PM Modi to meet Trump on June 26, vigilantes attack truck carrying cows in Rajasthan: Top stories to bring you up to date

A digest of important news stories in the last 24 hours

india Updated: Jun 13, 2017 07:25 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a two-day visit to US and meet President Donald Trump on June 26.(Agencies File Photo)

PM Modi to meet Trump on June 26, truck transporting cows to Tamil Nadu attacked in Rajasthan, Theresa May statement to Tory backbenchers, Israeli intelligence uncovers laptop bombs planned by Islamic State, Pakistan beats Sri Lanka to enter Champions Trophy semis.

Top stories to bring you up to date:

1- PM Modi to hold talks with US President Donald Trump in Washington DC on June 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump will meet for the first time on June 26 during the Indian leader’s two-day visit to the United States, with their discussions expected to set the agenda for strengthening the bilateral strategic partnership. “Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multi-dimensional strategic partnership between India and the US,” the Indian external affairs ministry said in a statement on Monday. The White House said the leaders can be expected to set forth a “common vision” for expanding the US-India “partnership” in an “ambitious and worthy way”.

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2- Vigilantes attack truck taking cows from Rajasthan to Tamil Nadu, block highway

A mob of at least 50 people intercepted five trucks near Rajasthan’s Barmer late on Sunday, attacked drivers and attempted to set fire to the vehicles carrying cows purchased by Tamil Nadu under a project to protect cows. Sunday’s attack on the National Highway-15 in Barmer led to the arrest of four people and the suspension of the seven police officers from the local station for “not taking the matter seriously and arriving late at the scene”. The attackers alleged the cows were being taken illegally when they stopped the trucks and attacked the drivers. When police reached the spot, the mob raised slogans and attacked them with stones.

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3- States will have to find funds for farm loan waivers, says Arun Jaitley

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley hinted on Monday that the central government will not help with money for farm loan waivers, underscoring a major economic challenge for Maharashtra, which promised to write off loans equal to nearly 80% of its fiscal deficit, and for at least four other states facing similar demands. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab have witnessed growing resentment in the agriculture sector where inflation and stagnated incomes have left millions with piling debt.

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4- I got us into this mess, I’ll get us out of it: Theresa May tells Conservatives

Theresa May told Conservative lawmakers on Monday she would serve as Prime Minister as long as they wanted her after a botched election gamble cost the party its majority in parliament and weakened Britain’s hand days before formal Brexit negotiations. May faced her lawmakers at a meeting of the 1922 Committee on Monday. Despite anger at the election, she was cheered briefly at the start of the meeting, Reuters reporters said. “She said ‘I’m the person who got us into this mess and I’m the one who is going to get us out of it,’” one Conservative lawmaker said after the meeting. Lawmakers, who are by tradition not named at such meetings, said that there were no dissenting voices and that the party had no appetite for a leadership election.

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5- Israeli intelligence discovered Islamic State plans for making laptop bombs: Report

Israeli government spies hacked into the operations of Islamic State bombmakers to discover they were developing a laptop computer bomb to blow up a commercial aircraft, the New York Times reported on Monday. The Times said the work by Israeli cyber operators was a rare success of western intelligence against the constantly evolving, encryption-protected and social-media-driven cyber operations of the extremist group.

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6- From ‘caliph’ to fugitive: Islamic State leader Baghdadi’s new life on the run

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is on the brink of losing the two main centres of his ‘caliphate’ but even though he is on the run, it may take years to capture or kill him, officials and experts said. Islamic State fighters are close to defeat in the twin capitals of the group’s territory, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, and officials say Baghdadi is steering clear of both, hiding in thousands of square miles of desert between the two.

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7- Another US appeals court upholds decision blocking Trump’s travel ban

Another US appeals court upheld a decision blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban Monday, dealing the administration another legal defeat as the Supreme Court considers a separate case on the issue. The ruling from a unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said the president violated US immigration law by discriminating against people based on their nationality and by failing to demonstrate that their entry into the country would hurt American interests.

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8- After Navalny arrest, over 900 detained in Russian anti-corruption protests: NGO

Authorities detained Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and more than 900 of his supporters on Monday, as they mounted demonstrations across the nation against government corruption. The protests are the second mass action since March called by Navalny, who has announced his intention to run for president next year and has drawn a new generation to the streets through a relentless online campaign.

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9- Queen’s speech delayed because it has to be printed on goatskin paper, say reports

This time, the British Queen’s speech is going to be delayed because it has to be written on goatskin paper and the ink takes days to dry, media reports said on Monday quoted government sources as saying. Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesperson suggested at a briefing of journalists today that the state opening of parliament, scheduled for June 19, will be pushed back. The Telegraph, quoting government sources have now claimed that the reason for the delay is the amount of time it takes to write the legislative agenda onto special archival paper.

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10- ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan edge past Sri Lanka, enter semi-finals

Sarfraz Ahmed produced a superb captain’s innings following a top-order collapse to see Pakistan cricket team into the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy with a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka cricket team at Cardiff on Monday. Pakistan, chasing a seemingly modest 237 to win, collapsed to 162 for seven. But Sarfraz’s 61 not out and Mohammad Amir’s 28 not out saw Pakistan home with 31 balls to spare after they shared an unbroken eighth-wicket partnership of 75.

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11- Anil Kumble will remain coach for India’s West Indies tour: COA head Vinod Rai

Anil Kumble will remain India’s coach for the tour of the West Indies subject to his acceptance, Committee of Administrators (COA) chairman Vinod Rai said on Monday, insisting that only the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will decide the next head coach. “Coach selection has been entrusted to the CAC which selected Anil Kumble last year for a one-year contract. Now the process has to be followed. But since the process has been delayed, Kumble, subject to his accepting, will be there for the West Indies tour,” Rai told reporters after a meeting of the COA here.

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First Published: Jun 13, 2017 07:22 IST