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England beat India to lift ICC Women’s World Cup, Pranab Mukherjee bids adieu to Rashtrapati Bhawan: Top stories to bring you up to date

A digest of important news stories in the last 24 hours.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2017 07:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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India players look dejected at the end of the ICC Women’s World cup final match on July 23.(Reuters)

India lose to England by nine runs in the ICC Women’s World cup final, Pranab Mukherjee’s farewell address, Mamata Banerjee govt seals office of Nepali TV channel, here are the top stories

1- India suffer heartbreak in ICC Women’s World Cup final, England lift 4th title

The Indian women’s cricket team caved in under pressure to lose the ICC Women’s World Cup final by nine runs after a batting collapse at the Lord’s on Sunday. Veteran pace spearhead Jhulan Goswami had struck three blows to restrict England to 228 for seven after the hosts elected to bat and opener Punam Raut (86) and semifinal star Harmanpreet Kaur (51) edged India closer to victory. However, Harmanpreet holed out to the deep and Punam was trapped leg-before before panic saw Indian batsmen fall to a spate of cross-batted and mistimed shots.

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2- Mithali Raj says people’s perception about women’s cricket will now change

Mithali Raj has said that despite India’s heart-breaking loss to England in the ICC Women’s World Cup final, people’s opinion of women’s cricket will change and they’ll consider India a force to reckon with in the cricketing world. “It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerve,” said Mithali. “There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked. I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket.”

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3- In farewell speech, President Pranab Mukherjee hails democracy, urges leaders to discuss and dissent

President Pranab Mukherjee hailed on Sunday India’s democracy and Parliament in particular, delivering an emotional farewell speech at the Central Hall where he urged lawmakers to “debate, discuss and dissent” but not disrupt. “I strived to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, not just in word but also in spirit,” Mukherjee said, reflecting upon his time as President. Mukherjee shared a story about his mentor, late PM Indira Gandhi, on the importance of “self-correction”.

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4- Iraq says search is on for 39 Indians abducted in Mosul, Sushma to bring up issue in bilateral talks

Iraqi authorities are trying to trace 39 Indians taken hostage by the IS terrorist group in Mosul in 2014, the war-ravaged country’s embassy said on Sunday. The fate of these Indians, who were in Mosul when the IS captured the city, is set to come up during bilateral talks between foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Iraqi counterpart Al Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday. “Regarding the Indian citizens who were taken prisoner by Daesh (IS) terrorist group in 2014, search operations are on and there is high-level coordination between Iraqi and Indian authorities to locate them,” the Iraqi embassy said. But the foreign ministry didn’t issue any statement about the missing citizens ahead of the meeting.

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5- Plea in SC to let Tirupati temple exchange demonetised notes worth Rs 8.29 crore

A man from Andhra Pradesh requested the Supreme Court last week to direct the government and the federal bank to let Sri Tirumala Tirupati Venkateshwara temple exchange Rs 8.29 crore of banned banknotes donated by devotees. The shrine is the world’s second richest with assets worth Rs 50,000 crore and an annual income of around Rs 650 crore. It has several crores of old banknotes stashed in collection boxes and temple authorities missed last year’s December 30 deadline to get them exchanged.

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6- Mamata govt seals office of Nepali TV channel after Gorkhaland stir coverage

The West Bengal government sealed the Siliguri-based office of a Nepali language satellite television channel on Saturday night, a move seen as crackdown on establishments allegedly promoting the public unrest for a separate Gorkhaland state. Police alleged the ABN News Network, India’s first Nepali TV channel, disobeyed a public servant’s order and promoted enmity between groups. The allegations follow the channel’s coverage of a pro-Gorkhaland rally in which participants carried khukris, the short and curvy Gorkha sword, sources said on Sunday.

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7- Odisha: Mob sets truck afire suspecting beef transportation

A truck allegedly carrying beef was set on fire by a mob after it turned turtle in Odisha’s coastal Ganjam district on Sunday. The truck was on its way from Bhubaneswar to Andhra Pradesh when it overturned at Randa under Golanthara police station limits. As the driver and cleaner of the truck got a crane to lift the vehicle, blood spilled onto the road. Hearing the news, a mob allegedly led by VHP and Bajrang Dal activists reached the spot and forced open the doors of the vehicle.

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8- MP: Hindu youth booked for ‘killing’ cow, was asked to atone for ‘sin’

Madhya Pradesh police on Saturday booked an upper caste Hindu youth for allegedly killing a cow, a day after he was spared by village elders who asked him to atone for his “sin” by taking a dip in the Ganges and organising a feast for villagers. Police’s action came after right-wing activists pressured the cow owner Shankar Ahirwar to file a case against the youth, Mohan Tiwari.

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9- Opinion: India’s economy: If things are so good, why do we feel so bad?

India’s macroeconomic numbers are the best they have been in years. But this is offset by a second sobering narrative: of a near-term slowdown that may be hard to reverse using traditional fiscal and monetary policy. IT companies are under pressure because they haven’t adopted Artificial Intelligence and automation as quickly or as well as they should have. India’s once-booming generic pharma business has been hard hit by actions taken by the US drug regulator.

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10- For better publicity, Centre to use experts, nukkad nataks, social media, WhatsApp

Not happy with bland press briefs doled out by ministries, the Narendra Modi government has decided to scale up its communication paraphernalia to publicise Cabinet decisions. From roping in “influencers” and “prominent voices” who have worked on a particular issue to organising “nukkad nataks” and putting up hoardings for last mile publicity, sending personalised SMSes, WhatsApp and video messages — the Cabinet Secretariat has directed all central ministries to leverage the “range and reach” of mass, social and personal medias to aggressively communicate a cabinet decision.

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First Published: Jul 24, 2017 07:08 IST