law is not an alternative,” Modi said, acknowledging that such violence impacts India’s image in the world. “It has an impact on the image of the nation. State governments must deal sternly against such anti-social elements,” he said. Read the story here.
BJP to announce V-P candidate on Tuesday; Naidu, TN governor front-runners
Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Tamil Nadu governor C Vidyasagar Rao have emerged as strong contenders within the NDA for the vice-president’s post, election for which is due on August 5. The BJP’s parliamentary board will meet on Monday evening to take a call on the NDA’s candidate. At a meeting here on Sunday, NDA allies authorised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pick the ruling coalition’s candidate. Tuesday is the last day to file nomination. The NDA candidate will take on joint opposition’s candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a former governor of West Bengal. Read the story here.
Donald Trump’s lawyer defends Don Jr. meeting, says Secret Service allowed it
One of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers defended a meeting that the president’s son had with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign, suggesting the fact that the Secret Service allowed the meeting showed it was not “nefarious.” “Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in. The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me,” Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s legal team, said on Sunday. Donald Trump Jr., acknowledged meeting with a Russian lawyer in New York City during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was told she might have damaging information about his father’s rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Read the story here.
Syria war has killed more than 330,000: Syria Observatory
More than 330,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it started six years ago, around a third of them civilians, a monitor said Sunday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 331,765 people across Syria since the conflict erupted in mid-March 2011 with anti- government protests. Included in the overall death toll are 99,617 civilians, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP, adding that the figures were for the period between March 15, 2011 and July 15, 2017. A total of 18,243 children and 11,427 women were among the civilians killed. Read the story here.
China should ‘keep calm’ about India’s rise, work on growth: Chinese media
India is receiving a “massive influx” of foreign investments which will greatly enhance its ability to develop the manufacturing sector and China should “keep calm” and start working on a more effective growth strategy for the new era, a state-run newspaper said on Sunday. “This massive influx of investment by foreign manufacturers is of great significance for India’s economy, employment and industrial development,” an article in the Global Times said. “China should be calm seeing India’s rise. To cope with competition from India, China could start working on a more effective growth strategy for the new era now,” it said. Read the story here.
Two years after Wembley glory, BSNL logs out Alwar’s Imran Khan
After a brief blaze of glory, Imran Khan of Alwar finds himself saddled with a dud ‘free’ internet connection. Less than two years after state-run BSNL offered Khan free internet connection for developing mobile applications following Prime Minister Narendra Modi praising him in his address at the iconic Wembley stadium in London in November 2015, the service provider has virtually logged him out. His internet connection has been down for more than six months. Read the story here.
South Africa in driver’s seat, look to level series vs England
England must chase down a world-record 474 to win the second test while South Africa have two full days to bowl them out after the tourists’ batsmen provided the strongest possible platform for victory on the third day on Sunday. It could have even better for South Africa who, after declaring on 343-9 just before the close, thought they had Alastair Cook lbw first ball, although the decision was reversed on review. No test team have scored more than 418 to win, while the record at Trent Bridge is a more modest 284-7. Read the story here.