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Paris shooting, Ram Madhav on Kashmir, Nitish Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi. Top stories to bring you up to date

To ensure that you don’t miss your daily dose of news, HT brings you the top stories of the day. Have a look. 

india Updated: Apr 21, 2017 08:05 IST
French soldiers stand guard at the Arc de Triomphe near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017.
French soldiers stand guard at the Arc de Triomphe near the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on April 20, 2017.(AFP Photo)

To ensure that you don’t miss your daily dose of news, HT brings you the top stories of the day. Have a look. 

One policeman shot dead on Champs Elysees in Paris

A gunman shot dead a police officer injured two others on the Champs Elysees boulevard on Thursday – before being fatally shot by security forces. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police have not yet identified the gunman as they were looking to establish if he had any accomplices. The shooting occurs three days before France votes to elect a new President.

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H-1B visa: India says it’s a trade and services issue, hints at retaliation against Trump move

The foreign ministry said on Thursday it was keeping a “close watch” on the US move to tighten H-1B visa rules that will impact the Indian IT industry and its professionals, asserting that the issue will be taken up with the Donald Trump administration. Union commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the “whole debate” has to be expanded to include several American firms that are earning their profits in India, signalling that New Delhi could retaliate in the face of protectionism by the US and several other countries.

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He saved lives by tying Kashmir man to jeep: BJP’s Ram Madhav lauds army officer

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav on Thursday praised the army officer responsible for tying a man to a jeep’s bonnet in Kashmir, saying “everything is fair in love and war” and the “harsh” decision saved lives of civilians and soldiers. Asked in an interview about the controversial video showing the civilian tied to the army jeep, Madhav said if one person’s human rights are violated in order to protect the human rights of many more, he would leave that judgement to the officer concerned. “I will compliment him for the decision that he took. He saved the lives of the people in police station, officials and all, and also his own boys. He also did not allow any civilian casualty,” he said.

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China has no right to rename our cities, Arunachal a part of India: Govt takes firm stand

Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday no foreign country has the right to rename Indian cities, responding to the Chinese action of unilaterally changing the names of six places in Arunachal Pradesh. “Every inch of Arunachal Pradesh belongs to India ... let them rename. How does it matter? It’s like you renaming your neighbour. It does not change his name,” Naidu said in a tit-for-tat response to Beijing’s symbolic snub.

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Oppn unity in mind, Nitish Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi ahead of presidential elections

Pursuing plans to put up a common opposition candidate for the presidential elections scheduled in July, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday. After the BJP’s thumping win in Uttar Pradesh, regional party leaders have initiated efforts to stitch together an alliance with the Congress to put up a joint fight against the BJP in the 2019 general elections. Sensing possibilities of putting up a forceful challenge to the BJP in the coming presidential elections, regional leaders have started efforts to bring together a “grand alliance” of Opposition parties at the national level.

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Advani had appealed to kar sevaks to stop Babri demolition, claims former aide

The revival of criminal conspiracy charge in the Babri Masjid demolition case after “25 years” raises a very serious question mark on the functioning of Indian judiciary, Sudheendra Kulkarni, former aide to BJP leader L K Advani, said on Thursday. Terming as baseless the case against Advani, he said the BJP patriarch had expressed deep regret at Babri mosque demolition and even called it the saddest day of his life. “For the Supreme Court to revive the criminal conspiracy case after 25 long years raises a very serious question mark on functioning of India’s judiciary,” Kulkarni said.

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Second Wagah: India, Pak agree to new ceremony, beating retreat on Punjab border

Amid frosty ties between India and Pakistan, the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers plan to open a new front of bonhomie on the Punjab border. Both countries plan to develop the Sadiqi joint check post (JCP), 13 km from Fazilka, and adjoining Sulemanki in Pakistan as a tourist spot on the lines of the Attari-Wagah JCP soon. The decision to upgrade infrastructure was taken at a joint meeting at Sulemanki post on Wednesday. It was decided to conduct the retreat ceremony, including flag lowering and handshakes, daily on the lines of the ceremony at Wagah near Amritsar and Hussainiwala in Ferozepur.

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Pentagon chief Jim Mattis says US won’t reveal bomb toll in Afghanistan

The explosion from America’s “mother of all bombs” has been followed by calculated silence about the damage it inflicted. US defence secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday he does not intend to discuss damage estimates from last week’s use of the military’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan. The Afghan government has estimated a death toll of more than 90 militants. Reporters asked Mattis for his assessment of the bomb’s damage, but he refused. “For many years we have not been calculating the results of warfare by simply quantifying the number of enemy killed,” Mattis said.

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North Korea warns of ‘super-mighty preemptive strike’ as US plans next move

North Korean state media warned the United States of a “super-mighty preemptive strike” after US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear programme. The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, did not mince its words. “In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only US imperialists’ invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the US mainland and reduce them to ashes,” it said.

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IPL:  Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana lead Mumbai to win after Hashim Amla’s heroics

Hashim Amla’s maiden century in the Indian Premier League went in vain as Mumbai Indians continued their brilliant run in the competition with a commanding eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here on Thursday. Amla produced a brilliant performance to stay unbeaten on 104 off 60 balls, but explosive fifties by Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana were enough for the visitors to complete a record fifth consecutive run-chase in this year’s IPL.

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