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

ICJ verdict on Jadhav today, search operations back in J-K, Boris Johnson talks about whisky in a gurdwara and Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL Eliminator. Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date:

india Updated: May 18, 2017 07:45 IST
HT Correspondent
The International Court of Justice is hearing the case of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.
The International Court of Justice is hearing the case of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.(PTI)

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ verdict on death sentence by Pakistan today

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will on Thursday give its ruling on India’s appeal to stay the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav. The verdict will be announced at 3.30pm Indian time, three days after the court in The Hague heard arguments by India and Pakistan. A brief statement posted on the ICJ’s website said: “A public sitting will take place at 12noon at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the Court, will read the court’s decision.”

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‘Part of a larger strategy’: Cordon-and-search ops are back in Kashmir after 15 years

Cordon-and-search operations are back in Kashmir after 15 years, the state police chief said on Wednesday, as a sharp rise in the number of local youth joining militant ranks forced security forces to change their anti-insurgency strategy in the valley. Officials said the cordon-and-search operations -- which involve security personnel going door to door -- was launched overnight at Heff and Shirmal villages in Shopian district, where an Indian Army officer was abducted and killed by suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants last week. The operations concluded on Wednesday morning.

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Triple talaq is not a community but a gender issue, Centre tells Supreme Court

Triple talaq is not a battle of the majority and minority communities but a tussle between Muslim men and women, the government said on Wednesday, as it mounted a fierce defence of its call for scrapping the controversial practice of instant divorce. Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi’s comments before the Supreme Court was in counter to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AIMPLB) argument that laws governing Hindus protected the community’s customs but the government was not doing the same for minorities.

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UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson faces flak for talking about whisky in gurdwara

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson was confronted by a woman during an election visit to a gurdwara in Bristol on Wednesday after he highlighted the possibility of a large increase in exports of Scotch whisky to India after a free trade agreement is forged following Brexit. Known for wit and humour not always appreciated by many, Johnson reportedly said: “What are the consequences of having so many Sikh relatives, and I hope I am not embarrassing anybody, is that whenever we go to India, to Mumbai or to Delhi, we have to bring ‘clinkie’ in our luggage.

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Wanted to float new party but never wanted to join BJP: Amarinder Singh

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh said on Wednesday that he wanted to float his own party due to “differences within the Congress” two years ago, but never toyed with the idea of joining the BJP. “It is absurdity,” he said, brushing aside reports that he wanted to join the BJP. “They have produced stale news. This is two years ago when there were differences in the Congress and I said I will form my own party. Where is the question of joining the BJP? I think there are too many channels and there is too little news,” he said.

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Cabinet changes law to stop overstay of MPs, bureaucrats at government bungalows

The Centre’s push to rid its limited living spaces of squatters got a fillip on Wednesday with the Union cabinet clearing amendments to the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971. The amendments to the law will ensure that ministers, Members of Parliament and bureaucrats, don’t overstay in government bungalows once their term is over. They will also have to shell out stiff fines. For instance, if they overstay beyond five months, they will have to pay up to ₹10 lakh.

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Hyderabad police detain three Islamic State suspects for questioning

The Hyderabad police on Wednesday detained three men suspected of having links with the Islamic State (IS). The three suspects – Mohammad Abdullah Wasim Basith, Abdul Hannan Qureshi, Salman Mohiuddin – were brought to the Hyderabad Central Crime Station (CCS) for questioning following intelligence inputs that they had connections with the IS. Hyderabad CCS deputy commissioner of police Avinash Mohanty told HT that they were picked up for questioning and no formal arrests have been made so far.

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No politician in history treated ‘more unfairly,’ than me, say Trump

President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at his “critics and naysayers” following more than a week of negative news coverage beginning with his sudden decision to fire James Comey as FBI director. “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media,” Trump said. “No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can’t let them get you down. You can’t let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams”, Trump said to graduates of the US Coast Guard.

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Liberal Democrats to reinstate post-study work visa, hold another Brexit referendum

Positioning itself as the party of “Remainers”, the Liberal Democrats on Wednesday promised to hold another referendum on Britain leaving the European Union, and held out the prospect of reinstating the post-study work visa popular with Indian students. The visa that allowed Indian and other non-EU students to work for two years after completing studies was abolished in 2012, when the Liberal Democrats were in a coalition with the Conservatives. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told Hindustan Times: “It is ludicrous that we take in Indian students, train them, and then as soon as they are skilled and ready to work, the Conservatives boot them out of the country.”

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IPL 2017 Eliminator: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in a rain-marred match as they chased down a reduced 48-run target in 5.2 overs in their eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad could manage just 128 for the loss of seven wickets at the end of their innings. Kolkata Knight Riders will now take on Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday.

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