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From H-1B visa shock to ban on red beacons, top stories while you were away

Here is a look at the top headlines of the day...

india Updated: Apr 20, 2017 07:23 IST
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H-1B visa shock

Rescue work in progress after a private bus fell in Tons river in Nerwa near Chaupal, Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

45 dead as bus plunges into Tons river in Himachal Pradesh

Forty-five passengers were killed on Wednesday when a private bus fell into the Tons river, a tributary of the Yamuna, near Chopal, 95 km from Shimla. The bus — bearing an Uttarakhand registration number and carrying 47 passengers — was on its way from Vikasnagar to Tiuni in Dehradun district. The route passes through Himachal Pradesh. Among the dead are 31 men, 10 women and four girls.

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H-1B visa: Shock, cautious optimism in India after Donald Trump’s move

A day after President Donald Trump passed the executive order to restrict H-1B visas, some Indians are of the view that the order will mostly impact students who pass out from poorly ranked engineering colleges. “Many companies use to employ people passing out from mediocre engineering colleges on low wages and take them to US,” said a 22-year-old who graduated from a government college in Pune. Others are not so optimistic.

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‘You’re a disgrace! Go back to India’: Woman yells at Ireland train passengers

A woman on a train in Ireland has been caught on camera making expletive-laden racist comments towards fellow Asian passengers, telling one of them to “go back to India” for placing a bag on an empty seat, media reports said on Wednesday. In the videos, originally posted on Twitter, the woman can be seen and heard abusing other passengers. A Twitter user filmed the woman on a train from Limerick Colbert station to Limerick Junction and tagged the Irish Rail account saying the woman had been making abusive comments for 10 minutes.

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Opinion: Babri demolition case: Blow to Advani, but Modi’s BJP stands to gain from Supreme Court verdict

Wednesday’s Supreme Court order restoring criminal conspiracy charges against LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti in the 1992 Ayodhya Babri masjid demolition case might be a blow to these leaders individually, but the BJP is unlikely to be unduly worried about its political costs. For one, the trial-- to be completed in two years as per the apex court’s directions-- will keep the Hindutva pot boiling, not an undesirable situation for a party that blended it with development to win a series of elections over the past three years. A demoralised Opposition is unlikely to go over the top to attack the BJP on the Ayodhya issue.

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UP CM Yogi Adityanath bans liquor shops in places of worship

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a ban on liquor shops in Hindu and Muslim religious places such as Vrindavan, Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Deoband, Dewa Sharif, Misrikh-Naimisharanya, and Piran Kaliyar Sharif in the state. He directed officers to prohibit the sale of liquor within a kilometre of Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, Krishna Janmabhoomi in Mathura and the Sangam area in Allahabad. The CM has said 8,544 liquor outlets operating in residential areas, religious spots or near educational institutions should be removed in compliance with a Supreme Court order.

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Red beacons for VIPs banned from May 1, even vehicles of PM and President not exempt

The government decided on Wednesday to ban red beacons atop cars of all ministers, politicians and bureaucrats, ending a privilege that was seen as the ultimate status symbol. The ban, effective from May 1, doesn’t exempt even vehicles of the country’s top dignitaries such as the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India. Ambulances and vehicles of the fire service, police, and army will be allowed to use blue flashing beacons to cut through traffic.

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Mallya could fight extradition on grounds that charges are ‘politically motivated’

Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender, is likely to challenge his extradition to India from the UK on the grounds that the charges against him are politically motivated, legal experts in the UK said on Wednesday. The 61-year-old liquor baron, who has been living in self-imposed exile in Britain since last year, was arrested by Scotland Yard on Tuesday on fraud allegations, triggering an official extradition process in the British courts.

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Govt cancels foreign funding registration of NGO linked to Bill Gates Foundation

Union home ministry has barred the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), an NGO registered with the government under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), from receiving foreign funding. The NGO used to get donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The home ministry acted against the PHFI after it was found that the NGO was allegedly violating provisions of the FCRA by “diverting” foreign funds for purposes other than those the money was intended for.

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Arvind Kejriwal meets Kerala CM Vijayan, says need alliance of ‘good people’

As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grows from strength to strength, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is scouting for a possibly ally in Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). On Wednesday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Kerala counterpart, Pinarayi Vijayan, hours before the CPI(M) central committee decided to go for a campaign on people’s issues and rope in more parties for the cause. “There is a need for an alliance of all good people to fight the BJP,” Kejriwal said after his breakfast meeting.

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‘The shock never leaves you’: Prince William opens up about his mother Diana’s death

Days after Prince Harry revealed that he had to undergo counselling to help come to terms with his mother Princess Diana’s death, his older brother Prince William has also opened up about the shock and mental trauma he faced after losing her in a tragic car crash in Paris in 1997. The 34-year-old Duke of Cambridge revealed in a new BBC documentary to be aired Thursday that the shock “never leaves you”. He said that the shock of losing his mother is still with him, 20 years after her death.

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Was Serena Williams pregnant when she won Australian Open?

Serena Williams posted an image on social media with the word ‘20 weeks.’ If Williams is indeed 20 weeks into her term, that would mean she was two months pregnant when she captured her record 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January.

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IPL: Kane Williamson stars as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeat Delhi Daredevils

Kane Williamson (89) and Shikhar Dhawan (70) helped Sunrisers Hyderabad score a massive 191/4 against Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match. In reply DD, could manage 176/5 in 20 overs. Dhawan, who was dropped from the national team and demoted to Grade C in BCCI’s central contract list, is using the IPL 2017 platform to return to the spotlight. Williamson, who is playing his first match of the season and was never considered as good a player in T20s as he is in Test cricket, proved his doubters wrong. The Kiwi hit six fours and five sixes en route to scoring 89.

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