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PM Modi’s Spain visit, Babri demolition case charges: Top stories to look out for

Government hints at rethink of cattle rules, PM Modi in Spain, CBI to charge LK Advani in Babri case -- here are the stories to watch out for. 

india Updated: May 30, 2017 11:03 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PM Modi,Modi Spain visit,Babri demolition case
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves before his departure from New Delhi for his four-nation visit.(PTI Photo)

From the government hinting at a rethink of cattle trade ban to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Spain, here are top stories to look out for:

Ban on cattle sale for slaughter: As protests grow, Modi govt hints at rethink of new rule

The Union government may rethink a new rule banning cattle trade for slaughter after the issue snowballed into a national controversy, prompting anger from state governments and at least one high court hearing petitions against the rule. Environment ministry sources said the department is examining petitions against the new rules. “We are still getting representations. Once all representations are received, they will be duly considered,” a senior environment ministry official, said. The official said a final call on it will be taken at the highest level—by the Prime Minister. Read the story here.

PM Modi in Spain today

Continuing his tour of Europe, Prime Minister Modi will travel to Spain today, the first by an Indian prime minister in almost three decades. He will call on King Felipe VI and hold talks with President Mariano Rajoy. He will also have a round-table interaction with leading Spanish business leaders keen to invest in India.

Babri demolition case: CBI court to frame charges against Advani, Joshi and Bharti today

A special CBI court will frame charges on Tuesday against senior BJP leaders and others for allegedly conspiring to demolish the 16th-century Babri Masjid, an event that triggered communal riots. LK Advani, Uma Bharti, Murli Manohar Joshi and nine others will be present in the Lucknow court when criminal conspiracy charges are framed under IPC section 120(b). Last month, the Supreme Court revived criminal charges against the top leaders, overturning a trial court’s decision to let them off on a technicality. Read related story here.

In the plains of north India, Muslims rethink politics: A story of introspection

Even as alienation constitutes one element of the story of Muslims in contemporary India, political introspection constitutes another. They are thinking hard about political choices they have made in the past, and the political choices they ought to make in the future. It is a moment of remarkable openness in the community. And all options are on the table. Read the story here.

Theresa May wants stronger India ties but unlikely to relax visa rules

Prime Minister Theresa May is keen to build on the “very strong relationship” with India after Britain leaves the European Union but is unlikely to relax visa rules, a sticking point between the two countries. “I want to ensure that we build on the very strong relationship that we already have with India,” the 60-year-old May told the Hindustan Times. India has already indicated that the mobility, or visa, issue will be one of key points in talks on a free-trade agreement but May is unlikely to give concessions. Her party manifesto also promises to “bear down” on non-EU immigration. During her India visit, May had linked improving the visa offer to the return of thousands of Indians who have no right to remain in the UK. Read the story here.

He fought for cleanliness: Mother of man killed for protesting public urination

Beaten to death by a group of youths, allegedly for objecting to two of them urinating on the roadside in North Delhi’s GTB Nagar on Saturday evening, the 32-year-old e-rickshaw driver always spoke for cleanliness, his family recounted on Monday even as the killers remained on the run. “We live in a slum where maintaining cleanliness is difficult. But Ravinder always insisted that sanitation was just a matter of will,” said the victim’s mother, Susheela. Read the story here.

The ever-slowing salary hikes at Indian companies: New survey shows drop over past decade

Indian companies, across industries, have consistently paid lower salary hikes over the past 10 years. Experts don’t see the decade-old golden days of good pay hikes return, any time soon. India Inc’s average pay hike has registered a steep drop from 15.1% in 2007 to 10.2% in 2016, an analysis of India Salary Increase Survey by consulting firm Aon Hewitt revealed. The company projects an average increment of 9.5% in 2017, the lowest since 6.6% in 2009 Read the story here.

KPS Gill spread terror in Punjab, says Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Monday said it was KPS Gill who gave birth to terrorism in Punjab as director general of police (DGP ) during militancy. Gill passed away on Friday at the age of 82. Lashing out at Gill, who earned the supercop sobriquet for wiping out terrorism from the state, the jathedar said in a statement that “he was not the man who eliminated terrorism in Punjab, but was one who gave birth to it”. Calling Gill a butcher, he said “those who consider him a supercop are free to do so, but the Sikhs see him a terrorist.” Read the story here.

41 banned outfits in Pakistan operate freely on Facebook: Report

Forty-one out of Pakistan’s 64 banned outfits are operating on Facebook as groups or individual user profiles, a media report said on Monday. According to an investigation carried out by Dawn news last month, the outfits’ network, both interconnected and public, is a mix of Sunni and Shia sectarian groups, global terror organisations operating in Pakistan, and separatists in Balochistan and Sindh provinces. Read the story here.

After latest missile test, North Korea warns of ‘bigger gift package’ for US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Kim said the reclusive state would develop more powerful weapons in multiple phases in accordance with its timetable to defend North Korea against the United States. “He expressed the conviction that it would make a greater leap forward in this spirit to send a bigger ‘gift package’ to the Yankees” in retaliation for American military provocation, KCNA quoted Kim as saying. Read the story here.

First Published: May 30, 2017 11:01 IST