QBullet: Manipur Ambush, Maggi Withdrawal, Jammu Curfew and More

Here’s a look at the news and views across the papers this morning on #QBullet

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Army personnel in Manipur where a convoy of four trucks carrying 46 soldiers was ambushed by terrorists. (Photo: PTI)

1. Manipur ambush: 18 army men killed, 11 injured; PM says ‘mindlesss attack very distressing’

In the biggest militant attack on the army in recent years, at least 18 soldiers were killed and another 11 injured when they were ambushed Thursday morning in the Moltuk valley of Chandel district in Manipur, The Indian Express reports.

I share in the grief of those who have died
G Gaikhangam, Manipur Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister

Read the full story here.

2. Nestle Withdraws Maggi!

Maggi noodles will be taken off shelves until “the current situation is clarified”, Nestle India said in a statement, coming under pressure after a day of state-wide bans for periods ranging from one to three months.

Unfortunately, recent developments and unfounded concerns about the product have led to an environment of confusion for the consumer, to such an extent that we have decided to withdraw the product off the shelves, despite the product being safe. – Nestle India said in a statement

Here’s The Quint’s report.

3. Jammu: Curfew imposed after one death in Sikh-police clash over removal of Bhindrawale’s poster

A curfew was imposed on the outskirts of Jammu city, following violent clashes between the police and Sikh protesters, that left one person dead and around two dozen injured. The clashes began after the removal of a hoarding carrying the photograph of slain militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

Here’s The Indian Express’ full report.

4. Rahul takes on govt, offers support to Greenpeace activist

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi opened yet another front against the government, after he met social activists and pledged support to them. One of the activists was Greenpeace member Priya Pillai who took the Centre to court for not allowing her fly to the UK.

A wide cross-section of Civil Society Leaders met Rahul Gandhi on the issue of BJP Govt’s continuing attack on Freedom of Speech & Dissent. – the Twitter handle of Rahul’s office said

Read the full Hindustan Times’ story here.

5. Speak only with our nod, govt tells UGC boss

The HRD ministry severely reprimanded UGC chairperson Ved Prakash for his outbursts before Parliament’s standing committee and has asked him to take prior permission to articulate views contrary to the government’s policies reports The Times of India.

Read the full story here.

6. ‘Pakistan promised to rein in Taliban offensive’

A diplomatic document obtained by The Indian Express has revealed that Pakistan’s top military leadership had promised Afghan President Ashraf Gani that they would ensure the Taliban leadership called off their annual spring offensive,

The public is asking as to whether there has been any return from President Ghani’s efforts to secure enduring peace and cooperation with Pakistan? Regardless of his firm commitment to peace, President Ghani has no choice but to become a war president.
– states a diplomatic document in The Indian Express’ possession

Here’s the full report.

7. Not just raids, need fear of jail to scare tax evaders: CBDT

The Income Tax department, In a strongly worded advisory, has asked its officials to go beyond raids and searches to target tax evaders.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in a recent missive issued to its field officials, stressed upon the need to instill the fear of “incarceration and consequent loss of liberty and social opprobrium” among tax evaders by way of speedy prosecution and penalties reported the The Indian Express.

Read the full story here.

8. Disney Replaces 250 Employees With Indians

Walt Disney sacked about 250 of its American employees from entertainment parks across the US. They were replaced by Indian nationals holding H1-B visas, and were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India.

The programme has created a highly lucrative business model of bringing in cheaper H-1B workers to substitute for Americans
– Ronil Hira, Professor of Public Policy at Howard University

Here’s The Quint’s report.

9. Accepted bribe, admits former Fifa biggie

Former FIFA top gun Chuck Blazer admitted he and other officials accepted bribes to influence voting to choose the 1998 & 2010 World Cup hosts, The TImes of India has reported. The FIFA scandal has escalated after a testimony from a 2013 hearing was made public.

Read The Times of India’s story here.

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