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

Anti-riot personnel head to Saharanpur, bin Laden’s wife recalls the night he was killed, Asaduddin Owais dares Amit Shah to contest election in Hyderabad, Donald Trump scolds NATO allies, Nitish to skip opposition meet, former Greek PM injured in car blast.

india Updated: May 26, 2017 09:57 IST
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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after her return from Pakistan.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after her return from Pakistan.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Anti-riot personnel head to Saharanpur, bin Laden’s wife recalls the night he was killed, Asaduddin Owais dares Amit Shah to contest election in Hyderabad, Donald Trump scolds NATO allies, Nitish to skip opposition meet, former Greek PM injured in car blast.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

Centre sends 400 anti-riot personnel to Saharanpur to stop caste violence

The Centre has dispatched a contingent of the Rapid Action force to Saharanpur on the request of the Uttar Pradesh government to stop sporadic caste violence which has left two dead and dozens injured since May 5. “Four companies (around 400 personnel) of the RAF have been sent to Saharanpur to help the state government maintain law and order following a request of the Uttar Pradesh government,” home ministry spokesperson Ashok Prasad told reporters here on Thursday. The spiral of caste violence between Thakurs and Dalits in Saharanpur has claimed two lives and left 29 injured while the state police have registered 36 FIRs so far.

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Four women ‘gang-raped’: Victims were going to Bulandshahr hospital with Rs 47,500 for pregnant relative

Relatives of the family waylaid by highway robbers in Greater Noida’s Jewar said the victims were travelling to a private hospital in Bulandshahr with Rs 47,500 in cash to help a pregnant relative when the alleged gang rapes and murder happened. The robbers allegedly dragged and raped four women in a field for hours and shot dead a 38-year-old male relative trying to save them at an isolated spot off the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar district early on Thursday, police said.

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Pakistan is a ‘well of death’, says Uzma Ahmed after returning to India

A young Indian woman, who said she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gun point, returned on Thursday after a court in the neighbouring country facilitated her journey back home. The plight of Uzma Ahmed, in her early 20s, had drawn countrywide sympathy and the Indian government had vowed to bring her back. Her return also showed rare bonhomie between the warring neighbours with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj thanking the Pakistani establishment and judiciary. “It’s easy to go to Pakistan, but tough to return. Pakistan is a well of death. Even those who go there after arrange marriages are crying,” a tearful Uzma told reporters in New Delhi.

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For first time, bin Laden’s wife Amal tells the story of the night he was killed

The story of the night of May 1, 2011, when US forces killed Osama bin Laden, has been told and retold many times. Now, for the first time, we see the events of that night through the eyes of his fourth and youngest wife, Amal, who has spoken to Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy for their book The Exile: The Flight of Osama bin Laden. Amal recalls the sickening screech with which a US military Black Hawk helicopter landed in the compound in Abbottabad. As the Seals moved towards the house, bin Laden’s family gathered in his upstairs bedroom and prayed, she says. He then told his wives to go downstairs with their children: “They want me, not you.”

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Trump directly scolds NATO allies, says they owe “massive” sums

US President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defence and said more attacks such as this week’s bombing in Manchester would take place unless the alliance did more to stop militants. In unexpectedly abrupt remarks as NATO leaders stood alongside him in Brussels, Trump said certain member countries owed “massive amounts of money” to the United States and NATO, even though allied contributions are voluntary, with multiple budgets.

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AIMIM chief Owaisi dares Amit Shah to contest against him from Hyderabad

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has dared BJP president Amit Shah to contest from Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat, saying it is not as easy as “eating cake”. Owaisi, the sitting MP from Hyderabad, said his party would ensure that the BJP lost from Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency, held by Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya, and five assembly seats the saffron party has in the city. “You (BJP) want to contest Hyderabad....you are welcome. But why are you planning to field somebody else? You (Shah) come and contest.”

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Opposition unity in jeopardy? Nitish skips Sonia’s meet ahead of President poll

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to skip a meeting convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday has raised questions over Opposition unity ahead of the presidential elections. “Nitish Kumarji will not attend the meeting chaired by Sonia Gandhiji due to prior engagements. Our senior leader, Sharad Yadav, will represent the party instead,” JD(U) national spokesperson KC Tyagi said. The meeting was called to reach a consensus on the Opposition candidate for the presidential election, expected to be held before July 25.

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EC rejects AAP’s request to tamper EVM circuitry at open challenge

The election commission has turned down a request by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to allow changing or tampering of electronic voting machine (EVM) circuitry during the upcoming open challenge, claiming that doing so would be “irrational and implausible”. AAP has led Opposition parties in alleging that EVMs used in assembly elections held across five states earlier this year were manipulated in favour of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. “It is the considered view of the commission that allowing any change of the motherboard or internal circuit of the EVM is like saying that anyone should be permitted to manufacture a new machine and introduce new EVMs in the ECI system, which is implausible and irrational,” the electoral body said in a letter to the AAP.

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Greece: Car blast injures former Greek PM Lucas Papademos

Greece’s former prime minister Lucas Papademos was injured when an explosive device hidden in an envelope detonated inside his car in central Athens on Thursday, police said. He was taken to hospital with his driver. Greek state TV reported that Papademos’s injuries were not life-threatening. “Doctors are more worried about his eyesight,” a police official said.

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Working for Rs 2 per day for 17 years, Tamil Nadu man moves HC for permanent job

Serving as a part-time sweeper for a paltry Rs 2 per day in Tamil Nadu animal husbandry department for the past 17 years, a man has knocked at the doors of Madras high court seeking regularisation of his service. Admitting the petition by M Ravikumar, Justice M Govindaraju on Thursday ordered status quo on proceedings consequent to the department’s April 19 communication calling for interviews for post of assistants in the department. Ravikumar has been working as a part-time sweeper at the Vellodu sub-centre for a salary of Rs 2 per day since July 2000. Though he expected his services to be regularised after two years, it did not happen.

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Virat Kohli steers clear of questions over Anil Kumble’s future as India’s coach

India skipper Virat Kohli side-stepped a potential controversy on landing in London for the ICC Champions Trophy, saying the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) inviting applications for the national coach’s job was only about sticking to a certain process and there was nothing unusual in that. “The process (hiring coach) has been followed every single time, the similar way and for the past so many years, (it) is what I know. Even the last time the post was up for a change, the same procedure was applied. And the term being one year, obviously the procedure is being followed in the same manner,” said Kohli after arriving in England for the June 1 to 18 event.

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