Modi slams ‘gau rakshaks’ to India’s slow start in Rio Games: Top ten news on HT tonight

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 23:54 IST
From top clockwise: Jitu Rai at Rio Games, PM Narendra Modi speaks at townhall in New Delhi, Khizr Khan at the Democratic Convention, Jignesh Mevani in Gujarat. (Agencies)

From PM Narendra Modi’s first townhall in New Delhi to political corridors of the country, and the stadiums in Rio de Janeiro, here are the top ten news from around the world on Hindustan Times:


Self-styled cow protectors make him angry: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at self–styled cow protectors at a town hall-style event in New Delhi on Saturday, saying people who have set up shop in the name of ‘gau raksha’ make him very angry.

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani rises in Gujarat

Lawyer Jignesh Mevani is leading the Aazadi Kooch (March for Freedom) in Gujarat. “My work is apolitical. Period,” he says. (Siddharaj Solanki/ HT photo)

Jignesh Mevani, a 35-year-old lawyer from Ahmedabad is leading a foot-march to down-south Una, where “cow protectors” thrashed four Dalits last month. As the convener of the Una Dalit Atyachar Ladat Samiti which is fighting against the July 11 incident in Gir Somnath district, Mevani has become a rallying point for those seeking renewed discourse on Dalit issues.

Hingonia officials suspended after cows starve to death

Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) suspended Hingonia in-charge Ramesh Kumar Sharma and deputy commissioner Sher Singh Luhadiya for their “inaction”. Both the officials were on leave when more than 90 cows died in two days at the Hingonia cow rehabilitation centre.

Cops beat two labourers to death over Rs 100 bribe

Authorities pressed murder charges against five policemen on Saturday after the post-mortem report of two labourers revealed they were beaten to death allegedly after they refused to pay a bribe of Rs 100 in Kosma village in UP’s Mainpuri district.

Court summons to Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was on Saturday summoned as an accused by a magisterial court in Guwahati to face trial in a criminal defamation case for his remarks against the RSS.


Attacker shot dead in Belgium

A machete-wielding man yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is greatest) injured two female police officers before being shot outside the main police station in the southern Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday.

Life not the same for the Khans

Khizr Khan with his wife Ghazala Khan on the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , on July 28, 2016. (Reuters file photo)

The parents of Muslim American soldier Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, Khizr and Ghazala Khan have emerged as the most profound repudiation of the Donald Trump politics. Life changed completely for the Khans from the moment Khizr pulled out that US Constitution book from his coat’s pocket during the Democratic convention to offer it to his target of the speech, Trump.

Link between al Qaeda operative and a Saudi royal

Newly declassified information from a 2002 congressional report on the 9/11 attacks, dubbed the “28 pages,” reveals an indirect link between alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah and a company associated with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a key member of the Saudi’s royal family.


Rio Games start with a blast

A loud blast was heard near the finishing line of the men’s cycling road race at the Rio Olympics on Saturday but there were no signs of panic or injuries and the race continued, a Reuters witness said.

Slow start for India in Rio

Indian shooter Jitu Rai celebrates as he qualified for final round during the Rio Olympic 2016 (PTI)

India had a mixed day at the Rio Olympics on Saturday with the men’s hockey team and rower Dattu Baban Bhokanal tasting success while the women shooters and paddlers and the tennis duo of Leander Paes and Bopanna proved to be a disappointment. Shooter Jitu Rai qualified for the 10m Air Pistol Men’s final.

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