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19 killed in blast at concert in Manchester, army honours major who tied Kashmiri man to jeep: Top stories to bring you up to date

19 killed in a blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, Army honours major who tied civilian to jeep in Srinagar, Haryana education board goofs up on Class X results, Jaitley files a new defamation suit against Kejriwal, and remembering the 1987 Hashimpura massacre: Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 23, 2017 07:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Armed police officers stand near the Manchester Arena, where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing, in Manchester, in northern England on May 23. (Reuters Photo)

Top stories to bring you up to date.

1) Live: 19 killed in blast at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, British police suspect terror incident

At least nineteen people have been killed in a suspected explosion at the end of a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester in northwest England that is being treated as a terrorist incident, police said. Eyewitnesses described a “huge bomb-like bang” and scenes of panic as young fans fled the venue. A fleet of ambulances was seen rushing to the venue and bomb disposal teams were dispatched soon after.

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2) In pics | Panic grips Manchester after terror blast at Ariana Grande concert

A witness who attended the concert said she felt a huge blast as she was leaving the arena, followed by screaming and a rush by thousands of people trying to escape the building. A video posted on Twitter showed fans, many of them young, running from the venue. “We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming,” a concert-goer told Reuters.

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3) Human shield row: Army major who ‘tied’ Kashmiri man to jeep honoured

An army major, who was in the eye of a storm for allegedly tying a Kashmiri man to a jeep to use him as a human shield, has been awarded the army chief’s commendation card. Confirming the development, army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said the officer had been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation (COAS) card for “sustained efforts in CI (counter insurgency) operations”. Sustained efforts imply that the officer has been recognised for work done by him over a period of time. Asked if the recognition was related to the jeep incident, Col Anand told HT, “I reiterate he has been awarded for his sustained efforts.”

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4) Haryana board declares revised Class 10 results after merit list goof-up; initial toppers lose ranks

The Haryana Education Board released an incorrect merit list on Monday evening, inadvertently playing a cruel joke on three girl students from Fatehabad district. According to the results announced around 4 pm, Monika Rani from Bhirdana village had topped the state by scoring 493 out of 500 marks. Three hours later, her world came crashing down. The education board issued a new list, which had a boy – Yudhveer Singh from Sirsa district’s Lehranwali village – occupying the top position with 499 marks.

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5) Triple talaq undesirable, practitioners to face boycott: AIMPLB to SC

Instant divorce through triple talaq is undesirable and anyone practising it will face social boycott, an influential Muslim body told the Supreme Court on Monday, as it appeared to be backing down over the controversial issue facing judicial scrutiny. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)’s views were presented in an affidavit that included a copy of resolutions adopted during a meeting in April to discuss the Sunni sect’s practice that allows a man to divorce his wife by uttering ‘talaq’ thrice in quick succession. A five-member multi-faith bench led by chief justice JS Khehar last week reserved its verdict on a clutch of petitions by Muslim women seeking scrapping of the provision. The central government has backed the petitioners.

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6) Jaitley files fresh defamation case of Rs 10 crore against Delhi CM Kejriwal

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley filed on Monday a second defamation suit against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, seeking Rs 10 crore in damages for calling him a “crook” during a hearing in a libel case last week. The legal action compounded the Aam Aadmi Party leader’s troubles. Kejriwal is battling bribery charges by a former colleague and internal feuds after losses in the Punjab and Goa assembly elections this April and the municipal polls in New Delhi.

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7) BJP Twitter war: Shatrughan Sinha, Sushil Modi face-off over Kejriwal and Lalu

A Twitter war broke out in the BJP on Monday as two senior leaders took potshots at each other over the party’s campaign against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad. “Enough of negative politics & mudslinging by opponents on our political leaders, be it Kejriwal, Laloo Yadav or Sushil Modi,” BJP parliamentarian Shatrughan Sinha tweeted. BJP’s Bihar leader Sushil Kumar Modi reacted with anger, sending out several tweets denouncing Sinha and demanding his expulsion from the party. “BJP’s Shatru has jumped to the defence of the benami properties of Lalu who is not even being defended by Nitish Kumar,” Sushil Modi tweeted. “It is not necessary to trust every popular person. The traitors should be show the doors at the earliest,” he said.

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8) Indian climber who went missing on Everest found dead after 36 hours search

The body of Ravi Kumar, an Indian climber who went missing on Mount Everest two days ago, was found after an intense search lasting 36 hours, expedition organisers said on Monday. This was the fifth death on the world’s highest mountain this season. A total of 45 people have lost their lives on Everest in the past four years. A team of high-altitude guides spotted Kumar’s body on Monday morning in a 200-metre crevasse near the summit.

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9) Pakistan investigation agency targets activists for ‘anti-army campaign’

Pakistan’s top civilian investigation agency has launched a crackdown against social media activists for what it said was an “organised campaign against the armed forces”, rounding up more than a dozen of them for questioning. The powerful military has distanced itself from the drive ordered by interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, saying it had nothing to do with the move. Over the weekend, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), which comes under the interior ministry, initially detained six people, most of them active bloggers, to question them regarding their social media posts on the armed forces. Those arrested included a member of the ruling PML-N party.

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10) 30 years after UP’s Hashimpura massacre, survivors recount night of ‘bloodbath’, rue lack of justice

At 80, Jamaluddin’s memory is fading but he still remembers May 22, 1987 like it was yesterday. Thirty years ago, he lost his eldest son Qamaruddin allegedly to the bullets of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) of Uttar Pradesh. The armed police team allegedly rounded up hundreds of Muslim men in Meerut’s Hashimpura locality, picked out some of them, drove them to nearby water bodies in a truck and shot each of them. The force had been attacked a day before, during Hindu-Muslim riots, and apparently wanted to teach the community a lesson, activists say.

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First Published: May 23, 2017 07:35 IST