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

Modi vows to protect environment, Indian-origin Leo Varadkar to be Ireland’s PM, RSS leader’s controversial remarks on Valentine’s Day, Gujarat Youth Congress wants cow to be national animal, UN says Iran is complying with nuclear deal, Anil Kumble not likely to continue as India’s coach after Champions Trophy.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2017 07:53 IST
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Ireland's Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launches his campaign bid for Fine Gael party leader in Dublin.
Ireland's Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launches his campaign bid for Fine Gael party leader in Dublin.(Reuters)

Top stories to bring you up to date:

Donald Trump dumps Paris climate pact, attacks India; Modi vows to protect environment

President Donald Trump on Thursday pulled the US out of the historic Paris climate accord, saying it was bad for his country and unfairly advantaged India and China, striking a strident note not entirely unexpected given his past remarks on the issue. Trump’s decision provoked anger and condemnation from world leaders and heads of industry. It also came at an awkward moment as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to make an official visit to the US later this month. Speaking at an economic forum in St Petersburg in Russia, Modi said India is committed to the Paris accord irrespective of the course chosen by other countries. Read the story here.

Indian-origin gay minister Leo Varadkar wins leadership race, becomes Ireland’s PM-elect

Leo Varadkar, the son of a Mumbai-born doctor and Ireland’s first openly gay minister, was on Friday elected the leader of the ruling Fine Gael party, giving the Catholic nation its first prime minister-elect of Asian descent. The 38-year-old Varadkar will become the youngest prime minister in Ireland’s history when he is confirmed in the country’s parliament later this month. He will also be one of the world’s youngest prime ministers. Varadkar is the youngest child of Ashok Varadkar, who met his future wife Miriam, a nurse, while working in Britain’s National Health Service in the 1960s. Read the story here.

24 or 42? Bihar Class 12 arts topper arrested after row over age, knowledge of music

The Bihar board’s arts stream topper was arrested and his result cancelled after allegations of fraud on Friday, a development that put the spotlight back on the state’s notorious education system that has often been hit by cheating scandals. This year Ganesh Kumar, a student in Samastipur, was declared the topper of Class 12 examination from arts stream but has allegedly fudged his age. The school board chairman has said Kumar’s age 42 years old but he had declared it as 24. Read the story here.

Election Commission’s EVM ‘hackathon’ on, Uttarakhand HC has no objection

The Election Commission has said its EVM challenge will be held today, remarks that came shortly after the Uttarakhand high court rejected a plea questioning the constitutionality of the move. “The EVM challenge is on as scheduled. The NCP and the CPI-M have nominated three persons each for the challenge,” a commission spokesperson said. He said the two parties will get separate halls to try and tamper with the machines. The challenge will take place between 10am and 2pm. Read the story here.

PM Modi: Not a single bullet fired in 40 years despite border dispute with China

The world has increasingly become inter-connected and inter-dependent, a transformation that has made it necessary for India and China to cooperate on trade and investments despite a simmering border dispute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday. “It is true that we have a border dispute with China. But in the last 40 years, not a single bullet has been fired because of border dispute,” Modi said during a panel discussion at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. He shared the stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Austria and Moldova. Read the story here.

Valentine’s Day responsible for rape, illegitimate children, violence against women: RSS leader

If RSS leader Indresh Kumar is to be believed, the “western” tradition of Valentine’s Day is responsible for rape, illegitimate children, and violence against women. “In India, love has been sacred and pious. It has been sung as the tales of Radha-Krishna, Laila-Majnu and Heer- Ranjha but the western culture commercialised love and gave birth to festival of Valentines’ day which is now responsible for problems like rape, illegitimate children and violence on women,” he said while addressing RSS volunteers. Read the story here.

Centre must declare cow as national animal: Gujarat Youth Congress

Amid the row over the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter at livestock markets, the Gujarat Congress’s youth wing on Friday demanded that the Narendra Modi government declare the cow as the national animal. The demand came hours after Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani condemned the slaughter of a calf in public by Youth Congress workers in Kerala and demanded that the Congress apologise for it. Read the story here.

Muzaffarnagar: 5 cops among 8 injured in stone-pelting over cow-slaughter rumours

At least eight persons, including five policemen, were injured on Friday after a group of people resorted to stone-pelting when a police team raided some houses on information of cow slaughter at Sherpur village in Uttar Pradesh. Read the story here.

UN confirms Iran complying with nuclear deal

Iran is sticking to the 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers even as tensions rise with US President Donald Trump, a UN atomic watchdog report showed on Friday. Trump has vowed to “dismantle” the “disastrous” deal and has ratcheted up US sanctions, calling for Iran to be isolated and throwing his weight behind Tehran’s arch rival Saudi Arabia. But the new International Atomic Energy Agency report showed Iran’s nuclear activities remain reduced, making any push to an atomic bomb much harder than before the agreement. Read the report here.

Anil Kumble’s exit likely after ICC Champions Trophy

Anil Kumble appears to have decided to walk away as India’s coach at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy campaign when his one-year contract will come to an end. With reports of major differences between Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli having marred the build-up to India’s opening match against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday, there were indications that efforts for any patch up had not borne fruit. Read the story here.