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Modi-Trump meeting, Sikkim showdown: Top stories this morning

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to be between friends, without the awkwardness of a first date.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2017 10:53 IST
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President Donald Trump walks to a joint statement in the Rose Garden with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, Monday.
President Donald Trump walks to a joint statement in the Rose Garden with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, Monday.(AP)

Ten takeaways from the Modi-Trump meeting, China blames India for Sikkim showdown, Gorkha leaders to burn 2011 accord today, reporting on 100 days of Yogi Adityanath’s government, 22 million Americans expected to lose healthcare insurance with Republican bill.

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From bear hugs to stern message for Pakistan: Ten key takeaways from Modi, Trump meet at White House

It wasn’t that awkward after all. There were bear hugs, promise of things to come and a talk of strong relationship. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to be between friends, without the awkwardness of a first date. Modi became the first foreign leader to enjoy a White House dinner since Trump came to power and the two leaders discussed a range of issues. Read the story for ten key takeaways from the meeting here.

China blames India for Sikkim trouble, accuses Indian border guards of crossing into its territory

China on Tuesday accused the Indian military of incursion into its territory along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Sikkim and obstructing its army personnel from carrying out routine works. Beijing also said because of the trouble in the area it suspended the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra (KMY) through the Nathula Pass preventing more than 50 Indian pilgrims from crossing the border. It is the first time that Beijing clarified the reason behind the suspension of the KMY after keeping silent about it for a week. Earlier, PTI reported from New Delhi that Indian and Chinese troops scuffled near the Doka La area in the first week of June before soldiers from Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) damaged bunkers on the Indian side. Read the story here.

GJM to burn 2011 Gorkha accord today, Darjeeling braces for more violence

In an agitation programme that may escalate tension in the Darjeeling hills on Tuesday, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters will burn copies of the landmark Gorkhaland Territorial Administration accord that was signed on July 18, 2011 between the Centre, Bengal government and GJM, paving the way for a semi-autonomous body to rule the hills. The programme of burning of the agreement was announced by GJM president Bimal Gurung on June 23. Last week, GJM members who won all the 45 seats of the semi-autonomous body of GTA resigned. The resignation and burning of the accord symbolise total rejection of the agreement to dive headlong into the struggle for statehood. Read the story here.

100 days of Yogi: Adityanath establishes writ as Modi keeps watch on Uttar Pradesh

Yogi’s governance style broadly centres around two key elements -- mass contact and very close attention to policy detail across ministries. He has instituted a mass contact programme, where citizens come up with complaints. Ministers and officials have to listen to it, and notes are sent out to concerned departments. For the first time in 28 years, the same party is in power in both Delhi and Lucknow. And the result is closer convergence, and a degree of Delhi’s supervision that Lucknow is not familiar with.There is a rationale for it. “The PM knows this mandate was won on his name. His credibility is at stake here,” says a BJP leader. The other obvious motivation is the general election in 2019. Read the story here.

Farmer suicides: 70% of India’s farm families spend more than they earn

Nearly 70% of India’s 90 million agricultural households spend more than they earn on average each month, pushing them towards debt, which is now the primary reason in more than half of all suicides by farmers nationwide. The failing economics of such farms–agricultural households in the south are most indebted–are exacerbated by additional loans that families take to meet health issues, leaving them with diminished ability to invest in farming. Outstanding loans for health reasons doubled over a decade to 2012, and loans for farm business fell by about half over the same period. These data help understand the nature of India’s farm crisis in the light of the recent spate of farmer protests across states to demand loan waivers and better prices for their crops. Read the story here.

Draft on policy for women suggests quick decisions on matrimonial disputes, free education

The government should change laws to ensure time-bound disposal of matrimonial disputes, make education free for girls of poor families and provide better facilities for working women, a final draft of the National Policy for Women has suggested. The Union women and child development ministry has sent the proposed policy to the Cabinet for approval. The proposed policy takes into account suggestions made by a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in May. Proposals from an earlier draft that have been retained included lower income tax for single women, mandatory registration of marriages and greater participation of women in work force. Read the story here.

22 million Americans will lose insurance under Republican healthcare bill: Federal agency

Twenty-two million Americans would lose insurance over the next decade under the healthcare bill drafted by US Senate Republicans, a non-partisan congressional office has said, likely making it more difficult for the legislation to win support for speedy passage. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is trying to reconcile the demands of moderate Republicans concerned about people losing their insurance with those of conservative senators who say the bill does not do enough to repeal Obamacare. The assessment by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that an additional 15 million people would be uninsured by 2018 likely complicates McConnell’s goal of scheduling a vote on the bill before the July 4 recess that starts at the end of this week. Read the story here.