Modi, Xi unlikely to meet at G20 summit, Virat Kohli shines in India’s win: Top stories to bring you up to date.Updated: Jul 07, 2017 07:38 IST
India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates after he scored a century against West Indies in his partnership with Dinesh Karthik, right, during their fifth ODI at the Sabina Park cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica.(AP Photo)
Atmosphere “not right” for Modi-Xi meeting says China, one killed in West Bengal’s communal violence, ransomware attack on Gurgaon firm, Kim Jong-un said to be more dangerous than his father, India clinch one-day series at Sabina Park.
Sikkim standoff: Modi, Xi unlikely to meet at G20 summit due to border row
China on Thursday said the atmosphere was “not right” for a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, prompting New Delhi to say that such a meeting hadn’t been planned. With the standoff over the construction of a road by Chinese troops in Donglang or Doklam area into its third week, the Chinese foreign ministry said recent developments had “damaged” the political foundation of bilateral ties. India’s position is that since there was no plan for a Modi-Xi meeting on the sidelines of the summit, the question of atmosphere is entirely moot. “But we did not ask for any meeting, so where is the question of the atmosphere being conducive or not,” an Indian official. Read the story here.
West Bengal violence over Facebook post: Man dies of stab wounds, clashes erupt in Basirhat again
A 65-year-old man died of stab wounds in Kolkata on Thursday as fresh violence erupted in parts of West Bengal’s Basirhat region that has been rocked by communal clashes over a controversial Facebook post. Kartik Ghosh was attacked by mobs with sharp objects when he was returning home on a motorcycle on Wednesday afternoon. This was the first death in violence that has swept the Basirhat region, barely 12 kilometres from the Bangladesh border, that has injured at least 23 people. Since Sunday evening, Muslim mobs have set shops and buildings on fire and clashed with police, angered by an offensive post on Facebook by a Class 11 Hindu student. Read the story here.
Ransomware strikes Gurgaon-based Blackberrys, hackers demand Rs 25 lakh in bitcoins
In a first in Gurgaon, a clothing company has become a victim of Ransomware attack. The company, which owns the clothing brand Blackberrys, reported hacking of its servers by online operators who demanded a ransom of US$15 bitcoins, around Rs25.13 lakh. Ransomware is a type of malicious software prepared to block access to a computer system with a threat to delete the data until the user pays ransom to the hacker. The hackers encrypted the entire data of the clothing company that has its corporate office in Udyog Vihar phase 1, Gurgaon. Read the story here.
CBSE Class 12 results: Delhi HC allows re-evaluation in all subjects
The Delhi high court on Thursday lifted all conditions imposed by the CBSE on students looking to re-evaluate their class 12 exam results, giving succour to thousands of candidates denied scrutiny of answer sheets beyond 12 major subjects. The order will be applicable to all students and not just those who have approached the court. Read the story here.
Three AAP MLAs booked for ‘assaulting’ woman on assembly premises
Delhi Police have booked three Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators for molestation, sexual harassment, physical assault, illegal confinement and outraging a woman’s modesty on the basis of a complaint filed by a female party volunteer late last month. The 35-year-old party worker from Rajouri Garden said she had gone to witness assembly proceedings at the Delhi Vidhan Sabha on June 28 when AAP MLAs Jarnail Singh, Amanatullah Khan and Somnath Bharti allegedly confined her in a room and assaulted her. She lodged a complaint the next day. Read the story here.
India-China border row: Cong slams BJP after Gujarat’s deal with Chinese car firm
The impact of the Sino-India border stand-off in Sikkim is being felt in faraway Gujarat, where the BJP government signing an MoU with a Chinese automobile firm invited the charge of “betrayal” from the opposition Congress. The Gujarat government on Wednesday signed an MoU with China’s SAIC Motor Corp for setting up a passenger car manufacturing facility at Halol in the Panchmahals district with an investment of Rs 2,000 crore. Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia slammed the state government for signing the agreement, saying the ruling BJP had “betrayed” the people of the country by this act. Read the story here.
Merkel hopes for G20 win-win solutions, police brace for protests in Germany
US President Donald Trump and other leaders of the Group of 20 top industrial and developing countries arrived in Hamburg on Thursday as police braced themselves for a major protest by anti-globalization activists. German chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped the G20 leaders meeting today and tomorrow would be able to find “compromises and answers” on a wide range of issues. Merkel said leaders will address regulating financial markets, fighting terrorism and pandemics and combatting climate change, among other issues. She said “free, rule-based and fair trade” will be an important issue. Read the story here.
Kim Jong-un is more dangerous than his father, says South Korean diplomat
Changing the mindset of North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un needs concerted efforts by all international players, including India, said Enna Park, South Korea’s ambassador for public diplomacy. North Korea’s maverick ruler, Kim Jong-un, she said, was more dangerous than his father. The latter was prepared to negotiate about the end of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. But the son wants his country to be “recognised as a nuclear weapons state” and that denuclearisation is not negotiable. Read the story here.
UK extends deadline on public consultation for law against caste bias
As rival groups intensify lobbying, the Theresa May government has extended by two months the deadline for public consultation on the sensitive issue of introducing legislation to outlaw caste- based discrimination – a key issue for Britain’s Indian community. There has been much lobbying to support and oppose such legislation. Groups such as Anti-Caste Discrimination Alliance allege Dalit communities face discrimination in the UK, while several Hindu, Sikh, Jain groups deny it. The Government Equalities Office (GEO), which had earlier set July 17 as the deadline, said on Wednesday: “The closing date of the consultation is now 18 September 2017”. Read the story here.
Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami guide India to series win over West Indies
Skipper Virat Kohli scored a fighting century and Dinesh Karthik came good with a half-century as India thrashed West Indies by eight wickets to clinch the five match ODI series 3-1 at the Sabina Park on Thursday. Earlier Mohammed Shami had taken four for 48 as India restricted the hosts to 205 for nine in their allotted 50 overs. Read the story here.
First Published: Jul 07, 2017 07:38 IST