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

International Court of Justice stays hanging of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan, US President Donald Trump abruptly fires FBI director, and Lalit Modi hits out at former BCCI presidents for causing huge losses to the Indian cricket board. Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 10, 2017 07:38 IST
HT Correspondent
Girls in Mumbai display a painting of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.
Girls in Mumbai display a painting of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.(PTI)

1) International Court of Justice stays execution of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan

The International Court of Justice has stayed the hanging of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying. The order by the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) came a day after India approached it against the death sentence handed down to Jadhav by Pakistan’s Field General Court Martial last month, official sources said. India, in its appeal to the ICJ, accused Pakistan of “egregious” violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and asserted that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy but Pakistan claimed to have arrested him from Balochistan on March 3, 2016.

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2) Donald Trump abruptly fires FBI director James Comey in midst of Russia probe

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading his agency’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential campaign and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. Trump said the move resulted from Comey’s handling of an election-year email scandal last year involving then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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3) EC slams AAP’s ‘so-called’ demonstration of EVM tampering; Kejriwal-led party accepts hackathon challenge

The Election Commission has trashed the Aam Aadmi Party’s claims of hacking an electronic voting machine (EVM) during a demonstration in the Delhi assembly, saying anyone can make a “lookalike” gadget to justify “magic or tampering”. The poll panel issued a strongly worded statement shortly after the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP claimed to have hacked a replica of an EVM to prove allegations that the system can be tampered with to favour a particular party. “The so-called demonstration of tampering of ‘look alike’ EVM cannot be exploited to influence intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the commission in its electoral process,” it said.

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4) Prejudice on basis of religion, caste out of question: PM Modi to Muslim leaders

Prejudice on the basis of religion or caste is “out of question” for his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a group of eminent Muslims on Tuesday. Modi’s assurance that “all communities are treated equally” assumes significance after the recent spurt in attacks on Muslims by self-styled cow vigilante groups in several states. “One of the main issues in our meeting was the perceived fear among Muslims across the country. I told him that you are the Prime Minister of the entire country and no citizen, irrespective of the religion, should feel unsafe. He (PM) said, “We treat all communities equally. We don’t believe in any prejudice on the basis of religion or caste,” Maulana Qari Syed Mohammad Usman, president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind told HT.

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5) Kashmir issue: Pakistan tells India to address ‘human rights issues’

Pakistan has made five recommendations aimed at addressing alleged human rights issues in India before the United Nations, reflecting the chill in ties between the two countries. In comments certain to irk New Delhi, Pakistan said India should take “visible policy (decisions) and other measures to ensure freedom of religion and beliefs, and address the alarming trend of racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, including mob violence committed, incited and advocated by right-wing parties and affiliated extremist organisations against minorities – particularly Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits”.

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6) PM sets up task force to formulate credible policies on employment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday set up a high-level committee under Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya, to ramp up jobs data so that the government can frame policies to spur employment generation. The Task Force will recommend solutions which can be implemented in a time bound manner.

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7) Iraq: Nearly 10,000 Yazidis killed, kidnapped by Islamic State in 2014, study finds

At least 9,900 of Iraq’s Yazidis were killed or kidnapped in just days in an Islamic State attack in 2014, according to the first study to document the number of Yazidis affected which could be used as evidence in any trial for genocide. About 3,100 Yazidis were killed - with more than half shot, beheaded or burned alive - and about 6,800 kidnapped to become sex slaves or fighters, according to the report published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine on Tuesday.

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8) Man who fled after bank fraud lands in Goa for holiday, arrested 20 years later

A man who fled India after a Rs 3.77-crore bank fraud and acquired a new identity in Canada was arrested when he landed in Goa for a vacation, 20 years after the alleged crime in Gujarat, CBI officials said on Tuesday. The man has been identified as Vinay Kadam, who was absconding under his new name Regan Rollin. The accused, now in is sixties, allegedly played the main role in defrauding Bank of Baroda in 1997.

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9) After MS Dhoni leaks, Lalit Modi targets N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur

Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi has hit out at former BCCI presidents N Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur for causing huge losses to the Indian board. On Monday, he posted the details on his Instagram account, claiming that BCCI had lost around Rs 7,300 crore due to Srinivasan and Thakur. “Srini and his stooges @ the #bcci cost Indian cricket in excess of Rs 3798 crore for cancelling #ChampionsLeague and throwing out #Kochi & #Sahara #franchises. #Srini cancelled watertight contract of #clt20 and let go $500 million of revenue for #indiancricket,” he wrote.

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10) IPL: Kings XI Punjab survive Chris Lynn scare to beat Kolkata Knight Riders

Glenn Maxwell slammed 44 off 25 balls to take Kings XI Punjab to 167/6 against Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL 2017 encounter. Then, Rahul Tewatia and Mohit Sharma picked two wickets each to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to 153/6. KXIP are still in race for play-offs.

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