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From EVMs row to a 10-year old killed during Kashmir encounter: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

From EVMs row to Muslim voters in UP elections: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

india Updated: Mar 16, 2017 07:31 IST
HT Correspondent
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed on Wednesday that rigged voting machines transferred his party’s votes to the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab while BSP chief Mayawati said she would seek the help of courts for a probe into “tampering” in Uttar Pradesh.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed on Wednesday that rigged voting machines transferred his party’s votes to the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab while BSP chief Mayawati said she would seek the help of courts for a probe into “tampering” in Uttar Pradesh.(HT File Photo)

While you were away: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

1) After drubbing in assembly elections, Kejriwal and Mayawati step up offensive, say EVMs rigged

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed on Wednesday that rigged voting machines transferred his party’s votes to the SAD-BJP combine in Punjab while BSP chief Mayawati said she would seek the help of courts for a probe into “tampering” in Uttar Pradesh. While rivals, barring the Congress, have been dismissive of their claims, the Election Commission has said EVMs can’t be tampered with. “He (Kejriwal) has lost his mental balance so he is saying things like this. He did not say anything when AAP won 67 seats in Delhi,” Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said in Delhi.

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2) Muslim leaders struggle to understand how BJP won in minority-dominated UP seats

Deoband is a Muslim stronghold that was considered as impossible for the BJP to win. But the assembly election results for Uttar Pradesh showed that the home of one of the world’s most-respected Islamic seminaries became the first seat the BJP won en-route to its victory. Deoband wasn’t the only one. The BJP won 62 of 82 constituencies where Muslims comprise a third of the population, triggering speculation that pockets of the minority community had voted for the saffron party.

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3) Council chaired by Jaitley moves into last lap, likely to clear draft for GST bill

The draft for the final goods and services tax bill to be tabled in Parliament is expected to be cleared at the two-day meeting of the council, which is responsible for all crucial steps to bring a uniform market in India. The GST council, headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley, will meet today to look into the draft bill that deals with levying goods and services tax in Union territories. The government plans to roll out the GST from July 1.

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4) 6 dead, 20 trapped in collapsed building in Kanpur, rescue efforts underway

Six people were killed, eight injured and 20 feared trapped when a cold-storage facility collapsed in the Kanpur’s Shivrajpur area after a gas leak triggered an explosion. According to SP (Rural) Rajesh Kumar, the gas leak started at the Katiyar Cold Storage in the afternoon.

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5) Girl killed by stray bullet in Kashmir during an encounter

A girl aged less than 10 year was killed by a stray bullet during a counter-militancy operation in which security forces gunned down three militants in north Kashmir on Wednesday. Her death comes a week after a 15-year-old boy, Amir Nazir, was killed in a similar manner at Padgampora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The girl, identified as Kaneeza, a boy and a policeman were hit by bullets during a fierce gunfight that erupted early morning between security forces and militants in Kalaroos village.

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6) Image of grieving 9-yr-old becomes a symbol of Kashmir’s suffering

A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words and a photograph of an anguished Kashmiri boy with tears rolling down his cheeks said volumes last week about the human suffering sweeping the region. The snapshot, taken at the funeral of a teenager killed during an encounter in Padgampora of Pulwama in south Kashmir, is already being described by some as the defining image of the tragedy.

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7) No more moo? Amid diplomatic crisis, Turkey sends Dutch cows back to Netherlands

Turkey’s red meat association has ordered a consignment of prize Dutch cattle to be sent back to the Netherlands, saying it no longer wants to farm the cows due to the diplomatic crisis between the countries. Turkey and the Netherlands are going through their most explosive crisis after The Hague blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to back constitutional changes expanding Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.

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8) Asia’s best universities: IIT Bombay ranked 42nd, Bengaluru’s IISc in top 50

Times Higher Education (THE), which released its Asia University Rankings 2017 on Wednesday, listed 33 Indian universities in the top 300. Eight established and 17 new entrants made it to the top 100 with Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at 27. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay was ranked 42 and Chennai-based private institute Veltech University was a joint 43 in the top 50.

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9) Cricket: MS Dhoni signs an autograph for fan while batting for Jharkhand

There’s always a first for everything and no wonder MS Dhoni will be remembered as the first among equals signing an autograph for an ardent fan while he was out there batting for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final against Vidarbha.

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10) How Congress leaders view the poll outcome assembly elections and who they blame

Trounced in the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand assembly elections, and caught off-guard in Goa and Manipur despite winning the highest seats, Congress leaders in the four states have their views on what went wrong, who is to blame, and what is the way forward. Here are the voices from the ground.

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