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Yashwant Sinha on Kashmir, Catalonia votes for independence, India regains top spot in ODIs: Top stories

The latest on Yashwant Sinha’s critique of the Modi government, Catalonia’s referendum on splitting from Spain and Indian cricket team’s ODI win.

india Updated: Oct 02, 2017 07:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Yashwant Sinha,Arun Jaitley,Indian Economy
Pro independence supporters play their drums with banner reading, ''Long life working class'', while they walk through the old city in support of the Catalonia's secession referendum, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP)

Alienation of people bothers me the most, India has lost Kashmir valley emotionally: Yashwant Sinha

Having assailed finance minister Arun Jaitley over the “mess” in the economy, BJP veteran leader Yashwant Sinha attacked the government on the Kashmir imbroglio, insisting “India has lost people of the valley emotionally”. In an interview Sinha termed as “exaggerated claims” the success of the various reforms and schemes undertaken by the government like the Mudra Bank. “I am looking at the alienation of the masses of people in Jammu and Kashmir. That is something which bothers me the most. We have lost the people emotionally. You just have to visit the valley to realise that they have lost faith in us,” Sinha said. Read the story here.

Rohit Sharma, Axar Patel flatten Australia as India regain No.1 spot in ODIs

The ease with which India chased down the modest target of 243 set by Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium on Sunday summed up the dominant form Virat Kohli’s side is at the moment, despite the blip in the last game in Bangalore. The Indian bowlers tightened the screws before the top-order did what they do best, led by Rohit Sharma’s racy 125 off 109 balls, to complete a 4-1 series win. Australia skipper Steve Smith turned to seven bowlers to get him a wicket, bringing six of them within the first 12 overs. It indicated how he struggled to implement his plans. Read the story here.

After 30 years of service, retired army officer from Assam branded as a Bangladeshi

A retired army officer was asked to prove his Indian nationality as Assam police branded him a Bangladeshi, an action that reflects the long and contentious conflict over illegal immigrants in the northeastern state. A foreigners tribunal served a notice to Mohammed Azmal Hoque, who retired as a junior commissioned officer (JCO) last year after serving the army for 30 years. The Guwahati-based Hoque maintains that his family is indigenous Assamese and his father’s name is mentioned on the voters list of 1966. His mother’s name was listed in the 1951 national register of citizens.“I have no doubt that I will get justice. But it pains me when my daughter questions me if this is how the country treats those who serve it for so many years,” he said on Sunday. Read the story here.

Dalit man beaten to death for attending garba event in Gujarat, 8 booked

A 21-year-old Dalit man was allegedly beaten to death by a group of men belonging to the upper caste Patel community for attending a garba event in Gujarat’s Anand district in the early hours on Sunday. Jayesh Solanki, cousin Prakash Solanki and two other Dalit men were sitting near a house adjacent to a temple in Bhadrania village when a person made “derogatory remarks about their caste”, police said. The accused said Dalits “do not have any right to watch garba. He made casteist remarks and asked some men to come to the spot”, an officer at the Bhadran police station said.The upper caste men allegedly thrashed the Dalits and banged Jayesh’s head against a wall, the officer said. Read the story here.

‘It takes more than stardom to be successful in politics’: Rajinikanth takes a dig at Kamal Haasan

It is beginning to look all too familiar and a little tiring. Tamil cinema’s superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan on Sunday again talked politics, dropped broad hints about taking the plunge but, like the previous times, stopped short of making the big announcement. On Sunday, the two men next to each other at a government function to inaugurate the Shivaji Ganeshan memorial – Mani Mandapam, honouring an icon of Tamil cinema. They exchanged pleasantries but when they spoke, Rajinikanth took a dig at Haasan. “It takes more than stardom to be successful in politics,” 66-year-old Rajinikanth said. “Kamal knows what is needed, I don’t. Maybe he would have told me that two months back. Now, he tells me to come along with him.” Read the story here.

Rs 1 lakh reward for finding Pak-returned Geeta’s parents: Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj announced a reward of Rs one lakh for helping Geeta, the deaf and mute Indian girl who returned home in 2015 after being stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, in uniting with her parents. In a video appeal on Sunday, Swaraj said there cannot be a better deed than helping a girl find her parents and urged those people, who know about any family which had a mute and deaf girl who went missing around 12 years back, to come forward. “We will give Rs one lakh to anyone who helps Geeta find her parents,” Swaraj said in her appeal. Read the story here.

Rahul Gandhi to go ahead with Amethi visit from October 4

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is likely to go ahead with his proposed visit to Amethi from October 4 to 6, despite the district administration’s request urging the local Congress unit to defer the programme. “Yes, Rahul Gandhi will visit Amethi as per schedule. There is no change in his programme,” said Gandhi’s Lok Sabha representative, Chandrakant Dubey. In a letter to the president of the district Congress committee (Amethi) dated September 30, Amethi district magistrate Yogesh Kumar had urged the party to defer Gandhi’s visit to after October 5, citing that making security arrangements on these dates will cause inconvenience. Read the story here.

Blow for Reliance Communications as wireless unit merger with Aircel collapses

Embattled telecom company Reliance Communications Ltd faced another setback on Sunday after a deal to merge its wireless business with smaller rival Aircel was called off, raising fresh doubts around its debt restructuring plans. The company, widely known as RCom, said it had agreed with Aircel to call off the proposed deal due to regulatory delays and legal uncertainties. RCom has been trying to reduce its debt by 250 billion rupees by merging its wireless business with Aircel and by selling a stake in its mobile masts arm to a unit of Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management. RCom’s net debt stood at 443.45 billion rupees ($6.92 billion) at the end of March. Read the story here.

Join Indian Army for foreign liquor, Ramdas Athawale tells Dalits

Known for courting controversy with his remarks, Union minister for state for social justice and empowerment Ramdas Athawale on Sunday asked Dalit youth to join the Indian Army to get foreign liquor instead of consuming country liquor while unemployed. Speaking to reporters in Pune, Athawale said he would personally make efforts to ensure that Dalits get reservation in the defence forces. “The Army provides good food and liquor. Instead of consuming country liquor while being unemployed, the Dalit youths should join Army where they can get rum,” Athawale said. Read the story here.

Catalonia’s leader says won right to independence, Spain PM rejects referendum

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont said on Sunday the region won the right to break away from Spain after “millions” turned out to vote in an independence referendum banned by Madrid and marred by clashes. However Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the plebiscite had been blocked, saying “today there has not been a self-determination referendum in Catalonia.” At least 92 people were confirmed injured out of a total of 844 who needed medical attention, Catalan authorities said, as police cracked down on a vote Spain’s central government branded a “farce”. Read the story here.

Donald Trump disagrees with Tillerson on negotiating with North Korea

Just a day after the US state department confirmed that it had opened channels of communication with North Korea, President Donald Trump publicly said he told his secretary of state Rex Tillerson to not waste his time trying to negotiate with Pyongyang. “I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump tweeted, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by a derogatory phrase he had coined. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Trump added, ominously. Read the story here.

Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawan return to India squad for Australia T20Is

Indian selectors named veteran left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra in the 15-member squad to play in the three-match Twenty20 International series against Australia.  The selectors named the squad at the end of the ODI series. It also included opener Shikhar Dhawan, who missed the one-dayers to attend to his ailing wife. He returns to the squad with Ajinkya Rahane, who opened with Rohit Sharma in his place, not included in the squad. The selectors have also called up Dinesh Karthik in the side though MS Dhoni has been named as the wicketkeeper. Read the story here.

First Published: Oct 02, 2017 07:42 IST