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7.1 earthquake in Mexico, Trump threatens to destroy North Korea, Rahul Gandhi impresses experts in US: Top stories

india Updated: Sep 20, 2017 07:46 IST
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Rescuers with a crane look for survivors in a multistory building flattened by a powerful quake in Mexico City.

Rescuers with a crane look for survivors in a multistory building flattened by a powerful quake in Mexico City.(AFP Photo)

7.1-magnitude earthquake jolts Mexico, at least 138 killed

At least 138 people died when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital where rescuers scoured frantically under the rubble of ruins for survivors. Thousands ran into the streets in panic, and millions lost electricity when the quake struck around lunchtime. Read the story here.

Donald Trump at UN: If US is threatened, it will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea

In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, end the deal capping Iran’s nuclear weapons plan and reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to combat “radical Islamic terrorism”. In a speech that ran just over 40 minutes, Trump also put on notice nations that provide terrorists “safe haven” – possibly Pakistan, but without naming it – and said in the context of South Asia and Afghanistan that terms of US engagement will be determined by “our security interest”, and not politics. Trump laid out a vision of his foreign policy, which he called “principled realism”, that is moored in his call for every country to serve their people first. Read the story here.

Heavy rains lash Mumbai, schools, colleges to remain closed today

Three weeks after a deluge, rains returned to haunt Mumbai with the maximum city receiving between 40mm and 130mm of rainfall on Tuesday. Parts of Colaba, Churchgate, CST, Dadar, Worli, Bandra, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Andheri, and Borivli received very heavy rainfall from Tuesday afternoon onwards. And there will be no respite soon with the Met office predicting similar weather for the next two days. Schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) have been instructed to remain closed on Wednesday in the backdrop of heavy rains, the Maharashtra government announced Tuesday night. Read the story here.

Arun Jaitley discusses ways to revive economic growth

Finance minister Arun Jaitley and his colleagues on Tuesday took stock of the economy and discussed specific efforts to revive growth that has decelerated to the slowest pace in three years. The finance ministry will hold more inter-ministerial consultations and finalise a package of measures aimed at stimulating economic growth, officials present at the meeting said on condition of anonymity. A presentation will then be made to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will take the final call, officials said. Tuesday’s meeting was attended by railway minister Piyush Goyal, commerce minister Suresh Prabhu and the secretaries of the finance, and commerce and industry ministries. Read the story here.

Rahul Gandhi leaves wonks, experts surprised, impressed at Washington DC

Most of the attendees at Rahul Gandhi’s meetings in Washington DC had gone expecting a man they had come to know through news reports or otherwise, but found him either “very impressive” or “much more substantive than imagined” or as someone who “spoke very cohesively”. The Congress vice-president met a range of standard Washington DC policy experts, political strategists and a few lawmakers — all hard-nosed individuals who are not easy to impress — at a string of closed-door meetings. “I have known him and seen him for a while and he seemed much in charge of himself and his facts,” said one of those who heard Gandhi on Monday, on condition of anonymity because the meeting was supposed to be private. “He spoke very cohesively and … (made) pretty good points in a forceful manner.” Read the story here.

US Senate ties defence aid for Pakistan to action taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba

The US Senate passed a legislation on Monday that for the first time proposes to make payments to Pakistan for its cooperation in the war in Afghanistan incumbent on action taken by it against the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the banned terror group founded by Hafiz Saeed. An amount of $350 million, which is half of the $700 million set aside under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for compensating Pakistan for its cooperation in operations in Afghanistan, will be tied to Islamabad’s actions against LeT. This will be in addition to the action required against the Haqqani Network, which has been part of the precondition for three years. Read the story here.

Opinion: BJP’s north India caste formula may not work in Odisha and Bengal

As it forays east in its quest to make India Opposition-free, the BJP faces formidable obstacles in two states – Bengal and Odisha. Of course it has not broken into some southern states either, but the challenge is bigger in the east on account of powerful regional leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnaik, whose popularity shows no signs of waning dramatically even if fraying at the edges. So while strategising for its planned conquest of the east, the BJP needs to devise an approach very dissimilar to its strategy for the states of north and western India where the party dominates. Since caste is not a decisive electoral factor in the eastern states, the BJP’s caste-based winning formula of North India will not work here. Read the column here.

With Iqbal Kaskar’s arrest, police try to close in on Dawood

The arrest of Iqbal Kaskar could turn out to be an important step in the government’s campaign to draw out from hiding his older brother and one of India’s most wanted men Dawood Ibrahim, intelligence and police sources said on Tuesday. Kaskar was detained by Mumbai police on Monday night in what officials described as part of efforts to go after the assets and businesses of Dawood and his syndicate. Kaskar, who was sent to police custody for eight days on Tuesday, was detained in connection with an old extortion case. “The only way to rattle a man with such criminal nexus and money is by cutting off his finances. It is a step-by-step process, which is time consuming and arduous, but it is very effective,” said a senior police officer. Read the story here.

Dera chief Ram Rahim earns Rs 20 daily growing vegetables in jail

Wondering how once a powerful head of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda is spending his time in Rohtak jail following conviction in rape case? DGP (Jails) KP Singh told HT on Tuesday that Gurmeet Ram Rahim does gardening every day besides growing vegetables, a job that falls in the category of unskilled labour. “He is paid not more than Rs 20 a day, which is the fixed salary for doing unskilled jobs inside Haryana jails,” Singh added. He said that he might be good in skilled jobs but given restrictions inside the jail, this is the only job he is allowed at present. “There is small piece of land near his barrack, where he toils hard for four to five hours a day,” he added. Read the story here.

Jain community debates couple’s decision to leave 3-yr-old daughter, Rs 100-cr property for monkhood

A young Jain couple’s decision to relinquish the material world, including their three-year-old daughter, to become monks has triggered a debate as their families and the community argued the move amounts to cruelty towards the child. Sumit Rathore, who is 35, and wife Anamika, a year younger, are scheduled to take deeksha or the first step towards monkhood under Sudhamargi Jain Acharya Ramlal Maharaj in Gujarat’s Surat town on September 23. Other than daughter Ibhya, they will be renouncing property worth around Rs 100 crore in their Madhya Pradesh hometown of Neemuch, about 400km from Bhopal. Read the story here.

Rishi Kapoor wants actors who wear sunglasses at night to feel ashamed of themselves

In the latest episode of Neha Dhupia’s podcast, Rishi Kapoor made quite a few comments about Bollywood, the young actors and how he is never caught off-guard by questions. Kapoor, who appeared on No Filter Neha after his son, Ranbir Kapoor, also revealed his irritation at actors who wear sunglasses at night in airports. “Raat ko bhi airport pe saale chasme pehen ke aate hain...ye besharam actoron ko saale unko sharam nahi aati? (These actors wear sunglasses to airports even at night, these shameless actors, don’t they feel ashamed?),” he said in a short promo clip for the episode. Read the story here.