GST in Rajya Sabha to new Samsung smartphone: Top news stories this morning

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2016 10:33 IST

From politics to society to entertainment and sports, here are the top news from India and all over on Hindustan Times on Wednesday morning:

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GST Bill in Rajya Sabha today

India’s biggest tax reform, the Goods and Services Tax bill, is set to cross the Rajya Sabha hurdle on Wednesday to become a reality nine years after it was first mooted in Parliament. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last year but remained stuck in the Upper House where the ruling NDA does not have the numbers.

The Gujarat question

Anandiben Patel was another name added to a long list of Gujarat’s Patidar chief ministers who failed to serve their full term, as she offered to quit the office one-and-a-half years before the end of her term.

The big question is: “Who’s next in Gujarat?”

In view of protests in the state, the BJP may come up with a Patidar or a Dalit face for the next CM.


Obama calls Trump ‘unfit’ for White House

US President Barack Obama challenged the Republican lawmakers to drop their support for the party’s nominee, Donald Trump, declaring “There has to come a point at which you say enough”.

Obama is an active player in the White House race campaigning for the Democratic party’s nominee Hillary Clinton.

Prachanda to head Nepal next?

Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as Prachanda, was the sole candidate to file his nomination for Nepal’s top job. (AFP file photo)

Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, the chairperson of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Center, was the sole candidate to file his nomination on Tuesday for the post of prime minister.

The election of a new prime minister in Nepal became necessary after the incumbent, KP Sharma Oli, resigned on July 24 after opposition parties moved a no-confidence motion against him.

Indian-American named New York’s chief digital officer

Sree Sreenivasan was named as New York’s new chief digital officer to focus on promoting access to local government through technology and support its tech ecosystem. An immigrant from India, Sreenivasan was born in Japan and received a Bachelor’s degree in history from St Stephen’s College in Delhi.


Hrithik chooses Kapil over Krishna

The roast format is hurting Abhishek Krushna’s Comedy Nights Bachao. After Akshay Kumar objected to the insult of his Housefull 3 co-star Lisa Haydon on the show, Hrithik Roshan decided to promote his upcoming historical Mohenjo Daro on The Kapil Sharma Show.

Sonakshi’s new Akira song

Actor Sonakshi Sinha will launch a new song from her upcoming movie Akira from a Mumbai college on Wednesday. The actor will also sing the song, joining the new league of actors crooning on screen.


New Samsung smartphone

A colour-blending feature of the Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated in New York. (AP Photo)

Korean tech giant Samsung unveiled the successor to last year’s flat-screen Galaxy Note 5, the Galaxy Note 7. The new smartphone will sport a big 5.7-inch, curved screen display, with some first-in-class features like the iris scanner and a mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, to compete with Apple Pay.

Samsung plans to sell the device in a “first group of markets” from August 19.


India needs 6 wickets to win

With a stunning attack from the bowlers, India is just 6 wickets away from winning the Kingston Test and taking a 2-0 lead in the series against the West Indies. But rain is playing the spoilsport. West Indies still trails by 256.

Inderjeet Singh’s Rio ticket cancelled?

After Shot putter Inderjeet Singh’s ‘A’ sample returned positive for banned steroids androsterone and etiocholanolone on June 25, his confirmatory B sample also returned positive for banned substances, virtually ending his hopes to compete in Rio Olympics 2016.


Mica mines: A death trap for child labourers

Thirteen-year-old Gudiya breaks away pieces of mica from rocks in an illegal open-cast mine in Koderma district of Jharkhand on June 29, 2016. (Nita Bhalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation )

Three months of investigations in the major mica-producing states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh found child labour rife. The darker story unfolded when a hidden secret unraveled -- the cover-up of seven child deaths in the past two months.

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