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5 Must Reads: Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai's kin killed in suicide attack; 5 key issues raised by Narendra Modi on agriculture reforms and more

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 1:09pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

#1 Afghan President Hamid Karzai's cousin killed in suicide attack in Kandahar: Officials
A suicide attacker killed a cousin of outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai near the volatile southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, officials said, raising tensions during a struggle over the contested election result. Hashmat Karzai, who famously owned a pet lion, was killed by a man with explosives hidden inside his turban when visitors arrived to celebrate Eid, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "A suicide bomber disguised as a guest came to Hashmat Karzai's house to greet him on Eid," Dawa Khan Minapal, the provincial governor spokesman in Kandahar, told AFP. "After he hugged him, he blew up his explosives and killed Hashmat Karzai." Read more

#2 5 key issues raised by PM Narendra Modi on agriculture reforms at ICAR
Addressing the 86th foundation day and awards ceremony of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in New Delhi on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed all the farmers of the nation saying, "Everyone who has contributed to the field of agriculture needs to be given a standing ovation. I request you to applaud the farmers who feed the people of India, and not me." In a rare public address, the prime minister spoke in almost the same spirit that he displayed during his days of campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha election, addressing the key issues faced by the agriculture sector in India. Read more 

#3 US and India can create a more prosperous future for the world, says US Secretary John Kerry
Noting that deepening America's ties with India is a strategic imperative, US Secretary of State John Kerry on saturday said time has come to transform bilateral relationship into a historic partnership that can create a more prosperous future for the world. Laying out a roadmap for a long-term strategic partnership between the largest and oldest democratic countries, Kerry said, "This is a potentially transformative moment in our relationship with India." Read more

#4 Narendra Modi government's latest scheme: Rs 500 crore to raise 'desi' cows in 'gaushalas'
The desi mission of the NDA government has reached 'gaushalas', as the new Narendra Modi-led government has allotted a massive sum of Rs 500 crore to raise strictly 'desi' cows. This nationalistic scheme stems from the BJP manifesto, to protect and conserve local breeds of cows. India, though being the largest producer of milk, is known for the quantity of cows rather than the high yield and quality of them. Thus the project, named 'Rashritya Gokul Mission', aims to promote locally bred cows as they are better suited for the Indian climate and are even heat resistant. Thus by switching to purely locally bred cows over cross-bred, it aims to increase the output of milk. Read more 

#5 How Uttar Pradesh government 'punked' Bill Clinton during his India visit
Bill Clinton, on his recent visit to India, was fooled by government officials of a public school in Uttar Pradesh. Clinton was visiting India to supervise the projects of the Clinton Foundation which is involved in education, health and sanitation in rural areas of the country. While visiting the village of Jabrauli, he also went to a secondary high school of the village. The school administration in order to showcase the school's work and impress Clinton brought a student from private school and portrayed him as a student of the public school. The student, who met Clinton, actually studies at the City International School in Mohanlalganj. Read more

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