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Dozens booked across India on sedition charges, Kenneth Juster to be new US envoy to India: Top stories to bring you up to date

Dozens booked across India on sedition charges, Kenneth Juster will be new US envoy to India, Kumble and Kohli were reportedly not on talking terms for six months. Here are top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2017 07:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed (3rd R) holds the trophy as Pakistan players celebrate their win at the presentation after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18.
Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed (3rd R) holds the trophy as Pakistan players celebrate their win at the presentation after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18.(AFP Photo)

Sedition charges on five people in Bikaner, dozens booked across India for celebrating Pakistan’s victory

Five people were slapped with sedition charges in Rajasthan on Wednesday for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s shock victory over India in the Champions Trophy final in London, police said. They were among at least three dozen people, including three minors, booked in three different states over similar allegations. The latest arrests came a day after 15 people were charged with sedition in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly shouting slogans and lighting firecrackers to celebrate Pakistan’s victory. A person convicted for sedition --- a law introduced by the British --- can be jailed for life.

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Opinion: Charging people with sedition for raising ‘pro-Pakistan’ slogans is ridiculous

India’s increasingly fragile national ego was hurt this week by a cricket match. Fifteen people, all Muslims, were arrested from Madhya Pradesh’s Burhanpur district and slapped with sedition for allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory in the final of the Champions Trophy. Charges of sedition are usually triggered by acts intended to subvert or overthrow the government through violence. But increasingly, it is wielded as a threat to deal with people who cause discomfort, criticise policies or don’t toe the official line.

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Presidential poll: Cracks in Opposition ahead of crucial meet, Meira Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi

Cracks appeared in the Opposition ahead of Wednesday’s crucial meeting on the presidential poll, with the JD-U deciding to stay out of the talks after extending its support to NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday. The opposition camp is yet to name its candidate for the poll, but former speaker Meira Kumar’s meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her residence, a day before the meeting, fuelled speculation that she had emerged as the front runner.

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Darjeeling unrest: Gurung in hiding, police fear arrest may fan violence

Finding Bimal Gurung, chief of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), is fast looking like searching for a needle in a haystack. Gurung, spearheading the Gorkhaland protests in the Darjeeling hills, went into hiding hours after police raided his office last week. Since then, violence has gripped the hills as three people have died and scores have been injured. The army is out on the streets as local residents fear a long spell of instability with talks failing and hill parties pressing on their demand for a separate state. Police say they are doing all they can to find Gurung but privately express fear that arresting him would turn him into a hero and fan further violence.

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Trump aide Kenneth Juster set to be next US ambassador to India

Senior White House official Kenneth Juster will be the next US ambassador to India, ending a months-long search that saw several Indian-Americans in the mix. An announcement, however, is not expected in time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US starting later this week. “Ken Juster’s move to Indian Ambassador is because he is extremely qualified for the position,” White House deputy spokesperson Lindsay E Walters told PTI about a report carried earlier on Wednesday by The Washington Post. “Ken has a strong and positive relationship with everyone in the White House, including the president,” Walters added.

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‘Anil Kumble - Virat Kohli communication had stopped six months ago’

The BCCI top brass had an inkling that all was not well but they were taken aback when they came to know that captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble were not in talking terms for the “last six months”. Another important thing that has come out in the open was that the Chief Advisory Committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, also didn’t straightaway give the green light to Kumble’s extension. Read the story here.

Hockey World League: FIH, Pakistan not amused by India’s black armband protest

India’s black armband protest during their Hockey World League semifinal group B match against Pakistan on June 18 has put the international hockey federation (FIH) in a spot of bother. On Wednesday, the FIH apologised for politically sensitive remarks made in the social media by its Indian president Narinder Batra. Hosts England are among several nations who have not endorsed India’s manner of condoling the death of soldiers patrolling the troubled frontiers in Jammu & Kashmir. Pakistan are upset that India had used the hockey pitch to convey a political message. Read the story here.

Karnan complains of chest pain, taken to hospital from Presidency jail

Arrested former Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan was taken to a state-run hospital on Wednesday evening when he complained of chest pain after he was brought from Chennai and sent to the Presidency correctional home (jail) in Kolkata. “Karnan complained of chest pain at the airport itself. He was checked by our doctors there and then brought to the Presidency correctional home where he complained that his chest pain had aggravated,” a senior official at the Presidency correctional home (jail) told PTI.

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Urban development secretary Rajiv Gauba to be next home secretary

Union urban development secretary Rajiv Gauba will be the next home secretary of the country. The appointments committee of the Union cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday cleared his appointment. Gauba, a 1982 batch Jharkhand cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, will take charge from incumbent Rajiv Mehrishi on August 30 when he superannuates after a fixed tenure of two years.

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Yemen war, Qatar ban and Saudi’s economy: 3 things to watch as Mohammad bin Salman is named heir to throne

Mohammed bin Salman, named Saudi crown prince on Wednesday at the age of 31, inherits a historically conservative nation facing challenges at home and turmoil abroad. What will be worth watching hereon will be the situation in Yemen, the Saudi economy and the crisis in Qatar. Read the story here.

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 07:54 IST

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