Army retaliates against Naga militants, Oppn capitalises on Yashwant’s critique: Top stories to bring you up to date

Army inflicts casualties on Naga militants along Myanmar border, militants kill BSF jawan at his home, PMO intervenes to defuse BHU crisis and more top stories.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2017 07:20 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
National Socialist Council of Nagaland,Indian Army,Myanmar
The soldiers brought the insurgents under “heavy retaliatory fire”, the Eastern Command said.(AFP File Photo)

Army inflicts ‘heavy casualties’ on Naga militants along Myanmar border, denies it was surgical strike

Soldiers inflicted heavy casualties on militants belonging to the NSCN(K) along the Myanmar border in Nagaland early on Wednesday, the army said. Unidentified insurgents indiscriminately shot at an army column moving along the Indo-Myanmar border at 4.45am, the Kolkata-headquartered Eastern Command said. But the soldiers brought the insurgents under “heavy retaliatory fire”. “Own troops suffered no casualties during the firefight,” the Eastern Command said in a brief statement. An army column consists of up to 100 soldiers. The army did not put a figure on the number of slain insurgents, but on previous occasions when the force announced heavy casualties the figure was around 40 to 50. Read the story here.

Yashwant’s critique of Modi policies sends Oppn into overdrive, govt on defensive

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha’s scathing criticism of the Modi regime’s economic policies has sent the Opposition into overdrive, with everybody from Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to former finance minister P Chidambaram citing his words to target the Union government. Gandhi shared Sinha’s article on Twitter with a cryptic reference to the state of India’s economy under the BJP. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your copilot and FM speaking. Please fasten your seat belts and take brace position. The wings have fallen off our plane,” he tweeted. Chidambaram said Sinha only spoke the truth when he stated that the growth rate would have been 3.7% or less (instead of 5.7%) if the government had not changed the methodology for calculating the GDP in 2015. Read the story here.

Kashmir: Militants kill BSF jawan at his home, injure three relatives

Unidentified gunmen killed Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Rameez Parray at his residence in Hajin, Bandipora district, late on Wednesday evening. Three family members were also injured in the attack. A police spokesperson confirmed the incident. “While the jawan was killed, the injured family members were shifted to a hospital for treatment,” he added. Jammu and Kashmir deputy general of police SP Vaid said three to four militants barged into the BSF jawan’s home and dragged him out. “When they resisted, the attackers opened fire – fatally injuring Parray.” According to Vaid, Parray had returned home to north Kashmir on vacation. “The militants accused Parray of being behind the cordon-and-search operation that took place in the area last night,” he added. Read the story here.

PMO intervenes to defuse BHU crisis, varsity proctor resigns over police crackdown

The chief proctor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) resigned on Tuesday, shortly after the prime minister’s office (PMO) intervened to defuse the crisis in the century-old institute in Varanasi over a campus molestation complaint. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah were said to have spoken to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath about the campus unrest that threatened to spread to other universities. The PMO summoned higher education secretary KK Sharma on Tuesday to discuss the situation. Read the story here.

Kabul airport attack: Narrow escape for SpiceJet passengers

Nearly 180 passengers and crew onboard a Delhi-bound SpiceJet plane from Kabul had a narrow escape on Wednesday when the Taliban launched a rocket attack on the Hamid Karzai International Airport in the Afghan capital. At the time of the rocket attack, SpiceJet’s SG 22 Kabul-Delhi flight was preparing for takeoff at the airport. “The boarding for SpiceJet flight SG 22 operating Kabul- Delhi was almost complete when the incident took place. Passengers and crew were safely deboarded and taken to the terminal building. There was no damage to the aircraft,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said. Read the story here.

No second chance for NRIs to deposit demonetised notes: Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has ruled out any new window of opportunity for NRIs or people of Indian-origin to deposit their high value Indian currency which was declared illegal after the demonetisation policy, a statement said on Wednesday. Swaraj made these remarks during her interaction with a delegation of Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) in New York. “Swaraj informed that the government had provided the time window for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) who are Indian citizens to deposit their currencies earlier. However, that window was not open for Diaspora Indians with foreign citizenship and the government would not be able to provide another such chance,” the GOPIO statement said. Read the story here.

Could have swapped Kulbhushan Jadhav for Peshawar attack terrorist: Pak

Foreign minister Khawaja Asif has claimed Pakistan could have swapped Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist involved in a 2014 attack on an army school in Peshawar who he said was in the custody of Afghan authorities. Asif made the remarks during a conversation with journalist Steve Coll at the Asia Society in New York on Tuesday. “The TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) operates from Afghan soil…the terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody,” he said “The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav,” he added. Read the story here.

‘Facebook Fascism’: Man posts ‘Kamal ka phool hamari bhool’, gets blocked for 30 days

A Facebook user has claimed that the social networking site blocked his account for 30 days after he posted ‘Kamal ka phool hamari bhool’ (Our mistake, the lotus) on his page. Mohammad Anas, a 29-year-old who works as a freelance journalist, had posted, “Vyapari apne cash memo par print karva kar janta se bata rahe hain ki BJP ko vote dekar galti ho gayi (Traders are admitting their mistake of voting for the BJP by printing this on their cash memo)” along with a photo of the receipt on Tuesday. He told Hindustan Times that hours later, he received a notification from Facebook that said the post he had put up “did not follow” their “community standards”. The photo of the cash memo, which got Anas’s account blocked, originated from Gujarat’s Surat and has been doing the rounds on social media for quite some time. Read the story here.

Deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for govt schemes, subsidies extended to Dec 31

The Centre on Wednesday extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government schemes and subsidies by three months to December 31. The extension is, however, only for those who are yet to apply of Aadhaar, an order issued by the ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said. As many as 135 schemes (of 35 ministries) including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension. Read the story here.

Over 92% Kurds vote for independence from Iraq

Iraq’s Kurds announced a massive “yes” vote for independence on Wednesday following a referendum that has incensed Baghdad and sparked international concern. Official results showed 92.73% of voters backing statehood in Monday’s non-binding referendum, which Iraq’s central government rejected as illegal. Turnout was put at 72.61%. Longtime Iraqi Kurd leader Massud Barzani said the vote would not lead to an immediate declaration of independence and should instead open the door to negotiations. But Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told lawmakers on Wednesday there was no question of using its results as the basis for talks. Read the story here.

Controversy hits Australia - Steve Smith accused of favouritism by Rodney Hogg

Former cricketer Rodney Hogg has criticised Australian cricket team captain Steven Smith, saying he cannot pick his ‘mates’ in the national side. Hogg’s criticism comes in the wake of Australia’s yet another overseas series defeat in ODI cricket. “They’re picking their mates. Smith shouldn’t be a selector. (Ashton) Agar’s been pushed through and (Hilton) Cartwright’s still there. We saw (Nic) Maddinson get selected (he’s) a mate, he’s one of Steve Smith’s mates,” Hogg was quoted as saying by news.com.au. “You can’t pick bloody mates! We’ve got to get fair dinkum. We’re really off the ball a bit here ... I think the captain’s getting his own way,” Hogg added. Read the story here.

First Published: Sep 28, 2017 07:20 IST