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As Arjun Kapoor starrer ‘Mubarakan’ gears up to hit theatre screens, the makers are making sure to keep the excitement quotient up by dropping songs and dialogue promos from the film from time to time.
While both the indices saw only moderate gains, but it was a sigh of relief for investors as stock market slipped alarmingly on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of expiry of June futures & options and GST roll out on July 1.
An employee of China’s national security department told the Global Times that Australian intelligence agents “in disguise” collect information from Chinese people overseas or “even encourage them to subvert China”.
The report, published on the nationalistic newspaper’s front page, comes weeks after Beijing rejected allegations of interference in Australian politics.
“We are highly alarmed and remain alert on other countries’ actions to endanger China’s national security and state interests,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.
“(The report) reminds me that recently the Australian media also played up reports on so-called Chinese spying.”
According to the Global Times, Australian agents closely monitor Chinese people and the embassy in Australia to foil “Chinese spy threats”.
“In global covert struggles, Australia had never played the role of victim,” the unidentified staffer was quoted as saying.
“However, they are wantonly working on intelligence about China and groundlessly accusing China of spying on them. The logic is ridiculous.”
The Australian government did not immediately respond to the allegations.
The article followed an Australian media report this month that the country’s intelligence agencies had major concerns China was interfering with Australian institutions and using political donations to gain access.
An investigation by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Fairfax Media found the country’s political elite had been warned two years ago about taking donations from two billionaires with links to the Chinese Communist Party.
But despite being cautioned by the nation’s spy agency both the Liberal and Labor parties continued accepting substantial sums of cash.
The probe showed that property developers Huang Xiangmo and Chau Chak Wing, or their associates, had donated around AUS$6.7 million ($5 million) to political parties over a decade.
Following the report Canberra announced it had launched an inquiry into espionage laws and foreign government interference.
China’s foreign ministry has called the reports “totally groundless” and said Australian media should not “waste their time on such meaningless and malicious” stories.
The Global Times article said many Chinese people have been interviewed or harassed by Australian intelligence and are required to provide information on Chinese communities and the embassy.
Some have been sent back to China to “gather information”, the report said.
It also accused Australia of “stealing Chinese technology” and installing listening devices in China’s embassy.
China’s national security department could not be reached for comment as its phone number is not available to the public.
A top special forces commander told AFP that while the Nuri mosque — which was blown up by the Islamic State group last week — was close to being recaptured, it had not been retaken yet.
“Counter-Terrorism Service forces control the Nuri mosque and Al-Hadba (minaret),” the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.
But Staff Lieutenant General Abdulwahab al-Saadi said that while Iraqi forces were close to retaking the mosque, they were still some 20 metres (yards) away.
The mosque and its famed Al-Hadba (hunchback) leaning minaret were Mosul landmarks and also held major significance in the history of IS rule in Iraq.
Baghdadi appeared during Friday prayers at Nuri mosque in 2014, soon after IS seized Iraq’s second city, calling on Muslims to obey him.
Three years later, Baghdadi’s fate and whereabouts remain unknown, and IS has lost much of the territory it overran in 2014.
The jihadists blew up the mosque and minaret on June 21 as they put up increasingly desperate resistance to the advance of Iraqi forces.
Officials from Iraq and the US-led anti-IS coalition said the destruction of the site was a sign of the jihadist group’s imminent loss of Mosul, with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi calling it an “official declaration of defeat”.
The loss of the iconic 12th century minaret — one of the country’s most recognisable monuments sometimes referred to as Iraq’s Tower of Pisa — left the country in shock.
But the destruction had been widely anticipated, with commanders saying IS, also known as ISIS and Daesh, would not have allowed Iraqi forces to score a hugely symbolic victory by recapturing the site.
IS claimed on its Amaq propaganda agency that the site was hit in a US air strike, but the US-led coalition said it was the jihadists who had “destroyed one of Mosul and Iraq’s great treasures”.
Russia has said it is seeking to verify whether the IS leader, whose whereabouts have been unknown for months, was killed when its warplanes hit the group’s leaders in a night air raid in Syria last month.
The mosque in Mosul’s Old City was the latest in a long list of priceless heritage and historical monuments destroyed by IS during its three-year rule over swathes of Iraq and Syria.
The minaret, which was completed in 1172 and had been listing for centuries, is featured on Iraq’s 10,000-dinar banknote and was the main symbol of Iraq’s second city — giving its name to countless restaurants, companies and even sports clubs in Mosul.
After seizing Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland in June 2014, IS reportedly rigged the Hadba with explosives but was prevented from blowing it up by the local population. The jihadists consider the reverence of objects, including of such sites, as heresy.
The mosque’s destruction came three days after government forces launched an assault on the Old City, the last district of Mosul still under IS control.
About 100,000 residents are believed to still be trapped in the district by IS, which has been using civilians as human shields to defend its last redoubt in Mosul.
The area still controlled by the jihadists is small but its narrow streets and the presence of so many civilians has made the operation perilous.
The jihadists have been offering fierce resistance in the Old City, with barrages of mortar fire and a huge number of booby traps slowing the Iraqi advance.
While Iraqi forces have made good progress to reach the Nuri mosque, Iraqi commanders have warned that the battle for the Old City is far from over.