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

Anil Kumble resigns as India’s cricket coach, PM Modi leads Yoga Day celebrations, Justice Karnan arrested, US awaits results of a key Congressional election. Here are the top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2017 07:52 IST
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PM Narendra Modi takes part in the International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow on Wednesday.
PM Narendra Modi takes part in the International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow on Wednesday.(CM Office, GoUP Twitter page)

Captain had reservations with my style, says Anil Kumble after stepping down as Team India coach

Outgoing Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble said on Tuesday that he decided to quit the post after realising that his partnership with skipper Virat Kohli was ‘untenable’. Kumble tweeted a strong letter explaining his decision to step down, soon after the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced that the former India skipper had decided not to seek re-appointment. “I was informed for the first time yesterday (Monday) by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as head coach. I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between captain and coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstanding between the captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I therefore believe it is best for me to move on,” Kumble wrote.

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NDA’s presidential candidate Kovind looks headed for win as gaps widen in Opposition camp

The ruling NDA’s presidential candidate, Ram Nath Kovind, looked headed for a comfortable victory on Tuesday with divisions widening in the opposition camp even as it braced for a contest for the July 17 polls. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad indicated on Tuesday the grand old party was not inclined to support a “hardcore BJP leader” as the presidential candidate and would continue to work on building a consensus on an opposition nominee. The Left parties including the CPI(M) and the CPI share the Congress’ stance, but more chinks surfaced in the opposition camp.

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PM Modi, UP CM Adityanath lead International Yoga Day celebrations in Lucknow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath led the International Yoga Day celebrations on Wednesday morning with 51,000 participants, including dignitaries, politicians and bureaucrats, in Lucknow. People in 195 countries are coming together on Wednesday to celebrate yoga on summer solstice, the longest day in the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

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More trouble for Mamata Banerjee as GJM pulls out of GTA, parties support Gorkhaland

The standoff in the Darjeeling hills escalated on Tuesday with the Bimal Gurung-led Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) deciding to pull out of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) after ruling it since 2012. Besides, all 14 influential political parties and public organisations in the region unanimously declared their support to the longstanding demand for a separate Gorkhaland state in north Bengal. The decision was taken at a crucial all-party meeting at the Gymkhana Hall in Darjeeling.

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CS Karnan, retired Calcutta HC judge on the run since May 9, arrested in Coimbatore

CS Karnan, a former Kolkata high court judge who had triggered an unprecedented face-off in the judiciary over alleged corruption, was arrested from Coimbatore on Tuesday, more than a month after he became the first judicial officer to retire as a fugitive. Karnan, 62, was sentenced to serve a six-month jail term by the Supreme Court on May 9 for contempt of court. He was a serving judge then but went into hiding within a couple of days. Three teams of West Bengal police arrested him from private resort in Tamil Nadu, his home state.

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China says it will link CPEC with project involving India, Bangladesh, Myanmar

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be connected to a corridor that involves India, Bangladesh and Myanmar through the sea, Beijing announced on Tuesday. Part of the plan is to link the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, according to the “Vision for Maritime Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative”. “Ocean cooperation will focus on building the China-Indian Ocean-Africa- Mediterranean Sea Blue Economic Passage, by linking the China-Indochina Peninsula Economic Corridor, running westward from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, and connecting the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC),” said the document released by official Xinhua news agency.

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BJP leader files complaint against journalist Rana Ayyub over tweet on Kovind

A Delhi BJP leader has filed a police complaint alleging that journalist Rana Ayyub had posted a “defamatory, hate-filled and derogatory” tweet in referring to NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. Reacting to the announcement of Kovind as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee for the presidential election, Ayyub had tweeted “And you thought Pratibha Patil was the worst bet”.

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Rabri Devi ‘owns’ 18 flats worth Rs 20 crore in Patna, says BJP’s Sushil Modi

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday made fresh allegations against RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s family saying his wife Rabri Devi, a former Bihar chief minister, “owns” 18 flats in Patna worth around Rs 20 crore. The allegations come on a day the income tax department charged family members of Lalu, including his wife, son and daughters, under the Benami Transactions Act in connection with its probe into land deals worth Rs 1,000 crore and tax evasion.

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London mosque attacker identified: Neighbours describe him as ‘aggressive’,‘strange’

The man who drove a van into a group of people outside a mosque in north London has been identified as Cardiff-based Darren Osborne, who was described by neighbours as “aggressive” and “strange”. Osborne, a 47-year-old married father of four, was apprehended by the public and handed over to police, a move that was widely welcomed. There is no immediate evidence that he was an active member of a far right organisation. He is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and alleged terror offences.

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US Congressional bypoll being seen as test for Trump

It’s been called the most expensive congressional race in US history. Voters of Congressional District 6 of Georgia state will determine on Tuesday if it was worth all the effort and money. It’s a re-election to fill a House of Representatives seat left vacant by Tom Price, who joined the Trump administration as secretary for health and human services. The result will be a verdict on President Donald Trump. A defeat for Republican candidate Karen Handel will be crushing blow for the president — losing a Republican seat in an overwhelmingly Republican state.

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