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Here are the 10 news stories of the day to look out for

india Updated: Mar 04, 2017 11:30 IST
HT Correspondent
UP election

BJP supporters attend the PM Modi’s rally at Mirzapur in Varanasi.(Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Watch out for the following news:

1- PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati campaign in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati will be campaigning in Varanasi today. Modi is scheduled to arrive in Varanasi at 3 PM. His calendar includes a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, the Kaal Bhairav temple and a meeting at the Kashi Vidyapith University. His visit coincides with a joint road show by Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav. BSP chief Mayawati will also address a rally at Rohaniya.

2- Polling for 49 Assembly seats in phase six of UP polls

Polling for 49 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats in UP will be held today. The districts going to polls are Mau, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia. The BSP is contesting all 49 seats, BJP 45, SP 40 and Congress nine. In the 2012 Assembly poll, SP won 27, BSP 9, BJP 7 and Congress 4. Central Para Military Forces have reached the constituencies and carried out flag march in sensitive areas. Indo-Nepal border with Maharajganj and Gorakhpur, and border with Bihar have been sealed.

3- Manipur goes to polls today

The first phase of elections for the Manipur Assembly which will be held today. Political parties have focused their campaigns on the continuing economic blockade by the United Naga Council and the state government’s inability to break it. Other issues include the alleged lack of development, corruption, and worsening law and order in the state. BJP leaders blame the ruling Congress for the blockade while the latter focus their critique on the “secretive nature” and contents of the Naga Framework Agreement between the central government and the NSCN (IM) in 2015.

4- Second India-Australia Test: Pune win is past, it’s a new game, says Smith

Australia’s captain Steve Smith said the big win in the series-opener in Pune is a thing of the past now and the tourists would look to start afresh when they take on India in the second cricket Test starting in Bengaluru. “We can take a lot of heart from the way we played last week. The conditions were very tough and the way the boys adopted to the conditions was appreciable. But it is a new game and we will have to make a fresh start. We will have to start from ball one,” Smith told reporters.

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5- Jaishankar meets Rex Tillerson, discusses H1-B visas with Trump administration

Foreign secretary S Jaishankar discussed the challenges of dealing with terrorism in meetings he held with senior US administration officials, including secretary of state Rex W Tillerson, commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, secretary of homeland security John F Kelly, national security adviser Lt Gen HR McMaster, House speaker Paul Ryan and other members of Congress. Jaishankar said India has conveyed to the Donald Trump administration that partnership with Delhi is important for the growing American economy to stay competitive. He also said the issue of H1-B visas was discussed in a number of meetings with officials as well as lawmakers.

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6- Will Modi visit Palestine when he goes to Israel this year?

It remains uncertain whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to Palestine when he goes to Israel, possibly in June. If Modi doesn’t travel to Palestine it will be a break from the past; senior leaders who have so far travelled to the region have had both Israel and Palestine in their itinerary.

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7- Easing of India-Pakistan tensions after UP elections?

India and Pakistan could be looking to re-engage after the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, with a slew of measures hinting that tensions between the two sides may have eased a bit. Though a resumption of dialogue is not in sight, India said on Friday it had accepted an invitation to a meeting of the Indus Water Commissioners in Lahore. The two countries are also taking a lenient view on the issue of prisoners, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are expected to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Astana in June.

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8- Trump administration considering separating women, children entering US illegally at Mexico border

Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by US authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Part of the reason for the proposal is to deter mothers from migrating to the United States with their children, say officials who have been briefed on the proposal.

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9- Aadhaar number made mandatory for students to receive midday meals

Students will now be required to have an Aadhaar number for getting their midday meals across the country. The HRD ministry has issued a notification to this effect. This rule will be applicable across the country, except Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam.

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10- 30,000 guests, palatial set: The royal wedding of Maharashtra BJP chief’s son

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra chief has hit the headlines over his son’s opulent wedding that involved sleek video invites, designer sets and a lavish ceremony monitored by police using drone-mounted cameras. At least 30,000 guests, including the state’s entire cabinet led by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, attended the wedding of Raosaheb Danve’s son Santosh. The wedding featured a wedding set resembling a medieval-era palace.

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