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

JD(U) wants Tejashwi to come clean, SC orders probe into extra-judicial killings in Manipur, China lodges protests with several countries for speaking up for pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo and Roger Federer reaches 11th Wimbledon final. Here are the top stories to keep you up to date.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2017 08:20 IST
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The Janata Dal (United) of Nitish Kumar wants RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav to come clean.
The Janata Dal (United) of Nitish Kumar wants RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav to come clean.(PTI)

Explain source of wealth or Tejashwi Yadav must quit: Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) tells Lalu’s RJD

Bihar’s ruling Grand Alliance turned more brittle on Friday as JD(U) demanded deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav’s resignation if his family could not come clean on the source of funds used for acquiring allegedly illegal properties. The JD(U)’s demand, dismissed by RJD chief Lalu Yadav, came despite attempts by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to broker truce among the allies. Lalu, who was in Ranchi to attend a fodder scam trial snapped at a media contingent eager to know of his next move, saying, “Tejashwi was elected by the people, not by those asking for his resignation.” Congress president Sonia Gandhi talked to both chief minister Nitish Kumar and Lalu to find a middle path to diffuse the crisis and despatched state chief Ashok Choudhary to play mediator.

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Tejashwi won’t resign, alliance unbreakable: Lalu on spat with Nitish Kumar

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said on Friday that his son Tejashwi Yadav will not resign as the deputy chief minister of Bihar over corruption charges. “The Vidhan Mandal of our party has taken a decision that Tejashwi Yadav will not resign,” Lalu told ANI. “An FIR is not sufficient reason for the resignation,” he added. This assertion from the RJD chief ends speculation that Tejashwi Yadav might step down from the post to save the ruling Grand Alliance -- Janata Dal (United), Congress and RJD -- in Bihar.

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India engaged in negotiations with China on Sikkim standoff: Govt tells Oppn at all-party meet

The government reached out to the opposition parties and some of its allies on Friday to build a consensus on the border standoff with China ahead of Parliament’s monsoon session, but faced tough questions on the delay in resolving the dispute. In response to the opposition leaders’ call for using “active diplomatic channels”, the Centre said it is engaged in negotiations to ease the tension in the Doklam region of the Sikkim sector. At a meeting at home minister Rajnath Singh’s residence, foreign secretary S Jaishankar and home secretary Rajeev Mehrishi made a detailed presentation on the India-China border issue and Monday’s militant attack on Amarnath pilgrims. Defence minister Arun Jaitley, home minister Singh and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj along with national security adviser Ajit Doval were present at the meeting.

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Sasikala row: Being targeted for exposing irregularities, says DIG D Roopa

Bengaluru’s Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) D Roopa on Friday said she was being unnecessarily targeted and singled out for exposing irregularities at the Parappana Agrahara Central prison. Roopa came into limelight for exposing irregularities in the jail. She accused her senior officials of taking Rs. 2 crore as a bribe from AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in return for preferential treatment. The DIG Prisons said she was ready to cooperate with the investigation called by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

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SC orders CBI probe into 97 extra-judicial killings by security forces in Manipur

The Supreme Court ordered on Friday a federal investigation into 97 alleged extra-judicial killings in 11 years by security forces in Manipur, overruling objections by the government and the army in a landmark decision hailed by human rights activists. A bench headed by Justice MB Lokur ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to set up a team for the probe and asked the agency’s director to respond within two weeks. The 97 cases were between 2000 and 2011. The army — which is accused in at least 30 cases — wanted an internal probe.

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PM Modi’s trips to Gujarat have a lot to do with water and elections

Despite his busy schedule that takes him abroad often, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds time to visit Gujarat. He has visited his home state at least five times this year, mostly to inaugurate water-related projects and schemes. Assembly elections in Gujarat are due later this year and frequent visits by the prime minister, who was the state’s chief minister for four terms, are on expected lines. But his obsession with water projects has set off political speculations with commentators and critics saying he has taken the ‘water route’ to woo the electorate. Water is a critical issue, more so in the Saurashtra region comprising nine districts where over 100 dams have dried up in the wake of scanty rains.

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Trump Jr meeting included ex-Russian intelligence agent, says report

Donald Trump Jr’s meeting last June seeking damaging information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer was also attended by a former Moscow counterintelligence agent, NBC News reported on Friday. Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended the meeting at which Trump Jr thought he was to get information from the Russian government that would hurt Clinton in the US election campaign, brought along a Russian-American lobbyist who NBC News said had formerly worked for Russian spy agencies.

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Liu Xiaobo death: Don’t meddle in our affairs, China tells the world

A furious China responded on Friday to international censure over the death of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo by describing the decision to award him the peace prize in 2010 as “blasphemy”, and said it had lodged protests with several countries for meddling in its “domestic affairs” by speaking up for the pro-democracy activist. Foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said China had protested to several countries and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, among others, to express its discontent. Reports said France and Germany too were on the list.

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Roger Federer reaches 11th Wimbledon final, to play Marin Cilic for 8th title

Roger Federer is here once more, back in a Wimbledon final for the 11th time, back on the verge of an eighth championship at the All England Club, more than any man has collected in the storied, century-plus history of the place. Nearly 36, and a father of four, Federer continued his resurgent season through the fortnight by conjuring just enough brilliance to beat 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Friday. On Sunday, he will face 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who reached his first final at the All England Club by eliminating 24th-seeded Sam Querrey of the US 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 with the help of 25 aces and some terrific returning.

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