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Mansarovar yatra hits Chinese wall

BEIJING: China on Tuesday lodged protests in Beijing and New Delhi against Indian soldiers’ “trespassing” into its territory and indicated the Mansarovar Yatra would remain suspended till India “withdrew” its troops.

The ministry of foreign affairs made it clear it would leverage the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, a major confidence-building measure between the two neighbours, in the standoff along the Line of Actual Control in Sikkim.

In a late-night statement, China cited an 1890 treaty signed between the British-Indian government and the then ruling Chinese Qing dynasty on Sikkim to say India was violating rules established 127 years ago.

The statement by the ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) said according to the treaty, the border region contested by India is located on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

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source : Hindustan Times

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Have better options than surgical strikes: Rawat

NEW DELHI: India has more effective options than surgical strikes to deal with Pakistan, chief of army staff General Bipin Rawat told HT in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

“Pakistan thinks it is fighting an easy war that’s paying them dividends, but we have options (other than surgical strikes) that are far more impactful and effective. Our army is not barbaric. I don’t want to (collect) heads because we are a disciplined force,” he said, referring to the decapitation and mutilation of two Indian soldiers on May 1.

The army chief was circumspect about the United States designating Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist. “I will wait and watch to see if Pakistan truly reins him in, because he was issuing a calendar of protests on the very day he was designated,” he said.

Rawat also alluded to the fact that while there was an official bounty on the head of Lashkar-eTaiba founder Hafiz Saeed, it did not lead to any crackdown on the militant leader or his outfit.

On holding peace talks with Kashmiri leaders, Rawat was categorical that “dialogue can happen only when there is peace”. “The army has a job to do. We have to ensure that peace returns. I’ll hold talks with a person who assures me that my convoy will not be hit. The day that happens, I will personally hold a dialogue,” he told HT, sitting at the army headquarters in Delhi.

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Massive cyberattack targets Europe, US; India not affected

MOSCOW/KIEV: A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia’s biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and other multinational firms.

Cyber security experts said those behind the attack, dubbed GoldenEye, appeared to have exploited the same tool used in the WannaCry hack. India’s cyber security agency chief Sanjay Bahl said the country had not been affected.

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source: Hindustan Times

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Heat on Pak as Trump, Modi pledge to fight terror together

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump pushed Pakistan to ensure its territory was not used for attacks against other nations, a blunt indictment of Islamabad that signalled a new impetus in the two countries’ resolve to fight terrorism.

In another important nod to India’s concerns over China’s One Belt One Road project, Washington agreed that any infrastructure for regional connectivity must ensure “respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

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You will soon have to pay more to park at Connaught Place

NEW DELHI: You will soon have to pay more to park at Connaught Place beyond a period of five hours.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has decided to remove the current upper cap of ~100 on parking charges, effecting a steep hike in the rates.

Currently, people pay ~20 per hour for the first five hours and a flat rate of ~100 for any period beyond that. According to the council’s new plan, people will pay ~20 for every extra hour even beyond the five-hour limit.

“We will soon implement this in Connaught Place as part of the smart parking initiative. There will be no cap on the parking charges. People will have to pay up ~20 for every extra hour even beyond the five-hour limit. Earlier, even if anyone parked for 2-3 days, they paid only ~100,” a senior NDMC official said.

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Laws set for a rejig as govt readies new policy for women

NEW DELHI: The government should change laws to ensure time-bound disposal of matrimonial disputes, make education free for girls of poor families and provide better facilities for working women, a final draft of the National Policy for Women has suggested.

The Union women and child development ministry has sent the proposed policy to the Cabinet for approval. The new policy will guide government action on improving the lot of women over the next 15-20 years.

The proposed policy takes into account suggestions made by a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in May. Proposals from an earlier draft that have been retained included lower income tax for single women, mandatory registration of marriages and greater participation of women in work force.

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Hizb’s Salahuddin gets US terror tag

WASHINGTON: The US designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahudddin a global terrorist just hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meetings with the American president on Monday and there was “strong focus” on counter-terrorism in the Indian leader’s meetings with Trump administration officials.

India welcomed the designation, saying it “vindicated” its long-standing position that crossborder terrorism perpetrated from outfits based in Pakistan was behind disturbances in Kashmir . It also “underlines also quite strongly the fact that both India and United States face the same threat of terrorism”, ministry of external affairs spokesman Gopal Bagley told reporters.

He said there was a “strong focus” on counter-terrorism in the meeting Modi had with secretaries of state and defense Rex Tillerson and James Mattis ahead of the meeting with President Donald Trump.

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CHINESE ARMY BLAMES INDIA AS TROOPS FACE OFF IN SIKKIM

BEIJING: The Chinese army accused on Monday the Indian military of provoking tension along the Line of Actual Control in Sikkim, where the two sides were reportedly involved in a tense confrontation earlier this month.

Indian and Chinese troops scuffled near the Doka La area in the first week of June, PTI reported earlier in the day quoting unnamed sources, before soldiers from People’s Liberation Army (PLA) damaged bunkers on the Indian side.

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US Supreme Court agrees to hear Trump travel ban case

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries, before examining the case in full this autumn.

Trump hailed the decision as a victory for national security. “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” he said in a White House statement.

“It allows the travel suspension for the six terror-prone countries and the refugee suspension to become largely effective. As president, I cannot allow people into our country who want to do us harm.”

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HDFC Life, Max carve out new structure for merger

MUMBAI: HDFC Life Insurance Co Ltd and Max Life Insurance Co Ltd have carved out a new structure for their proposed merger after the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India rejected the original threestep union, said two people with knowledge of the discussions.

The two companies have decided to extend the deadline for completing the merger, they said, declining to be identified citing the sensitivity of the discussions. Meanwhile, HDFC Life has also informally asked its bankers to start preparing for an initial public offering.

The deadline for the original merger plan expires on June 30. HDFC Life and Max spokespersons did not respond to emails seeking comment.

The first step of the original plan involved the merger of Max Life with Max Financial Services. However, Section 35 of the Insurance Act prohibits the merger of an insurance company with a non-insurance company. The new structure is much simpler, the people cited above said.

“The new structure is something that satisfies Section 35 of the insurance norms, is in compliance with Sebi rules and in accordance with existing taxation norms. We can’t share anything more at this stage. Once a decision on the merger (under the new structure) is taken, we will inform the exchanges and will be in a better position to explain the new route planned for the merger,” said the first of the two people cited earlier.

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