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India – China soothing relationship : Dalai Lama’s thanks to India rally cancelled

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India – China soothing relationship : Dalai Lama’s thanks to India rally cancelled

Since 1959, the Tibetan spiritual leader lives in Dharamsala, where his supporters run a small government in exile while campaigning peacefully for Tibet’s autonomy. Earlier this month, India had banned the rally celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the failed uprising against Chinese rule. This decision from the Indian government had been interpreted as a cold shoulder towards the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama and followers face new tensions as India eases diplomatic relationship with China. This Thursday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang, declared that India and China are marking a new era in the Sino-Indo diplomatic relationship. Both parties have settled the post-Dokalam issues and have decided to start anew.

However, this relationship lies upon specific conditions. For instance, Lu Kang had addressed China’s interest in the cancellation of Dalai Lama’s events in India. This step threatens the Dalai Lama and his followers, who had been sheltered in India since a Chinese crackdown on Tibetans 60 years ago.

Since 2017, India and China had faced huge tensions concerning the Dokolam issue, lashing each other over the disputed Sikkim sector. As a consequence, this confrontation between the two giant Asian blocks, had severely undermined security, development and trade expansion.

Narendra Modi has now decided to reverse the situation and to scratch China’s back. In the hope that siding by China over the Dalai Lama concerns will enable a better co-operation, Modi’s government has expressed his willingness to set 2017 events behind and avoid disputes.

 

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Kerala woman allegedly killed her Parents, for objecting to her “Lifestyle”

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Kerala woman allegedly killed her Parents, for objecting to her “Lifestyle”

A woman was arrested in Kerala’s Kannur on Tuesday night after she confessed of killing her parents and her nine-year-old daughter by poisoning them in a gap of four months this year. Police cracked the crime after a 13-hour-long questioning of Soumya.

Soumya was taken for questioning when she was convalescing at a state run hospital near Kannur after being admitted for nausea and indigestion incidentally the same symptoms that her parents and her elder daughter suffered before they died.

While her mother died on March 7, her father on April 13, her daughter died on January 31. However, following a complaint from a relative, the body of the child was exhumed after rat poison was found in the viscera of her parents.

 

 

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Is India running out of cash again?

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Is India running out of cash again?

This week, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, a farmer pawned his wife’s jewellery to a moneylender to raise money for his daughter’s wedding. He said he had been visiting the bank for two days to pick up his money, but had been turned away because they had run out of cash.

It brings back fears of the chaotic scenes across India after Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP government’s November 2016 ban on high-value currency notes, which then accounted for 86% of the cash in circulation. Mr Modi had said the move was a shock government crackdown on illegal cash.

Why is there a sudden cash squeeze in at least five states, home to more than 300 million people?

For once, as the finance ministry says, there has been an “unusual surge” in the demand for cash since February. In the first 13 days of April itself, currency in circulation had leapt by $7bn, mostly in the states hit hardest by the shortage. Some officials believe people could be hoarding cash, but it is not entirely clear why.

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Asaram Bapu: Indian guru convicted of rape

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Asaram Bapu: Indian guru convicted of rape

An Indian spiritual guru who claims to have millions of followers worldwide has been found guilty of rape. Asaram was arrested in 2013 after a case of sexual assault was filed against him by two of his followers who alleged that he had assaulted their daughter.
A court in the northern city of Jodhpur ruled that Asaram Bapu, 77, raped a 16-year-old girl in 2013 at his ashram there. He is likely to appeal the verdict in a higher court. The guru, 77, has 400 ashrams around the world where he teaches meditation and yoga. He is also standing trial in another rape case in Gujarat state.

The court is expected to announce his sentence later in the day.

Utsav Bains, the victim’s lawyer, told NDTV that he was expecting the court to give Asaram a life sentence. “But nothing can compensate for the trauma that the victim and the family have gone through,” he said.

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