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China has ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section, and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2017 07:52 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi, right, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after signing the guestbook at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem.(AP Photo)

China’s envoy says ball is in India’s court to resolve “grave” situation, Benjamin Netanyahu calls PM Modi a “great world leader”, mob violence in Bengal; Mamata Banerjee says West Bengal governor acting like a “BJP block president”, five cow vigilantes held in Assam.

Sikkim standoff: China says situation ‘grave’, no scope for compromise with India

China has ruled out a compromise in the military standoff with India in the Sikkim section, and put the onus on New Delhi to resolve the “grave” situation. In unusually blunt remarks, China’s ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Tuesday, “the ball is in India’s court” and it was for the Indian government to decide what options could be on the table to resolve the standoff. Asked about remarks by official Chinese media and think- tanks that the conflict can lead to a “war” if not handled properly, the ambassador said: “There has been talk about this option, that option. It is up to your government policy (whether to exercise military option).” Read the story here.

Chinese military website says India won’t have upper hand if there is war

India‘s armed forces will not have the upper hand if the military standoff in the Sikkim sector triggers an “armed conflict” with China, an article on the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) website warned on Tuesday. The article, written by strategic analyst Wang Dehua, recalled the 1967 conflict in the same region and said the Chinese army had launched “two destructive” counterattacks against Indian armed forces. “The Indian side didn’t get the upper hand in the past. And it won’t get an advantage today when the Chinese military has made remarkable progress on modernisation over the past few decades,” Wang wrote in an article. Read the story here.

PM Modi gets red carpet welcome on historic visit to Israel, friend Netanyahu says ‘we love India’

India and Israel on Tuesday took historic steps towards a new engagement, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcoming his visiting Indian counterpart Narendra Modi by saying the future of the bilateral relationship lay in Israeli technology being wedded with Indian talent. Netanyahu personally received Modi at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, an honour previously accorded only to the Pope and the US President. He greeted Modi in Hindi, saying: “Aapka swagat hai, mere dost (Welcome, my friend).” Modi responded in Hebrew, “Shalom, ani same’ah lihyot kan (Hello, I am happy to be here).” The two prime ministers hugged three times and referred to each other as “my friend” several times. Read the story here.

Kashmiri separatists plan week-long protests to mark Hizbul militant Burhan Wani’s death

The separatist leadership in the Kashmir Valley has called a week-long protest to mark the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, whose death plunged the restive region into unprecedented public unrest. The programme includes a complete shutdown on July 8, the day the militant leader was killed last year, and July 13 when 22 Kashmiris died during protests against the regime of Maharaja Hari Singh in Srinagar in 1931. More than 100 people lost their lives in prolonged clashes with security forces after Wani’s death. The protest call came from separatist hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani, moderates Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, JKLF leader Yasin Malik and others. Read the story here.

Violence in Bengal over Facebook post; Mamata alleges Governor threat

Dozens of shops and houses, and at least six police vehicles, were torched by a mob in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district over the past two days after a class 11 student posted a blasphemous message on Facebook. The Hindu student was arrested on Sunday night and prohibitory orders clamped, but vandalism continued throughout Monday and Tuesday as the administration did not inform people about the arrest, claimed Quazi Abdur Rahim, the MLA of Baduria, where the incident happened. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed BJP for inciting the violence, and also alleged that the governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had threatened her and said he was acting like a “BJP block president”. Read the story here.

‘A brave, upright officer is coming’: Cop who took on BJP leaders already a hero in Bahraich

Police officer Shreshtha Thakur is a hero in Bahraich even before starting her stint in the border district of Uttar Pradesh. And many feel the no-nonsense officer could bring a sense of security for women in the district. Thakur was transferred from Bulandshahr, seen as a punishment for taking on some leaders of the ruling BJP. She had fined a BJP leader for riding a motorcycle without a helmet and also arrested five other party workers for allegedly obstructing police. Saniya, a college student, said she was sure that Thakur will check crime against women. Others were hopeful too. “I am happy to know that a brave and upright officer is coming to Bahraich,” said Rashmi, a school teacher. Read the story here.

Five cow vigilantes held for assaulting cattle transporters in Assam

Police have arrested five members of a radical Hindu group for allegedly assaulting the drivers of three cattle-laden vehicles despite possessing valid papers in Sonapur near Guwahati on Sunday. The self-styled cow vigilantes, belonging to the Hindu Yuva Chhatra Parishad (HYCP), were arrested from villages located near Sonapur on Monday night. Police had initially denied the incident, stating that “nobody filed a complaint” in this regard. Though the vehicles possessed the documents required for carrying cattle, police found other irregularities in the circumstances surrounding their transportation. The truck and two tempos have been handed over to the transport department to ascertain if they were overloaded. Read the story here.

Cow protectors are ‘victims, not tyrants’: VHP

Speaking in supporting of cow protectors or ‘gau rakshaks’, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday said they are “victims not tyrants” and the strong meat lobby is trying to malign the holy vow of cow protection. “Cow protectors are victims not tyrants as some people are trying to establish,” Jain said. “In last 10 years more than 50 policemen and gau rakshaks (cow protectors) were killed by the cow killers. These killers or jehadis have brutally murdered the innocent committed to the cause of cow protection,” Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International joint secretary Surendra Jain said. Read the story here.

Andhra Pradesh excise minister calls beer a ‘health drink’, gets heckled

Tipplers troubled by the ongoing anti-liquor protests across the country have found a kindred soul in Andhra Pradesh prohibition and excise minister Kothapalli Samuel Jawahar, who recently termed beer as a “health drink”. The minister, who was discussing the new state excise policy on a popular Telugu television channel, said the government will take steps to promote beer because it is a healthy beverage on the lines of toddy. Jawahar, however, said consumption of hard liquor should be curbed. When the anchor asked how the government would showcase beer, the minister said: “Come to me, and I will prove that beer is healthy. How can I prove it in a television debate?” The minister’s comment evoked strong reactions from Opposition parties. Read the story here.

Roger Federer into Wimbledon second round as Alexandr Dolgopolov quits

Roger Federer began his campaign for a record eighth Wimbledon title with ease on Tuesday when opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov quit with an injury in the second set. Federer said that winning an eighth title at Wimbledon and going past the mark he shares with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw would be a special moment. “It would be beautiful. I would love it. I’m not the youngest any more yet I’m still putting myself out there with a chance,” he added. Three-time champion Novak Djokovic also benefitted from an early retirement when Slovakia’s Martin Klizan quit at 6-3, 2-0 down after 40 minutes. Read the story here.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 07:52 IST