China ‘unusually aggressive’ over Sikkim standoff, Lalu supports Mayawati: Top stories to bring you up to date
China ‘unusually aggressive’ over Sikkim standoff, Lalu offers Mayawati a Rajya Sabha seat from Bihar, Assamese singer Bidisha Bezbaruah found dead in Gurgaon, Indian cricket coach Ravi Shastri has his way: Here is a list of top stories to bring you up to dateindia Updated: Jul 19, 2017 07:52 IST
China ‘unusually aggressive’ over Sikkim standoff, says Jaishankar, but downplays issue as ‘media hype’
China has been unusually aggressive in the standoff with India near the Sikkim border but the two sides are trying to find a solution through diplomatic channels, the government said on Tuesday, hours after Beijing issued a fresh warning to New Delhi. On Tuesday, foreign secretary S Jaishankar briefed the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. The panel’s members, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, posed a series of questions to him pertaining to stand-off. The foreign secretary referred to the issue as a “standoff” and an “incident”, playing down what he said was ‘media hype’, according to sources who were part of the meeting. Read the full story here.
India-China standoff: US encourages dialogue to reduce tension
The US said on Tuesday it would encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tension between them in the Sikkim sector. “We encourage India and China to engage in a direct dialogue aimed at reducing tensions,” a State Department official told PTI. Responding to questions on the India-China border standoff, the official refrained from saying anything else. “We refer you to the governments of India and China for further information,” the official said. Read the story here.
Mayawati’s resignation from Rajya Sabha unlikely to be accepted as letter breaks parliamentary procedure
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati resigned from Parliament on Tuesday, hours after storming out of the Rajya Sabha over not being allowed time to complete her speech on alleged Dalit atrocities in Uttar Pradesh. The resignation of Mayawati, a Dalit leader and a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, may not be accepted since it does not follow a prescribed format, but her move could her score a political point by projecting herself as a champion of the Dalit cause. Read the full story here.
Lalu supports Mayawati’s resignation, offers her Rajya Sabha seat from Bihar
RJD president Lalu Prasad on Tuesday came out in support of BSP leader Mayawati who resigned from the Rajya Sabha, and offered to send her to the upper house from Bihar. “Today would be remembered as a black day in the history when a highly respected Dalit leader was not allowed to raise the voice of poor in the Rajya Sabha,” Lalu said reacting to Mayawati’s resignation. “If Mayawati wishes, we will send her to Rajya Sabha from Bihar,” the RJD president whose party has 80 MLAs in 243-member Bihar Legislative Assembly said. Read the story here.
Editorial: Venkaiah Naidu’s candidature for vice-president is a boost for the BJP’s ‘mission south’
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu’s candidature for the post of vice-president makes it clear that the BJP and its parent organisation are deeply invested in expanding the base of the party into South India. Mr. Naidu has been a champion of what is otherwise seen as a ‘North Indian’ party. That rare south Indian to support the cause of Hindi in a political milieu that sees the use of Hindi as an ‘imposition’, his elevation to vice-president would be another feather in the cap of the Sangh loyalist. Read the full story here.
Assamese singer Bidisha Bezbaruah commits suicide, found dead in Gurgaon
Assamese actor and singer Bidisha Bezbaruah allegedly committed suicide at her residence in Gurgaon’s Sushant Lok Monday. She was a resident of Guwahati’s Uzan Bazar area. According to a local news daily of Assam, the reason for her death is yet to be confirmed, but according to her family she was forced to commit suicide. Sources said that there were some problems in her married life. Read the story here.
US announces 15,000 additional H2-B visas used by low-wage foreign workers
The Trump administration has announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional H-2B visas for low-wage foreign workers after determining that the needs of US businesses cannot be satisfied with Americans willing and qualified to do the work. This is being done in the best interest of the businesses, the Trump administration argued. To qualify for the additional visas, petitioners must attest, under penalty of perjury, that their business is likely to suffer irreparable harm if it cannot employ H-2B non-immigrant workers during fiscal year (FY) 2017. Read the story here.
Jane Austen features on new British 10-pound note
The Bank of England’s governor has unveiled a new 10-pound note featuring Jane Austen at one of England’s grandest cathedrals, 200 years to the day since one of Britain’s most-loved novelists was laid to rest there. Speaking at Winchester Cathedral in southern England on Tuesday, Mark Carney said banknotes “serve as repositories of the country’s collective memory, promoting awareness of the United Kingdom’s glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens.” The new 10-pound note, which is due to go into circulation on September 14, is the bank’s latest effort to make its notes more secure. Read the story here.
Cricket: Ravi Shastri has his way, Bharat Arun back as India’s bowling coach
The drama over appointing the Indian team’s support staff culminated on Tuesday with head coach Ravi Shastri having his way as the cricket board recalled Bharat Arun as bowling coach. Batting coach Sanjay Bangar was elevated to assistant coach and R Sridhar retained as fielding coach. The BCCI said all Indian team staff will be contracted until the 2019 World Cup. The decision taken at a meeting Shastri had with BCCI’s four-member panel however seemed to ignore the recommendation of the Cricket Advisory Committee of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman that Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan be brought on board. Read the story here.