India-Russia summit, Trump decision on Paris climate deal: Top stories to look out for

From Vladimir Putin hosting PM Modi to Donald Trump tweeting he will announce his decision on the Paris climate deal, here are top stories to watch out for.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2017 11:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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US President Donald Trump will announce his decision on pulling out of the Paris climate deal.(AP File Photo)

India-Russia summit, India’s GDP growth slows to 6.1% in last quarter, Trump to announce decision on Paris climate deal, Cape Town faces severe drought: Here are top stories to look out for:

PM Modi in Russia for summit with Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Russia after concluding his visit to Spain where he paid a courtesy call to Spanish King Felipe VI and held wide-ranging talks with President Mariano Rajoy. In St Petersburg, Modi will hold the 18th India-Russia annual Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and attend the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. India and Russia are “natural partners” in fighting terrorism, PM Modi said as he asserted that the two countries must strive to open new vistas to broaden their ties that has “withstood the test of time.” Read the story here.

Mistake to send her to IIT, should have saved money for dowry, says father of PhD scholar

“It was a mistake to educate my daughter and send her to IIT. I should have saved all the money for her dowry,” said the father of a PhD scholar who was found hanging from a ceiling fan on the Delhi campus on Tuesday evening. Though the family accused Manjula’s husband Ritesh of demanding Rs 20-25 lakh dowry, they are unsure what prompted the young woman to end her life on Tuesday. Her parents refused to let Ritesh and his relatives stand outside the mortuary. The police have launched a preliminary inquiry and are yet to register an FIR. The allegations levelled by Manjula’s family are yet to be established. Read the story here.

GDP growth slows to 6.1% in Jan-March: Indian economy finally bares its demonetisation scars

Finally, the impact of demonetisation is visible in the gross domestic product (GDP) numbers. Gross value-added (GVA) growth at constant prices fell to a mere 5.6% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017 (FY17), clearly showing the scars of demonetisation on the economy. That’s not all. The headline growth number conceals more than it reveals. If we leave out the “public administration, defence and other services” component of GVA, comprising mainly government expenditure, then growth slumps to an even lower 4.1% in the fourth quarter. Read the story here.

Indian Muslim woman: She is looking within and stepping out

In a political climate where triple talaq is a hot-button issue on daily television news, Muslim women are suddenly at the centre of mainstream discourse. But what are their concerns and apprehensions? “Education, education, education”, says Kouser Fatima, a Bangalore-based dentist who curates Muslim Voices India, a crowd-sourced Twitter handle. “Muslim women need to think of educating themselves, their daughters because this is where the community lags behind.” Read the story here.

Cow milk healthier than beef: RSS Muslim wing to hold milk parties across India for Ramzan

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), the Muslim wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), is going to organise cow milk parties in the month of Ramzan across 25 states, the outfit’s national convenor Mohammad Afzal has told HT. “Cow milk is healthier than beef. That is why we will serve cow milk for breaking the fast during Iftar. We’re going to organise several hundred iftar parties during the month of Ramadan across 25 states and cow milk will be served in each of them,” Afzal said. Read the story here.

Chetan Bhagat settles defamation case over ‘misunderstanding’ in Half Girlfriend

Chetan Bhagat and the erstwhile princely state of Dumraon in Bihar, which slapped a Rs 1 crore defamation suit against the best-selling author, have reached an out-of-court settlement after he tendered an unconditional apology for “unintended confusion and misunderstanding” over the “fictional” references to the royal family in his book Half Girlfriend. Chandra Vijay Singh slapped the defamation suit in 2016 claiming the male members of the family were maliciously portrayed as alcoholics and gamblers in Half Girlfriend. Read the story here.

Trump’s to announce decision on Paris climate deal today

US president Donald Trump has said he will announce his decision on the Paris climate accord on Thursday as fears strengthened in the last few days that he will pull out of the historic international agreement to cut greenhouse gases. “I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” the president said in a Tweet Wednesday hours after day-long speculation about his decision. Read the story here.

Understanding Donald Trump’s ‘covfefe’ tweet

It was a bad tweet. A mistake. And every one is allowed a few. Here is his tweet, which has since been taken down, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. That’s it. “Covfefe” appears to be “coverage” misspelt. And the tweet read incomplete — there was either a missing preceding clause or one that should have followed. He replaced it with this tweet: “Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe”??? Enjoy!” Read the story here.

CNN fires comedian Kathy Griffin over decapitated Trump photo

US television network CNN on Wednesday fired a comedian from its annual New Year’s Eve coverage after she provoked outrage for being photographed holding up a prop depicting Donald Trump’s bloodied severed head. Griffin, 56, who had co-hosted CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage for the last decade, apologized on Tuesday and said she had asked the celebrity photographer Tyler Shields to remove the picture from the internet. But it was not enough to save her job with CNN. Read the story here.

Cape Town faces worst drought in 100 years, imposes restrictions even on showers and toilets

As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been told to restrict showers to two minutes and flush toilets only when “absolutely necessary”. The city – South Africa’s biggest tourist hotspot – and the surrounding Western Cape province have been declared a disaster area by the local government, with just 10% of usable water left in the dams supplying the area. For residents, the drought has led to a gradual escalation of restrictions, from the limits on splashing at public pools earlier this year to the current complete ban on topping-up swimming pools or watering gardens. Read the story here.

India, Australia are favourites in Champions Trophy that starts today

Defending champions India and Australia start as title contenders in the ICC Champions Trophy, beginning in London today. Hosts England, who have shown amazing transformation as a potent limited-overs side, will be the ‘Dark Horse’ in the eight-team tournament where the West Indies are a notable absentee. England will kickstart the tournament against Bangladesh today before the much-awaited rivalry between India and Pakistan on June 4.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 11:48 IST