QBullet: PM Pledges Support to Sri Lanka; India Defeat Aus in WC

1. PM Pledges Support to Lanka’s War on Terror

India and Sri Lanka agreed that terrorism is a threat that calls for collective action by the global community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after meeting President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday, 9 June capping, his four-hour visit, the first by a world leader to the terror-ravaged island nation since the Easter Sunday bombings of 21 April.

Modi arrived from Maldives as part of his first foreign trip after re-election as the Prime Minister, a visit that underlined the Indian government’s “neighbourhood first” policy.

Modi also held talks with PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka, which is key to India’s strategic interests, especially in view of China’s push to expand its influence in the Indian Ocean region.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

2. World Cup 2019: India’s Mammoth Total Proves Too Steep for Australia

At lunch, the Indian fans were belting out the old number “we will, we will rock you”. And beyond the ropes, Sunil Gavaskar, here as a commentator, jived and exhorted the crowd to maintain the tempo. It was that kind of a joyous day as Virat Kohli’s men defeated Australia by 36 runs in a key ICC World Cup clash at the Oval.

Chasing India’s 352 for five that featured Shikhar Dhawan’s 117, Aaron Finch’s men replied with 316.

(Source: The Hindu)

3. WB, Centre Face Off: Home Flags State Law Failure, Angry TMC Hits Out

A day after violence in the Basirhat subdivision of North 24 Parganas claimed the lives of two workers of the BJP and one of the Trinamool Congress, the West Bengal government and the Centre were on a collision course with the Union Home Ministry describing the situation on the ground as “a failure of the law enforcement machinery”, and the Trinamool Congress saying it “will respond appropriately” to this “political conspiracy”.

In an advisory to the West Bengal government, the Ministry of Home Affairs, while expressing “deep concern”, said: “The unabated violence over the past weeks appear to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the state to maintain the rule of law and inspire confidence among people.”

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Amit Shah May Stay BJP Chief till October Polls

Union home minister and BJP president Amit Shah is likely to continue heading the party till the Assembly polls in three states – Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Haryana – are over later this year.

Other than the three BJP-ruled states, elections in Jammu and Kashmir, which is under the President’s rule since December 2018, may also take place by the end of this year. Sources disclosed that both within the BJP and the RSS, there is a growing demand for Shah to continue leading the party till the Assembly polls in these key states are over.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

5. JD(U) to Go Alone in 4 Assembly Elections

The Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United (JD-U) seems to be heading the Shiv Sena's way when it comes to its strained alliance with the BJP. At its national executive meet on Sunday, 9 June, the party decided that it will not be a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) outside Bihar.

Effectively, an NDA partner otherwise, it will only contest the Bihar elections with the BJP and LJP, but will go alone in Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Delhi.

(Source: DNA)

6. ‘Robbers’ Fire at Car Carrying TV Crew on Barapullah

A crew of a private news channel miraculously survived a gun attack on the elevated Barapullah flyway early on Sunday, 9 June, when two men on a bike fired three shots at their car, two of which hit the vehicle. Police suspect it was a robbery or carjacking bid. The assailants are yet to be traced.

The news crew, comprising reporter Siddharth Purohit, cameramen Arvind Kumar and driver Chandra Sen, managed to shake off the attackers and reach a police picket near INA in south Delhi. To their shock, the cops on duty allegedly walked away after hearing their ordeal.

Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik has asked the crime branch to investigate the brazen attack and 12 teams have been constituted to crack the case. The three policemen on picket duty at INA have been suspended for not responding to the situation.

(Source: The Times of India)

7. Kathua Rape and Murder Verdict on Monday

Verdict in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomadic girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua is likely to be delivered on Monday, 10 June, nearly a year after the trial began in a court in Pathankot.

District and sessions judge Tejwinder Singh announced recently that he is likely to deliver the judgment on 10 June.

Defence lawyers completed their final arguments on Monday, followed by a brief concluding statement from the prosecution team, officials said.

(Source: The Tribune)

8. Rahul Gandhi Meets Wayanad Nurse Who First Held Him

Forty-nine years ago, Rajamma Vavathil says, she had been the first person to hold the newborn Rahul Gandhi in her arms at the Delhi hospital where she was then employed as a nurse.

On Sunday, the now 72-year-old met Rahul a second time during the Congress president’s visit to his constituency of Wayanad in Kerala.

“I was at a loss for words when he walked towards me, saying ‘Namaste’. I even forgot to invite him home,” the retired nurse, a Wayanad resident, told The Telegraph. “He is as sweet as he was at birth. I can’t believe my luck.”

(Source: The Telegraph)

9. India to Buy US Missile System to Shield Delhi

India is swiftly moving ahead to acquire the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) from the US, which will be used along with indigenous, Russian and Israeli systems to erect an ambitious multi-layered missile shield over the National Capital Territory of Delhi against aerial threats ranging from drones to ballistic missiles.

Defence ministry sources said the US is likely to send the final draft of the ‘letter of acceptance’ for the sale under its foreign military sales programme, at a cost of over Rs 6,000 crore (almost $1 billion), by July-August. “Several rounds of negotiations, including selection of sites for deployment of missile batteries around Delhi, have taken place. Once the deal is inked, the deliveries will take place in two-four years,” said a source.

(Source: The Times of India)

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