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Chinese army’s breach of LAC in Uttarakhand, Pak to elect new PM today: Top stories to bring you up to date

Chinese troops entered Uttarakhand last week, Nitish says no one can compete with Modi in 2019 and White House gets a new chief of staff. Here are the top stories.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2017 07:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
China,India,Line of Actual Control
Chinese paramilitary guards walk in front of The Forbidden City in Beijing on July 31, 2017, on the eve of the 90th founding anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). (AFP)

Chinese army entered Indian territory, threatened shepherds in Uttarakhand

Chinese troops were sighted on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at Barahoti in Uttarakhand, officials said on Monday, against the backdrop of the nearly two-month-old standoff between the two sides in the Sikkim sector. The Chinese troops intruded almost a kilometre into Indian territory and threatened some shepherds, PTI reported. The incident occurred last week and the Chinese troops went back after about two hours, sources said. In New Delhi, sources sought to play down the reported intrusion. Barahoti is an 80-km-long pasture located 140 km from Uttarakhand’s capital Dehradun where local grazers go with their livestock. Read the story here.

Nitish says nobody has capacity to compete with Modi in 2019,Sharad Yadav calls Bihar decision ‘unfortunate’

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday that the re-election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2019 was inevitable, less than a week after he patched up with the Bharatiya Janata Party to form a new coalition government in his state. His comments represent a significant shift in how he views the Prime Minister, whose candidacy in 2013 was behind his decision to break a decades-long partnership with the saffron party. “Nobody has the capacity nor is strong enough to take on PM Narendra Modi in the 2019 parliamentary elections,” Kumar said in his first media interaction since he parted ways with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress last week. Read the story here.

Govt counters Opposition’s ‘lynchistan’ slur: Don’t malign PM on state subject

The government termed lynching an “unacceptable and worst form of crime” but accused the Opposition on Monday of politicising the topic to malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country. Junior home minister Kiren Rijiju said in the Lok Sabha that lynching happened in the country irrespective of which party is in power and insisted that states are empowered to act against the culprits. “How is it possible for the central government to intervene in a state subject? Does the Opposition want the Prime Minister to take over the state administration and break the federal structure? He was the first to condemn such incidents,” he said. Read the story here.

Trump’s communications director Scaramucci removed after 10 days on the job

President Donald Trump has removed his communications director Anthony Scaramucci barely 10 days after giving him the job, which was followed by two high-level resignations — of press secretary Sean Spicer and chief of staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci’s removal came reportedly at the request of Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly, a former Marines general who is expected to use his military experience to bring order to the president’s chaotic White House riven as it is by infighting. Scaramucci had boasted of reporting to the president directly, and not to the chief of staff. Read the story here.

Govt extends income tax returns filing deadline to August 5

The last date for filing Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the financial year 2016-17 has been extended till August 5. The earlier deadline was July 31. But finance ministry officials explained that the e-filed returns will not be processed till taxpayers link their Aadhaar with PAN. And this linking can be done subsequent to the filing of ITRs any time before August 31. The extension was due to glitches in the e-filing website. Sources say that due to the huge traffic on the last date of filing returns, the website had slowed making return filing difficult. Read the story here.

Prepare list of officers with doubtful integrity: MHA

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has directed vigilance units of its departments and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to prepare lists of officers with “doubtful integrity” and those who have complaints or suspicions of being dishonest. The names have to be submitted by August 5 and according to a government notification, the lists will be forwarded to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for further action. The CAPF includes Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). Read the story here.

28 IAS, 40 IPS officers shifted in Nitish-led NDA’s first major reshuffle in Bihar

In the first major administrative reshuffle after the formation of the NDA government in Bihar, 28 IAS officers, including two principal secretaries and seven district magistrates, and 40 IPS officers were shifted on Monday. Transfers and postings were a major bone of contention in the previous Grand Alliance government that led to severing of ties between the JD(U) and RJD. Chief minister Nitish Kumar, while talking to reporters earlier in the day, had dropped ample hints about the interference in the governance. Read the story here.

SBI cuts interest rate on savings deposit, 90% of customers to be hit hard

State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender, on Monday introduced a two-tier interest rate structure for its savings bank accounts, reducing interest rates for most of its depositors. Accounts with a balance of Rs 1 crore or less will earn 3.5% per annum effective July 31, while those above Rs 1 crore will continue to earn 4% per annum, the bank said in a statement. About 90% of SBI’s savings accounts have balances under Rs 1 crore.“ The decline in rate of inflation and high real interest rates are the primary considerations warranting a revision,” SBI said. Read the story here.

Pakistan Parliament to elect Nawaz Sharif’s successor today

PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday submitted papers in Parliament to be elected Pakistan’s placeholder prime minister, a post he will hold till former premier Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shehbaz can take over. The Parliament will elect a new leader of the House on Tuesday to replace Sharif, who was ousted by the top court for not being honest after an investigative panel concluded he had not declared salary due to him from his son’s UAE-based firm. Abbasi, a leading businessman and founder of the airblue private airline, said the PML-N will win the election of the prime minister with a majority and the party will decide on members of the new cabinet soon after. Read the story here.

Pakistan anti-graft body to file cases against Nawaz Sharif, children

Pakistan’s anti-graft watchdog announced on Monday it will file criminal corruption cases against former premier Nawaz Sharif and his children even as PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi submitted papers in Parliament to be elected as the placeholder prime minister. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) said four cases will be filed against Sharif, his sons Hussain and Hassan, daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar in anti-corruption courts in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Separate cases will also be filed against former finance minister Ishaq Dar, a close aide of Sharif. Read the story here.

All Congress MLAs in Gujarat get police protection

Police protection was given to all the Congress legislators in Gujarat on Monday following Election Commission’s order on a party complaint that the ruling BJP was trying to bribe and coerce its MLAs to defect ahead of the Rajya Sabha election in the state. The security cover was given to nine of the 51 Congress MLAs who stayed back in Gujarat as well as the 42 that the party took to Bengaluru on Friday to shield them from the alleged poaching attempts. The 42 MLAs are staying at a sprawling resort outside the Karnataka capital. Read the story here.

First Published: Aug 01, 2017 07:41 IST