China accuses India of ‘betrayal’, PM Modi seeks closer ties with Israel: Top stories to bring you up to dateUpdated: Jul 04, 2017 07:59 IST
Increased Chinese activity in the Indian Ocean, Congress must set alternative agenda says Nitish Kumar, Akbaruddin Owaisi’s controversial speech, Ravi Shastri applies for coach’s post.
Sikkim row: Beijing accuses New Delhi of ‘betrayal’, navy notices increased Chinese activity in Indian Ocean
China accused India of “betraying” a British-era territorial understanding over their border in Sikkim, intensifying a diplomatic row that could overshadow talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping should the two meet on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Germany this week. Concerns over Chinese military deployment have started mounting, with Indian navy sources reporting on Monday an increase in activity by Chinese vessels in the Indian Ocean region. An intelligence-gathering ship, Haiwingxing, was spotted in Indian Ocean late last month, weeks after the Sikkim impasse began. Read the story here.
No bulldozers used by China, border standoff not longest, says Indian Army
The Indian Army maintained on Monday that no bulldozers were used when its bunkers were destroyed by Chinese soldiers amid the current standoff with China in the Sikkim sector. The army also denied that the border standoff with China is the longest ever since 1962. “The incident is not the longest standoff between the two nations,” said a statement issued by the Army spokesman in New Delhi while reacting to a PTI story which had given details of the standoff. Read the story here.
PM Modi seeks closer anti-terror ties in historic visit to Israel
Narendra Modi, who becomes the first Indian prime minister to embark on a bilateral visit to Israel, has said that New Delhi and Tel Aviv need to cooperate more closely in battling the “global menace” of terrorism. Modi told newspaper Israel Hayom in an interview that his three-day visit, starting on Tuesday, had “its own significance as this is the first time ever that an Indian PM is visiting Israel” and would strengthen ties between the two countries. “India and Israel are not immune to it (terrorism). We are in full agreement that elements which perpetrate violence on innocent people should not be allowed to flourish,” the Prime Minister said. Read the story here.
Congress must set an alternative agenda, reactive politics won’t work: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
The Congress must take the lead in establishing a different narrative for the people, JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar said on Monday, calling on its alliance partner to do more to connect with the masses rather than rely merely on the unity among political parties. The comments by the Bihar chief minister comes a day after he is reported to have taken a dig at the Congress, calling it “responsible for the mess in the opposition camp” in the context of the Presidential elections. “I have said it earlier that thrashing out an alternative agenda will be more effective than the emphasis on unity or the debate on who will be the face of the opposition in 2019. Reactive politics cannot serve a purpose beyond a point,” Kumar said while talking to reporters in Patna. Read the story here.
Over 1 crore PANs linked to Aadhaar in June, those not linked remain valid for now
More than one crore permanent account numbers (PAN) have been linked with the 12 digit unique Aadhaar in the past month, taking the total number of linkages to 7.4 crore so far — up from 6.2 crore in the first week of June. Sources, however, said of the 25 crore existing PANs, more than 10 crore may remain unlinked till the end of the year. But those who are yet to link the two numbers need not worry since their PAN will be valid till the end of the year. “Even if PAN is not linked, it remains valid for now. However, people who have not linked them can’t file income tax returns this year,” CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra said. Read the story here.
Can win 50 seats in Parliament with votes of ‘brethren’: Akbaruddin Owaisi
AIMIM MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi stoked a controversy when he claimed his brother and party chief Asaduddin Owaisi could help the outfit win 50 seats in Parliament with the votes of “our brethren”, remarks that BJP dubbed as “hate speech”. Owaisi was also purportedly shown in the video, which has gone viral, criticising the Modi government for the recent killing of Muslims. “There is no need for the sympathy, support of anybody. Our brother (his brother and MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi) can win 50 parliament seats for the party with the votes of our brethren,” Akbaruddin, the MLA from Chandrayangutta in Hyderabad, was heard saying in the video. Read the story here.
Jayalalithaa estate accountant found hanging, 4th mystery incident
In yet another death of a person connected with late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s Kodanadu estate, one of its accountants was found hanging in his house on Monday, police said. Twenty-eight-year-old Dinesh Kumar was found hanging from the ceiling at his house in Kothagiri under mysterious circumstances. Police confirmed the incident and suspect it to be a case of suicide, on the basis of preliminary investigations. The death comes more than two months after one of the security guards at the estate bungalow near Udhagamandalam was murdered by a gang on April 24 and a suspect died later in road mishap. Read the storyhere.
India needs forceful leadership like China to implement GST: Chinese media
Passing of GST in India is a big step forward but the country needs a “forceful leadership” like China’s to implement it, a state-run Chinese media outlet said on Monday. The long-awaited GST finally took effect in India marking the country’s biggest tax reform since its independence in 1947, an article in the state-run Global Times said. “The main questions now are whether the new tax regime can be effectively instituted across the country’s 29 states and how long it will take,” it said. “A forceful leadership, which enabled China to implement policies effectively to achieve rapid economic development since the reform and opening-up, is exactly what India needs to ensure full compliance with the reforms throughout the country,” it said. Read the story here.
China’s Xi Jinping warns Trump of ‘negative factors’ hurting US ties
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned President Donald Trump on Monday that “some negative factors” are hurting US-China relations, as tensions flare anew over a slew of long-standing sore points. Xi’s comments in a phone call with Trump follow Beijing’s displeasure over US arms sales to rival Taiwan, US sanctions against a Chinese bank over its dealings with North Korea and, most recently, the sailing of a US destroyer within the territorial seas limit of a Chinese-claimed island in the South China Sea. Beijing was also miffed after the State Department gave Beijing a dismal grade last week in a new human trafficking report. Read the story here.
Ravi Shastri formally applies for post of Indian cricket team head coach
Ravi Shastri has formally applied for the post of India cricket team’s chief coach. The former India team director confirmed to Hindustan Times that he has sent in his application to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has fixed July 9 as the deadline. There are some other high profile names in the fray, including Virender Sehwag and Australian Tom Moody, but Shastri is the frontrunner for the job. Former West Indies batsman and coach Phil Simmons has also joined the race for the India coach’s job, according to reports. Read the story here.
Wimbledon 2017: Rafael Nadal storms into Round 2, completes 850 career wins
Rafael Nadal stormed into the Wimbledon second round as the world number two secured his 850th career victory with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Australia’s John Millman on Monday. Fresh from winning his 10th French Open title last month, Nadal marked his 50th match at Wimbledon by crushing Millman in one hour and 46 minutes on Court One. The two-time Wimbledon champion is just the seventh player to reach the 850-win mark, joining Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Guillermo Villas. Read the story here.