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More hostile rhetoric from Chinese media, liberation of Mosul, communal tensions in India: Top stories to bring you up to date

India risks China’s interference in J-K says academic, Iraq declares victory in Mosul, communal tension in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh, Trump’s son criticised for meeting Kremlin-linked lawyer, West Indies beat India in T20 tie.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2017 07:29 IST
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Iraqi people celebrate the liberation of the embattled city of Mosul, in Mosul, Iraq July 9, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)

India has exposed itself to Beijing’s interference in J-K by sending troops to Donglang: Chinese state media

India has exposed itself to China’s interference in Jammu & Kashmir by sending Indian troops to disrupt Chinese soldiers from building a road in the Donglang region, the state media said on Sunday. If Pakistan requests, “a third country” can dispatch soldiers to the Valley, said an article in the nationalist tabloid Global Times, adding that Indian soldiers “invaded” China’s Donglang (or Doklam) to serve India’s interests, not Bhutan’s. “Even if India were requested to defend Bhutan’s territory, this could only be limited to its established territory, not the disputed area. Otherwise, under India’s logic, if the Pakistani government requests, a third country’s army can enter the area disputed by India and Pakistan, including India-controlled Kashmir,” said an article written by an academic. Read the story here.

Iraq declares victory in Mosul, but no word on 39 Indian hostages

After a battle that lasted nearly nine months and caused the displacement of an estimated 920,000 people, the Iraqi government announced on Sunday that its army had retaken the city of Mosul from the Islamic State (IS). The fall of Mosul brings hope and trepidation to the families of 39 Indian construction workers who were taken prisoner in the city in 2014. The relatives of the abductees are asking the Indian government to secure their return. Read the story here.

Communal tension grips Uttarakhand town after ‘offensive’ FB post on Kedarnath

Communal tension gripped an Uttarakhand town on Sunday as activists of Bajrang Dal and other right-wing organisations vandalised a vegetable shop belonging to family of a minor boy who allegedly posted an ‘offensive’ picture of the Kedarnath shrine on Facebook. Police said additional forces were sent to Satpuli town, in the state’s Garhwal district to prevent further flare-up. Reinforcements were sent from nearby Kotdwar city and district headquarter Pauri, superintendent of police (SP) Jagatram Joshi said, adding they have zeroed in on the minor boy who shared the post. Read the story here.

Hindus in Bengal should respond like they did in Gujarat: BJP MLA

A controversial BJP legislator from Hyderabad has called upon Hindus in West Bengal to “strike back at communal elements” like they did in Gujarat in 2002. In a video that has gone viral party MLA T Raja Singh said “Hindus in Bengal should respond to people involved in communal violence just like the Hindus in Gujarat did. Otherwise, Bengal will turn into Bangladesh soon,” he said. “The Bengal tigers should wake up and unite in order to protect themselves.” Read the story here.

Fresh violence, arson in Darjeeling amid funeral march of 3 Gorkhaland supporters

Fresh attacks on public property were reported in the Darjeeling hills on Sunday as arsonists torched an abandoned police outpost and barracks, while pro-statehood supporters held a peaceful march with the bodies of three men killed in alleged police firing. Army soldiers have taken position on rain-clad roads and squares, replacing West Bengal policemen and paramilitary troopers. The state government called in the military just a week after it was withdrawn from the restive hills. Read the story here.

Communal tension in Sehore: 20 houses set afire after girl ‘elopes’ with youth

At least 20 houses of Muslims were set afire on Saturday night after a minor Rajput girl went missing in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh. A 16-year-old Rajput girl of Chhipaner village of Sehore went missing after her school on July 4. Later, villagers registered a complaint at the local police station alleging that a Muslim youth had kidnapped her, sparking communal tension in the village. On Saturday evening, people of Hindu community allegedly attacked the houses and torched 20 houses in Chhipaner and neighbouring Narayanpur villages, police sources said. Read the story here.

NYT reports that Trump’s son met Kremlin-linked lawyer

President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. agreed to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 campaign after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the New York Times reported on Sunday, citing three advisers to the White House. The Times quoted a statement from Donald Trump Jr. in which he acknowledged meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. “After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton…Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense…It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information,” he said. Commentators have slammed Trump Jr for meeting the lawyer. Read the story here.

Republicans slam Trump’s idea of forming cyber security unit with Russia

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he and Russia’s president had discussed forming a cyber security unit, an idea harshly criticised by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted after its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio of Florida blasted the idea. “It’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard but it’s pretty close,” Graham said while Rubio tweeted “While reality & pragmatism requires that we engage Vladimir Putin, he will never be a trusted ally or a reliable constructive partner.” Read the story here.

‘Don’t play with fire’: North Korea warns of nuclear ‘tipping point’ over US bomber drill

North Korea lashed out at a live-fire drill the US and South Korea staged in a show of force against Pyongyang, accusing Washington of pushing the peninsula to the “tipping point” of nuclear war. The allies held the rare live-fire drill as tensions grew over the peninsula following the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test held last week. The North’s state-run Rodong newspaper accused Washington and Seoul of ratcheting up tensions with the drill, in an editorial titled “Don’t play with fire on a powder keg.” “The US, with its dangerous military provocation, is pushing the risk of a nuclear war on the peninsula to a tipping point,” it said, describing the peninsula as the “world’s biggest tinderbox.” Read the story here.

Evin Lewis’s 125* powers West Indies to nine-wicket win against India

Evin Lewis scored his second career century, which also was his second against India, to lead West Indies to a resounding nine-wicket victory in the one-off T20 International at the Sabina Park on Sunday. Lewis’s ton was the sixth fastest in T20 Internationals and came off just 52 deliveries, helping WI chase their third biggest target in T20Is. India had set hosts West Indies a target of 191 runs. Read the story here.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 07:29 IST