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

From ICJ deferring ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav case to BJP planning Modi fest to ring in govt’s fourth year and US lawmakers calling for release of Comey tapes, here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 16, 2017 07:47 IST
HT Correspondent
A boy watches as television channels show news about International Court of Justice hearing the case of Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at a shop in Jammu on Monday.
A boy watches as television channels show news about International Court of Justice hearing the case of Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav at a shop in Jammu on Monday. (AP Photo)

Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

1) Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty: ICJ defers ruling after India, Pakistan present case

The fate of Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage, remained uncertain as the International Court of Justice on Monday deferred its ruling on India’s petition to stop his execution. The United Nations’ highest court in The Hague heard arguments by both sides and its president Ronny Abraham said the 12-judge tribunal would deliver its decision on whether to grant an emergency stay of execution “as soon as possible” on a date that would be communicated to the two parties.

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2) Harish Salve charged Re 1 to fight Kulbhushan Jadhav case at ICJ: Sushma Swaraj

Harish Salve, who fought India’s case at the International Court of Justice against the death penalty given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, has charged Re 1 as fee, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said. “Not fair. #HarishSalve has charged us Rs. 1/- as his fee for this case,” Swaraj tweeted.

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3) WannaCry ransomware attack: Your ATM is safe for now, say experts

Bank ATMs across India might escape the WannaCry worm global attack that locks computers and demands a ransom, cyber security experts said on Monday. At least 80% of Indian ATMs operate on Windows XP and uses a firmware that limits the machine’s activities to bare basics such as dispensing cash on request and checking the account balance.

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4) Kashmir man tied to jeep: Army denies reports of clean chit to officer, probe on

The army said on Monday that the court of inquiry (CoI) into allegations of a Major tying a man to a jeep and using him as a human shield in Kashmir was still on, rubbishing media reports that the army officer had been given a clean chit. “The Court of Inquiry (CoI) concerned with the incident wherein a civilian was tied to an army jeep is still incomplete. Reports in some sections of the media suggesting that army Major has being given a clean chit are speculative,” said army’s Srinagar-based spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia.

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5) BJP to ring in government’s fourth year with ‘Modi fest’ from May 26

The BJP will sell what sells the most — Narendra Modi. A fest named after the Prime Minister is planned across the country to showcase his achievements of the past three years. Modi completes three years in power on May 26 and the fest will be launched on the same day. It will continue till June 15. “Modi fest will be organised in 120-odd cities,” a BJP leader said. “The event will highlight how he changed India and brought it out from a state of despair.”

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6) Pakistan daily leaks plans for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Details of plan for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that were kept secret even from Pakistan’s provincial governments were leaked by the influential Dawn newspaper on Monday, causing many quarters to question the wisdom of the initiative. According to the report, thousands of acres of agricultural land will be leased to Chinese enterprises to set up “demonstration projects” in areas ranging from seed varieties to irrigation technology, and a system of monitoring and surveillance will be built in cities from Peshawar to Karachi, with 24-hour video recording of roads and busy marketplaces for law and order. A national fibre-optic backbone will be built for Pakistan, not only for internet traffic but also for terrestrial distribution of broadcast TV, which will cooperate with Chinese media in the “dissemination of Chinese culture”.

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7) Kashmir not relevant to China-Pakistan corridor, Beijing says as BRF summit ends

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not aimed at “third parties” and doesn’t affect Beijing’s position on the Kashmir issue, the China’s foreign ministry said on Monday. Referring to India’s decision to skip the two-day Belt and Road Forum (BRF), the ministry said: “Regarding the issue of Kashmir which the Indian side is concerned about, we have been stressing that the issue was left over from history between India and Pakistan, and should be properly addressed by the two sides through consultation and negotiation.” “The CPEC is an initiative on economic cooperation. It is not directed at any third parties, not relevant to disputes over territorial sovereignty and does not affect China’s position on the Kashmir issue,” it said.

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8) India will ultimately ‘prevail’ in Kashmir, says Amit Shah

The BJP-led NDA government is handling the Kashmir issue “diplomatically” and India will ultimately “prevail” there, BJP president Amit Shah said on Monday. “I believe that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and security agencies’ intervention, India will ultimately prevail in Kashmir,” he said at the “Samvaad” conclave organised by India TV. He said that the Kashmir “problem” cannot be solved by merely abrogating the Article 370 in the Constitution that provides for special provisions to Jammu and Kashmir. “There are several issues and just abrogating the Article 370 will not solve the problem. BJP cannot do it all alone, we will discuss it at an opportune time with others,” he said.

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9) Militant Zakir Musa calls for unity among Kashmir separatists in new video clip

A few days after breaking away from the Hizbul Mujahideen, radical militant leader Zakir Musa declared on Monday that he has put his differences with other separatists on the backburner for the cause of Kashmir’s “liberation”. A fresh audio clip released by Musa alias Zakir Rashid Bhat has called for unity among all ranks of Kashmiri militants until India’s hold over the land is negated. However, that did not prevent him from reiterating his call for Islamic rule, and stating that he will always prefer fighting beside militants who believe in “sharia or sahadat (establishing Islamic rule or attaining martyrdom)”.

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10) As White House races to name new FBI director, demand mounts for Comey “tapes”

Donald Trump set off a firestorm when he sought to prevent sacked FBI director James Comey from leaking information by threatening him with “tapes” of their conversations. The White House has since refused to confirm or deny the existence of said tapes. Lawmakers from both parties are demanding the release of the Comey tapes. “If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over,” senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said.

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