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

From the Indian Army describing the killing and mutilation of two of its soldiers as dastardly and inhuman, to the administrator of a WhatsApp group being arrested for adding a person who posted a morphed photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and AB de Villiers revealing that he wrote a letter to every girl he liked in school, here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 03, 2017 08:19 IST
HT Correspondent
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The Indian Army has told its Pakistani counterpart that the killing and mutilation of two of its soldiers was dastardly and inhuman and merited an unequivocal response.(Photo: Indian Army))

Here’s a list of top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

1) Soldiers mutilated: Indian Army says it will respond to ‘dastardly’ act, Pakistan denies involvement

The Indian Army on Tuesday described the killing and mutilation of two of its soldiers as dastardly and inhuman and told its Pakistani counterpart that the incident merited an unequivocal response. But Pakistan denied its troops were involved in Monday’s attack on an Indian patrol in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between the two countries. India reacted sharply and the director general of military operations, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, conveyed a strong message to his Pakistani counterpart during a hotline phone call.

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2) WhatsApp group admin booked for adding member who posted morphed photo of PM Modi

The administrator of a WhatsApp group in Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district was arrested for adding a person known to have posted a morphed photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the group, police said. The administrator was later released on bail. Krishna Naik (30), an autorickshaw driver who is the administrator of the group “The Balse Boys” from Doddabalse village in Bhatkal was arrested on April 30. However, it was another member of the group, Ganesh Naik, who posted the pictures on April 14.

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3) Kin of slain BSF jawan refuse to perform last rites, demand presence of PM, CM

Family members of a BSF jawan whose body was mutilated by Pakistani soldiers on Tuesday refused to perform his last rites, demanding the presence of either Prime Minister Narendra Modi or chief minister Yogi Adityanath and an assurance of avenging his killing. “We will not allow you to cremate (the) body until Yogiji or Modiji comes here,” Sagar’s wife Gyanti told police and administrative officials at his native village Takenpur, about 40 km from the district headquarters Deoria in Uttar Pradesh.

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4) Sonu Nigam row: HC says azaan an integral part of Islamic worship, not loudspeakers

The Punjab and Haryana high court has said that while Azaan is undoubtedly an integral part of Islam, it does not necessarily have to be blared through loudspeakers. A single-judge bench comprising justice MMS Bedi made this observation in connection with a plea filed against singer Sonu Nigam over a series of comments posted on Twitter last month. Terming the petition as a “cheap” attempt to gain publicity, justice Bedi said: “A fair interpretation of the words used by respondent no 4 (Nigam) clearly indicates that the word ‘gundagardi’ in tweet no 4 is not addressed in the context of Azaan but the use of loudspeakers and amplifiers.”

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5) Modi raises visa issue with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged concerns about the “possible impact” of the recent changes in Australian visa regulations for skilled professionals during a telephonic conversation with his counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday. Turnbull called Modi to thank him for the success of his recent visit to India. New Delhi is examining the consequences of Australia’s decision to abolish a popular work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers, majority of them Indians.

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6) Putin meets Merkel, denies interfering in US election

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that allegations that Russia had meddled in last year’s US presidential election were based on rumours and that Moscow did not want foreign powers to interfere in Russian politics. Putin was speaking at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sochi and responded to a question about US allegations of Moscow’s meddling and apprehension that Russia might meddle in German elections on September 24. “We never interfere in the political life and the political processes of other countries and we don’t want anybody interfering in our political life and foreign policy processes,” said Putin. Merkel said she was not fearful of Russian meddling in German polls. “I am not an anxious person, I will fight the election on the basis of my convictions,” she said.

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7) Trump, Putin agree to work together on Syria, discuss North Korea during phone call

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signalled the prospect of increased cooperation in Syria on Tuesday, in what the White House called a “very good” phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the war-torn nation. The White House said the leaders also agreed to try to set up their first in-person meeting in July, on the sidelines of an international summit in Germany. The two leaders said they wanted to continue such calls and were “in favour of organising a meeting during the G20 summit on July 7-8 in Hamburg,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

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8) Why AB de Villiers left his childhood love letters undelivered

Recently announced as the brand ambassador for famed multinational company Mont Blanc, Royal Challengers Bangalore vice-captain AB de Villiers revealed his association with the pen giants stemmed from a love for writing he had at a young age. “I have a few memories of writing from back in the day when I was growing up and in school. I was a bit of a romantic and the minute I could start writing, I wrote a letter to every girl that I liked in school,” De Villiers shared in a light-hearted moment.

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9) Bangladesh bowler deliberately concedes 92 off 4 balls; gets banned

Bangladesh Cricket Board has imposed a 10-year ban on a bowler who deliberately lost a match by conceding 92 runs off just four legal deliveries in protest at umpiring decisions. Sujon Mahmud from Lalmatia Club was found guilty by the Bangladesh Cricket Board of bringing the game into disrepute. Lalmatia Club were barred indefinitely from competition, with their coach, captain and manager punished with five-year bans from the Dhaka Second Division League.

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10) Delhi Daredevils beat Sunrisers Hyderabad

Delhi Daredevils beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in their IPL 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi today. Put to bat, SRH scored 185/3 riding Yuvraj Singh’s 41-ball 70. Delhi Daredevils however chased down the total, thanks to a crucial unbeaten 24-ball 41 from Corey Anderson. Karun Nair chipped in with 39, Rishabh Pant scored 34 while Shreyas Iyer scored 33.

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