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india Updated: Jun 26, 2017 08:08 IST
Narendra Modi gestures during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia.

Narendra Modi gestures during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia.(REUTERS)

PM Modi meets American CEOs, defends surgical strikes, at least 150 killed in tanker explosion in Pakistan, sixty high-rise building fail safety tests in England, hotel in Hyderabad refuses to register woman travelling alone, India wins second One-day against West Indies.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

PM Modi talks about terrorism, surgical strikes in speech to Indian Americans, lauds Sushma Swaraj’s ‘prompt work’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up cross-border terrorism and the surgical strikes carried out by India across the Line of Control last year as he addressed Indian Americans on Sunday, a day before his first meeting with US president Donald Trump. The US President has made counter-terrorism a key plank of his administration. The surgical strikes showed the world that India can exercise “self-control” but, when needed, it can also show its might, Modi said to a loud cheer from the audience during a 45-minute speech in which he presented an account of his three-year-old government’s achievements, plans and vision. Read the story here.

‘India’s growth a win-win’: PM Modi woos American CEOs, cites ‘landmark’ GST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told American business leaders that India’s growth presented a “win-win” opportunity for both nations. Modi referred to his government’s attempts to improve the business climate, including the “landmark” GST to woo American companies to “contribute” India’s growth. The meeting was attended by the chief executive officers (CEOs) of 21 top companies. Among them were four of Indian descent — Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen and MasterCard’s Ajay Banga. Read the story here.

Modi-Trump talks: Civil nuclear deal to figure, no pact on reactors

The India-US civil nuclear deal is expected to figure in talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Monday, but a pact between the NPCIL and Westinghouse to build six power reactors in Andhra Pradesh is unlikely to be signed. A host of strategic issues are expected to be discussed during the parleys between the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies, including the progress on the 2008 civil nuclear deal, according to official sources.They said a financial turmoil in Westinghouse and absence of a functional reference atomic plant were the main impediments behind the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited’s (NPCIL) unwillingness to sign the agreement with the American nuclear giant. Read the story here.

Delhi family killed in Gulmarg Gondola accident loved to travel, had planned the vacation last minute

A last-minute weekend holiday plan turned into a tragedy for the Andraskar family. Jayant and his wife Manshea, along with their two daughters Anagha and Janhvi, were among the seven people killed on Sunday in the Gulmarg cable car accident. The four had come back from Maharashtra only last week. The family, hailing from Nagpur, had been staying in Shalimar Bagh in the capital for the past five years. Read the story here.

Srinagar: 14-hr encounter ends after 2 militants killed, 2 army men injured

Security forces gunned down two militants holed up in a school on the outskirts of Srinagar on Sunday, ending a 14-hour-long encounter in which a couple of soldiers were also injured. Jammu and Kashmir director general of police SP Vaid confirmed the militant deaths that evening. Both the soldiers are reportedly out of danger. The encounter began after two militants opened fire at a road-opening party passing through Pantha Chowk, killing a CRPF sub-inspector and injuring a jawan, on Saturday evening. The attackers then fled into the Delhi Public School building. Read the storyhere.

No country for women: Hyderabad hotel refuses pre-booked room to ‘single lady’

A 23-year-old woman from Bengaluru was denied a pre-booked accommodation at a Hyderabad hotel on Saturday morning because she was a “single lady traveller”. “So, I am standing outside a hotel in Hyderabad that didn’t let me stay because they realised I was a ‘single lady’ even after confirming the online booking.... Somehow they decided I was safer on the streets than in the hotel,” wrote Nupur Saraswat, an environmental engineer and a performance poet, in a Facebook post that has received over 2,000 likes and 1,300 shares. Read the story here.

Uttar Pradesh: Woman police officer stands up to angry mob of BJP activists

The situation was tense at the district court in Bulandshahr on Friday, with several BJP activists shouting anti-police slogans to protest the action taken against one of their leaders. They, however, did not reckon on a woman police officer taking them head on. Officer Shrestha Thakur was to quell a mob of BJP activists that was trying to prevent Pramod Lodhi from being produced in court. Lodhi was challaned for a traffic violation and later charged with assaulting a public servant. A video of the heated conversation that went viral on the social media showed Thakur fearlessly facing off against the agitated crowd. “You please get orders in writing from the chief minister that the police have no powers to check vehicles,” she told them. Read the story here.

Pak oil tanker explosion: Nearly 150 dead, bodies burnt beyond recognition

At least 150 people including women and children died and more than 125 others were injured in Pakistan on Sunday when an oil tanker caught fire minutes after it overturned near Bahawalpur in central Punjab. Most of those who died were burnt when they tried to siphon off fuel from the tanker as petrol flooded the area. The tanker en route from Karachi to Lahore carrying 40,000 litres of fuel overturned when trying to make a sharp turn on the main National highway. It is reported to have exploded after fuel leaking from its damaged container caught fire. Read the story here.

Sixty high-rise buildings in England fail safety tests after London fire

Sixty high-rise buildings have failed safety tests carried out after a fire killed at least 79 people in London earlier this month, the British government said on Sunday. British officials are conducting tests on some 600 high-rise buildings across England after fire ravaged the Grenfell tower block in west London on June 14. On Friday some 4,000 residents were forced to evacuate their homes in north London after the fire brigade ruled that their blocks were unsafe. The Department for Communities said in a statement that 60 high rise buildings across 25 local authority areas had now failed the tests. Read the story here.

Turkey police fires rubber bullets to stop Gay Pride protest in Istanbul

Turkish police on Sunday thwarted an attempt by Gay Pride activists to hold a parade in the country’s largest city Istanbul in defiance of an official ban from the local authorities. Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, a day after the city governor’s office banned the march citing safety and public order concerns. Small groups gathered at Taksim Square but witnesses said a heavy police presence outnumbered the activists, and at least four people were detained. Read the story here.

India beat West Indies by 105 runs in 2nd ODI, take 1-0 lead in 5-match series

India won the second ODI by a record margin of 105 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match ODI series here at the Queen’s Park Oval on Sunday. Thanks to yet another century partnership for the opening wicket between Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan and 87 from skipper Virat Kohli, India put on a massive 310 for five after heavy rain early in the morning had ensured the match was reduced to 43 overs a side. On their turn to bat, only Shai Hope displayed any fight, scoring 81 off 88 balls with five fours and three sixes, playing shots that often showed him as a class act – but the team managed to score only 205/6. Read the story here.