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

Ayush ministry’s new booklet for pregnant women in India, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and Patidar leader Hardik Patel arrested and stopped from visiting violence-hit Mandsaur, and Vijay Mallya claims he has not diverted any money to the team he owned in the IPL. Here are the top stories to keep you up to date.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2017 07:13 IST
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Cattle at a cow shelter in Maharashtra run by the Bharatiya Gou Rakshan Parishad, an arm of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
Cattle at a cow shelter in Maharashtra run by the Bharatiya Gou Rakshan Parishad, an arm of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.(REUTERS File Photo)

Cattle trade rules will see changes to clear misunderstandings: Union minister Harsh Vardhan

The controversial new rules prohibiting sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter will be changed to clear “doubts and misinterpretations”, environment minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday in comments that came after widespread outrage in several states. “The rules have created a lot of misunderstanding,” Vardhan told Hindustan Times. “We are looking at bringing changes in the language to clear doubts, misinterpretations and misconceptions created after the rules were notified”. Vardhan said the changes are yet be to finalised.

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No meat, no sex, pure thoughts: Modi’s Ayush ministry gives tips to would-be moms for healthy baby

Don’t eat meat, say no to sex after conception, avoid bad company, have spiritual thoughts and hang some good and beautiful pictures in your room to have a healthy baby. This is ministry of Ayush’s prescription for pregnant women in India, where 26 million babies are born each year. The recommendations are part of a booklet called Mother and Child Care, compiled by the government-funded Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) under the Ayush ministry.

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MP farmers’ stir: Jyotiraditya Scindia, Hardik arrested; Congress calls strike

A political storm over violent crop protests sweeping Madhya Pradesh deepened on Tuesday as several opposition leaders were arrested amid mounting speculation that angry farmers will hurt the ruling BJP in next year’s state polls. Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia and Patidar leader Hardik Patel were arrested and stopped from visiting violence-hit Mandsaur, where five farmers died in police firing last week while demanding better crop prices and a loan waiver. Scindia was released in the evening. Sporadic violence continued to singe six districts in the state.

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Darjeeling crisis: Hill parties to push for separate state, Centre sends 600 personnel

The crisis in the Darjeeling hills deepened on Tuesday after several parties, including the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), decided to push for a separate state and unanimously adopted a resolution in favour of it. The Centre dispatched 600 paramilitary personnel to assist the West Bengal government in restoring normalcy in violence-hit Darjeeling hills, which witnessed incidents of stone pelting on the second day of GJM-sponsored indefinite bandh.

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13 securitymen wounded in series of militant attacks in Kashmir

South Kashmir, believed to be the hotbed of militancy, saw a high incidence of violence on Tuesday. A series of suspected militant attacks were reported from at least four places in Pulwama and Anantnag within a short span. At least 13 CRPF and police personnel were wounded in the attacks, and militants fled with four rifles from one of the sites. The biggest attack took place at Laryar Tral in Pulwama district around 6 pm when militants lobbed a grenade on the camp of F 180 Batallion of the CRPF.

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BJP’s poll success leads to spike in RSS membership

The number of online applications for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) membership increased in the past few months after the BJP swept to power in four states. The RSS attributes this surge in prospective members to a growing interest around the organisation’s functioning and a desire to join its service projects. Data, however, hints at a correlation between the BJP’s electoral success and the rush to be associated with the RSS. The RSS’ website received 7,256 membership applications in January this year, which went up to 27,871 in March when the results of assembly elections in five states were announced.

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Pakistan eyes 2018 start to China-funded mega dam opposed by India

Pakistan expects China to fund a long-delayed Indus river mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan, part of disputed Kashmir, with work beginning next year, planning minister Ahsan Iqbal has said. Pakistan has been keen for years to build a cascade of mega dams along the Indus, but has struggled to raise money from international institutions amid opposition from India. Those ambitions have been revived by China’s Belt and Road infrastructure plans for Pakistan. The $12-$14 billion Diamer-Bhasha dam should generate 4,500 megawatts (MW) of electricity, and a vast new reservoir would regulate the flow of water to farmland that is vulnerable to increasingly erratic weather patterns.

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I have not diverted any money to IPL...keep dreaming about billions of pounds: Vijay Mallya

Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, whom India wants extradited for facing trial in a Rs 9,000-crore bank loan default case, on Tuesday claimed that he has not diverted any of the borrowed money to the team he owned in the IPL and asked reporters to “keep dreaming about the billions of pounds” that he had allegedly diverted. Mallya, whose bail was continued till December 4, appeared before a Westminster magistrate court on Tuesday and later told media outside that he was delighted that he would be able to put up his case before a “fair and impartial” court in London.

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Akhilesh Yadav asks how school bags with his picture were distributed in Gujarat schools

The Samajwadi Party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav asked on Tuesday the BJP government in Gujarat how bags bearing his picture was distributed in that state. Some 12,000 school bags distributed in government-run primary schools in Gujarat’s tribal-dominated Chhota Udepur district bear Akhilesh’s picture. The school bags came with stickers of the Gujarat government’s school enrolment program. Beneath these stickers, however, is a smiling Akhilesh.

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More trouble for Trump’s travel ban; friend suggests he might fire Mueller

Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Donald Trump, added a new twist to the Russia controversy by suggesting that the US president might be considering dismissing special counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating it. The White House pushed back, but only hours after the claim had been parsed and dissed with warnings about how it would only make things worse for Trump, who chose to ignore it all together in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning.

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