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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

High Court stays Jat reservation in Haryana

High Court stays Jat reservation in Haryana

26 May 2016 | 1:24 PM

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday stayed the operation of the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act providing reservation to Jats and four other communities in Haryana.

8 hurt in blast in roadways bus at Pipli

8 hurt in blast in roadways bus at Pipli

26 May 2016 | 8:51 PM

KURUKSHETRA: Eight passengers sustained burn injuries in a blast inside a moving Haryana Roadways bus on National Highway-1 at Pipli here this afternoon. The injured were admitted to the civil hospitals of Kurukshetra and Pipli, where there condition was stated to be stable.

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

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

26 May 2016 | 8:51 PM

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for over-expenditure on advertisements marking the completion of the Centre’s two years in office.

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

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

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

Italian marine Girone can go home: SC

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

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

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

Bread makers to stop using controversial chemicals

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

India, China should resolve issues through political acumen: President

26 May 2016 | 1:34 PM

BEIJING: India and China should comprehensively resolve challenges, including the boundary question, through “political acumen” and “civilisational wisdom” so that the coming generations are not “burdened” by unresolved issues, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.

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

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

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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UT moves to regularise houses outside lal dora

UT moves to regularise houses outside lal dora

26 May 2016 | 2:19 AM

CHANDIGARH: Raising hopes of thousands of people living outside the lal dora in villages, the UT Administration has started the process for the regularisation of their houses, built illegally over the years.

NoRanjit Singh Dhadrianwale addresses a gathering at the “bhog” of Bhupinder Singh, who was killed in the May 17 attack, at Khasi Kalan village in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Dhadrianwale seeks CBI probe into attack

27 May 2016 | 1:36 AM

LUDHIANA: Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale here today demanded that the probe into the May 17 attack – in which his aide, Bhupinder Singh Khasi Kalan, was shot dead – should be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), even as he turned down Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh’s proposal for a compromise with Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma.

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Dhumma slams Takht, says SAD appeasing vote bank

27 May 2016 | 1:36 AM

AMRITSAR: Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Dhumma, who is considered close to the Badal family, today openly slammed the state government and Akal Takht for not taking timely action against Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale for his “irresponsible utterances”.

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No law and order problem, concern baseless: CM

27 May 2016 | 1:36 AM

JALANDHAR: The concern expressed by the BJP over the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab in its core committee meeting yesterday has not gone down well with its alliance partner.

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VAT scam: ED seeks details of dealers, bogus firms

27 May 2016 | 1:14 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Enforcement Directorate is preparing to proceed against dealers involved in VAT scam in the state under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, and has sought copies of the FIRs lodged by the Excise and Taxation Department against persons identified to be indulging in tax evasions like fraudulent tax refunds.

Inquiry report indicts HRTC, PWD, cable firm

Inquiry report indicts HRTC, PWD, cable firm

27 May 2016 | 1:12 AM

SHIMLA: The magisterial inquiry ordered into the May 7 Jogindernagar bus accident that killed 12 persons has indicted Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and its driver for overtaking a Delhi-bound tourist bus, PWD and the optical fibre company, which dug up the road with no safety concern for commuters travelling on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar national highway.

Shutdown over Sainik colony issue halts life in Kashmir

Shutdown over Sainik colony issue halts life in Kashmir

27 May 2016 | 1:18 AM

SRINAGAR: Life in the Valley was affected today due a joint shutdown call given by various separatist organisations against the alleged government proposal to set up Sainik colonies and townships for migrant Kashmiri Pandits.

Failures, rows galore in Modi’s rule: Cong

Failures, rows galore in Modi’s rule: Cong

27 May 2016 | 12:41 AM

DEHRADUN/ HARIDWAR: On the completion of two years of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre today, the Congress termed the tenure as one marred by controversies and unfulfilled promises.

G7 for strong message on South China Sea

G7 for strong message on South China Sea

27 May 2016 | 1:43 AM

ISE-SHIMA (JAPAN):Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed on Thursday on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly assertive China is locked in territorial disputes with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations.

Swamy fires fresh salvo against Rajan, Jaitley does not approve

27 May 2016 | 1:12 AM

NEW DELHI:Firing a fresh salvo at RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today levelled six allegations against him, including sending confidential and sensitive financial information around the world, and asked the Prime Minister to sack him immediately.

NoVijender Singh's bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics made boxing a rage in the country. file photo

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27 May 2016 | 1:07 AM

PATIALA: Exactly 10 years ago, almost out of the blue, two boxing superstars emerged from India — Akhil Kumar and Vijender Singh. Akhil won a gold and Vijender a silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Vijender, of course, went on to become the first Indian to win a medal at the Olympic Games two years later.

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Haryana boxer Lather storms into Worlds final

27 May 2016 | 1:06 AM

ASTANA (KAZAKHSTAN): Haryana pugilist Sonia Lather is just one win away from ending India’s six-year long gold medal drought at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship.

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27 May 2016 | 1:06 AM

SYDNEY: Australia are resorting to guided missile technology to help their fast bowlers reclaim the Ashes from England next year.

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