India: Today’s news in pictures

India news in pictures -- a roundup of today’s news across the country, from two militants linked to the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag that also claimed the life of one Army soldier, to a 43% deficiency in the Indian monsoon so far this year owing to a delay and the impact of cyclonic storm Vayu.

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An Army soldier was killed in a gunfight with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag on Tuesday. Two Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives were also killed. One of them has been identified as Sajjad Bhat, the owner of the vehicle used in the Pulwama terror attack of February 14. Tawseef Ahmed Bhat, who is also linked to the Pulwama attack, was the other militant killed on Tuesday. (Waseem Andrabi / HT File)

An Army soldier was killed in a gunfight with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag on Tuesday. Two Jaish-e-Mohammed operatives were also killed. One of them has been identified as Sajjad Bhat, the owner of the vehicle used in the Pulwama terror attack of February 14. Tawseef Ahmed Bhat, who is also linked to the Pulwama attack, was the other militant killed on Tuesday. (Waseem Andrabi / HT File)

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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was jeered and asked to go back by angry protestors when he visited Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur- the epicenter of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a disease that has killed 133 children, according to unofficial estimates, in Bihar this year. Protestors were upset that the CM’s visit came only after three weeks since the spike in AES cases. (ANI)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was jeered and asked to go back by angry protestors when he visited Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur- the epicenter of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES), a disease that has killed 133 children, according to unofficial estimates, in Bihar this year. Protestors were upset that the CM’s visit came only after three weeks since the spike in AES cases. (ANI)

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Two-time BJP MP Om Birla (C,left) was named NDA’s nominee for Lok Sabha speaker. Once nominated, Birla, who won from Kota-Bundi parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, will easily become the speaker as the NDA has a clear majority in the lower house. A notice has been given to the Lok Sabha Secretariat by the BJP proposing Birla for the post and bringing a motion for his election. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)

Two-time BJP MP Om Birla (C,left) was named NDA’s nominee for Lok Sabha speaker. Once nominated, Birla, who won from Kota-Bundi parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, will easily become the speaker as the NDA has a clear majority in the lower house. A notice has been given to the Lok Sabha Secretariat by the BJP proposing Birla for the post and bringing a motion for his election. (Sonu Mehta / HT Photo)

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Fifteen senior tax officials facing probes in corruption cases were sacked on Tuesday, sending a tough message to bureaucrats taking kickbacks for facilitating tax evasion by companies, a government statement said. Last week, the government had dismissed 12 income tax officials who were mainly facing corruption charges. (Pradeep Gaur / Mint Archive)

Fifteen senior tax officials facing probes in corruption cases were sacked on Tuesday, sending a tough message to bureaucrats taking kickbacks for facilitating tax evasion by companies, a government statement said. Last week, the government had dismissed 12 income tax officials who were mainly facing corruption charges. (Pradeep Gaur / Mint Archive)

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The Supreme Court Tuesday deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter. A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said it will not issue notice (to the Centre) but is keeping the larger issue of protection of doctors open. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

The Supreme Court Tuesday deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals, saying since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter. A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said it will not issue notice (to the Centre) but is keeping the larger issue of protection of doctors open. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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Three-tier security arrangements are being made for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir’s militancy-hit Anantnag district, officials aware of the development said on Monday. “Apart from the Jammu and Kashmir police, CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), Army, BSF (Border Security Force) and SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) will also be deployed,’’ an officer said on condition of anonymity. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Archive)

Three-tier security arrangements are being made for the two-month-long annual pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine in Kashmir’s militancy-hit Anantnag district, officials aware of the development said on Monday. “Apart from the Jammu and Kashmir police, CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), Army, BSF (Border Security Force) and SSB (Sashastra Seema Bal) will also be deployed,’’ an officer said on condition of anonymity. (Waseem Andrabi / HT Archive)

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The Congress on Wednesday named five-time MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha. Chowdhury is the lone Congress MP from Bengal, representing Berhampore since 1999. The party took the decision at a meeting this morning where party chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, were present. (Samir Jana / HT File)

The Congress on Wednesday named five-time MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha. Chowdhury is the lone Congress MP from Bengal, representing Berhampore since 1999. The party took the decision at a meeting this morning where party chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, were present. (Samir Jana / HT File)

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There is a 43% deficiency in monsoon rainfall all over the country as of Monday, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientists. While this is partly because the monsoon arrived after a delay of seven days, on June 8, severe cyclonic storm Vayu that started developing on June 11 disturbed the monsoon flow and affected its normal advancement, they said. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

There is a 43% deficiency in monsoon rainfall all over the country as of Monday, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientists. While this is partly because the monsoon arrived after a delay of seven days, on June 8, severe cyclonic storm Vayu that started developing on June 11 disturbed the monsoon flow and affected its normal advancement, they said. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

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The world’s population will increase to 9.7 billion by 2050, going up by 2 billion from the current 7.7 billion, shows a new United Nations report launched on Monday. India is projected to overtake China as the world’s most populous country in next 8 years, according to the report. (Yogendra Kumar / HT File)

The world’s population will increase to 9.7 billion by 2050, going up by 2 billion from the current 7.7 billion, shows a new United Nations report launched on Monday. India is projected to overtake China as the world’s most populous country in next 8 years, according to the report. (Yogendra Kumar / HT File)

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The large trade deficit with China could become a politically sensitive issue in India if it isn’t addressed, India’s ambassador to China Vikram Misri has said, adding that neither is the shortfall economically sustainable. Balanced trade is likely to be on the top of the agenda when President Xi Jinping visits India later this year, a visit, described by Misri as the “centrepiece” of bilateral ties this year. (Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg File)

The large trade deficit with China could become a politically sensitive issue in India if it isn’t addressed, India’s ambassador to China Vikram Misri has said, adding that neither is the shortfall economically sustainable. Balanced trade is likely to be on the top of the agenda when President Xi Jinping visits India later this year, a visit, described by Misri as the “centrepiece” of bilateral ties this year. (Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg File)

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In a bid to promote Sanskrit, the Uttar Pradesh government will now issue press releases in Sanskrit along with Hindi, English and Urdu. The first press note in Sanskrit was issued by the state government’s Information Department on Monday. Senior officials of the Information Department said important speeches of CM Yogi Adityanath and government information also be released in Sanskrit. (Arijit Sen / HT File)

In a bid to promote Sanskrit, the Uttar Pradesh government will now issue press releases in Sanskrit along with Hindi, English and Urdu. The first press note in Sanskrit was issued by the state government’s Information Department on Monday. Senior officials of the Information Department said important speeches of CM Yogi Adityanath and government information also be released in Sanskrit. (Arijit Sen / HT File)

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