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Morning digest: U.N. Security Council to hold closed-door meeting on Kashmir today, Pehlu Khan’s eldest son vows to fight for justice, and more

A security man stands guard during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar on August 15, 2019.

A security man stands guard during Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar on August 15, 2019.   | Photo Credit: AFP

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UNSC to hold closed-door meeting on Kashmir today

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will meet on August 16 morning to discuss Kashmir (India’s abrogation of Article 370), Poland’s mission to the UN confirmed to The Hindu. The Presidency of the UNSC is currently with Poland.

Pehlu Khan’s eldest son vows to fight for justice till his last breath

More than two years after Pehlu Khan, a Haryana dairy farmer, was beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Alwar, even the thought of watching the video of the incident gives shivers to his son Irshad. But every time it is played out on the television, the 28-year-old feels the renewed resolve to seek justice for his father.

 

Israel bars entry to outspoken US congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Israel said on Thursday that it will bar two Democratic congresswomen from entering the country ahead of a planned visit over their support for a Palestinian-led boycott movement, a decision announced shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted that it would “show great weakness” to allow them in.

 

Supreme Court to hear pleas on Centre’s Jammu and Kashmir moves today

A three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is scheduled to hear on August 16 a petition filed by Anuradha Bhasin, executive editor of Kashmir Times, against the information blackout and restrictions imposed on media freedom during the Centre’s “unilateral” move to impose curfew and divide Jammu and Kashmir “without taking consent from the people”.

No Indian troops killed in LoC firing, says Army

The Army on Thursday denied a Pakistani claim that five Indian soldiers had been killed along with three of its own troops in firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir.

 

Stolen Krishna returns for Gokulashtami

With just a week to go for the festival of Krishna Janmashtami, India on August 15 regained possession of a priceless bronze Navaneetha Krishna, thanks to a rare instance of moral courage by an art collector from London. After U.S. authorities charged Indian antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor with possession of stolen property last June, the London-based connoisseur, who had bought a few artefacts from him, came forward to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), expressing a desire to surrender the pieces. The artefacts were recovered in June this year.

Close shave for many as BJP MP’s son rams car into wall of south Kolkata club

BJP MP Roopa Ganguly’s son, driving allegedly in an inebriated state, rammed his car into the wall of an upscale south Kolkata club on Thursday, with many having a near escape from being hit, police sources said.

Former cricketer VB Chandrasekhar passes away

Former India and Tamil Nadu opener V.B. Chandrasekhar passed away here following a cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was 57. Chandrasekhar, popularly called VB, is survived by wife and two daughters. A hard-hitting opener, he represented India in seven ODIs, with an innings of 53 being his highest score.

 

Ashes: England bowled out for 258, Australia take control on day 2

Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon took three wickets each as Australia bowled out England for 258 and reached 30 for one in reply to take control of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on Thursday.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hails PM Modi’s decision on Article 370

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 could be revoked because entire society showed determination, and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership and “willpower” for taking such a decision.

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