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Yoga Day celebrated, blast in Brussels and 5 possible replacements for Kumble: Top stories to look out for

Yoga Day celebrations in India, Akhilesh and Mulayam differ on Kovind, Mike Pence says Paris deal would have given India, China a free pass, Saudi king upends succession norms and announces son as crown prince. Here are the top stories now

india Updated: Jun 21, 2017 11:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs yoga during the International Yoga Day in Lucknow on Wednesday.(PTI)

Yoga has connected the world with India: PM Modi on International Yoga Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday yoga, akin to its capacity to unite the body, mind and soul, has played a “big role” in binding the world, cutting across linguistic and cultural barriers. Addressing a huge gathering in Lucknow on the occasion of the third International Yoga Day celebrations, he also asserted that the traditional practice has now become part of every person’s life. Donning a white t-shirt and loose trousers, Modi also performed asanas along with over 50,000 yoga enthusiasts braving early morning drizzles.

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Watch Baijal, Kejriwal in sync as 10,000 people join Yoga Day event in Delhi’s CP

Morning showers could not deter Delhiites from joining the Yoga Day celebrations at Connaught Place on Wednesday morning as hundreds gathered here to be part of the event. According to New Delhi Municipal Council, as many as 10,000 people joined Union ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Vijay Goel, Delhi Lieutenant-Govenor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the yoga performance here. NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind was also present at the event. Even the Delhi CM and L-G, who are otherwise at loggerheads over myriad issues, were seen in sync, doing asanas in near perfect harmony.

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Rift in Samajwadi Party over choice of presidential candidate comes to fore

Differences within the Samajwadi Party over the choice of presidential candidate came to the fore with the party’s patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav taking a divergent view on the issue. Akhilesh said his party would take a call on the matter after discussing it with other like-minded parties, including Congress, at a meeting in Delhi on June 22. Differing with his son, Mulayam has endorsed BJP-led NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind, saying it’s a “good choice.”

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Explosion rocks Brussels train station, police shoot suspected bomber dead

Belgian soldiers shot and killed a suspected “terrorist” bomber after an explosion rocked a central Brussels train station Tuesday in the latest attack to hit Europe. Witnesses said the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) before setting off the blast, which triggered a small but intense ball of flames in the station hall. There were no other casualties apart from the suspect, who was confirmed dead by prosecutors hours after the attack. Crying rail passengers fled the station after the explosion, with memories still fresh of last year’s metro and airport suicide attacks in the city.

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Paris deal would have given India and China free pass, cost US 6.5 million jobs: Pence

The Paris climate deal would have given a virtual free pass to India and China and cost American economy more than 6.5 million jobs, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday. “This President put America first not long ago when President Trump made the decision to withdraw the United States of America from the Paris Climate Accord,” Pence said in his remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers 2017 Manufacturing Summit. “You know, one independent study found that the Paris Accord would have actually cost the US economy more than 6.5 million manufacturing jobs in the next 25 years while giving countries like China and India virtually a free pass,” Pence said.

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Saudi king upends royal succession, names son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, placing him firmly as first-in-line to the throne and removing the country’s counterterrorism czar and a figure well-known to Washington from the royal line of succession. In a series of royal decrees carried on the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the monarch stripped Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who had been positioned to inherit the throne, from his title as crown prince and from his powerful position as the country’s interior minister overseeing security. Read the story here. Crown Prince Salman already oversees a vast portfolio as defense minister and head of an economic council tasked with overhauling the country’s economy.

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Republican Karen Handel defeats Democrat Jon Ossef to win Georgia special election

Republican Karen Handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, avoiding an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Incomplete returns show Handel winning almost 53% of the vote over Democrat Jon Ossoff, who won about just over 47% in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. That margin allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what’s being recognized as the most expensive House race in US history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million.

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Anil Kumble resigns: 5 possible replacements

Anil Kumble’s resignation as the Indian cricket team’s head coach has caused a void for the Virat Kohli-led side. The spin great’s statement that his relation with the skipper had become ‘untenable’ has only complicated matters. Nevertheless, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sought applications for the post of the next head coach of the national team nearly a month ago. There are five possible contenders including Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody.

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First Published: Jun 21, 2017 11:35 IST