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Indian Army warns Pakistan to CBI books billionaire: Top stories of the day

The Indian Army said its “action will speak for itself” when it responds to the death of four soldiers in Pakistan shelling along the Line of Control. The CBI accused billionaire diamond merchant Nirav Modi of cheating the Punjab National Bank. Here’s a look at the top stories from Monday.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2018 07:48 IST
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Relatives of Captain Kapil Kundu, one of the four soldiers killed in Pakistan shelling in Rajouri, mourn for him in his family’s village near Pataudi in Haryana.
Relatives of Captain Kapil Kundu, one of the four soldiers killed in Pakistan shelling in Rajouri, mourn for him in his family’s village near Pataudi in Haryana.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

The Indian Army said its “action will speak for itself” when it responds to the death of four soldiers in Pakistan shelling along the Line of Control. The CBI accused billionaire diamond merchant Nirav Modi of cheating the Punjab National Bank. These were the top stories on Monday. Here is more about them.

Will give ‘befitting reply’ to Pakistan shelling: Indian Army

The Indian Army’s “action will speak for itself” when it responds to the death of four soldiers in shelling by Pakistani along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, said a top general. “We will continue with our process of giving a befitting reply (to such acts),” said Lt Gen Sarath Chand, vice chief of the Indian Army. Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemnedthe cross-border firing, saying the Army shall “give proper reply”.

Amit Shah defends PM Modi in first Rajya Sabha speech

BJP president Amit Shah used his debut speech in Parliament to defend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement about employment “Selling pakodas is not something to be ashamed of. Someone who sells pakodas today, his progeny can become entrepreneurs tomorrow. Today a son of chaiwala is the PM of this nation. You cannot compare the self-employed with beggars,” Shah said in his first speech in the Rajya Sabha. Modi’s statement that sells pakodas is a form of employment was criticised by the Opposition.

Khap panchayats ‘no one to interfere’ in marriages: SC

Khap panchayats are “no one to interfere” in marriages and must not become conscience keepers of society, said the Supreme Court. “We can’t say which marriage is null or void, which marriage is good or bad... just stay out of it,” said the court while hearing a petition seeking guidelines on how to stop ‘honour killings’, which have been blamed on khap panchayats’ diktats against inter-caste couples.

Modi ‘morally unfit’ to be PM: Siddaramaiah

Narendra Modi was “morally unfit” to be the Prime Minister, said Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah in response to criticism of his government. Modi on Sunday had alleged that Karnataka, which holds assembly elections later this year, has a “10% commission government”. “Even if Modi makes 100 visits to the state or (BJP chief) Amit Shah engineers communal riots, we will win the upcoming state elections,” said Siddaramaiah.

Nirav Modi at his office in Mumbai on August 9, 2016. (Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint)

CBI books billionaire Nirav Modi in bank cheating case

Billionaire diamond merchant Nirav Modi is among the four persons the Central Bureau of Investigation has accused of cheating the Punjab National Bank of over Rs 280 crore during 2017, officials said. In Forbes’ world’s billionaires list for 2016, Nirav Modi was ranked 1,054 globally and 46 in India.

Maldives President declares state of emergency for 15 days, India warns travellers

Beleaguered Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen has declared a15-day state of emergency. The move gives sweeping powers to security forces to arrest and detain suspects, and comes amid a deepening political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation as Yameen refuses to comply with a Supreme Court order to release political prisoners. India issued an advisory asking its citizens to defer all non-essential travels to the nation amid the prevailing law and order situation.

South Africa tried to ‘doctor pitches’ vs India: ex-coach Ray Jennings

South African team management “tried to doctor pitches” during their recent Test series against India, but the tactic nearly boomeranged, said former coach Ray Jennings. “They tried doctoring pitches in the Tests and it was so close that South Africa almost lost the series,” he said.

Indian man wins lottery of over Rs 17.5 crore in Abu Dhabi

An Indian expatriate in Abu Dhabi became a millionaire overnight when he won a lottery worth over Rs 17.5 crore. Sunil Mappatta Krishnan Kutty Nair, an expatriate based in Abu Dhabi, takes home the second-largest reward worth Dirham 10 million (approximately Rs 17,68,00,000), the Gulf News reported.

Pakistan People’s Party nominates Hindu woman from Thar to contest Senate seat

A Hindu woman from Thar in Sindh province has been nominated by Pakistan People’s Party to contest for a general Senate seat. If Krishna Kumari from Nagarparkar district wins the election, she will be the first Hindu woman to become a Senator in the Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Rahul Dravid wants Prithvi Shaw and Co. to step up in style

Coach Rahul Dravid on Monday said his players did not play their “number one game” in the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup, notwithstanding the eight-wicket drubbing of Australia en route to winning the title. Dravid, though, promptly added that his team fully deserved the title triumph. “The 2012 final featured India and Australia. The result of the final will tell you that India beat Australia. Six years down the line, only a couple of those boys played a few one-day games for India while four or five of the Australian boys have gone on to play for Australia. More of their guys have played first-class cricket. The debatable point is who won the final if you look back six years later?”