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UK grieves for Manchester, army releases video of attack on Pakistani posts: Top stories to bring you up to date

UK grieves for Manchester, Indian army releases video of attack on Pakistani posts, pilgrims from Indore killed in Uttarkashi and Canada denies entry to CRPF officer: Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 24, 2017 07:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Manchester attack,Indian army,Pakistani posts
A woman holds a placard as she takes part in a vigil in central Manchester.(Reuters Photo)

Top stories to bring you up to date.

1) For Manchester attack survivors, it was meant to be a dream, not a nightmare

Lisa Conway, 49, had secretly bought concert tickets a month earlier and booked a room at the nearby Park Inn Hotel. It was a surprise for her 14-year-old daughter, whose favorite artist was Ms. Grande. Mother, daughter, father and son came down from Glasgow, but the father and son skipped the show for a night on the town. The concert was a bonding trip, one of those markers of adolescence, and a small, tentative step into the adult world. Then, with the arena still tingling with the exhilaration of the music, came the explosion. “How can I explain any of this to a 14-year-old? She hasn’t said a word since she woke up from two hours’ sleep,” Conway says.

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2) Army says destroyed Pakistan border posts along LoC, releases video of ‘punitive’ firing

The Indian army said on Tuesday it has attacked and destroyed Pakistani posts along their de-facto border as part of counter-insurgency operations to stop militants from crossing into India. In a rare move, the army also released what it said was a video of the military action that showed heavy artillery blasting temporary bunkers and shelters on a tree-covered mountain. The video was shot in Jammu’s Naushera sector on May 9, army officials told HT, a little over a week after the beheading of two Indian soldiers by a Pakistan army team. Pakistan military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor called the Indian claim “false” and issued a video which he claimed showed its army shelling Indian positions after an “unprovoked ceasefire violation” on May 13.

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3) Board exam results 2017: HC directs CBSE to continue with its grace marks policy

The Delhi high court on Tuesday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to implement its moderation policy, which allows the provision of grace marks to students for difficult questions, for the time being. In April, many students awaiting the Class 10 and 12 exam results were taken aback by a decision by the board to scrap its moderation policy with immediate effect. They feared a dip in percentage if no grace marks were awarded for difficult questions.

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4) 23 pilgrims from Indore killed in bus accident at Uttarkashi

At least 23 pilgrims from Indore district of Madhya Pradesh were killed when the bus they were travelling in fell into the Bhagirathi river at Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand on Tuesday evening, officials said. According to sources, the pilgrims had gone to Dehradun by train and were on their way to Kedarnath by bus from Gangotri when the accident occurred around 7pm near Nalupani, around 11 km from Dharasu.

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5) Twitter suspends singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account after offensive tweets

Twitter on Tuesday suspended singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account after he posted a string of “offensive” tweets, especially against women. The move by the microblogging site came after social media users accused the 58-year-old singer of using “inappropriate” and “insulting” language. “Account Suspended: This account has been suspended...,” stated the message from Twitter on his handle. On May 22, Abhijeet spewed venom at some women Twitter users, including JNU student-activist Shehla Rashid, which prompted some of the netizens to lodge a complaint with Twitter.

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6) Major in Kashmir human shield row says he did it to save local people

An army major facing criticism for using a Kashmiri man as a human shield defended the act on Tuesday, saying the act saved the lives of 12 people from a mob allegedly armed with stones and petrol bombs. The first public comments by major Leetul Gogoi since the incident on April 9 came a day after he was awarded by the army chief for “sustained efforts” in counter-insurgency operations.

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7) Sukhoi-30 fighter jet with two pilots goes missing near Assam’s Tezpur

An Indian Air Force Su-30 fighter plane is missing after it lost radio contact 60km north of Tezpur in Assam. The Russia-made fighter jet, with two pilots on board, took off from Salonibari in Assam at 10.30am on Tuesday. IAF, army have called off the search for the missing jet. The search was called off due to poor light. The search, a defence spokesperson said, will resume on Wednesday morning.

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8) Canada denies entry to retired CRPF officer over ‘rights abuse’, India takes up matter with Canadian govt

Relations between India and Canada could take another hit as a retired senior CRPF officer was denied entry at Vancouver airport, partly because immigration authorities deemed him to have served a government that engages in “terrorism, systematic or gross human rights violations, or genocide”. Tejinder Singh Dhillon, who retired with the rank of inspector general of police from the Central Reserve Police Force in 2010, was declared inadmissible under a subsection of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act last week. India said on Tuesday that it has taken up the matter with the government of Canada.

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9) Yashwant Sinha-led group calls for Ramzan ‘truce’ in Kashmir

A group of Indian citizens led by former Union minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has appealed to militants and stone pelters in Jammu and Kashmir to desist from violence during Ramzan. The Concerned Citizens Group, in a statement, also appealed to the Centre and the PDP-BJP government in the state to take the lead and declare that security forces will respond only in cases of extreme provocation and in self-defence. “Let there be no violence in Kashmir during Ramzan,” said the signatories to the statement including Salman Haidar, JF Ribeiro, Wajahat Habibullah, AS Dulat, Nirupama Rao, Aruna Roy, Syeda Hameed, Manish Tewari, Ramachandra Guha, Prem Shankar Jha, Shekhar Gupta, and Bharat Bhushan.

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10) Lalu may be in trouble after arrest of CA linked to daughter Misha Bharti

The arrest of a chartered accountant allegedly linked to a private firm owned by Misha Bharti, daughter of Lalu Prasad, could spell further trouble for the RJD chief who is facing a slew of allegations of graft. The enforcement directorate (ED) on Monday arrested the CA, Rajesh Kumar Agrawal on charges of aiding Mishail Packers in laundering money through Jain brothers who were arrested in March. Agency sources said that the ED has communicated to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) about a list of assets owned by the former railway minister’s family.

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First Published: May 24, 2017 07:16 IST