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After surprise Trump-Kim meeting, n-talks to resume
Both leaders express hopes for peace, meeting for the third time in over a year
For peace: Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Panmunjom, South Korea, on Sunday. REUTERSREUTERS
U.S. President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. President to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks.
The meeting, initiated by a spur-of-the-moment tweet by Mr. Trump that Mr. Kim said took him by surprise, once again displayed the rapport between the two. But they are no closer to narrowing the gap between their positions since they walked away from their summit in February in Vietnam.
The two men shook hands warmly and expressed hopes for peace when they met for the third time in just over a year on the old Cold War frontier that for decades has symbolised the hostility between their countries, which are technically still at war.
Mr. Trump, escorted by Mr. Kim, briefly crossed a military demarcation line into the North side of the Joint Security Area (JSA), patrolled by soldiers from both Koreas.
Moments later, they returned to the southern side and joined South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in for a brief chat, marking an unprecedented three-way gathering. Mr. Trump and Mr. Kim then held a closed-door meeting for nearly an hour.
“We just had a very, very good meeting,” Mr. Trump said after the talks. “We’ll see what can happen.”
Nagaland to initiate its own version of NRC from July 10
The drive for collecting information has a 60-day deadline
Nagaland has decided to start a variant of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that neighbouring Assam is updating.
On Saturday, Nagaland Home Commissioner R. Ramakrishnan issued a notification for the setting up of the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN).
It is aimed at preparing a master list of all indigenous peoples and checking the issuance of fake indigenous inhabitant certificates.
Designated teams will fan out to each village and urban ward from July 10, less than a month before Assam is to publish the final NRC.
To be monitored by the Home Commissioner, Nagaland’s exercise for collecting information on locals and non-locals has a 60-day deadline. The RIIN, according to Mr. Ramakrishnan, will be prepared after an extensive survey with the help of a village-wise and ward-wise list of indigenous inhabitants based on official records.
It will be prepared under the supervision of each district administration.
Centre to celebrate two years of GST today
Anurag Thakur to preside over event
The Centre will celebrate two years of the Goods and Services Tax on Monday. Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur will preside over the event, the government said on Sunday.
Monday also marks the first day of the trial run of the new return-filing system, announced by the GST Council at its latest meeting. It is expected to simplify the process.
It will increase the information available with the government to curb leakages.
The Centre will also introduce a cash ledger system that will merge the earlier 20 heads into five major heads. There will be only one cash ledger for tax, interest, penalty, fee and others, the government said in a statement.
“The introduction of the GST is a game changer for the Indian economy as it has replaced a multi-layered, complex indirect tax structure with a simple, transparent and technology-driven tax regime,” the government said.
AAP MLA Som Dutt convicted in assault case
Quantum of sentence on July 4
A Delhi court has convicted AAP MLA Som Dutt for beating and assaulting a man during the 2015 Assembly election campaign.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal held Mr. Dutt, a legislator from the Sadar Bazar constituency here, guilty under Section 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt without provocation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (rioting) and Section 149 (unlawful assembly) of the Indian Penal Code.
“There is no doubt that on January 10, 2015, around 8 p.m., Som Dutt, along with his 50 supporters, went to flat no. 13 where the complainant was present. The complainant was beaten and assaulted by the accused and his associates due to which he suffered grievous injury,” the court said.
The maximum punishment for causing grievous injury is seven years. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on July 4.
The court, however, said the offence of wrongful restraint (Section 341 IPC) is not made out in this case as the complainant was not going anywhere and he was not restrained from proceeding in any direction.
“Further, Section 147 of the IPC, which punishes the offence of rioting, is also not made out considering that the intention of the accused was only to beat the complainant and no further.
“It is not clear how many persons, apart from the accused, had assaulted the complainant and what was their common object, if any,” the court said.
An FIR was lodged against Mr. Dutt in 2015 at the Gulabi Bagh police station in North Delhi on the allegation that the MLA and around 50 of his supporters, while campaigning in the locality, had come to the house of complainant Sanjeev Rana.
The prosecutor had alleged that when the complainant objected, the MLA allegedly hit him on his legs with a baseball bat and his supporters dragged him out on the road and started beating him, causing grievous injury.
Mr. Dutt’s counsel had refuted the arguments, saying the MLA and his supporters were peacefully campaigning in the society and it was the complainant who started quarrelling with Mr. Dutt in an inebriated state, on which a cross FIR was also registered by the legislator.
Citing clash with faith, Dangal star Zaira Wasim quits Bollywood
Bout of depression had forced the young artiste from Kashmir to take the help of counsellors and stay away from media glare
Facing trolls and earning accolades simultaneously for the past five years, Zaira Wasim, 18, of Dangal fame on Sunday announced she was quitting Bollywood, citing “clash with imaan (faith)” as a reason. Her decision saw netizens divided in their opinion.
Living a life away from stardom since May last year following a bout of depression that forced the teen artiste from Kashmir to take the help of counsellors, Ms. Wasim took to social media to dissociate herself from the film industry.
“I want to confess that I am not truly happy with this [actress] identity. For a very long time now, it has felt like I have struggled to become someone else... I silently and unconsciously transitioned out of imaan (faith),” she said.
Citing verses from the Koran and talking about her renewed focus on Islam, she wrote in a social media post: “Quran defines and sets the tone of our relationship with Allah. I arrive at this well-grounded decision and I officially declare my disassociation with this field.” She said her journey was “exhausting and the life was too short yet too long to be at war with oneself.”
A close relative of the actor told The Hindu that she talked about “her incompatibility with the Bollywood lifestyle last year, poor social acceptance in Kashmir and growing depression due to conflicting ideas.”
She also discussed her state of mind and its clash with her religious and cultural values with the doctors and friends in Srinagar last year.
It was in 2015, Ms. Wasim, who belonged to a middle class family from Srinagar’s Hawal area in the old city, was spotted by actor Aamir Khan for Dangal, which became an instant hit and put a sharp spotlight on the first-ever celebrity actor from the Valley.
Her father is a banker and mother a housewife, who supported her Bollywood pursuits unlike the former. The family remained at loggerheads with the relatives over Ms. Wasim’s decision to do films, a relative said.
She also became a centre of controversies, first for clicking a picture with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and later for taking potshots at Union Minister Vijay Goel for remarks on the veil.
She earned a national award for her acting in Secret Superstar, which dealt with the subject of conservatism. Ms. Wasim’s new movie The Sky is Pink, starring Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar, is likely to be released later this year.
Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah and J&K Peoples Movement chief and IAS topper Shah Faesal asked netizens to “respect the actor’s decision”, while many welcomed her decision online.