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Trump’s tweets anger UK after London Underground train attack, driving licenses to be linked to Aadhaar, Sehwag on India’s coaching job: Top stories

Trump took to Twitter to condemn an attack on a packed London Underground train that injured 22 people, The blast in a white canister at Parson Green Station in south-west London caused burn injuries to some passengers, China warned third parties against meddling in its boundary dispute with India, the central government will soon introduce linking of Aadhaar with driving licences.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2017 07:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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An injured woman is led away after an incident at Parsons Green underground station in London, Britain, September 15, 2017. (REUTERS)

‘Must be proactive’: How Trump’s tweets angered Britain after London attack, drew PM May’s rebuke

President Donald Trump sparked fury in London after he claimed “loser terrorists” behind a botched London train attack were known to British police. Trump took to Twitter to condemn an attack on a packed London Underground train that injured 22 people, but also appeared to suggest the UK authorities had dropped the ball. That electronic broadside brought a terse public response from May, who warned the US president and others not to speculate. “I never think it’s helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation,” May told journalists in London. Read the story here.

London attack: Eyewitnesses say lots of screaming, people covered in blood

Scotland Yard declared an explosion on the arterial District Line of London’s Tube network on Friday as a terror incident, which injured several passengers and hit morning rush hour, reminding some of the panic caused by the July 2005 attacks. The blast in a white canister at Parson Green Station in south-west London caused burn injuries to some passengers. Eyewitness Sham told BBC: “At first I thought they were in a bit of a rush or whatever but actually looked and the whole staircase was full of people. There were people on the floor, all like toppling over each other just trying to get out as quickly as they could and there were loads of people crying and shaking”. Read the story here.

China reacts to India-Japan cooperation in northeast, says no room for ‘third party’

China on Friday warned third parties against meddling in its boundary dispute with India, specifically mentioning the Arunachal Pradesh sector in an apparent response to Indo-Japanese plans to invest in infrastructure projects in the northeastern states. A joint statement issued on Thursday following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe announced the setting up of the Act East Forum and referred to plans to take up infrastructure projects such as road connectivity and electricity in India’s northeastern states. Read the story here.

Pehlu Khan’s family wants Supreme Court to order fresh murder probe

Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan’s family wants the case on his murder shifted out of the Rajasthan after six accused named by Khan got clean chit from the state police. The family’s quest for justice has now brought them to the national capital. Khan’s eldest son Irshad told reporters here on Friday that they have no faith felt in the CID, Crime Branch of the Rajasthan police and wants the Supreme Court to order a fresh probe into the ruthless murder of his father. “People who are accused are threatening us regularly. We are living in a miserable situation. The local Police are not helping us,” Irshad said as his mother Jebuna looked on in despair. Read the story here.

After PAN, driving licences to be linked with Aadhaar: Union minister RS Prasad

In a bid to check the menace of multiple driving licences being issued to individuals, the central government will soon introduce linking of Aadhaar with driving licences, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Friday. The Minister for Electronics and Information Technology said that after linking PAN with Aadhaar, the government would now link Aadhaar with driving licences. Speaking at the “Haryana Digital Summit-2017” here, Prasad said: “I have already had a word with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in this regard and the process to link Aadhaar with driving licences would be set in motion soon. Aadhaar is a safe and secure tool for good governance and empowerment.” Read the story here.

CBI to probe Ryan school murder, Haryana takes over management for 3 months

The investigation into the murder of an eight-year-old student in Gurgaon’s Ryan International School will be handed to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday after meeting the victim’s family. “The victim’s parents have been demanding CBI inquiry into the incident and in view of this we have decided to recommend a CBI investigation. A letter in this regard will be sent to the Union government for required action”, said Khattar, who also assured the family that everything would be done to ensure justice. On Friday, Khattar said the government will take control of the school for three months. Read the story here.

Mamata govt backtracks, says Durga immersion till 10pm on Dashami is okay

The West Bengal government on Friday told the Calcutta High Court that it would allow immersion of Durga idols till 10 pm on Bijoya Dashami, extending the time by four hours from the deadline earlier announced by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. The government issued a fresh order saying there was “typographical error” in the earlier one. The original order had raised the hackles of the BJP, Vishva Hindu Parishad and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which accused the government of interfering with the rights of Hindus to appease Muslims since Muharram will be observed on October 1, a day after Dashami, the last day of Durga Puja. Read the story here.

Congress to launch nationwide agitation against high tax on petrol

The Congress said on Friday it would launch a nationwide agitation against the “draconian” increase in central excise duty on petrol and diesel, alleging it has led to a steep hike in their prices. Accusing the BJP government of “looting” the common people and “profiteering” at their expense, Congress’s senior spokesperson Ajay Maken said the party would continue its fight “until this draconian taxation regime is withdrawn”. He claimed that in every 100 rupees of petrol, Rs 51.78 was in taxes and Rs 44.40 for diesel. He demanded a white paper on taxes imposed on fuels and the gains made by the government, and said the party would agitate across the country. Read the story here.

The curious case of the ‘missing’ Pakistan International Airlines jet

Pakistan’s state-run airline is no stranger to controversies, the latest being the case of a “missing” wide-body aircraft that was raised in Parliament. When a lawmaker from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement raised the issue in the Senate on Tuesday, parliamentary affairs minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmad claimed the Pakistan International Airlines jet was lost from the carrier’s books and there was no clue as to its whereabouts. Tahir Mashhadi, the MQM lawmaker who raised the issue, said he had learnt a Boeing aircraft was missing. Ahmad too said the plane was “missing” and added: “We have formed a committee to probe the matter but it has not found any clue so far.” Read the story here.

Virender Sehwag ‘blames’ Virat Kohli, says why Shastri beat him to coach job

Former Indian cricket team player Virender Sehwag has taken a dig at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the current head coach Ravi Shastri. Sehwag said he was not picked for the coaching job because he ‘did not have any setting’ in the BCCI. Virender Sehwag also pointed fingers at Virat Kohli’s stance in the whole affair. According to Sehwag, the Indian cricket team captain had asked him to ‘go for it’ (apply for the coaching job) – after he heard that Ravi Shastri would not apply for the job. When asked why he did not get the India coaching job, Sehwag indirectly pointed at Shastri and said, “See, I didn’t have any setting”. Read the story here.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 07:22 IST