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From N Biren Singh’s swearing in Manipur to EVM tampering row: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

india Updated: Mar 15, 2017 07:46 IST
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Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla handing over the invitation letter to BJP leader Nongthombam Biren Singh to form the government of Manipur at Raj Bhavan, Imphal , Manipur on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

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

1) BJP-led coalition to form govt in Manipur, swearing in to be held today

Ending three days of speculation and hectic lobbying, Manipur governor Najma Heptulla on Tuesday invited the BJP-led coalition to form the next government in the state. N Biren Singh will be sworn-in as chief minister at 1 pm today. Heptulla denied that she had indulged in any wrongdoing by calling the BJP-led coalition to form the government instead of the Congress, the single-largest party. The governor said she invited the BJP-led coalition because her responsibility was to see who has the majority, work in the interests of the state, and provide stability.

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2) Manohar Parrikar sworn in as Goa CM but his team of nine ministers has only 2 from BJP

Allies outnumber the BJP in Manohar Parrikar’s council of ministers in Goa. Former defence minister Parrikar took oath as the chief minister of Goa for the fourth time on Tuesday after the BJP cobbled up a coalition with two regional parties and some Independent MLAs. The BJP has two ministers, three are from Goa Forward Party, two from Maharashtrawdi Gomantak Party -- and two independents have also been accommodated as ministers. Portfolios will be allocated after the floor test on March 16.

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3) PM Modi degree row: DU says it has no data of students passing out in 1978

The controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree refuses to die down. Delhi University’s School of Open Learning from where he is said to have passed out in 1978, says it doesn’t have records for that year as these are maintained only for one year. In response to an RTI query by this IANS correspondent seeking a list of students who had qualified for a BA degree in 1978, the SOL said: “The data is not maintained in the branch in the order as desired by the applicant.”

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4) Election results: From Kejriwal to EC, five developments on EVM tampering row

After BSP leader Mayawati blamed rigging of the electoral machines for her party’s poor showing in the Uttar Pradesh polls, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party have asked the Delhi’s election commissioner to use paper ballots in the upcoming municipal polls. BJP leaders have criticised the demand. A parliamentary panel will invite international experts to see if the EVMs can be tampered with.

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5) Rumours in Kashmir: Bulbs, sim cards ‘helping’ security agencies kill militants

An increase in militant deaths across Kashmir – especially its southern region – has given rise to rumours that intelligence agencies have “enrolled” common technological devices such as electric bulbs and sim cards in their crusade against rebel elements. According to sources, it began with unverified reports that residents of South Kashmir were smashing subsidised LED bulbs being distributed by the government under the Ujala scheme. There was a widespread belief that they were fitted with “microchips that could track down militants the moment they enter a person’s house”.

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6) Father of JNU student found hanging alleges foul play over caste, seeks CBI probe

Jeevanantham, the father of JNU research scholar J Muthukrishnan, who allegedly committed suicide on Monday, has alleged foul play and demanded a CBI probe into the death of his son. He filed a police complaint on Tuesday alleging that he was facing harassment by the JNU administration because of his caste and a thorough investigation must be conducted into the suspicious death of his son. Jeevanantham said his son was not under any medication for depression.

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7) From April, bathrooms in South Delhi hotels will be open to public for Rs 5

Come April and you won’t have to go looking for public washrooms to relieve yourself after a long day of shopping in a South Delhi market. Just walk into the nearest restaurant, convey your need to the staff and you will be able to use the well-equipped toilet for a meagre Rs 5. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Tuesday issued directions to all hotels, restaurants and eateries in its jurisdiction to make their washrooms accessible to the public from April 1.

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8) Smartphones for men, sarees for women if they opt for sterilisation in Jhalawar

If you are a resident of Jhalawar with an overwhelming desire for a saree or a 4G smartphone, the answer to your dreams could lie in a single word: Sterilisation. Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s home district may have topped the state in terms of family planning in 2015-16, but it’s in no mood to rest on its laurels. In the fag end of this financial year, the Jhalawar district administration has launched a unique initiative that offers 4G Android smartphones to men opting for sterilisation, and sarees to women who want to take up the procedure.

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9) Pak PM Nawaz Sharif orders ‘blasphemous’ content be removed from social media

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered that “blasphemous” content on social media websites be removed or blocked and those posting such material “strictly punished.” Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty. Sharif’s tough talk against blasphemy will appeal to his conservative voter base ahead of elections likely to take place next year.

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10) Michael Clarke admits he didn’t always play it straight versus India

The specifics weren’t mentioned but Michael Clarke was candid enough to admit he wasn’t the most honest Joe in his time as an international cricketer. “I have made plenty of mistakes in my career,” the former Australia skipper said at an event to promote his autobiography ‘My Story’ on Tuesday. “Anil Kumble once bowled a wrong ‘un and it hit my gloves and I was caught by first slip. It was blatant but I was stuck in that moment and in my desire to play for Australia, I didn’t walk,” Clarke said.

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