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While you were away: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

From PM Modi urging Kashmir youth to choose between terrorism and tourism to China calling Dalai Lama a ‘separatist’ to PV Sindhu winning Indian Open title, here’s a list of top stories top bring you up to date

india Updated: Apr 03, 2017 08:00 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L), J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti (C) and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari at a public rally in Udhampur, Jammu on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L), J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti (C) and Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari at a public rally in Udhampur, Jammu on Sunday, April 2, 2017.(PTI)

From Nawaz Sharif’s ‘kidney stone diagnosis’ to China calling Dalai Lama a ‘separatist’ to PV Sindhu winning Indian Open title, here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

1) Choice is between the path of tourism and terrorism, PM Modi tells Kashmir youth

Industrious Kashmiris were chiselling through a rocky mountain to shape their future when some of their fellow brothers were busy throwing stones. Prime Minister Narendra Modi summoned an allegory on Sunday to describe the situation in trouble-torn Jammu and Kashmir, after inaugurating the Chenani-Nashri all-weather tunnel, the longest in the country. “I want to tell the misguided youth of Kashmir, realise the power of a stone. On the one hand, there are some youth who pelt stones, on the other hand, there are young men from the same Kashmir who carve stones to build infrastructure,” he said.

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2) Mobile phones used to contact Pakistanis seized from jail in J-K’s Baramulla

In a major crackdown, police on Sunday seized 14 mobile phones from a sub-jail in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir which were allegedly being used by inmates to be in touch with their contacts in Pakistan via WhatsApp. The phones were seized from the prisoners, who included those held on charges of militancy and stone-pelting, just three days after Union home minister Rajnath Singh said Pakistan was using social media to fuel unrest in Kashmir.

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3) Don’t blame EVMs for poor show in Punjab, poll panel tells AAP

The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday hit back at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying it should “introspect” on its performance in the recently concluded assembly elections in Punjab instead of blaming the functioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs). The poll panel’s comment was in response to a representation that AAP had submitted to the EC on March 25 seeking verifications of votes cast using EVMs in the Punjab assembly elections.

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4) South India worst hit as truckers’ strike enters day two

South India was the most affected as the indefinite strike called by truck owners to protest mainly against the proposed 50% hike in the third party insurance premium entered the second day on Sunday. “Lorries are not going to southern states from other parts of the country. Trucks which have national permit have been diverted...All south India bound trucks and lorries have stopped. And there is no movement from south India also,” All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) said. AIMTC is the apex body of truck operators in the country.

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5) Nawaz Sharif’s ‘kidney stone diagnosis’ leads to talk about change of guard in Pakistan

Speculation is rife in Pakistan of a possible change of guard as the Nawaz Sharif government readies itself for a verdict by the Supreme Court on the Panama Papers scandal in the coming week. Saturday’s surprise development where Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was diagnosed with kidney stones at a private Lahore clinic suggests the ground is being set for his possible departure to some foreign country while a caretaker government is put in place.

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6) China calls Dalai Lama a ‘separatist’, says he fled after failed armed rebellion

China on Sunday said the Dalai Lama fled to India from Tibet in 1959 after a “failed armed rebellion”, rejecting his remarks that he had no other option but to escape due to increased Chinese military action. “As it is known to all, the 14th Dalai Lama is an anti- China separatist who have long lived in exile following a failed armed rebellion by the reactionary group of high-ranking feudal serf-owners in Tibet in March 1959,” the Chinese foreign ministry said, reacting to his comments. “His remarks which serve his anti-China separatist purpose have no trace of facts at all,” the ministry said in a written response to a query about his comments.

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7) ‘There were bodies everywhere’: Colombia mudslide, flooding kill more than 200

A grim search for the missing resumed at dawn Sunday in southern Colombia after surging rivers sent an avalanche of floodwaters, mud and debris through a small city, killing at least 200 people and leaving many more wounded and homeless. People pried through piles of rocks and wooden planks that entombed homes. Streets were covered in thick sand, mud and tree limbs from the rivers and rainforest that surround the city. There was little drinking water and no power, which forced authorities to suspend the search and rescue effort during the night.

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8) It was my day as I made fewer mistakes: PV Sindhu after Indian Open win

Well begun is half done. PV Sindhu’s definitive win over Spain’s Carolina Marin early in the year has set the tone for the tall Indian to dominate the world. Barring the loss to world No 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the All England quarterfinals, it’s been a great start to 2017 for Sindhu. “I am really happy with my overall performance. I have won big tournaments early in the season. It (India Open title) will add to my confidence and motivate me to work harder and prepare for the World Championship (at Glasgow in August),” Sindhu said after the win.

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9) US govt report criticises India over corruption, lack of transparency

A US State Department report has panned the Indian government over alleged human rights violations, citing the police case against activist Teesta Setalvad and encounter killing of eight suspected SIMI activists in Madhya Pradesh. The report on ‘Human Rights Practices in India for 2016’ also referred to restrictions on foreign funding of NGOs, including some whose views the government believed were not in the “national or public interest”, female genital mutilation and dowry-related deaths as human rights problems in the country.

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10) Unlike Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma still ‘good friends’ with Aussie cricketers

While Virat Kohli might not be sharing the same rapport with the Aussies anymore, India opener Rohit Sharma, who missed the series due to an injury, does not see any problem with the cricketers from down under. “We are pretty good friends. We all get along well,” said Rohit when asked about his bonding with the Australia cricketers. “India and Australia have always been a good rivalry. We have seen that over the years. So, I was not surprised what happened in the series. When you play against a top side in the world, these things are bound to happen. But as far as one remembers not to cross the line and stay in the limits, that’s good,” said Rohit.

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