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India, China hold marathon border meet, SC orders NIA probe into Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: Top stories to bring you up to date

US designates Hizbul Mujahideen as terrorist group, Trump praises North Korea’s decision to not fire missiles towards Guam, here is a digest of important news stories in the last 24 hours.

india Updated: Aug 17, 2017 07:20 IST
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An Indian tourist rides on a horse back at the Pangong lake high up in Ladahak region.(AP File Photo)

1- India and China hold marathon border meet, discuss peace after Ladakh scuffle

A nasty scuffle by Indian and Chinese troops in the Ladakh sector and ways to maintain “peace and tranquility” in the sensitive region were discussed at a marathon meeting between military officers of the two neighbours on Wednesday. More details weren’t immediately known as the army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police officers refused comments. The meeting began in the afternoon and continued till late into the evening. It was held a day after Chinese troops hurled stones at Indian border troopers, forcing them to retaliate. Blows were also exchanged, leading to injuries on both sides.

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2- US designates Hizbul Mujahideen as terrorist group, slaps sanctions

The United States on Wednesday named Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist group, a little more than 50 days after adding its chief Syed Salahuddin to its list of designated global terrorists. “Today’s action notifies the US public and the international community that HM is a terrorist organisation,” the US state department said in a statement, adding such designations expose and isolate terrorist groups and individuals, and “assist the law enforcement activities of US agencies and other governments”. This designation will be welcomed by authorities in India.

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3- Kerala ‘love jihad’: SC orders NIA probe into woman’s conversion, marriage

The Supreme Court directed on Wednesday the National Investigation Agency to investigate the alleged forced conversion of a Hindu woman to Islam for marriage in Kerala. The order came after the country’s counter-terrorism organisation said it was not an isolated case but part of a growing pattern of converting women from Hinduism to Islam. The NIA made its remarks during a hearing on a petition filed by Kerala-based Shafin Jahan, a Muslim man whose marriage last December with a Hindu woman was annulled by the Kerala high court. A top court bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar said retired judge RV Raveendran will monitor the NIA probe.

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4- Excess baggage to cost more on all domestic flights

Get set for heavy penalties for exceeding baggage weight allowances. Delhi High court has struck down a June 10, 2016 circular of aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that capped charges for excess checked in-baggage at Rs 100 per kg for 15 to 20 kg on private flights. Justice Vibhu Bakhru of the Delhi High court on Wednesday allowed an appeal of the Federation of Indian Airlines, which contended that the power to fix the tariff lies with the carriers and not the regulator, and that the excess baggage charges were determined by market forces. Now, the airlines can revert to the rates they were earlier charging, which ranged from Rs 220 to Rs 350 per kg.

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5- Modi’s Kashmir policy creating space for Pakistan to misbehave: Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru

Narendra Modi’s policy has created space in Jammu and Kashmir for Pakistan to “misbehave”, said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, a day after the Prime Minister said the problem in Kashmir can be resolved by embracing the people not through bullets and abuses.

Gandhi was in Bengaluru to inaugurate Indira Canteen, the Karnataka government’s subsidised outlets that will provide breakfast at Rs 5 and lunch and dinner at Rs 10. The Prime Minister represents the spirit of the people of India, and it is time Narendra Modi starts “acting and operating” like a PM, said Gandhi at a rally here, adding Modi has created an “environment” of hatred and anger in Jammu and Kashmir.

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6- Delhi Police say video shows Benelli biker speeding at 150 kmph, brother of crash victim denies allegation

A sports bike rider who died after crashing into a wall in central Delhi on the eve of Independence Day was averaging 150 km per hour at the time of the accident, Delhi Police said on Wednesday. A senior police officer privy to the investigation said the incident occurred while Himanshu was racing with his friends, Gazi and Lakshay. The entire sequence of events was captured in a video shot through Lakshay’s helmet camera. The chilling footage showed Himanshu speeding ahead of his two friends on his Benelli TNT, a superbike capable of rapid acceleration and achieving speeds close to 200 km per hour. The deceased’s brother has denied allegations that he was speeding.

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7- Delhi govt proposes taking over 449 private schools over fee refund

The Delhi government has proposed to take over 449 private unaided recognised schools which have failed to refund excess fee charged by them despite government order. The government is planning to take over the management of the schools and will be issuing them show-cause notices as they have faltered in refunding excess fees charged from parents on the pretext of implementing the Sixth Pay Commission in 2008. The plan has been sent to the lieutenant governor for approval. The decision was revealed in an affidavit filed by the Delhi government before the Delhi high court, which is hearing a bunch of petitions on the fee hike issue.

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8- ‘You magnified her’: An emotional message from Charlottesville victim’s mother

The mother of a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville urged mourners at a memorial service Wednesday to “make my daughter’s death worthwhile” by confronting injustice and channelling “anger into righteous action,” stirring applause from the hundreds of people who packed into a downtown theatre wearing the victim’s favourite colour, purple. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her,” said Susan Bro, pointing a defiant finger as her audience gave her a standing ovation. The white nationalists who had pledged to show up and potentially disrupt services for Heather Heyer were nowhere to be seen.

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9- Trump praises North Korea’s Kim for ‘wise’ decision on Guam

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a “wise” decision not to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, which has eased escalating tension between the two countries. Reclusive North Korea has made no secret of its plan to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States to counter what it perceives as constant US threats of invasion. But North Korean media reported on Tuesday that Kim had delayed the decision while he waited to see what the United States did next. “Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “The alternative would have been both catastrophic and unacceptable!”

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10- Trump scraps business forums after CEO resignations

US President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he was scrapping two business advisory councils in the wake of several high-profile resignations in protest over his comments on a white supremacist rally in Virginia that turned violent. “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the

Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Trump said on Twitter. The CEOs of Merck, Intel and Under Armour were among those who quit the forums following Trump’s comments about Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead and 19 others injured. The driver, James Fields, has been charged with second-degree murder.

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11- Black woman banker sues Goldman Sachs for racial discrimination

A black banker in Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s personal wealth management unit filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the firm of steering top clients to her white colleagues and denying her promotions because of her race. Rebecca Allen said Goldman’s virtually all-white senior leadership team favors white bankers for promotions and lucrative accounts, so they earn more than black coworkers. “Simply put, Goldman Sachs does virtually nothing to hire, promote or develop black talent, instead focusing its efforts on retaining and promoting white employees to positions of leadership,” Allen said in the complaint. Goldman in a statement said the claims were meritless.

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12- Why Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina were dumped from Team India for Sri Lanka ODIs

Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina are not in a state to ‘endure’ the rigours of international cricket, quite literally. The senior duo failed to match the required score in a ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance test at the National Cricket Academy and were not considered for India’s ODI and Twenty20 away series against Sri Lanka. The Indian team regularly undergoes a series of fitness tests with ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance test being the most important of them. Both Yuvraj and Raina scored well below the permissible level of 19.5 with Yuvraj barely managing to touch 16, which was the biggest reason for his ouster.

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First Published: Aug 17, 2017 07:18 IST