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Indians attacked in Congo after murder of Congolese student in DelhiExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. — Tribune file photo

Indians attacked in Congo after murder of Congolese student in Delhi

Congo’s deputy foreign minister asks countrymen not to take revenge26 May 2016 | 8:50 PM

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said some shops of Indians in Congo were attacked and some Indians have been injured, possibly in reaction to murder of a Congolese student in Delhi on May 20.

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New Delhi, May 26

The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said some shops of Indians in Congo were attacked and some Indians have been injured, possibly in reaction to murder of a Congolese student in Delhi on May 20.

“Our Embassy in Congo is in touch with local authorities and as of now things have calmed down,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop said, adding India's relations with Congo go back many years.

The MEA said thousands of African students continue to benefit from the Indian education system and “we will ensure full safety to them”.

As per www.digitalcongo.net, Congo’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Antoine Boyamba Okombo appealed to his countrymen no to attack the Indians who chose Congo as their second homeland.

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Okombo also expressed his government’s concern with Indian Ambassador to Congo, SK Ashok Warrier following the murder Congolese student in New Delhi.

The deputy minister called the Congolese not to take revenge. “I run a message to our countrymen not to plunder homes and shops of Indians because those who live with us have nothing to do with what happened in New Delhi,” he was quoted as saying by digitalcongo.net.

“Our country is at a turning point, we must keep our heads and do not make acts of savagery. If we plunder Indian stores, many compatriots who work with them will become unemployed,” he warned.

Govt reaches out to African countries

Earlier, the Indian government decided that Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh (retd) would be meeting the African Heads of Missions every three months.

Singh, who met the Dean and a few representatives of African HOMs yesterday, strongly condemned the murder of the African student and assured them strongest legal action would be taken against the accused, sources said.

Sources added that both Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Verma are pursuing the matter.

It has also been decided that the Minister of State for External Affairs will also do an outreach event with the African students along with Embassies concerned to reassure them of safety.

The MEA, in a statement, said Swaraj was personally monitoring the matter.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier said has asked her colleague in the MEA to meet the heads of missions of African countries in the national capital and assure them of the government's commitment to safety and security of African nationals in India.

On May 21, the Delhi Police detained one person in connection with the murder case. Masonda Ketada Olivier (23) was on his way home when he got into an argument with three to four persons. The argument later led to a fight after which the African youth was chased and beaten with sticks and stones.

He was then rushed to a nearby private hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

The police have launched a probe into the matter and are trying to ascertain whether the attack was racially motivated, a fight turning ugly, a robbery attempt or a case of personal enmity.

The cops are also looking for any CCTV footage that might have recorded this brutal act. — Agencies

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26 May 2016 | 1:24 PM

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26 May 2016 | 8:51 PM

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Rs 1,000 cr on Modi ads, says Kejriwal; 2 years of disappointment, says Cong

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26 May 2016 | 8:51 PM

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Govt doctors retirement age to be raised to 65: PM Modi

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26 May 2016 | 8:51 PM

SAHARANPUR: Citing shortage of doctors, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced raising the age of retirement of government doctors to 65 years and said the Union Cabinet will give its nod to the decision this week.

Italian marine Girone can go home: SC

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26 May 2016 | 8:51 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday let Italian marine Salvatore Girone go home and stay there till further order. Girone and fellow Italian marine Massimilano Latorre are facing charges of killing two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast in February 2012.

White House race: Trump reaches magic number to secure Republican nomination

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26 May 2016 | 9:15 PM

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president today, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

Bread makers to stop using controversial chemicals

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26 May 2016 | 9:37 PM

NEW DELHI: Facing allegation about presence of carcinogenic chemicals in their products, a bread manufacturers' body today said they will stop using controversial potassium bromate and potassium iodate as additives from Thursday night.

Nirbhaya fund only lip service if funds remain unutilised: SC

Nirbhaya fund only lip service if funds remain unutilised: SC

26 May 2016 | 4:09 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said the Rs 2,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund meant for payment of compensation to victims of rape and other forms of sexual abuse would remain a “lip service” unless it was put to use effectively.

India, China should resolve issues through political acumen: President

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26 May 2016 | 1:34 PM

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India could lose $49 bn in GDP by global food price shock: UN

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26 May 2016 | 1:02 PM

UNITED NATIONS: India could lose $49 billion in GDP if global food prices double in future, according to a new UN report, which said the world will likely suffer from more volatile food prices due to rising population.


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26 May 2016 | 9:57 PM

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26 May 2016 | 2:19 AM

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NoDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira at the Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale’s headquarters, Gurdwara Parmeshwar Dwar, in Sekhupura village near Patiala on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Kejriwal meets Dhadrianwale, draws flak

26 May 2016 | 1:33 AM

PATIALA: Amid heavy security arrangements, Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today met Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale at Gurdwara Parmeshwardwar here today.

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26 May 2016 | 4:39 PM

BATHINDA: An alleged liquor smuggler was killed in an encounter with the police near Jeeda village on the Bathinda-Kotkapura road on Wednesday night, police sources said.

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26 May 2016 | 7:09 PM

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26 May 2016 | 9:37 PM

SRINAGAR: The Army on Thursday said an infiltration bid was foiled in north Kashmir’s Nowgam sector killing two militants. This is the first infiltration bid along the Nowgam sector this year that has been foiled by Army.

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26 May 2016 | 12:58 AM

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26 May 2016 | 4:30 PM

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26 May 2016 | 3:14 PM

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