Cong MLAs to return to Gujarat, Mike Pence denies eyeing 2020 presidential run: Top stories to bring you up to date

Jammu and Kashmir police says the attack on Amarnath pilgrims was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Congress legislators from Gujarat staying at a resort near Bengaluru to leave for their home state, and Ravindra Jadeja suspended for third Test for code of conduct breach. Here are the top stories to keep you up to date.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2017 07:08 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hndustan Times, New Delhi
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Gujarat Congress MLAs pose in front of the statue of Mahatama Gandhi during their visit to the Karnataka assembly in Bengaluru.(PTI)

They wanted to kidnap me...only logical conclusion I can draw, says woman chased by Haryana BJP chief’s son in Chandigarh

After a night of horror, the victim of stalking by the Haryana BJP chief’s son in Chandigarh sat down with HT and shared what she felt about the incident, what it means to her and women at large, and how she can’t quite see a point in some men finding it amusing. Excerpts: Q. What exactly happened that night, if you can summarise? It started in Sector 7 and I noticed them drive next to me. They swerved and made me feel they would hit my car. A couple of times they got off and approached my car. It went on for 5-6 km before the cops, reacting to may call, reached at Housing Board Chowk. Q. Have you faced any such harassment before to such a level? Do you know anyone in Chandigarh who has? It has happened to every woman in Chandigarh. It happens everywhere. It happens even during the day. Sometimes what happens is that such guys follow you for a few minutes, then get bored and move on. Read the interview here.

Khattar says can’t hold state BJP chief responsible for son in Chandigarh case

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday ruled out the resignation of state BJP chief Subhash Barala whose son was arrested for stalking a woman, saying the father couldn’t be punished for son’s action. The Opposition is gunning for Barala after his 23-year-old son Vikas and his friend Ashish Kumar, 27, were arrested in Chandigarh on Friday after they allegedly chased and harassed the disc jockey who was driving home. The two were released on bail. “The accused will be punished once found guilty. This is my official stand on this matter. This case has nothing to do with Subhash Barala. Such an act is highly condemnable if proved correct,” Khattar told media in Hisar, defending his party colleague for the second time. Read the story here.

Hate speeches made by Hindu groups, crosses desecrated: Goa on fanaticism alert

Last month Goa was jolted by a spate of desecration of crosses, causing grief and alarm to Catholics inthe state. There were also reports of a temple being vandalised. “The method of destruction was the same everywhere – the base of the cross was broken by hitting it with some heavy implement. More than 40 structures were damaged,” says Father Savio Fernandes. Crosses have been desecrated, hate speeches made. Fanaticism is trying to break in. There is apprehension. But Goans are determined to defeat attempts to polarise the state. Read the story here.

LeT behind attack on Amarnath yatris, police claim after arresting three ‘conspirators’

Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday said the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims was carried out by four Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including three Pakistanis, and there was a “criminal conspiracy” behind it. It made the disclosure after arresting the Pakistan-based terror outfit’s three “over-ground workers (OGWs)”, who allegedly provided logistic supports to the four attackers. The LeT had condemned the attack, saying Islam does not allow violence against any faith. Read the story here.

Congress MLAs in Bengaluru resort will be flown back to Gujarat on Monday

The 44 Congress legislators from Gujarat staying at a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru since the last nine days are set to leave for their home state on Monday, according to sources. The legislators were flown to the Karnataka capital to keep them safe from alleged poaching attempts by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections on August 8. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel is the party nominee for the polls to the Upper House. “The legislators will be flown back in two batches and will move to a resort in Anand,” said a source privy to the plan. Read the story here.

Delhi: 3 die inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning sewers in Lajpat Nagar

Three labourers died in south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar on Sunday after inhaling poisonous fumes from a sewer drain they had entered to clean without any safety gear, police said on Sunday. The deaths come barely three weeks after four workers died under similar circumstances in Ghitorni, 10km from Lajpat Nagar. A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was registered against the private contractor who hired the three to clean a Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sewer line but failed to provide them protective equipment. Civic authorities are required to give boots, helmets, gloves and masks to sanitation staff but the guidelines are rarely followed. Read the story here.

Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust asked to vacate Amethi land over ownership issue

After a prolonged administrative and legal process, the Amethi district administration has asked the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust to immediately vacate the 1.0360-hectare land at Rokha village in Jais, where it was imparting vocational training to the members of self-help groups, said officials. They added that the said land was initially registered in the name of a vocational training centre but subsequently, it was allegedly captured by the Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust. The question regarding the ownership of the land was first raised by Union minister Smriti Irani, after she unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Amethi against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Read the story here.

Wings clipped, Digvijaya Singh now wants to be relieved of all responsibilities

Even as the organisational changes in Congress are happening in bits and pieces, some senior functionaries have requested the party leadership to relieve them of all responsibilities. The latest to join the list is general secretary Digvijaya Singh, who is set to embark on a six-month “spiritual, personal and apolitical” Narmada Yatra in September. Singh, who looks after party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, will undertake the 3,300-km yatra, known as Narmada Parikrama (circumambulation), covering parts of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Once an influential leader in the Congress, the 70-year-old Singh has already been cut to size and divested of the charge of the three states of Goa, Karnataka and Telangana. Read the story here.

US Vice President Mike Pence says report he’s eyeing 2020 presidential run ‘disgraceful’

Vice President Mike Pence has pushed back against a news report suggesting he is laying groundwork for a possible presidential bid in 2020 if President Donald Trump does not run. In a statement released by the White House, Pence said Sunday’s story in The New York Times “is disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team.” He added that “the allegations in this article are categorically false.” Pence continued, saying his team will “focus all our efforts to advance the president’s agenda and see him re-elected in 2020.” The report details efforts of several Republicans looking ahead to 2020, calling it a “shadow campaign.” Read the story here.

Google engineer’s anti-diversity ‘manifesto’ angers employees

In July, Google emerged triumphant in its fight with the US Department of Labour over supplying pay gap data, but the ghost of discrimination came back to haunt the tech giant when an anti-diversity “manifesto” went viral inside the company, infuriating its employees. According to a report by online news website Motherboard, the anti-diversity manifesto suggested that Google should halt initiatives aimed at increasing gender and racial diversity within the company and instead focus on “ideological diversity”. The employee who wrote the document argued that “the representation gap between men and women in software engineering persists because of biological differences between the two sexes”. Read the story here.

Ravindra Jadeja suspended for India’s 3rd Test vs Sri Lanka after Colombo fine

In what will come as a bit of a dampener on India’s series win over Sri Lanka, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was suspended for the third Test at Pallekele by the International Cricket Council for code of conduct breach. Jadeja, who was the star of India’s win in the second Test on Sunday with an unbeaten half-century and a five-wicket haul in the second innings, paid the price for throwing the ball back at Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who had not left his crease. The on-field umpires deemed the action dangerous as it narrowly missed the batsman. Read the story here.

Opinion: How battle-ready is India for a war against China or Pakistan?

There is bad news for those Facebook warriors eager for a war with China and Pakistan. The report that the country’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has submitted to Parliament about the Indian army has some significantly disturbing findings. Despite all its bravery, our army is battling with a drastic shortfall of necessary ammunition. The report is a follow-up to the conclusions of May 2015. Its objective was to evaluate the progress that has been made over the last three years. The CAG report on ammunition management reveals that the situation in September 2016 has not changed very much since March 2013. The reason? Our ordnance factories have not improved their output or quality and the procurement process continues to run on the old pattern. Read the column here.

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 07:08 IST