Daily News Summary – August 29, 2017


‘Jagan Baba’ has criminal mindset like Gurmeet Ram Rahim, says Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu

Launching a scathing attack on Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday likened the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh who has been given 20-year sentence for raping two of his female disciples. Naidu alleged that Jagan has a destructive and criminal mindset and accused him of causing a lot of harm to the society. “He is Dera baba and our man here is Jagan Baba. He has a destructive and criminal mindset,” Chandrababu said at a press conference at the Secretariat on Monday evening.


ITBP makes Mandarin language compulsory for new recruits

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has decided to it compulsory for the new recruits in the division to learn both version of Chinese language – Mandarin and the one that is spoken in Tibet region. The decision was taken by the officials following the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops. As per a report, only 150 officers of the total 90,000 strong force that guards the India-China border are well-versed with the language. According to sources, with the development, the ITBP is planning to train the entire force to be well-versed with it so that they can communicate with Chinese troops with ease.


200 Indian students stranded in Houston floods: Sushma

Two hundred Indian students of the University of Houston have been marooned in floods in the wake of tropical storm Harvey causing heavy rains and flooding in America`s fourth largest city. Two Indian students are in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a hospital, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday. “@CGHoust has informed me that 200 Indian students at University of Houston are marooned. They are surrounded by neck-deep water,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted. “We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations,” she said.


Illegal immigrants will have to go: Rijiju on Rohingyas

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said that people illegally staying in India will have to go, including the Rohingyas. “Anyone who is staying in India illegally has to go away. There is a proper process for deportation,” Rijiju said. The government is preparing to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar. Around 16,500 of these refugees are registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), that has issued them identity cards. “What I said in Parliament is based on position of law. It is wrong to demonise India. India has accepted the largest number of refugees in the world. So whether it is UNHCR or any other organisation, they have no right to criticise our government,” Rijiju said after the government drew flak from human rights advocacy groups and others for its proposed move.


Self-styled godman Rampal acquitted in two criminal cases

A Hisar court today acquitted self-styled godman Rampal in connection with two criminal cases registered against him, citing lack of evidence. Judicial Magistrate, Hisar, Mukesh Kumar pronounced the verdict, acquitting Rampal, head of Satlok Ashram, Barwala and his followers here. Rampal was arrested after a tense standoff between some his supporters and the police after close to 15,000 of his followers were evacuated from the sprawling ashram premises in 2014. The standoff had then turned violent, resulting into the death of five persons. Rampal had resisted a police operation for his arrest on the Punjab and Haryana court orders. He had even refused to appear in the High court to reply to charges like contempt of court. He had holed himself up inside his ashram in Barwala, Hisar.


UNGA president-elect meets PM Modi, discusses terror, UN reform

President-elect of the UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Monday and discussed the need for stronger UN action on major global challenges, including terrorism, and the reform of the global body. PM Modi also congratulated Lajcak on his election to the post of President of the 72nd session of the UNGA, a PMO release said. Lajcak, who is Slovakia’s Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, shared his priorities for the upcoming UNGA and PM Modi assured him of India’s full and constructive cooperation in discharging his new responsibilities.


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