India rushes in troops to Doka la in Sikkim, thousands attend funeral of militant in Kashmir: Top stories this morning
India has introduced more troops to strengthen its position near Sikkim, Trump tweets video of himself ‘punching CNN’, India beats Pakistan in women’s World Cup cricket, Kohli’s men lose to the West Indies.india Updated: Jul 03, 2017 07:47 IST
Sikkim standoff: India pushes troops in Doka La in longest impasse since 1962
India has pushed in more troops in a “non-combative mode” to strengthen its position in an area near Sikkim, where its soldiers have been locked in a standoff with Chinese troops for almost a month now in what has been the longest such impasse between the two armies since 1962. India brought in more troops after the destruction of two of its bunkers and “aggressive tactics” adopted by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), sources said. In a “non- combative mode”, the nozzle of a gun is placed downwards. Read the story here.
Thousands attend funeral of LeT commander Bashir Lashkari amid Kashmir shutdown
Amid pro-freedom slogans, thousands of people participated in the funeral of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Bashir Lashkari as Kashmir shut on Sunday over the killing of two civilians, allegedly by security forces during an encounter with militants in south Kashmir on Saturday. Lashkari and his accomplice along with the two civilians – a woman and a youth – were killed on Saturday in Anantnag district. Thousands of people on Sunday participated in the funeral prayers of Lashkari at his ancestral Soaf-shali village of Kokernag in Anantnag. They shouted slogans demanding freedom from Indian rule as they took his body to the graveyard for burial. Read the story here.
US President Donald Trump tweets video that shows him ‘punching CNN’
Donald Trump, the President of United States of America, tweeted on Sunday a mock video showing him attack a man whose head was digitally replaced with American news channel CNN’s logo. The tweet, from his personal account @realDonaldTrump, was met with disbelief and strong criticism, with many seeing it as an attempt by the President to advocate violence against the media. The video seems to be from an old appearance that Trump made in an American wrestling entertainment event. “Imagine the President of the US taking the time to make this...violently beating up the media. How terrifying and horrible,” said Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of Guardian, in a tweet. Read the story here.
EC begins drive to register over 30 million young adults as voters
India has more than 30 million young adults who are eligible to vote but have not enrolled themselves for voter identity cards, the election commission has said, announcing a new campaign where its officials will go door-to-door to urge people to sign up as electors. Participation in India’s elections has grown in recent decades but is still far from ideal levels. For the 2014 general elections, 66% of the 834 million registered electorate turned up to vote. And unregistered adults add a new dimension to the problem. “From July 1 we are starting a special campaign for left out voters, particularly those between 18-21 years,” chief election commissioner Nasim Zaidi told Hindustan Times. Read the story here.
Dalit group from Gujarat stopped from gifting 125kg soap to Yogi Adityanath
A group of Dalit protesters from Gujarat were stopped at the Jhansi railway station on Sunday evening, with police saying the preemptive step was taken as their presence in Lucknow could disturb peace. The 45-member group is carrying a 125kg bar of soap with the image of Buddha
carved on it, which they want to gift to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to allegedly “cleanse his mentality towards Dalits”. The gift is viewed as a tit-for-tat response against reports of officials distributing shampoo and soap bars to 100-odd Musahar Dalit families at a village in Kushi Nagar a day before their meeting with the chief minister this May. Read the story here.
American navy ship sails close to South China Sea island occupied by Beijing
An American warship on Sunday sailed close to a disputed island in the South China Sea occupied by Beijing, as part of an operation to demonstrate freedom of navigation in the waters, a US official said. The destroyer USS Stethem passed less than 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) from tiny Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago, which is also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam, the official told AFP. The operation, which is likely to provoke Beijing, is the second of its kind carried out by the United States since President Donald Trump took office. Read the story here.
Syrian President Assad appears on currency for first time in 17-year rule
President Bashar al-Assad has appeared on the Syrian currency for the first time, his portrait printed on a new 2,000-pound banknote that went into circulation on Sunday. Central bank governor Duraid Durgham said the 2,000-pound note was one of several new notes printed years ago but the decision to put it into circulation was delayed “due to the circumstances of the war and exchange rate fluctuations”. The new note is equal to around $4 at current exchange rates. Previously, the highest denomination of Syrian banknote was 1,000 pounds. Assad’s father, the late President Hafez al-Assad, appeared on coins and on an older version of the 1,000 pound note, which is still in circulation. Read the story here.
Chinese heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails after ‘abnormality during flight’
China’s launch of a new heavy-lift rocket, the Long March-5 Y2, carrying what the government said was its heaviest ever satellite, failed on Sunday, official news agency Xinhua said. The same rocket
type had been expected to take China’s latest lunar probe to the Moon this year and to return with samples. It is not clear how the timetable for that mission could be affected by the failed launch. President Xi Jinping has prioritised advancing China’s space programme to strengthen national security and defence. Read the story here.
ICC Women’s Cup 2017: Clinical India crush Pakistan, make it three in three
Riding on Ekta Bisht’s second career five-wicket haul, India thrashed Pakistan by 95 runs to register their third consecutive win in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 on Sunday. Left-arm spinner Bisht’s figures of 5/18 is the best bowling figures by an Indian in Women’s World Cup history. India scored 169/9 in 50 overs and bundled out Pakistan for 74 in 38.1 overs. Read the story here.
India vs West Indies: Jason Holder’s 5/27 helps hosts stay alive in series
Inspired by Jason Holder’s maiden five-wicket haul in One-Day Internationals, the West Indies defeated India by 11 runs in the fourth game in Antigua to stay alive in the five-match series. Read the story here.