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10 news stories of the day you should look out for

From following the updates on Narendra Modi’s four election rallies to Chinese investors finalising a deal with premier football club AC Milan, here are the news stories to watch out for.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2017 11:00 IST
HT Correspondent
BJP supporters at PM Narendra Modi’s rally at Mirzapur in Varanasi.
BJP supporters at PM Narendra Modi’s rally at Mirzapur in Varanasi.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

From Narendra Modi’s four election rallies to Chinese investors finalising a deal with Italian football club AC Milan, here are the news stories to watch out for :

1) PM Modi addresses a rally in Mirzapur, focus on region of Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address four poll rallies from today till March 6 in the crucial Varanasi region which has 40 seats spread across seven districts. The PM will address a rally in Mirzapur today followed by meetings at Jaunpur and Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth ground, Varanasi tomorrow. He is also scheduled to offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the Kaal Bhairav temple on March 4. He will address a rally at Townhall ground, Varanasi, on March 5 and go on to Rohania on Monday.

2) Court to record Rahul Gandhi’s plea in RSS defamation case

A magistrate court in Bhiwandi, Thane, will record Rahul Gandhi’s plea in the hearing of defamation case filed by RSS functionary Rajesh Kunte about the Congress leader’s remarks about Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. Last September, Rahul Gandhi said he preferred to face the trial as an accused saying he stood by “every word” of his statement.

3) Supreme Court to hear the case for Urdu in national eligibility cum entrance test

The Supreme Court of India will hear a petition filed by Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) to include Urdu in the upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test. SIO argues that leaving out Urdu as a medium deprives a number of students studying science in Urdu medium of equal opportunity. The organisation says students “are suddenly confronted with having to either appear in a language which they did not undertake their secondary education in or not appear at all.” As per the official notification, the NEET is to be conducted in 10 languages - Hindi, English, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Oriya and Kannada.

4) China’s National People’s Congress convenes

China’s annual political season begins tomorrow, the first since President Xi Jinping was elevated as the “core leader” of the ruling Communist party. The fortnight-long annual session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) with 2,987 members and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body comprising 2,229 nominated members, meets once a year with its full membership. China’s legislature is often referred to as a “rubber stamp Parliament” for its routine endorsement of the ruling Communist Party of China’s proposals.

5) Uphaar tragedy: SC to hear Gopal Ansal’s plea

The Supreme Court will hear the plea filed by jailed real estate baron Gopal Ansal seeking modification of its review order on parity in connection with the Uphaar fire tragedy case. Ansal in his plea urged the apex court to consider his imprisonment as undergone so that he does not have to undergo any further jail sentence in connection with this case. The apex court sentenced Ansal to one-year jail term on February 9.

6) Chinese investors set to finalise AC Milan deal

The sale of prized Italian soccer team AC Milan to a group of Chinese investors is set to be finalised today according to sources, in what would be the biggest Chinese investment in a European club. The deal, valuing the club at 740 million euros ($818 million) including 220 million euros of debt, was originally supposed to close at the end of last year but the Chinese buyers struggled to get final approval from Beijing.

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7) ‘Get out of here’: Video of Indian-origin woman subjected to racial abuse in New York goes viral

An Indian-origin girl in the US has been allegedly racially abused by an African-American man who called her inappropriate names and yelled “get out of here” when she was travelling in a busy commuter train. Ekta Desai, who lives in New York, recorded the incident that occurred on February 23. The video has since then gone viral.

Read the full story here.

8) UP election: 6th phase has maximum ‘bahubalis’ candidates including BSP’s Mukhtar Ansari

All political parties seem to be banking on ‘bahubalis’ to script victory in eastern Uttar Pradesh in the 6th phase of polling scheduled on March 4. There are 126 ‘criminals’ in the fray for the penultimate phase in the Purvanchal (eastern) region of UP. And they are no petty criminals. As many as 109 out of the 126 facing criminal charges have serious charges related to murder, attempt to murder, rape, crime against women and kidnapping registered against them.

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9) UP elections: RSS back to bolster BJP, just like it did in 2014

Like in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the RSS has deployed its entire machinery to secure a BJP victory, HT has learnt. This is in accordance with a plan jointly designed back in November. The Sangh’s core message to supporters is that having the same government at both the central and state level will help in the state’s ‘vikas’ (development). Its core mode of functioning is enhancing sampark’, contact, at the booth level, and pushing for higher turnout, among favourable voters in particular.

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10) Five things that India must do to beat Australia in Bangalore Test

Indian cricket team trail Australian cricket team 0-1 in the four-Test series, going into the second Test. A look at the five aspects that Virat Kohli and his team need to concentrate on to make a strong comeback.

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