Modi, Abe launch bullet train project, Amarnath attack mastermind killed, Amit Shah begins OBC outreach in Gujarat: Top stories
Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe launched the project to build India’s first bullet train network, An Indian-origin doctor was stabbed to death in the US state of Kansas, security forces in Kashmir killed two terrorists including Abu Ismail, Government wants Rohingya refugees to be deportedindia Updated: Sep 15, 2017 08:01 IST
PM Modi and Shinzo Abe launch India’s first bullet train project, agree to boost ties for peaceful Indo-Pacific
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe launched on Thursday the project to build India’s first bullet train network and unveiled an ambitious connectivity plan between Asia and Africa, almost immediately drawing concerns from their common rival China. Modi and Abe signed 15 agreements including increasing flights between their cities and collaboration in areas of defence, security, trade, and civil nuclear energy. “The growing convergence between Japan and India on strategic and economic issues has capacity to stimulate the global economy,” Modi said in a press statement with Abe. The Japanese PM called his country’s ties with India “special, strategic and global.” Read the story here.
China has a message for India and Japan: Form partnership, not alliance
China on Thursday sent out a clear message to India about its deepening ties with Japan - New Delhi and Tokyo should forge a partnership conducive to peace in the region instead of an alliance. The message from the foreign ministry in Beijing was couched in diplomatic terms but the message was sharp – close ties between India and Japan should not be an effort to counter China. “We advocate that regional countries should stand for dialogue without confrontation and work for partnership instead of alliance,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. Read the story here.
Indian-origin doctor stabbed to death in Kansas, cops arrest suspect
An Indian-origin doctor was stabbed to death in the US state of Kansas and police have arrested a 21-year-old suspect on charges of first-degree murder, officials said on Thursday. But there was no official word on the motive behind the murder or if the incident was a possible hate crime. Police identified the victim as Achutha N Reddy, a 57-year-old psychiatrist hailing from Nalgonda, who died after being stabbed multiple times near the Holistic Psychiatric Services building on Carriage Parkway in Wichita at 7.22 pm local time on Wednesday. The alleged assailant was identified Umar Rashid Dutt who, the name suggested, could be from South Asia. Read the story here.
Amarnath attack mastermind Abu Ismail among two Lashkar terrorists killed in Kashmir
Delivering a major blow to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Kashmir, security forces killed two terrorists — including the alleged mastermind of a deadly attack on Amarnath yatris earlier this year — on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday evening. LeT leader Abu Ismail (24) and his associate, Abu Kasim, were “eliminated” in the encounter at Nowgam, Jammu and Kashmir director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid said on Twitter, congratulating security forces. Security forces suspected Ismail’s involvement in the killing of eight Amarnath Yatra pilgrims at Anantnag on July 10, although the LeT denied it, besides the attack on CRPF personnel near DPS-Srinagar in June. He is the fourth top militant leader to be killed in the Valley since 2016. Read the story here.
Alwar lynching: Rajasthan minister backs police clean chit to six people
Rajasthan’s home minister, Gulab Chand Kataria, defended on Thursday the clean chit given by the state police to the six people who had been named by Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan before he died of injuries sustained in an attack by cow vigilantes. HT managed to catch up with one of the six, who said truth always prevails. A day after HT reported that the CID-CB of Rajasthan police had completed its investigation into the Alwar lynching case, and found that the six people named in Khan’s statement to police in the ICU of a hospital were not involved in the attack, Kataria backed the police. “They must have concluded this on the basis of evidences and witnesses before them. I will not say anything on their findings,” he said. Read the story here.
Rohingya refugees are a security threat: Govt’s ‘unfinalised affidavit’
An affidavit prepared by the government for possible filing in the Supreme Court said Rohingya refugees are a security threat and they must be deported to Myanmar, a stand that is likely to rile human rights activists. The affidavit was not filed, and the government said it was ‘unfinalised’ and did not necessarily reflect its final position. A copy of it emerged in the media on Thursday after the government mistakenly served it to a lawyer who has moved the Supreme Court against a plan to deport the refugees. “The copy served on you has not been filed in the Supreme Court of India. Kindly, therefore do not treat the copy served on you as the affidavit of the central government,” the government said in a statement after the proposed affidavit was reported online and by TV channels. Read the story here.
Amit Shah to begin OBC outreach ahead of Gujarat elections
BJP president Amit Shah will travel to OBC-dominated Phagvel village in Kheda district to woo the community ahead of the assembly elections in Gujarat, the state which has been under the saffron party’s rule for nearly two decades. “Shah will speak about the issues confronting the backward communities,” a BJP leader said. The OBC list in Gujarat includes about 146 communities and is estimated to be about 40% of the state’s population. The BJP’s exercise to consolidate support among the OBCs is also aimed at offsetting any loss it may have in its hold over the land holding Patels (patidars) who dealt a blow to the party in December 2016 panchayat polls. Read the story here.
RSS-backed BJP govt arrested me for speaking up for Assamese people: Akhil Gogoi
Activist Akhil Gogoi, arrested on charges of sedition on Wednesday, said the BJP-led coalition government targeted him for speaking up for the Assamese. He also warned of an uprising of the indigenous communities as members of his peasants’ body, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), protested across the state on Thursday demanding his release within 24 hours. On Thursday afternoon, a local court in Dibrugarh gave the police four days’ custody of Gogoi. The police had sought 14 days. The day saw KMSS members blocking highways for several hours. Many camped outside the central police station. The Dibrugarh police had arrested Gogoi from his residence in Golaghat town, about 180km west, for “hatred-spewing speech” at a public rally. He was slapped with six sections of the IPC. Read the story here.
No restrictions on H-1B visa programme but it is under review: US official
A senior US official on Thursday sought to allay India’s concerns on the H-1B visa programme, which is being “reviewed” by the Trump administration, saying there are no “restrictions” in place. The official said around 70 per cent of the visas issued under the H-1B category over the past nine months have gone to Indians and that a record 1.2 million visas of Indians were adjudicated by the US last year. Read the story here.
Rohingya crisis can become security concern for India’s northeast: Bangladesh envoy
The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar has to be tackled urgently as it has the potential of becoming a “huge security concern” for the entire region, including India’s insurgency-affected northeastern states, the Bangladeshi envoy said on Thursday. Bangladesh is looking to India, as a regional power, to play a larger role in persuading Myanmar to both halt the exodus of Rohingyas from Rakhine state and to ensure the repatriation of those who have fled to other countries, high commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali told Hindustan Times. “I am more concerned about my own region but the presence of Rohingya refugees elsewhere could be a security risk for everybody else. It could be used even in your northeast India,” Ali, a former foreign secretary, said. Read the story here.
14 out of 16 loss-making govt-run tourism hotels to be sold off: Alphons
Union tourism minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Thursday said 14 out of 16 loss-making hotels owned by state-run ITDC will be sold off to private parties as running money-making hotel business is not a government job. The minister, however, said that he wished to retain the prestigious Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi under government control and make it a “very good” international hotel in the national capital. India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) is a public sector undertaking that currently runs 16 hotels in Delhi, Patna, Jammu, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Bhopal, Bharatpur, Jaipur, Guwahati, Mysore, Puducherry and Itanagar. Read the story here.