Fire engulfs building in London, CM Shivraj Chouhan to visit Mandsaur: Top stories to look out for

A summary of important news stories to follow throughout the day.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2017 11:05 IST
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Hindustan Times
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Smoke and flames rise from building on fire in London on June 14.(AP Photo)

From updates on fire in a London high-rise to news about CM Shivraj Chouhan’s visit to meet the kin of farmers in Mandsaur, here are the top stories to look out for :

1- Massive fire at 27-storey tower in London, residents being evacuated, several injured

A massive fire blazed through a 27-storey apartment block in west London in the early hours of Wednesday, police and fire services said. The fire brigade said 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters had been called to the blaze in Grenfell Tower, which has 120 flats, on the Lancaster West Estate. The fire has been blazing for more than three hours. London’s Metropolitan police service tweeted, “Residents continue to be evacuated from the tower block fire in North Kensington. A number of people being treated for a range of injuries.”

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2- RBI identifies 12 defaulters, asks banks to start bankruptcy proceedings

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Tuesday it has identified 12 of the largest loan defaulters and will order lenders to start bankruptcy proceedings against them to start unclogging the $150 billion in bad debt plaguing Asia’s third-largest economy. The move comes about a month after the government gave the RBI greater power to deal with bad loans, including directing banks to initiate an insolvency resolution process in the case of a default under the bankruptcy code. The RBI said the 12 accounts constituted about 25% of the overall gross non-performing assets, adding it will direct lenders to begin insolvency proceedings around these accounts.

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3- Chartered accountants could be punished for helping clients in money laundering

The government has moved to punish chartered accountants if they help clients hide ill-gotten wealth through opaque bank transactions, or money laundering, two top officials said on Tuesday. The proposal to tweak the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) came from the revenue department on the instruction of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), one of the officials from the finance ministry said. The second source is from the PMO. Both officials refused to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

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4- CM Shivraj Chouhan to visit farmers’ kin in Mandsaur today, Scindia to protest ‘apathy’

More than a week after six farmers were killed during their agitation in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan — who sat on a fast for restoration of peace — will visit the families of victims today . Chouhan was criticised by the Opposition for not visiting the families, and for rather choosing a ‘pre-scripted’ indefinite fast for restoration of peace in the state. The fast lasted just 27 hours. As the CM visits Mandsaur Congress MP from Guna Jyotiraditya Scindia will begin a 72-hour satyagraha in Bhopal against the government’s “apathy and attitude towards farmers”.

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5- Modest agenda as Modi heads to US for first meeting with Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to the US later this month for his first meeting with President Donald Trump and expectations, at least on the Indian side, are modest. No big bang announcements are on the cards during the visit being seen as an opportunity for the two leaders to unveil their vision of the bilateral relationship that has grown steadily over the last 20 years. Modi will be in the US on June 25 and 26, days before he goes to Israel, the first Indian prime minister to visit the Jewish state.

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6- Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J-K’s Bimber Gali, Indian Army responds

Pakistani army again violated ceasefire on Wednesday morning by by opening fires along the Line of Control in Bimber Gali sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. The Pakistani Army began indiscriminate fire with small arms, automatics and mortars between 5am and 5.45am on Wednesday, said defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta. The Indian Army posts have responded strongly and effectively, the spokesman said.

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7- Opposition parties meet today for talks on election for President

Opposition leaders will be meeting in the capital to discuss the presidential elections scheduled to be held on July 17. Congress President Sonia Gandhi recently met various Opposition leaders to give a tough fight to the ruling NDA’s candidate. Gandhi formed a group to counter the government’s strategy. It is expected that the group members - Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge, JD-U leader Shard Yadav, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, TMC leader Derek O’Brien, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK leader R.S. Bharathi and NCP’s Praful Patel - will formulate the Opposition’s strategy.

8- Arun Jaitley in South Korea to attend the annual meeting of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a two-day visit to South Korea for the bilateral economic dialogue and the 2nd Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). During his visit Jaitley will call on the President of South Korea, the ministers of finance and defence and address business leaders and institutional investors.

9- Senate hearing: US attorney general Jeff Sessions denies secret Russian meetings

US attorney general Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday having an undisclosed meeting with Russia’s ambassador to the US and declared it was a “detestable and appalling lie” to suggest he was aware of or took part in any collusion between Russia and the election campaign that sent Donald Trump to the White House. Testifying at a packed Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, also rejected any idea of misconduct in the ouster of FBI director James Comey and vowed to defend his honor “against scurrilous and false allegations.”

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10- ICC Champions Trophy: England have edge vs Pakistan in today’s 1st semi-final

England will fancy their chances of extending the search for an elusive major global ODI silverware despite drawing a mercurial Pakistan in the first semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy at Cardiff. Three-time World Cup finalists England have been trying for the past 42 years to lay claim to a trophy in a major 50 -over tournament. Notwithstanding Pakistan’s remarkable turnaround after an embarrassing loss to arch-rivals India in their tournament opener in Birmingham, hosts England will take to the field at Sophia Gardens with their nose ahead.

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First Published: Jun 14, 2017 11:05 IST