HT news fix: Biggest stories of the day you don’t want to miss

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 23:21 IST
A quick look at some of the biggest stories of the day. (HT Photo)

Missed the biggest stories of the day? Don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. Read on to get your news fix for the day.


Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel offers to resign, says BJP needs ‘fresh face’

Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel offered to resign on Monday, a decision seen prompted by mounting pressure over her government’s handling of a string of political protests. She said in a Facebook post that she told the BJP leadership about her plan to step down two months ago. She will be setting down after completing two years at the helm in November.

3 Bulandshahr gangrape accused sent to jail for 14 days

A fast track court in Bulandshahar has sent three accused in the highway gangrape case to 14 days of judicial custody on Monday. Police produced the three accused — Raees, Shavej and Jabar Singh — in the court of additional district judge Dhruv Kumar Tiwari amid tight security on Monday afternoon. The accused were arrested on Sunday evening.

Hafiz Sayeed, Pak Islamic groups threaten protests against Rajnath visit

Leaders of religious and extremist groups, including Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed, have warned of protests against Indian home minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to Pakistan on August 3, putting the Nawaz Sharif government in an embarrassing position.

‘My leader slapped me’: Expelled AIADMK MP breaks down in Rajya Sabha

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa from the AIADMK on Monday, prompting the Rajya Sabha member to claim in Parliament that her “leader slapped” her and that her life was under threat. The dramatic developments came two days after Pushpa slapped DMK MP Tiruchi Siva at the Delhi airport, triggering a controversy and delaying a flight.

Assam floods: Death toll climbs to 34, over 110,000 people affected

Three people died on Monday in Assam, taking the death toll to 34 in the deluge that has as affected more than 1.1 million people. The state disaster management agency said 1,659 villages in 21 districts were affected by the floods, down from 1.7 million people affected across 2,266 villages till Sunday.


Unfazed by Brexit vote, Goans revel in London festival

There is anxiety among European Union citizens about their future in Britain after the June 23 Brexit vote, but not much of it was evident as more than 12,000 Portuguese citizens of Goan-origin revelled at a festival here on Sunday. The “UK Goan Festival London” was celebrated in characteristic “susegad” (contented) style with a colourful carnival parade, music, alcohol and traditional cuisine, with Britain’s exit from the EU rarely in the air.

New York Post publishes nude pictures of Trump’s wife Melania... again

The New York Post on Monday ran a front-page picture of potential first lady Melania Trump naked, prompting criticism on social media and charges of misogyny. It was the second day in a row that the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid ran a front page nude image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s wife from her years as a young model.


Nada gives clean chit to Narsingh Yadav, clears him of doping charges

Wrestler Narsingh Yadav was cleared of doping charges by an anti-doping disciplinary panel on Monday, which said he was a victim of sabotage, but his Olympic dream rests on clearance from the sport’s global governing body and the Rio Games organisers. The 26-year-old had tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid, but he pleaded innocence saying his supplements and water were spiked.

Arsenal wrap up US pre-season tour with impressive win over Chivas Guadalajara

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a second half goal on a brilliant solo effort as English giants Arsenal earned their second win of their US tour by defeating Chivas Guadalajara 3-1. Oxlade-Chamberlain scored just five minutes into the second half, using a back heel flick to loose a Chivas defender, and then cut to the middle before hammering a left-footed shot into the far corner.


India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki hikes prices by up to Rs 20,000

India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India hiked prices of its various models by up to Rs 20,000 on Monday. The increase in price for the newly-launched compact SUV Vitara Brezza will be Rs 20,000, while that of new premium hatchback Baleno is Rs 10,000. On a select range, the price hike will be between Rs 1,500 and Rs 5,000, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a regulatory filing.

Subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 1.93 per cylinder

Subsidised cooking gas (LPG) price was hiked on Monday by Rs 1.93 per cylinder, the second increase in rates in one month as the government looked at monthly increases to cut down subsidies. A subsidised 14.2-kg cylinder will now cost Rs 423.09 in Delhi as against Rs 421.16 previously, according to state- owned oil firms.


Salman Khan gets emotional, breaks down at Rajjat Barjatya’s prayer meet

Notwithstanding his tough exterior, Salman Khan is known to be soft-hearted. But, no one’s really seen that side of him in public. However, on Sunday, the actor broke down at his friend, Rajjat Barjatya’s prayer meet. An inconsolable Salman, who was accompanied by his sister, Alvira Agnihotri, was seen hugging Rajjat’s cousin, filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya, and sobbing.

Varan Dhawan, John Abraham’s Dishoom punches its way to a Rs 37 crore opening

Director Rohit Dhawan’s Dishoom, starring Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez, minted Rs 37.32 crore in its opening weekend. Dishoom, which collected Rs 11.05 crore on its opening day on July 29, received good footfalls over the weekend and minted Rs 12.02 crore on Saturday and Rs 14.25 crore on Sunday, read a statement issued on behalf of the producers.


Think about a future with your partner to tackle relationship woes

Instead of reacting in the heat of the moment and regretting it later or doing an irreparable damage, it is better to sit back and think about your future with your partner in times of crisis, suggest researchers.

Beer lovers, we’ve found you your dream job. You can thank us later

It cannot get better than this for all the avid beer drinkers out there. We have found you your dream job. What, you ask? Well, you have got to travel across the United States drinking all sorts of brews and you’d be paid for it — $64,650 (over Rs 43 lakhs) a year. No, we are not kidding.


Harman Kardon Esquire 2 review: Powerful, high bass all round Bluetooth speaker

Since 2000, Harman Kardon has also dabbled in computer audio. With personal audio emerging as one of the largest segments of the market for audio equipment, firms like Harman Kardon are now trying to play catch up with other companies that are already well established in the field.

How to get an Uber, food, flights, free data and more on Snapdeal app

I haven’t been a fan of Snapdeal and prefer Amazon for buying things online, but the Snpadeal app sudden seems like the most eligible e-commerce app to have on your phone at all times after they announced the ability to book an Uber on it. It recently added a range of services on its platform, allowing customers to book tickets, flights, plumber, order food and even pay bills directly through its platform.

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