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Manchester terror attack, BSP leader’s murder: Top stories to watch out for

More details on the Manchester terror attack. China wants a two-step approach to NSG membership. Third swine flu death in Mumbai.

india Updated: May 23, 2017 10:43 IST
HT Correspondent
Police block a road near to the Manchester Arena in central Manchester, England.
Police block a road near to the Manchester Arena in central Manchester, England.(AP Photo)

More details on the Manchester terror attack. China wants a two-step approach to NSG membership. Third swine flu death in Mumbai.

Here are the top stories now:

Manchester terror attack LIVE: After blast at concert, singer Ariana Grande says she is ‘broken, doesn’t have words’

At least nineteen people have been killed in a suspected explosion at the end of a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester in northwest England that is being treated as a terrorist incident, police said.    Twitter accounts affiliated to Islamic State have used hashtags referring to the blast to post celebratory messages, with some users encouraging similar attacks elsewhere. Ariana Grande, the American singer who was performing at the Manchester venue shortly before the blast expressed her shock on Twitter. Follow live updates here.

‘Everyone was screaming and running’: Witnesses describe scene after blast at Manchester Arena

A highly anticipated night for Ariana Grande fans ended in blood and terror after an explosion tore through the foyer of the Manchester Arena. “Everyone was screaming and running,” Robert Tempkin, 22, told The Times. “There were coats and people’s phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.” “My husband and I were standing against the wall, luckily, and all of a sudden there was this thing,” Elena Semino told The Guardian. “I can’t even describe it. There was this heat on my neck and when I looked up there were bodies everywhere.” Read the story here.

Manchester terror attack: Here’s what we know so far

Police said they were called at 2133 GMT to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena at a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, who is popular with teenagers. British Transport Police said the blast occurred at “within the foyer area of the stadium” and the venue said it was “outside the venue in a public space”. The arena foyer connects the 21,000-capacity auditorium with Victoria train and tram station, a major hub on the northern edge of the city centre. Read the story here.

Was I an animal, asks Farooq Dar who was tied to a jeep by Major Gogoi

Which law in the country makes use of human shield legal? That’s the only question Farooq Dar, the weaver from Chill village in central Kashmir’s Budgam district who was tied to a jeep by army on election day in April, has for those supporting Major Leetul Gogoi’s action. “If it was legal under any Indian law, what can I possibly say,” he asked. “I can’t pick up a stick and go and fight with those honouring the officer,” a disheartened Dar told HT. Dar however has a very stern question to what he calls humanity. “I want to ask only one thing, was I an animal that I was tied and exhibited,?” he asked. “Kya mein koi bhains ya bail tha”,” (Was I a buffalo or a bull?”). Read the story here.

Business partner hires contract killers to murder BSP leader, wife and four kids over property

Bahujan Samaj Party leader Chaudhary Munawwar Hassan, his wife and four children were murdered by a business partner who plotted to usurp the politician’s properties, police said on Monday. The suspect, Delhi property dealer Sahid Khan aka Bunty, confessed to have hired contract killers to murder his friend and his family, an officer said. He, two contract killers and a friend were arrested. Read the story here.

PM will attend the AGM of the African Development Bank

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently on a visit to Gujarat, will attend the annual general meeting of African Development Bank at Gandhinagar today. This has been Modi’s third visit to the state this year. On April 7, he had visited Botad to inaugurate the Link 2 of the state government’s SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation) project by formally releasing Narmada water from Krushnasagar dam. In March he visited Gandhinagar to address women sarpanch from across the country on the International Women’s Day.

Mumbai records third swine flu death of 2017, don’t ignore that fever or chest pain

A 30-year-old pregnant woman became the third casualty of swine flu in Mumbai this year. Maharashtra has reported 210 deaths already this year and around 1,100 people are currently under treatment for the respiratory disease caused by influenza virus. Officials said people between the age of 22 and 45, who are likely to travel, are most vulnerable. Read the story here.

China won’t support India’s NSG bid without ‘two-step approach’

China indicated on Monday it will not support India’s entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at the elite bloc’s plenary meeting in June unless a universal formula is evolved for accepting applications from countries that have not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The inclusion of non-NPT countries, such as India and Pakistan, in the NSG should follow a two-step approach - evolving a universal formula for all such nations and then taking up each country‘s application, China said. Read the story here.

Video clip shows Melania Trump brushes away US President’s hand during Israel visit

Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip as US president has produced yet another viral moment for the internet to obsess over. As Trump and his wife, Melania, disembarked from Air Force One at Tel Aviv on Monday to begin their visit to Israel, the first lady appeared to brush away her husband’s attempt to hold her hand. The action, caught in a video clip by Israeli news publisher Haaretz , has been widely shared on social media. Read the story here.

Let’s talk about racism | Why Indian Americans have a white skin fixation

A recent round of reports published by the World Values Survey, an internationally reputable polling organisation, found in 2013 that 43.5% of Indians would not want a neighbour of a different race, putting India second worldwide only to Jordan by that measure of racial intolerance. While racism appears to be an issue in India, what about Indians around the world? Does the bigotry of immigrants travel with them as part of their cultural baggage, or is a new national ethos forged in the crucible of their adopted home? Read the article here.