Modi’s remarks on Dalit row to Bhiwandi building collapse: Top news of the day

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2016 23:13 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a crowd during a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Hyderabad on Sunday. (PTI)

If you have missed out on Sunday’s top news while enjoying a much needed end-of-week break, here’s a quick low-down of the big stories. Catch on before you start the new week.

Attack me, but don’t attack Dalits: PM Modi in Hyderabad

In his strongest comments on the Dalit row yet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told perpetrators to “attack” him if need be, but to leave the Dalits alone. A day ago, he criticised “fake gau rakshaks”. The PM’s remarks come at a time the BJP is facing sharp attack from opposition parties. Read story

Kashmir still caught between curfew and shutdown

Since the death of Hizbul Mujahideen top commander Burhan Wani on July 8, Kashmir Valley has remained on the edge --- caught between a government-imposed curfew and the shutdown called by separatists. For a whole month, clashes between protesters and security forces, punctuated by stretched of uneasy calm, has seen close to 60 deaths and hundreds injured. Read story

Vijay Rupani sworn in as Gujarat CM, keeps 8 Patel leaders in cabinet

Following Anandiben Patel’s sudden resignation as Gujarat’s chief minister on August 2, Vijay Rupani took oath as the state’s 16th chief minister on Sunday, bringing along with him a revamped team of 24 ministers which had a few prominent names missing from the cabinet. Read story

Several killed in Bhiwandi building collapse, more trapped in debris

A dilapidated three-storey building collapsed in the morning in Bhiwandi, killing at least people. The deceased included an elderly couple that owned the building. Civic officials claimed that the building had been served several evacuation notices, yet residents refused to move out. Read story

Rainbow in Pune streets as LGBT community takes out march

Activists, supporters and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community took out a march in Pune on an overcast Sunday. This time the focus was on the inclusion of LGBT people in the workplace, and the rally called for an end to discrimination in professional circles. See snapshots of the march

Iran executes nuclear scientist for working with US

Iran on Sunday said it had executed a nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri, who defected to the US in 2009 and later returned to the Islamic Republic under mysterious circumstances a year later. Amiri was believed of spying for the western nation, considered Iran’s enemy number one. Read story

Pakistan authorities arrest blacklisted American citizen

An American citizen, who was deported from Pakistan and blacklisted years ago, was arrested upon returning to the country, officials said. Mathew Craig Barrett a 33-year old Alabama native, was previously arrested May 2011 in the Fateh Jang area near a highly secretive military research facility. Read story

HT’s Rio Coverage

After a largely disappointing opening day at Rio Olympics, day two was no better. Shooter Heena Sidhu crashed out while tennis ace Sania Mirza lost the women’s doubles. The women’s hockey team drew with Japan, but the women’s archery team beat Columbia to advance to the quarter finals. Click here

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