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

From Pakistan’s plan to challenge ICJ argument to EVM row and cyberattack in Europe to Hizbul’s threat to Hurriyat leaders, here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date

india Updated: May 13, 2017 07:23 IST
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Girls display painting of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage' in Mumbai.
Girls display painting of former Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of 'espionage' in Mumbai.(PTI FIle Photo)

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

1) Pakistan to challenge International Court of Justice’s jurisdiction in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Pakistan plans to argue the International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death for alleged espionage, because his purported activities are covered by the exceptions cited by Islamabad when it recognised the jurisdiction of the Hague-based institution. Sources in Islamabad told Hindustan Times that attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali, who will leave for the Hague over the weekend to represent Pakistan at a hearing on May 15, will contend that Jadhav’s alleged activities were covered by the exceptions on “hostilities” and “matters of national security”.

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2) EC says EVMs with paper trail will be used for all future polls, Kejriwal ‘sad it backed out of hackathon’

All future elections will be held with voting machines that have a paper trail attached, the Election Commission said on Friday amid a storm of allegations that poll results were manipulated by faulty devices. The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system records the candidate and symbol a person voted for but the voter cannot take the receipt home. After the meeting, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the poll panel went back on its promise. “Sad that EC has backed out of hackathon,” Kejriwal tweeted.

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3) Hizbul threatens to behead Hurriyat leaders over Kashmir statement

A Hizbul Mujahideen leader has threatened to behead separatist Hurriyat leaders for calling Kashmir a political struggle instead of a religious war for the creation of an “Islamic state”. The threat is believed to be the first against the Hurriyat leadership who are acknowledged to represent the political views of a section of Kashmiris and had earlier held talks with the state and central governments many times. The message was delivered through a video clip. The person in the clip is heard but not shown. He did not identify himself but is believed to be of local Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa.

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4) Organisations in several European countries hit by ‘ransomware’ cyber attack

A massive “ransomware” cyber attack on Friday targeted a number of organisations across Europe, including Britain’s state-run health service and Spain’s biggest telecommunications firm. There were also reports of infections from Italy, Portugal, Russia and Ukraine. Computer systems were infected by cyber criminals with malicious software called ransomware, which locks up computers and demands a ransom to restore access.

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5) RSS leader accused in murder case of CPI-M worker hacked to death in Kannur

An RSS office bearer accused in the murder of a CPI-M worker last year was hacked to death near Kannur on Friday. The RSS-BJP combine has called for a shutdown in the district on Saturday to protest the killing. According to the police, he was waylaid and allegedly hacked to death by a group of CPI-M workers. He died on the way to a hospital.

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6) Supreme Court compares triple talaq to death penalty, asks can a practice so ‘abhorrent’ be legal

The Supreme Court on Friday compared the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam to capital punishment, saying triple talaq was like death penalty – “abhorrent but still allowed”. A five-judge constitution bench led by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar is hearing pleas challenging the practice. Khehar drew a parallel with death penalty in response to a submission by senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid, who said triple talaq was sinful but lawful. Khurshid is the amicus curiae, or court’s adviser, in the case.

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7) Angry over elopement, Yadavs vandalise Muslim households in UP’s Sambhal

Timely police intervention prevented a Bulandshahr-like tragedy (in which a Muslim man was beaten to death) from occurring in Nandrauli village of Sambhal district on Wednesday night. Enraged by the elopement of a girl from their community with a Muslim youth, the Yadavs of the area vandalised over six Muslim households. A motorcycle was also torched in protest.

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8) US prepares to ban laptops on flights from Europe

The US is expected to broaden its ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from the European Union, a move that would create logistical chaos on the world’s busiest corridor of air travel. Alarmed at the proposal, which airline officials say is merely a matter of timing, European governments held urgent talks on Friday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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9) China refuses comment on Sri Lanka saying no to PLAN submarine docking

China on Friday refused to comment on reports that Sri Lanka had turned down a request to allow a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) submarine to dock in Colombo. A Reuters report from Colombo said Sri Lankan officials were “unlikely” to agree to China’s request to dock a submarine anytime soon “given India’s concerns”. “It might happen later,” a second official told Reuters, adding China had requested approval “sometime back” to use the port around May 16.

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10) Delhi Daredevils spoil Rising Pune Supergiant’s march to IPL 2017 playoffs

Exceptional bowling and fielding in the death overs, especially from Mohammed Shami, ensured Delhi Daredevils spoilt Rising Pune Supergiant’s march to the IPL 2017 playoffs by registering a seven-run win at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday. The result meant Steve Smith’s team are still not assured of a spot in the playoffs and their last league game against Kings XI Punjab assumes even more importance.

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