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Trump withdraws US from Paris climate deal, explosions in Manila, gau-rakshaks stab student in Haryana, Putin hints at role of private hackers in US elections, Virender Sehwag applies for cricket coach’s job.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2017 07:52 IST
HT Correspondent
Protesters gather outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord.
Protesters gather outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord.(AP Photo)

Trump announces US withdrawal from Paris climate accord, says deal not tough enough on India and China

President Donald Trump has announced he was withdrawing the United States from the historic Paris Accord, saying it was bad for his country and its economy but kept the door open for a “new transaction” on terms that are fair to the US. Trump named India and China among the reasons he called the Paris Accord unfair to the United States. He said the deal was not tough enough on China and India.

China will continue polluting for a “staggering number of years”, he said, referring to its self-determined mitigation target, and added, “India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions, billions and billions of foreign aid from developed countries” and while the United States was expected to cut production of coal under the accord, India could double it. Read the story here.

Philippines: Explosions, gunshots at resort in capital, no reports of casualties; IS claims attack

Gunfire was heard at a hotel and a casino resort in the Philippine capital on Friday, and the Islamic State group (IS) quickly claimed responsibility. People ran screaming out of Resorts World Manila, which is across a road from one of the main terminals of the Philippines’ international airport, according to television footage. “Resorts World Manila is currently on lockdown following reports of gunfire from unidentified men,” the company said on its Twitter account. Islamic State said “lonewolf soldiers” from its group carried out the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors terrorist organisations. Read the story here.

Putin says Russia’s ties with India will not be diluted

President Vladimir Putin asserted today that Russia’s “trust-based” relations with India -- which he described as one of its “closest friends” -- will not be diluted by Moscow’s growing ties with Pakistan and other countries. In an interview to PTI, Putin told that there is no other country in the world with which Russia has such “deep cooperation” in delicate areas including missile technology, and it benefits from cooperation with India. But at the same time, Putin sidestepped a question on Kashmir, and said “it is up to you” to assess whether Pakistan is fuelling terrorism in the Indian state. Read the story here.

Haryana: Gau rakshaks mistake student for journalist, stab him for not clicking pictures of protest

Members of a cow vigilante group stabbed a college student for not taking photographs of their protest in Gohana town of Haryana’s Sonepat district on Thursday. The BA second-year student, Shivam, is battling for life in New Delhi. He reportedly went to the event with a journalist and was fiddling with his friend’s camera. The gau rakshaks thought Shivam was a photographer and asked him to take photographs of them handing a memorandum to district officials. The student allegedly refused…The gau rakshaks followed him after the protest, accosted him in a market, and stabbed his stomach and chest with knives, police said. Read the story here.

BJP Muslim leader shot thrice in UP’s Bareilly district, critical

The vice-president of BJP’s Bareilly region minority wing was shot at by unidentified persons on Thursday evening. Raees Ahmed, the BJP leader, was shot thrice and is admitted to a private hospital, said police. His condition is stated to be critical. Ahmed was returning home around 7pm when the attack happened. “We don’t know much about the attackers or possible motive yet,” police said. Read the story here.

‘Peacocks don’t have sex’: Raj HC ex-judge says reference in religious texts

A former Rajasthan high court judge who made national headlines for saying peacocks didn’t have sex told HT on Thursday that his theory didn’t need scientific evidence as it was backed by religious texts. In an exclusive interview to HT at his Jaipur residence, former HC judge Mahesh Chandra Sharma said peacocks were mentioned in all Hindu texts respectfully as being celibate creatures. “There’s a reference in Bhagwat Purana about peacocks not having sex.” Read the story here.

Hindu seer wants national mother status for cows, says peacocks do have sex

Hindu religious leader Acharya Dharmendra has disagreed with the statements of Rajasthan high court judge (retd) MC Sharma on national animal status for cow and peacocks not having sex to procreate. “Cow cannot be termed an animal, so national animal status should not be demanded for it,” Acharya Dharmendra, who is an accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, said on Thursday.

He said judge Sharma’s observation that peahens get pregnant through tears of peacocks did not hold any ground. “Peacocks breed through sexual intercourse. Peahens getting pregnant by swallowing tears of peacocks is merely part of a poem,” he said. Read the story here.

Russia’s interference in US elections: Putin hints at role of private hackers

After having denied any Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday hinted the involvement of “patriotic minded” private hackers from his country, but insisted his government had no role in it. Putin’s admission about the possibility of the involvement of private hackers marks a significant shift from his earlier position of categorically denying any Russian role in the interference, and dismissing allegations of it as anti-Russia hysteria. Meanwhile,

The Guardian reported British politician Nigel Farage has emerged as a “person of interest” in the Russia probe for his links to people at the heart of it, such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and some Trump campaign aides. Read the story here.

Virender Sehwag applies for Indian cricket team coach’s job; Moody in fray

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received responses of six candidates to its communication inviting applications for the post of India cricket team’s head coach. The deadline for applying was on Wednesday. Virender Sehwag is among the applicants. It is learnt there are four Indians in the fray, including current coach Anil Kumble. Alongside Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput and former pacer Doda Ganesh have applied. Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody and Richard Pybus from England have also applied. Read the story here.

ICC Champions Trophy: Joe Root’s unbeaten century helps England overhaul Bangladesh’s score

Joe Root shrugged off an ankle injury to hit a superb unbeaten 133 and lead England to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh in the opening Champions Trophy game at The Oval on Thursday. Alex Hales made 95 and captain Eoin Morgan 75 not out as hosts England overhauled their target of 306 with 16 balls to spare, the highest successful run-chase in the tournament’s history. Read the story here.