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UK elections counting begins, PM Modi greets Nawaz Sharif: Top stories to bring you up to date

PM Modi exchanges pleasantries with Nawaz Sharif, UK election counting continues as polls predict hung parliament, a digest of important news stories in the last 24 hours.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2017 07:01 IST
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Workers in protective equipment are reflected in the window of a betting shop with a display inviting customers to place bets on the result of the general election with images of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in London, on June 7.
Workers in protective equipment are reflected in the window of a betting shop with a display inviting customers to place bets on the result of the general election with images of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in London, on June 7.(Reuters)

Rahul Gandhi meets protesting farmers in Mandsaur, PM Modi exchanges pleasantries with Nawaz Sharif, UK election counting continues as polls predict hung parliament, James Comey provides more details about Trump’s ‘lies’, unique ID may soon be compulsory for booking flight tickets.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

1- Mandsaur farmers’ stir: Violence spreads, Rahul meets victims amid high drama

A political storm over violent farmer protests in Madhya Pradesh intensified on Thursday as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was arrested and held for hours before finally meeting families of five farmers who died in police firing two days ago. Gandhi, who met the families at Doria on the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border, is believed to have discussed prices of vegetables and produce. “I am being stopped everywhere from UP to MP. I just wanted to meet the family of the deceased. Don’t I have the right? The MP government has created problems for everyone,” said Gandhi in Doria.

Read the story here.

2- Narendra Modi greets Nawaz Sharif in Astana, enquires about his health: Report

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Thursday exchanged pleasantries at a cultural gala in Astana, amid frosty bilateral ties, deadlocked talks and escalation of hostilities along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. It was the first encounter between Modi and Sharif after their last meeting in Lahore on December 25, 2015, when the Indian prime minister made a surprise stopover at the historic city. Modi and Sharif are in Astana to attend the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) where India and Pakistan will be inducted as full members of the bloc on Friday.

Read the story here.

3- UK election 2017 LIVE: Counting begins as exit poll predicts ‘catastrophic’ setback to Theresa May

Britons voted on Thursday in the UK general election 2017, with an exit poll predicting that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative party will be shy of winning a majority. The exit poll projected 314 seats for the Conservative party, down by 17 seats won by the party in the 2015 general election. The Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party is expected to bag 266 seats, up from its last tally of 232.The shock exit poll result could plunge domestic politics into turmoil and delay Brexit talks.

Follow live updates on the UK elections here.

4- UK general election 2017: What happens with Brexit if there’s no clear winner?

Failure to win an outright Conservative majority would leave May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn scrambling to find partners to support a new government. As incumbent, May has the right to make the first attempt to form a coalition, though her tough stance on Brexit is likely to make finding a suitable partner difficult. Until a new government is formed, May and her team of ministers remain in charge and retain their full legal powers to act on behalf of the country, although by convention they would be expected to avoid taking major decisions.

For other post-election scenarios see story here.

5- James Comey’s testimony creates more complications for Trump

Former FBI director James Comey accused President Donald Trump on Thursday of firing him to try to undermine its investigation into possible collusion by his campaign team with Russia’s alleged efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. In the most eagerly anticipated U.S. congressional hearing in years, Comey told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9. During more than two hours of testimony, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believed Trump had directed him in February to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the broader Russia investigation.

Read related story here.

6- Twitter loves James Comey’s ‘Lordy, I hope there are tapes’ as ex-FBI director testifies

Former FBI director James Comey’s long-anticipated congressional testimony set off a social media storm on Thursday with millions of people jumping into the fray but there was one notable absence -- the tweeter in chief himself. Twitter had a field day with other moments of Comey’s testimony, including his revelation that he broke a date with his wife in order to have dinner with Trump and his use of the exclamation “Lordy.”

See some of the Twitter reactions to Comey’s testimony here.

7- Unique ID like Aadhaar or passport may soon be made mandatory for booking flight tickets

In the next three to four months air travellers in the country will have to mandatorily provide a unique identification (UID) like an Aadhaar card, passport or PAN at the time of booking tickets. The government has constituted a technical committee that will prepare a white paper on this proposal in 30 days, said minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha at a press briefing. “There are various ways of securing that unique identification. Clearly, the best way of doing it is by using Aadhaar and other ways are by using a passport or PAN card,” said Sinha.

Read the story here.

8- RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat takes a dig at US over exit from Paris deal

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday hit out at the US for its decision to exit the Paris climate deal. “Those who talk about coordinating development with environment were recently seen exiting... When their country’s selfish interests are affected, they move out..like the Paris deal,” Bhagwat said.“The Hindu community and the Hindu nations pursue these roads even at the cost of their personal loss. India lives for the world. It is the guru (mentor) of the world. India should stand up take its responsibility, which it had left earlier,” Bhagwat said.

Read the story here.

9- Goa school textbooks carry incomplete national anthem, BJP nationalism exposed: Congress

The Marathi textbooks of Class II published by Goa’s Education Department carry incomplete national anthem, Congress party alleged on Thursday. According to the opposition party, the Class II Marathi books titled ‘Gomant Bharati’ carry incomplete national anthem. However, the education department authorities denied knowledge about the alleged printing error. “The Class II Marathi books, published by the state education department, carry incomplete national anthem. The state government should fix the responsibility over the error,” Goa Congress spokesman Sunil Kawathankar told PTI.

Read the story here.

10- Sri Lanka stun India, keep ICC Champions Trophy semis hopes alive

Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis were the heroes as Sri Lanka chased down 322 runs to upset India by seven wickets at the Oval on Thursday and throw ICC Champions Trophy Group B wide open. Shikhar Dhawan’s superb 125 had led India to an imposing total of 321 for six but Gunathilaka (76) and Mendis (89) shared a second-wicket partnership of 159 to set up an unlikely win for Sri Lanka, who achieved the highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history.

Read the story here.