Daily News Summary – July 3, 2017


Hindi letters in Bengaluru train stations covered with tape

The Bengaluru city on Monday woke up to a rude shock to find Chikpete and Majestic Metro signboards with Hindi letters covered with paper and taped completely. These metro boards are in English, Kannada and along with Hindi but only the parts with national language were covered. The Upparpet police officials got a tip-off that pro-Kannada organisations were planning to enter Chikpete and Kempegowda Metro stations to blacken all signage in Hindi. Some reports also suggest that the police officials have advised the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) to remove signboards with Hindi to prevent any untoward incident. The two stations have been cordoned by police officials, with both the local police and Karnataka Industrial Security Force personnel on guard. A senior official quoted by The Hindu said, “We were requested to provide security by the BMRCL and we have deployed our policemen besides the KISF personnel”.


Government considering proposal for Mughalsarai name change

The Central government is examining a request of the Uttar Pradesh government to rename the Mughalsarai Railway Station after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. “We have received a request for the renaming of the railway station. The request is under process,” a home ministry spokesperson said. The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh had taken the decision in this regard last month. A no objection certificate is required from the home ministry for renaming a railway station. Deendayal Upadhyaya had died under mysterious circumstances at Mughalsarai station while travelling in a train on February 11, 1968. Mughalsarai is one of the busiest stations for trains bound for eastern and northeastern regions. It is the fourth busiest railway junction in India and also contains the largest railway marshaling yard in Asia.


Special welcome by Israeli Prime Minister in Modi’s honor will make every Indian proud

Modi’s three-day Israel visit beginning tomorrow is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries and will also see discussions between him and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to explore ways to enhance cooperation in key strategic areas. The two sides are expected to sign number of agreements in the field of innovation, development, science and technology and space. Modi will be received by Netanyahu at the airport. This is a special gesture only accorded to the Pope or the US president. The Israeli prime minister will also host a dinner for Modi tomorrow. Netanyahu will accompany Modi to most of the events, including the community reception on July 5.  “In the 70 years of the country’s existence, no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength,” Netanyahu had said.


Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India denied consular access again

Pakistan again rejected India’s request for consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer who was sentenced to death for espionage and terrorism by a Pakistani military court in April 2017. His mercy petition is pending with Pakistani Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. India denied the charges made out against Jadhav, and moved the International Court of Justice against the conviction and got a stay on the execution. Pakistan insists that the reprieve is temporary. India’s External Affairs Ministry again requested for consular access to Jadhav when both countries exchanged lists of prisoners under a 2008 agreement.


Fierce gunbattle underway in Pulwama; one terrorist killed

A fierce gunbattle is currently underway in the Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district’s Bamnoo area since Monday morning. According to reports, a terrorist has been gunned down in the ongoing encounter by the security forces, while two have been trapped. The slain terrorist has been identified as Kifayat.  All efforts are on to smoke them out. The security forces began the operation following a tip off about the presence of a group of terrorists in the area. The Special Operations Group (SOG) and 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) is involved in the search and combing operation in the area. Yesterday, the security officials in a joint operation began to cordon off Pulwama’s Malangpora area in search of terrorist. Army, local police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) began search operation in to nab terrorists trapped in the area.


Khalistan hoardings in Punjab

The Khalistan hoardings, which have come up at various locations across Punjab, talk of “Freedom” and a “Punjab Independence Referendum” in 2020. The hoardings also prominently carry the photograph of militant-separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who was killed in the Army’s ‘Operation Bluestar’ action inside the Golden Temple complex in Amritsar in June 1984. The hoardings have been put up at prominent locations in Rajpura in Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s home district Patiala, Barnala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Rupnagar (Ropar) in Punjab. Neither the state government nor the district authorities or police have taken any action on the matter even though the hoardings have been around for three to four days. The BJP had on Sunday demanded that the provocative hoardings should be removed by the Punjab government immediately.


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