Harmanpreet Kaur’s heroics in women’s cricket World Cup semis, Ram Nath Kovind is India’s next President: Top stories to bring you up to date
Harmanpreet Kaur helps India win against Australia in women’s cricket World Cup semis, Ram Nath Kovind elected the 14th President of India, Jaitley says no sympathy for lynching in the name of cow, Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington commits suicide: Here is a list of top stories to bring you up to dateindia Updated: Jul 21, 2017 07:37 IST
Harmanpreet Kaur propels India to win vs Australia, women’s cricket World Cup final
All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur struck a sensational, unbeaten 171 as India stunned champions Australia by 36 runs to storm into the ICC Women’s World Cup final on Thursday. Harmanpreet smashed 20 fours and seven sixes in a whirlwind innings of 115 deliveries to help India overcome a slow start and amass 281/4 in 42 overs, after the match in Derby was reduced following heavy rain. Indian pace bowlers Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey then led the spirited showing on the field before the champions were 245 all out in 40.1 overs. Read the story here.
Who is Ram Nath Kovind, India’s next president and an unknown BJP face
His easy demeanour has stood the Kanpur-born former lawyer in good stead, say political watchers. He is not just a Dalit leader, but is known for his organisational skills and is a loyal member of the BJP, attributes that not many in the larger NDA family can boast of. It was a measure of his public persona that though his wife Savita was by his side during the weeks of campaigning, his children were not seen much or written about. Read the story here.
Cross-voting by 116 legislators helped Ram Nath Kovind in presidential election, says BJP
More than 100 legislators across the country cross-voted in favour of the BJP-led NDA nominee, Ram Nath Kovind, in the July 17 presidential election. Cross-voting by MLAs was reported in West Bengal, where the Trinamool Congress is in power, and in BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. At the end of the vote count on Thursday, Kovind secured 2,930 votes with the total value of 702,044 as against 1,844 by opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the absence of a whip by any political party. Read the story here.
No sympathy for lynching in the name of cow, law will take its course: Govt
Facing attacks over lynching incidents, the government on Thursday asserted that killings in the name of cow “sentiments” was unacceptable and said the state governments should take stern action against those indulging in such violence. Finance minister Arun Jaitley, who was replying to a debate on lynchings in the Rajya Sabha on behalf of ailing home minister Rajnath Singh, made it clear that the central government could not be blamed for violence by “some people” as it was the responsibility of the state governments to deal with such issues. “The government’s stand is clear. Nobody is allowed to do that (lynching in the name of cow protection). There is no rationalisation, no arguments of sentiments being hurt can be an explanation for this. And, the government is absolutely committed,” he said. Read the story here.
PM Modi discussed ‘spirit’ of H-1B visas with Donald Trump: Sushma Swaraj
Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the “spirit” of H-1B visa with President Donald Trump during their recent meeting and made him agree on crucial contribution of the Indian skilled professionals to the US economy, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday. Answering questions in the Rajya Sabha over H-1B visa restrictions, Swaraj said Trump has admitted that the contribution of the Indian professionals was benefitting both the countries and “if they (US) harm their (professionals’) interests, then it will in turn affect them (US).” Talking about the meeting between Modi and Trump last month in Washington, she said, “without using the word H-1B, there was extensive discussion” on the “spirit” behind such visas. Read the story here.
Video of gang of 11 hacking Maharashtra man to death with swords goes viral
A video of a man being hacked to death with swords on Tuesday morning went viral on Thursday. The incident took place in Dhule district in Maharashtra, around 280km from Mumbai. The video, apparently from the CCTV cameras in the area, shows 11 men cornering the victim, later identified as Rafiquddin Shaikh, 33, at a tea stall on Tuesday morning. Armed with swords, the men are seen attacking him at least 27 times. One of them is seen attacking Shaikh, even when he is lying motionless in a pool of blood. Read the story here.
Kanpur to Delhi via Patna: Ram Nath Kovind’s road to Rashtrapati Bhawan
Savita was at her North Avenue apartment when BJP chief Amit Shah announced in a press conference that the party has decided to project her husband – 71-year-old Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind – as its candidate for the presidential election. She had come to Delhi for eye treatment only four days ago. An excited Savita tried calling her husband for the next four hours, but to no avail. When she finally managed to get through to him, Kovind said he would be reaching the Capital that very night. “She wasn’t angry with him for not taking her calls,” an associate told HT. “Both of them were very happy.” Read the story here.
Mamata waits for news of husband: Accused in Shimla gangrape killed in custody
Ringed by snow-capped mountains and scenic apple orchards, the small village of Hilaila in Himachal Pradesh’s Kotkhai is breathtaking in its beauty. But on Thursday, the village of 15 families is shrouded in grief as locals trekked up a hill to the forest hut of 22-year-old Mamata Singh. Mamata’s husband, Suraj Singh, was an accused in the gangrape and murder of a 16-year-old local schoolgirl but died in police custody in a scuffle early on Wednesday, sparking violent protests across the hill state where such gory crimes are unheard of. Read the story here.
Shah Rukh Khan summoned by ED in IPL FEMA violation case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday issued notice to actor Shah Rukh Khan, asking him to appear on August 23 in a foreign exchange violation adjudication case with alleged undervaluation of shares linked with his Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). ED sources said that the notice has been sent to the actor. Khan can present his version personally or through his lawyer before the special director of the ED. Read the story here.
Army withdrawn from Darjeeling as fresh violence occurs
Amid the withdrawal of Army from the hills on the state government request, the pro- Gorkhaland agitators continued to run amok on Thursday, burning down two government offices at Lamahatta in Darjeeling. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters threw petrol bombs at a revenue department office and a panchayat office, reducing them to ashes, the police said. Read the story here.
Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington commits suicide: Report
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of rock band Linkin Park, was reported to have committed suicide on Thursday at his southern California home. Celebrity website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, said Bennington, 41, had hung himself at his Palos Verdes home near Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available. Read the story here.
Panamagate probe: Nawaz Sharif’s children warned with jail if papers forged
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday warned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s children may face a jail term of up to seven years if it is proved that they submitted forged documents to the joint investigation team (JIT) probing the ruling family’s offshore assets. Sharif’s case has weakened considerably over the past few days, with many predicting that he will be disqualified from office in the coming days. Supreme Court judge Ijazul Ahsan said the Dubai government revealed that the Gulf Steel Mills documents provided by the Sharif family were forged. Read the story here.