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

Five farmers killed in police firing in Madhya Pradesh, Sonia Gandhi asks Congress workers to be ready for 2019, the challenges of everyday living in Qatar, and Adityanath wants Mughalsarai station renamed. Here are the top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2017 07:48 IST
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The scene after violent clashes between farmers and police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh.
The scene after violent clashes between farmers and police at Pipliya in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh.(PTI Photo)

Five killed in firing during farmers’ protest in Mandsaur, Oppn attacks Madhya Pradesh govt

At least five farmers were killed and several injured in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district on Tuesday when police fired on protesters demanding better prices in the drought-ravaged region that recorded a farmer suicide every five hours in 2016-17. Angry farmers ransacked and set ablaze a police outpost after the firing as the administration clamped curfew on Pipalia town, the epicentre of violence, rushed extra forces and withdrew internet services to tamp down on social media rumours fanning violence. Throughout the day, the BJP government denied any police firing and confirmed the five deaths in the evening.

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Mandsaur violence: Chouhan blames Congress, announces Rs 1 cr each for victims’ kin

Facing criticism over the killing of farmers in Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday appealed for peace even as he accused the opposition Congress of instigating violence during a protest in Mandsaur district. He ordered a judicial probe into the killings and announced an aid of Rs 1 crore each to the victims’ families. But the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party came down heavily on the BJP-led state government.

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Sonia Gandhi attacks Modi govt: Divisive agenda has undone progress, there is stagnation

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday set the tone for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, asking party workers to get ready to “protect the essence and idea of India” and warned that the BJP-led government was now shifting its 2014 manifesto promises. Addressing a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, Gandhi expressed concern over an increase in “lynch mobs” and claimed there is a “brazen campaign to strait-jacket the whole country into a regressive and narrow-minded” world-view.

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‘It’s as if life has been flipped on its head’: Qatar crisis is impacting millions of people

The political storm surrounding Qatar is impacting life in one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers and travel hubs that relies on food imports. Millions of people have already been affected, with many Arab residents in Qatar unsure of their fate. Panicked residents rushed to grocery stores to stock up on essential food items as hundreds of trucks transporting food and construction materials were stopped from entering Qatar from Saudi Arabia. Qatar, a mostly desert nation that juts off Saudi Arabia’s eastern coast, imports more than 40% of its food needs through its only land border with Saudi Arabia.

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Outside Notre Dame in Paris, cops shoot attacker who shouted ‘this is for Syria’

French police shot and injured a man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday, while shouting “this is for Syria”. Police sources said the officer sustained only minor neck injuries in the assault, which comes with France on high alert after jihadists killed seven people in London on Saturday. The suspect later claimed to be a “soldier of the caliphate” of the Islamic State group, according to a source close to the investigation.

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Russia scrambles Sukhoi jet fighter to intercept US bomber over Baltics

Russia scrambled a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet on Tuesday to intercept a US B-52 strategic bomber which it said was flying close to its border over the Baltic Sea, Russia’s Defence Ministry said. Russian air defence systems detected the bomber at around 1000 Moscow time as it was flying over neutral waters parallel to the Russian border. “The Russian SU-27 crew, having approached at a safe distance, identified the aircraft as an American B-52 strategic bomber and escorted it” until such time as it changed course and flew away from the border area, the ministry said.

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Yogi Adityanath govt to name Mughalsarai railway station after RSS ideologue Upadhayay

The Yogi Adityanath cabinet in Uttar Pradesh decided on Tuesday to rename Mughalsarai railway station near Varanasi after RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. A meeting of state cabinet gave its approval for the renaming of the station. Cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh said the state government would send a proposal to Union railway ministry to change the name of the railway station.

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Veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba elected Nepal PM for fourth time

Veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba was on Tuesday elected Nepal’s Prime Minister for the fourth time with the support of nearly two-thirds of the members of the 593-strong Parliament. The 70-year-old Nepali Congress president returned to the top post 12 years after he was removed by then king Gyanendra Shah. Deuba was the sole candidate in the election, which became necessary after Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ quit the post of Prime Minister last month under a power-sharing deal with Deuba’s Nepali Congress, the largest party in Parliament.

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Indian flights take Pakistan, Iran route to reach Qatar after airspace curbs in Gulf

Passengers flying on Indian carriers to Qatar will face increased travel hours as airlines have been forced to take longer routes over Pakistan and Iran, amid airspace curbs in the Gulf region. Jet Airways, Air India Express and IndiGo are now operating flights to Qatar’s capital Doha through Pakistan and Iran airspace following restrictions imposed by the UAE.

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How Virender Sehwag had a demoralising effect on Ravichandran Ashwin

India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed the demoralising effect he has had while bowling at former opener Virender Sehwag. “Sehwag was never complicated. He had a demoralising effect on me actually,” Ashwin said during a chat show. “There was an incident in Dambulla, where every ball that I bowled, first ball I bowled outside off stump, Sehwag cut me. Next ball I bowled on off stump, he cuts me. Next ball I bowled on middle stump, he cuts me. “The next ball I bowl on leg stump, he again cuts me. So I said ‘what the hell is happening’. So I just bowled a ball fuller, Sehwag stepped out and slugged me out for a six,” Ashwin said.

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