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

From India’s red alert on Ransomware attack to Xi Jinping’s Silk Road plans, here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 16, 2017 07:06 IST
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (2ndL) and his wife Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif (L) pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) during a welcome ceremony for leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Sunday.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (2ndL) and his wife Kalsoom Nawaz Sharif (L) pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan (R) during a welcome ceremony for leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Sunday. (AFP Photo)

1) Ransomware attack: India issues red alert, cyber experts warn of more trouble today

The country’s cyber security agency Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) has issued a red-coloured ‘critical alert’ in connection with the WannaCry attack, and warned users to not pay the ransom. The ransomware worm that stopped car factories, hospitals, shops and schools over the weekend worldwide, with Asia having escaped the worst so far, could wreak fresh havoc on Monday when employees log back on, cyber security experts warned.

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2) Xi Jinping pledges billions of dollars for new Silk Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday pledged to pump billions of dollars into the new Silk Road initiative as he described his signature foreign policy push as inclusive, one that should not be held hostage to old rivalries and power games. China is hosting at least 29 heads of state, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistan prime minister Nawaz, Sharif, for a two-day “Belt and Road” conference which India has chosen to give a miss. All of India’s neighbours, except Bhutan, sent high-level delegations to the event, with Sri Lanka represented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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3) Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence: India, Pakistan to face-off at ICJ hearing

India hopes for a positive outcome but braces for a complex legal tussle with Pakistan at the International Court of Justice on Monday to save the life of an Indian national accused of spying. Senior lawyer Harish Salve will argue for India at The Hague-based court, which last week stayed the execution of Jadhav on India’s appeal. India argued that it approached the international court to save the life of an innocent man, who was not given consular access even after 16 requests.

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4) Pakistan says JuD chief Hafiz Saeed spreading terrorism in name of jihad

Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and his four aides have been detained for “spreading terrorism in the name of jihad”, Pakistan’s interior ministry has told a judicial review board. Saeed appeared before the board on Saturday and told it that he had been detained by the Pakistani government in order to stop him for raising voice for Kashmiris.

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5) Govt ministries not been able to meet the standards for skills development: Panel

Government ministries have not been able to meet the standards for skills development, the Sharda Prasad committee said, highlighting drawbacks in the scheme to train youth for jobs and entrepreneurship. The government-appointed panel led by Prasad, a former director general of employment and training, recommended that nine ministries that don’t have domain expertise or training infrastructure of their own should discontinue their programme to meet the parameters.

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6) Gurgaon: 26-year-old woman gang-raped in moving car, dumped in Delhi

A 26-year-old woman was gang-raped by three men in a moving car after she was kidnapped near Sukhrali village in Gurgaon on Saturday. The victim, who lives as a paying guest in sector 17, told the police that she went to Connaught Place in New Delhi to watch a movie on Friday night with her male friend after which they went to a bar and then returned to Gurgaon in a cab at around 2am on Saturday.

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7) Gruesome details emerge about Rohtak gang rape and murder

The controversy surrounding the gang rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Rohtak has intensified, with more gory details of the crime emerging on Sunday. The Haryana police also came under a cloud, with relatives of the victim alleging that they had ignored a complaint lodged against the main suspect about three months ago. An autopsy of the victim showed that the woman’s skull had been shattered, and sharp objects may have been inserted into her private parts.

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8) Human mortgage: Mother tries to raise Rs 2000 to free 7-yr-old from moneylender

A young mother of three travelled all the way from Nagaland’s Dimapur to Agra with her children to earn Rs 2,000 — the sum she needed to free her son from a moneylender who had kept her older son as “mortgage” for a loan for her husband’s funeral. Rita didn’t land a job in Agra and had to rummage through garbage for discarded food and drank water from even drains, to quench her thirst in the searing May heat.

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9) Mehbooba Mufti asks J&K students to focus on studies, leave bigger issues to elders

The people of Jammu and Kashmir have to choose between peace and violence, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Sunday as she asked students to focus on their education by letting the elders address bigger issues. “The people here need to decide...they need to think what they want and how they want it. (Whether) by pelting stones, by killing bright children like (young army officer) Ummer Fayaz or a bank employee or a youth working in police (who work hard for earning their livelihood) or by resorting to looting banks and weapons?”

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10) IPL: Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiant, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders in playoffs

Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have emerged as the top four teams. MI and RPS will face each other in the Qualifier 1 on May 16 at the Wankhede Stadium. On May 17, SRH and KKR will play the eliminator at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

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