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Here are the top 10 stories coming up in the day that you need to know about

From Tamil Nadu assembly floor test to DDCA case court hearing and more, here are the top 10 stories coming up in the day that you need to know about

india Updated: Feb 18, 2017 11:52 IST
HT Correspondent
Tamil Nadu floor test
Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami after taking the oath of secrecy administered by governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Thursday.(PTI)

Watch out for the following news:

1) Tamil Nadu trust vote in the Assembly

Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami faces a floor test today where he is expected to sail through, although experts argue that some disgruntled legislators could upset calculations. AIADMK has 134 MLAs in the 234 seat assembly. Palaniswami claims the support of 124 colleagues, while his challenger O Panneerselvam has 11 lawmakers on his side. The DMK will vote against Palaniswami. The Congress’ strategy remains unclear.

2) GST Council to finalise draft model GST law

The GST Council that meets today is likely to finalise the draft model GST law including final drafting of the anti-profiteering clause to ensure benefit of lower taxes gets shared with consumers. The Council, headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states, maly also finalise the constitution of a ‘National Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal’ to adjudicate disputes. The government intends to introduce the model GST law in Parliament next month. The government wants to roll out the new regime from July 1 but has to pass two laws in Parliament and each of the state legislatures have to pass the State GST Act.

3) Arvind Kejriwal and Kirti Azad asked to appear in court today

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad are slated to appear before a city court in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) and its vice -president Chetan Chauhan. Metropolitan magistrate Abhilash Malhotra has observed that their statements prima facie adversely affected the reputation of the cricketing body and its officials. “A person especially holding a constitutional post is reasonably expected to exercise sensitivity and prudence in making discourses and imputations which may have negative impact on the reputation of an institution working in public domain,” the court said.

4) Call for Karnataka bandh to lift ban on Kambala, like Jallikattu

Former MLA Vatal Nagaraj has called for a bandh in Karnataka, asking the Centre to support Kambala – a buffalo race in a slushy field – as a legal sport. Following the agitation for legalisation of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, protests are taking root in Karnataka for lifting the ban on Kambala. The state government has asked the Centre to support the cause “as the issue falls under the Concurrent list”. Kambala was stopped following Karnataka high court’s interim order in November, based on a petition by PETA.

5) The Urdu literary festival, Jashn-e-Rekhta, continues in Delhi

Scholars, writers, poets, singers, artists and admirers of the language gather at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts to celebrate Urdu in all its forms. The roster includes panel discussions, dastangoi (storytelling) sessions, mushairas, qawwalis, ghazals, baitbaazi street plays.

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6) Visually impaired IIM Lucknow girl beats all odds to land job

Her professor calls her a symbol of resilience and perseverance. 21-year-old Paridhi Verma got an offer as a customer relationship executive from a microfinance bank.

7) After Modi, CM Fadnavis uses holograms to connect with voters

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is using hologram technology to woo voters in the Maharashtra civic polls. To reach a wider audience, the BJP has introduced a three-dimensional hologram of Fadnavis through a mobile app. Users have to download the app -- “Invite CM” -- to listen to the CM’s message.

8) Kim Jong Nam’s autopsy remains inconclusive

Malaysia performed a second autopsy on Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, after the first procedure was inconclusive, piling on the intrigue surrounding what appeared to be a well-executed assassination at a Kuala Lumpur airport . Police have arrested a fourth suspect, identified as a North Korean man.

9) EU will not turn right

Resisting the White nationalism unleashed by US President Donald Trump is essential for Europe’s survival, writes London-based writer and lecturer, Sunny Hundal.

10) Friday’s box office

A week before the Oscars, several big contenders were released this Friday: Martin Scorsese’s period drama Silence, Barry Jenkins’ surreal Moonlight, and the inspirational true story Hidden Figures. Then, there was the return of John Wick (John Wick: Chapter 2) and Batman (The Lego Batman Movie). With Hollywood releases taking up most of the screens, only two major Bollywood films could find space: Running Shaadi and Irada. The multilingual thriller The Ghazi Attack however, garnered acclaim.