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From MCD exit polls to French presidential election: Stories to bring you up to date

From exit polls predicting a BJP win in MCD elections to Centrist-presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron taking on Marine Le Pen in the final round of French election, here are the top news stories of the day.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2017 07:53 IST
HT Correspondent
People show their inked fingers after voting for MCD elections at the Kalyanpuri station in New Delhi.
People show their inked fingers after voting for MCD elections at the Kalyanpuri station in New Delhi.(Ravi Choudhary/HT Photo)

Here are the top stories of the day to bring you up to date: 

1) MCD election 2017: Exit polls predict BJP win, Kejriwal rout

The BJP is likely to retain the Capital’s three municipal corporations, exit polls predicted after Sunday’s vote that registered a turnout of 53.6% — a notch higher than the city’s 2012 civic elections. The votes will be counted on April 26, but the outcome is billed to have a wider impact on the city’s politics. Exit poll by ABP News predicted a huge win for BJP in all the three municipal corporations with AAP a distant second. They give the BJP 88 out of 104 seats in North, 83 out of 104 in South and 47 out of 64 in East. In the overall tally, the ABP News poll gave BJP 218 seats out of 272 seats, AAP 24 and Congress 22.

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2) France’s next leader: Centrist Emmanuel Macron, far-right Marine Le Pen advance to round 2

Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday to a runoff in France’s presidential election, remaking the country’s political system and setting up a showdown over its participation in the European Union. French politicians on the left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen’s path to power in the May 7 runoff, saying her virulently nationalist anti-EU and anti-immigration politics would spell disaster for France. The selection of Le Pen and Macron presented voters with the starkest possible choice between two diametrically opposed visions of the EU’s future and France’s place in it.

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3) Violence against Kashmiri students: Reach out to them, PM Modi tells states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to state governments on Sunday to watch over students from Jammu and Kashmir studying outside their state in the backdrop of violence against them. His appeal came after Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti flagged at a Niti Aayog governing council meeting the issue of safety of Kashmiri students at colleges and institutes in different states. Modi “seconded her suggestion that states should take interest in Kashmiri students and urged the state governments to reach out to them from time to time,” a government statement said.

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4) Immigration: 38 Indians who overstayed visa period detained by UK police

Thirty-eight Indian citizens who had overstayed their visa periods were detained in one of the largest operations by immigration and police officials in Leicester in the east Midlands, which has a large minority of Indian origin. They were found working illegally in two clothing factories in the city, and now face removal to India. The 38 Indians include 29 men and nine women; the companies that employed them also face fines up to 20,000 pounds for each illegal worker, reports from Leicester said. An official of East Midlands Immigration Enforcement said: “Using illegal labour is not victimless. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest businesses and denies legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities”.

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5) US accuses TCS, Infosys of unfair practice in H-1B visa lottery draw

In the clearest signal yet on the target of the US crackdown on alleged abuse of the H-1B temporary visa programme, senior Trump administration officials named Indian tech firms during a briefing last week. “You may know their names well, but like the top recipients of the H-1B visa are companies like Tata, Infosys, Cognizant -- they will apply for a very large number of visas, more than they get, by putting extra tickets in the lottery raffle, if you will, and then they’ll get the lion’s share of visas,” an official said.

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6) Aadhaar detail leak in Jharkhand a sign of India’s deep cyber security flaws: Experts

The leak of confidential information of more than a million citizens from a Jharkhand government website exposes systemic vulnerabilities in India’s much-touted e-governance framework, experts have said. Subhashis Banerjee, professor of Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, says that while the Centre and states are gathering more and more data about citizens to ensure government schemes reach intended beneficiaries, departments that hold this information are ill-equipped to maintain and safeguard these sensitive databases. “Even the government is not fully aware of what it is doing,” he said.

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7) Tamil Nadu farmers at Jantar Mantar put off protest till May 25

Farmers from Tamil Nadu protesting at Jantar Mantar called off their agitation on Sunday evening, hours after they met with state chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami. “If our demands are not met, we will start our protest again after May 25. We will leave today if we get tickets,” ANI quotes Ayyakkannu, one of the farmers. This leaves the government one month’s time to meet their demands, which includes writing off their loans from nationalised banks and a revised drought relief package. Over the past 40 days, the farmers have grabbed national attention through novel, and often shocking, forms of protest.

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8) Dalit groom rides mare to wedding venue in the face of threats

Over 50 policeman stood guard near the house of Kamlesh Regar in Bundi district of Rajasthan as the latter was preparing for his wedding. It all started when Regar decided to break an age-old caste-based tradition and ride a mare, instead of a motorcycle, en route to his wedding venue. “The family members of Regar had told the police that they were facing subtle threats from other villagers because of his decision to ride a mare. They alleged that the threats were because Regar is from a scheduled caste,” said NR Meena, deputy SP of police, Hindoli.

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9) Watch: BJP leader’s relatives thrash cop after he fined two for riding without helmet

A police constable was beaten up by the family members of a local BJP politician for imposing fine on their two relatives for violating traffic rules, said a police officer on Sunday. Guna police station in-charge Vivek Asthana said the police subsequently arrested two persons on charges of assaulting a government official on duty and obstructing him from discharging his duty. Asthana said the beating incident, captured on cell phone camera, occurred on April 21 when a police team stopped two girls, the relatives of BJP Janpad (Block) president Shobha Raghuvansi, for riding a scooter without helmets.

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10) IPL 2017: Kolkata Knight Riders thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore by 82 runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore collapsed to lowest ever Indian Premier League ( IPL) total of 49, losing by 82 runs to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Nathan Coulter-Nile ripped apart the RCB top-order -- Virat Kohli (0), AB de Villiers (8) and Kedar Jadhav (9) -- and pacers Chris Woakes (3/6) and Colin de Grandhomme (3/4) also took three wickets each.

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