India rejects China’s claim, Dilip Kumar hospitalised, Barcelona’s Neymar to PSG, Trump backs bill that cuts immigration: Top stories
India rejected China’s claim that the number of troops engaged in the Doklam standoff had fallen, Trump has decided to support a bill that would cut legal immigration by 50 percent over 10 years, Dilip Kumar hospitalised and Neymar’s potential world record move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer.Updated: Aug 03, 2017, 10:30 IST
Failing in Class 5 and 8 could be back as cabinet agrees to scrap no-detention policy
States will soon be able to able to conduct exams for students of class 5 and 8 and detain them if they fail, as the Union Cabinet approved a proposal on Wednesday for scrapping the ‘no-detention policy’, according to sources. However, before being detained, students will get another opportunity to clear the exam, and only if they fail in that exam will they be detained. Under the existing no-detention policy, students are promoted automatically to higher classes every year till the eighth grade. Read the story here.
India says no troop withdrawal at Doklam amid border standoff
India on Wednesday rejected China’s claim that the number of troops engaged in the Doklam standoff had fallen and insisted that peace and tranquillity at the border are an “important requisite” for smooth development of ties. China’s foreign ministry issued a 15-page statement which said Indian troop numbers in the Donglang or Doklam region had fallen from a peak of more than 400 to about 40 at the end of July. “Neither has the Indian Army pulled back any troops nor has the force observed any withdrawal by the Chinese side. The status remains the same,” a source said. The sources said around 350 Indian troops have been deployed at Doklam for the past six weeks. Read the story here.
Trump backs bill that cuts immigration by 50 percent over 10 years
US President Donald Trump has decided to support a bill developed by Republican senators that would cut legal immigration by 50 percent over 10 years by reducing the kinds of relatives immigrants can bring into the country. The legislation faces an uphill climb to get through Congress where some senior Republicans back comprehensive immigration reform, not a tough crackdown. Under the new bill, known as the RAISE Act, the United States would prioritize high-skilled immigrants by setting up a merits-based system similar to those used by Canada and Australia. The bill aims to end the diversity visa lottery, which allows 50,000 people from underrepresented countries to obtain green cards. It also sets a 50,000 annual cap on refugees, instead of a level mandated by the president. Read the story here.
Dilip Kumar hospitalised due to kidney complications, is stable
Yesteryear superstar Dilip Kumar was rushed to Lilavati Hospital on Wednesday owing to kidney complications and dehydration. Doctors said he is stable and currently recuperating in the general ward. “There is no cause of concern.” “The major reason of his admission was dehydration, which simultaneously impacts other organs as well,” doctors at the hospital said. The 94-year-old Bollywood actor has been facing medical complications in recent years. Read the story here.
I-T dept raids Karnataka minister hosting Gujarat Cong MLAs in resort
Tax officials raided on Wednesday multiple properties linked to DK Shivakumar, a top minister in Karnataka who is hosting a group of party legislators from Gujarat to avoid a break in their ranks ahead of a close Rajya Sabha election.Tax officers raided 64 places in Delhi and Karnataka linked to energy minister Shivakumar as part of investigations into his alleged tax evasion and dodgy investments in real estate.The move triggered an angry response from the Congress, which accused the BJP of carrying out “an unprecedented witch-hunt”. Read the story here.
No cheer for MP farmers as prices of tomatoes, onions spike
It is not just consumers who are seeing red as tomato prices hit the roof across the country. Farmers in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch-Mandsaur belt are feeling cheated as well. Just two months ago they were facing police bullets for demanding better prices for their bumper crop of onions, which they had to dump by the truckloads on the streets. Farmers are now blaming the government for fluctuating prices saying it has failed to increase storage capacity for onions or tomatoes as a result of which vegetables rot during bumper production and only traders benefit by hoarding it. Read the story here.
Trump signs Russia sanctions, likely to punish China on trade
US president Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a legislation that imposes new sanctions on Russia and severely limits his ability to roll them back amidst reports his administration was also mulling trade actions against China. The legislation was passed last week by both chambers of Congress and Trump was expected to sign it despite his reservations as it ran counter to his intention to work with Moscow. “While I favour tough measures to punish and deter aggressive and destabilising behaviour by Iran, North Korea, and Russia, this legislation is significantly flawed,” Trump said in a statement. Read the story here.
Bachelor, widower, virgin? Bihar hospital asks staff in marital declaration form
For 34 years, Patna’s premier autonomous health facility, the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), has made employees declare before joining whether they are virgin or not. Now, after a furore, authorities pin the blame on poor translation making its way into the institute’s marital declaration form. The form, existing since the inception of the institute in 1983, makes employees declare whether they are bachelor, widower or virgin. Employees also have to state if they have more than one wife. Read the story here.
Editorial: Why is the govt leaving out independent voices from data protection framework panel
In itself, it is a commendable move by the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) to have set up an expert committee to deliberate on a data protection framework for India. Given that most of the members of the panel have spoken against a right to privacy in the past, the composition of the committee is heavily skewed in the direction of the government’s slated policy that data privacy cannot be a fundamental right. Read the editorial here.
Turkey replaces top military chiefs in leadership reshuffle
Turkey on Wednesday replaced the land, air and naval commanders of the military, in a major shake-up of the armed forces just over a year after a failed coup bid. The decision from the nation’s top armed forces body - now dominated by ministers rather than the military - marked another step in the growing control of the government over the once all-powerful Turkish armed forces. The government upped the civilian component of the Supreme Military Council following the failed coup, giving more place to government ministers than military figures. Read the story here.
Neymar tells FC Barcelona teammates ‘he is leaving’
Neymar’s potential world record move to Paris Saint-Germain moved a step closer on Wednesday as the Brazilian informed his Barcelona teammates he is leaving the club, a Barca spokesperson told AFP. “The player came to train as scheduled and announced to his teammates that he is leaving,” said the source. Speculation over the 25-year-old’s future has dominated the first few weeks of new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde’s reign with PSG reportedly willing to pay Neymar’s 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause. Read the story here.