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india Updated: Apr 18, 2017 07:37 IST
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Mewat Yuva Sangthan takes out a silent march in Alwar demanding arrest of accused in Pehlu Khan lynching case.
Mewat Yuva Sangthan takes out a silent march in Alwar demanding arrest of accused in Pehlu Khan lynching case.(HT Photo)

Kashmir on the boil: Rajnath, Doval take stock; Omar wants President’s rule

The Kashmir Valley remained on the edge as thousands of college and school students protested against security forces for their action on students of Pulwama Degree College on Saturday. The Centre reviewed the security situation considering various options including initiating peace talks to bring back normalcy in the restive Valley. The meeting was chaired by Union home minister Rajnath Singh and attended by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, among others. The ruling PDP-BJP coalition and opposition parties in Jammu and Kashmir condemned the use of force against students in different colleges of the state and demanded stern action against those responsible for such acts. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah sought the dismissal of the PDP-BJP state government and imposition of governor’s rule in the state.

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Now, plastic bullets for crowd control in violence-hit Kashmir

As unrest rocks Kashmir valley, security forces deployed there will now use plastic bullets in crowd control operations before using the much-maligned pellet guns. The plastic bullets can be fired from a normal AK-47 rifle but in a single shot mode. Burst mode firing is not possible with them. “A couple of thousand bullets have been sent to the security forces on experimental basis. The plastic bullets are non-penetrative, and thus less lethal than pellet guns,” said a senior home ministry official.

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‘We will not compromise’: Pakistani army says can’t give consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

Upping the ante against India, Pakistan’s army ruled out on Monday consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a military court, days after New Delhi made a strong case for access to the alleged spy on death row. “Under the law we cannot give consular access to Kulbhushan who was involved in spying,” Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor told reporters.

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Nawaz Sharif-Narendra Modi meeting in June very much on cards: Pakistan daily

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi could meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana in June notwithstanding bilateral tensions, according to a media report in Islamabad. The Express Tribune, citing diplomatic sources, said that influential countries in the SCO are pushing Pakistan and India to re-engage in order to ensure that the next summit is held in a conducive environment.

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AIADMK ministers hold late-night meeting in Chennai, reach out to OPS camp amid merger buzz

The two warring factions of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK will come together, state finance and fisheries minister D Jayakumar hinted after a late-night meeting attended by more than 20 ministers on Monday. The meeting held in the Chennai residence of electricity minister K Thangamani discussed the modalities of the coming together of the E Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam camps, Jayakumar said. The development came on the day Delhi Police booked AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran for allegedly trying to bribe an Election Commission official to get the party’s “two leaves” symbol allotted to his faction.

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Alwar lynching: Pehlu Khan’s uncle threatens to commit suicide with entire family

As alleged accused in the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan in Alwar roam free, victim’s uncle Hussain Khan on Monday threatened to commit suicide along with his entire family if justice eludes them for long. The 55-year-old dairy farmer succumbed to his injuries after he was grievously assaulted on April 1 by self-styled cow vigilantes on the Delhi-Alwar highway. “My nephew was beaten mercilessly to death even though he had the documents to prove he legally purchased the cattle. The government, instead of arresting the accused, is trying to protect them. If we don’t get justice soon, I along with all my family members will commit suicide,” Hussain told HT. The family wants a court-monitored inquiry into the incident and an immediate arrest of the culprits.

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Air India to fine ‘unruly passengers’ up to Rs 15 lakh after Gaikwad incident

Passengers delaying flights beyond two hours in an air rage could be fined Rs 15 lakh, says national carrier Air India’s proposed set of standard operating procedures to tackle unruly flyers. The draft SOPs detail steps for the crew and ground staff in the event of ugly incidents such as two recent controversies involving parliamentarians Ravindra Gaikwad of the Shiv Sena and Trinamool Congress’s Dola Sen. The proposal lists six steps to tackle similar situations, including informing the airport manager, no direct interaction with media, immediate filing of police complaint, assessment of damage, and fining a misbehaving flier in accordance with the amount of delay.

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North Korea says ready for ‘any mode of war’

North Korea is preparing for “any mode of war” triggered by US military action, Pyongyang’s envoy to the United Nations warned Monday, saying his country would respond to a missile or nuclear strike “in kind.” The statement from North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Kim In Ryong, followed warnings from US Vice President Mike Pence to Pyongyang not to test US resolve. “If the United States dares opt for a military action (...) the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the Americans,” Kim told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York. “We will take the toughest counteraction against the provocateurs,” he said.

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China becomes first country to assist local polls in Nepal

As Nepal steps up efforts to hold polls to local government bodies on May 14 in the face of opposition from the Madhesi Morcha, China has become the first country to offer assistance for the elections. India, which has been pushing for all stakeholders to join the electoral process, is still silent on offering any kind of assistance despite several requests from the Nepalese side. Besides monetary support of nine million Yuan announced during Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s recent visit to China, a tranche of election-related materials arrived in Kathmandu from Beijing on Monday.

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IPL: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 5/19 helps Sunrisers Hyderabad edge out Kings XI Punjab

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner and seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar have emerged as the batting and bowling leaders though the defending champions are yet to find their best in 2017 Indian Premier League. Warner struck a patient, unbeaten 70 before Bhuvneshwar Kumar grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul in the IPL as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated a fighting Kings XI Punjab by five runs in the thrilling encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday.

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