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Modi, who arrived in Berlin earlier in the day to start his six-day, four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France, urged Europe to play a lead role in tackling the menace of terrorism.

india Updated: May 30, 2017 07:27 IST
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, walk through the garden of the government guest house Meseberg Palace during a meeting in Meseberg.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, walk through the garden of the government guest house Meseberg Palace during a meeting in Meseberg.(AP Photo)

PM Modi meets Angela Merkel, Kerala CM says cattle order violates spirit of federalism, malware ‘Judy’ infecting Android smartphones, some of Ramdev’s Patanjali products fail quality test.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

PM Modi asks Europe to take lead role in tackling terrorism, has ‘very good interaction’ with Merkel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday he “had a very good interaction” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he met the leader at her country retreat near Berlin for informal talks. Modi, who arrived in Berlin earlier in the day to start his six-day, four-nation tour of Germany, Spain, Russia and France, also urged Europe to play a lead role in tackling the menace of terrorism. Modi’s accompanying delegation of senior ministers, including commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman, energy minister Piyush Goyal, and MoS for external Affairs M J Akbar, are also holding talks with their German counterparts. Read the story here.

Beef politics hots up: Mamata, Pinarayi Vijayan up ante against cattle trade rules

The central government’s new curbs on the sale and purchase of animals have brought the Opposition and the ruling BJP into conflict. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and the CPM, which rules Kerala, spoke in a rare voice of unity between the two arch rivals against the Narendra Modi government. “We won’t accept the Centre’s decision … it is unconstitutional,” Banerjee said, dubbing the ban as an attempt to “encroach into state power”.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged his counterparts to raise their voice against the restrictions on cattle trade, saying the Centre’s “anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular move” is an attempt to usurp power from the state governments. Read the story here.

‘Ban on cattle sale a negation of democratic principle’: Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan writes to CMs

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday wrote to chief ministers of all other states against the Centre’s decision to enforce new regulation on cattle sale. Vijayan called the move a clear violation of the spirit of federalism and wrote “Unless we stand together and oppose this anti-federal, anti-democratic and anti-secular move, it may mark the beginning of a series of similar measures aimed at destroying the federal democratic fabric and secular culture of our country.” Read the full letter here.

‘Be cautious, exercise restraint’: China’s message after Modi northeast visit

China asked India on Monday to be “cautious” and exercise “restraint” over building infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh, days after Prime Narendra Modi launched the country’s longest bridge linking Assam with the state claimed by Beijing. “We hope India adopts a cautious and restrained attitude on the issue before the final settlement of the border issue with China to jointly control disputes, safeguard peace and tranquillity in the border areas,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. Read the story here.

UP minister sparks row over beer bar inauguration pic, Adityanath seeks report

Photographs of Uttar Pradesh minister Swati Singh purportedly inaugurating a beer bar have gone viral on social media, stirring a controversy on Monday with opposition parties questioning if this was the true face of the Bharatiya Janata Party government.

In the pictures, Swati, the minister of state for agriculture exports (independent charge), is seen cutting a ribbon with a group of people, including some bureaucrats, standing next to her. In the face of criticism, chief minister Yogi Adityanath asked the minister to explain her stand. Read the story here.

After WannaCry, a new threat: 36.5mn Android users may have been hit by ‘Judy’

A malware called ‘Judy’ is infecting millions of Android smartphones across the world -- close on the heels of ‘WannaCry’ holding computers at ransom, says a report. According to security solutions firm Check Point, the malware -- Judy -- uses infected devices to generate large amounts of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, generating revenues for the perpetrators behind it. Read the story here.

Ramdev’s Patanjali products fail Uttarakhand quality test

Nearly 40% of Ayurveda products, including items from Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali, were found to be of substandard quality by Haridwar’s Ayurveda and Unani Office, a Right to Information (RTI) reply revealed. Out of the 82 samples collected between 2013 and 2016, 32 failed the quality test. Patanjali’s Divya Amla Juice and Shivlingi Beej were among the products that failed to meet the quality standards. Read the story here.

26,500 Indian job seekers in Saudi Arabia to return under amnesty scheme

Over 26,500 job-seekers — who were staying in Saudi Arabia either without valid documents or overstayed their visas with a hope to get another job — are slated to return home under a 90-day amnesty scheme announced by the kingdom in April. Indian officials said this was an opportunity for the nationals to correct their “status” in the kingdom and return to work in Saudi should they get opportunities in future.

There are 30 lakh Indians in Saudi Arabia, which makes it the largest expatriate community in the kingdom. And the kingdom is home to largest Indian passport holders outside India. Read the story here.

Dramatic video shows migrants being rescued from burning boat in Spain

More than 30 migrants were rescued at the weekend off the coast of Spain after their rubber speed boat caught fire, forcing them into the water in a dramatic moment caught on camera and broadcast on Monday. The video tweeted by EU border agency Frontex shows the 34 migrants travelling on board a black boat on Sunday when flames suddenly erupted at the back near the engine, and rapidly spread through the small vessel. Read the story here.

British Airways chief denies IT glitch due to outsourcing to India, won’t resign

Chief Executive of the British Airways Alex Cruz on Monday ruled out resigning over the crippling flight disruption and maintained that the computer glitch had nothing to do with cutting costs or outsourcing IT services to India. Cruz said a power surge, had “only lasted a few minutes”, but the back-up system of the airline had not worked properly. He said the IT failure was not due to outsourcing of IT work from UK to India. Read the story here.

Trump defends Kushner, administration against what he calls ‘fake news’

Returning home from a nine-day overseas trip, US President Donald Trump has plunged headlong into the ongoing Russia probe controversy, determined to defend his administration and his son-in-law Jared Kushner from its growing reach. Trump started by lashing out against the coverage of the probe, tweeting, “It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media.” In another tweet, he posted: “Whenever you see the words ‘sources say’ in the fake news media, and they don’t mention names it is very possible that those sources don’t exist but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!” Read the story here.