High drama in MP, Britain votes today and India play Sri Lanka at The Oval: Top stories to look out for

Mandsaur braces for a high-voltage political confrontation, Britons will vote in a general election darkened by attacks in two cities and India play against Sri Lanka in an ICC Champions Trophy match at the Oval, here are the top stories to watch out for.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2017 11:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is pitted against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the election to be held on Thursday.(REUTERS)

Madhya Pradesh farmers protest: Govt removes DM, SP of 3 districts, won’t allow Rahul Gandhi to enter Mandsaur

Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur braced for a high-voltage political confrontation on Thursday as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi left for the town rocked by violent farmer protests over loan waivers and better crop prices. Local administration in the BJP-ruled state have said they won’t let him enter but local Congress leaders are adamant he will meet farmers. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has appealed for calm and blamed the Congress for the violence that killed five farmers in police firing on Tuesday.

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Why a bountiful harvest drove farmers to despair and anger

A plentiful harvest in 2016 and imports drive some prices down 63%. A shortage of cash because of demonetisation. More than half of all farms depend on rain, despite Rs 3.5 lakh crore invested in irrigation. These are the three factors agitating Indians who depend on farming – 90 million families, or 54.6% of India’s 1.2 billion people. As anger sweeps rural Madhya Pradesh after the death of six farmers in police firing, farm protests roil rural Maharashtra -- wholesale markets are shut, produce is being dumped on streets -- and governments of the debt-ridden states struggle to respond to demands for loan waivers.

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Deadly heatwaves surge in India, with worse ahead, say researchers

Increasingly scorching summer heat in India is leading to a big jump in heatwave deaths – and much worse is likely on the way, researchers have said. With India now on a path to between 2.2 and 5.5 degrees Celsius of temperature rise by the end of the century, the rate of heatwave deaths in India – and other Asian nations – could soar, scientists at the University of California, Irvine say. “Even under the lower global warming scenario, you still see temperature increases of 2, 3 or more degrees. We’re looking at a small temperature increase and still seeing a big increase in heatwave deaths. It seems pretty shocking,” says Steven J Davis, an earth systems science professor.

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UK election: Britain to decide today between PM Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

Britons will vote today in a general election darkened by jihadist attacks in two cities though a poll showed Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May extending her lead over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. May is fighting to push her message that she is a “strong and stable” leader, able to fight Britain’s corner in Brussels, where formal Brexit talks are due to start on June 19. An upbeat Corbyn said the party’s chances had been underestimated, as he promised to reverse the cuts rolled out under the Conservatives.

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Students shout slogans at CM Adityanath after halting motorcade, cops suspended

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s motorcade was surrounded by students in Lucknow on Wednesday evening, with many shouting slogans at him over alleged violence against Dalits and Muslims. The incident was seen as a security breach as the motorcade had to come to a halt when students lay down on the streets in front of the Lucknow University, where the Bharatiya Janata Party leader was scheduled to make an appearance. The government announced the suspension of seven policemen on Thursday: a sub-inspector and six constables.

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‘Even if you are stuck on Mars, Indian embassy will help’: Sushma’s response to Twitter joke

Wherever you go, the Indian embassy follows – or so external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj would have you believe. On Thursday, when Twitter user Karan Saini wrote a tongue-in-cheek tweet to Swaraj, he likely didn’t expect to be paid back in the same coin. Tagging Swaraj, Saini wrote: “I am stuck on mars, food sent via Mangalyaan (987 days ago), is running out, when is Mangalyaan-II being sent ? @isro.” Swaraj was quick to respond: “Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you.” Swaraj’s response prompted many Twitter users to praise her.

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Where is Justice Karnan? Police clueless about HC judge due to retire on June 12

Five days to retire, there’s no trace of the elusive Justice Karnan. Where is Justice CS Karnan? Nearly a month after the country’s top court ordered his arrest, the police are clueless about the whereabouts of the Kolkata high court judge believed to be hiding in Chennai since going on the run. If the police find him within the next five days, it will be the first instance of a serving judge of the higher judiciary being arrested. The judge once again failed to get relief from the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The top court refused to hear his plea seeking a stay on its May 9 order awarding him a six-month jail term.

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Pakistan shock South Africa, keep ICC Champions Trophy semis hopes alive

Pakistan completed a remarkable turnaround to beat South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their day/night Group B Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Wednesday and so maintain their hopes of a semi-final place. After conceding 319 against India, Pakistan held South Africa to a score of 219 for eight at Birmingham. Hasan Ali was the star of the show for Pakistan with a haul of 3/24, but it was Imam Wasim’s two wickets of Hashim Amla (16) and AB de Villiers (0) for a golden duck that turned the course of the game.

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India vs Sri Lanka Champions Trophy clash: SL team strengths, weaknesses

Sri Lanka cricket team are hoping that their batsmen come up good against the Indian cricket team bowling attack in Thursday’s ICC Champions Trophy match at the Oval to get back in contention in the tournament. While Sri Lanka has batting depth it is unable to build on starts. Its bowlers can exploit English conditions but also concede runs.

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First Published: Jun 08, 2017 11:30 IST