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Policeman lynched in J-K, Kovind to file nomination, and ISRO’s PSLV-C38 lifts off: Top stories now

Senior police officer lynched in Srinagar, Kovind to file his nomination today, farmers face uncertainty in ‘prosperous’ Punjab. Here are the top stories of the day.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2017 11:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Srinagar,Jamia Masjid,Ram Nath Kovind
Deputy superintendent of police Ayub Pandith who was killed in Srinagar.

J&K: Senior police officer lynched by mob outside Jamia Masjid in Srinagar

A mob in Srinagar lynched a senior police officer during the night, official said on Friday. The body of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandith was recovered on Friday morning from outside the Jamia Masjid in the Nowhatta area of the old city where he was attacked. When hundreds were busy in prayers during the holiest night of the Muslim calendar called the ‘Shab-e-Qadr’ at the largest city mosque, a group of miscreants attacked Pandit at his post. “The officer was on frisking duty at the Jamia Masjid. He was carrying out his duties as usual when the miscreants attacked him,” sources said.

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Kovind to file nomination today; Modi, NDA CMs to be there

NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind will file his nomination papers today in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP-led NDA chief ministers, besides the heads of some other parties supporting his candidature. Besides the NDA’s constituents, which comprise over 48.6 per cent of votes in the electoral college that will elect the next president, regional parties such as the AIADMK, BJD, TRS and JD(U) have announced their support to the Dalit leader, making his win an almost foregone conclusion. BJP President Amit Shah will also be present when Kovind files his papers.

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Opposition’s move to name Meira Kumar as presidential candidate puts Nitish in a spot

The Opposition’s decision to pit Meira Kumar against former Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind may have queered the pitch for chief minister Nitish Kumar who backed Kovind on Wednesday. Nitish’s choice was hinged on the premise that Kovind is the first governor of Bihar to be chosen for the supreme seat and a Dalit. By nominating Kumar the Opposition has presented a logic which Kumar cannot dismiss: That Meira Kumar, the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, who is as accomplished in governance as Kovind and more so a Bihari, was much more worthy of the CM’s support.

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Opinion: Presidential election: BJP’s strategy to divide Dalits receives boost

Has the Opposition walked into the BJP trap by fielding former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar against Ram Nath Kovind? Their presidential candidate is a Jatav and the NDA’s a non-Jatav Dalit. In the recent assembly polls in UP, the saffron party had gained immensely by drawing a wedge between non-Jatavs and the dominant Jatav sub-caste aligned with the Bahujan Samaj Party. The other OBCs and most backward communities were similarly mobilized against the Yadavs broadly committed to the Samajwadi Party…What gave Kovind’s candidature an extra-edge in the BJP’s scheme was the Koli community’s substantial presence in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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ISRO’s PSLV-C38, carrying 31 satellites, lifts off from Sriharikota

ISRO’s workhorse rocket PSLV-38 blasted off on Friday from the spaceport at Sriharikota carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite - a dedicated satellite for the defence forces - along with 30 co-passenger satellites. The total weight of all the satellites carried on-board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is about 955 kg. The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries - Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America besides a Nano satellite from India.

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In ‘prosperous’ Punjab, farmers battle uncertainty, rising costs of production

He owns four acres of land, farms 20 acres more on lease, and has a debt of Rs 10 lakh. Gurmukh Singh, 44, is one of better-to-do farmers of Pandrali, a quiet village in Fatehgarh Sahib district with several newly-built houses, smooth streets and girls on scooters. It’s a picture that could well be captioned ‘prosperous Punjab’. But the genteel façade hides the struggles of the state’s farming community. “I am a farmer, have never done anything else, but it’s not sustainable any longer,” Gurmukh clears his throat. The price of potato, the crop he grew on part of the land he’s leased, has crashed. It means more debt for he has to pay a rent of Rs 40,000 for an acre though his potato crop has fetched him only Rs 25,000.

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Women prisoners in Hyderabad to run petrol pump

K Gopal Reddy is serving a life sentence, but for all practical purposes he is a free man during the day. At the crack of dawn every day, he discards his prison uniform and steps out of Hyderabad’s Chanchalguda jail to work as an attendant at a petrol pump run by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). The success of the project aimed at reforming inmates has now prompted the Telangana jail authorities to open another petrol pump in the city, to be exclusively manned by women inmates.

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Uber knew fired engineer had information about Google’s self-driving car tech

Uber has acknowledged hiring a former Google engineer — now accused of stealing self-driving car technology — despite having received warnings that he was still carrying around some of his former employer’s property. The admission, contained in a Thursday court filing, is the latest twist in a high-profile legal fight between the ride-hailing company and a Google spin-off, Waymo. Both companies are battling to build self-driving cars that could reshape the way people travel.

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Australia cricketers urge ‘emergency mediation’ on pay issue as deadline looms

The Australian players’ union called for “emergency mediation” today with Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland to rescue bitter pay talks before a looming June 30 deadline. The Australian Cricketers’ Association said talks with the governing body, through CA’s lead negotiator Kevin Roberts, had failed to achieve a breakthrough and players were frustrated at the impasse. CA has threatened not to pay contracted players beyond the expiry of their current financial deal at the end of the month if they do not accept a new offer, which includes scrapping revenue-sharing arrangements that have stood for 20 years.

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First Published: Jun 23, 2017 11:24 IST