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LeT involved in Uri attack, Samsung Pay and other top stories to look out for today

Here are the top news stories of the day you need to look out for.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2017 10:22 IST
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Lashkar-e-Taiba
School students pay tributes to army soldiers killed in the Uri terror attack, in Thane. An NIA report concludes that it was the LeT and not the Jaish which was involved in the attack.(PTI)

Here are the top news stories of the day you need to look out for:

LeT, not Jaish-e-Mohammad, involved in Uri terror attack: NIA report

The March 8 National Investigation Agency report absolving two Pakistani teenagers of involvement in the Uri terror attack of September 18 last year says it was the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)—and not the Jaish-e-Mohammad as claimed by the Army—that did it. The attack claimed lives of 19 soldiers of 12 Infantry Brigade.

According to the report, accessed by Hindustan Times, the NIA’s conclusion that the LeT carried out the Uri attack is based on the coded matrix sheets recovered from the neutralised attackers. Read the full story here.

Babri demolition case: Judge who raised the flag against Advani not on bench

Justice Rohinton Nariman, who criticised the dropping of criminal conspiracy charges against 13 BJP and other right-wing leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will not be part of the bench that will hear the matter today.

Justice Nariman had made strong remarks against the trial court for dropping the conspiracy charges on technical ground. “People cannot be discharged like this,” he had said at the commencement of the proceedings. Justice PC Ghose had echoed a similar view. Read the full story here.

SM Krishna to join BJP today

Former external affairs and Karnataka chief minister SM Krishna will join the BJP in Delhi today, around seven weeks after he quit the Congress. Krishna is expected to be inducted into the ruling party in the presence of its national president Amit Shah and other leaders, including Ananth Kumar and R Ashok from Karnataka. Read the story here.

Samsung Pay expected to launch in India today: All you need to know

Samsung is expected to launch its digital payment solution, called Samsung Pay, in the country on Wednesday as Indians look to shift to newer payment methods post Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation exercise. The early access service is available with Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, and Standard Chartered banks. The company is expected to add support for Citibank and American Express soon. Read the full story here.

Amarinder Singh wants Congress to name his successor during his tenure as CM

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh is of the view the Congress high command should nominate his successor during his tenure as chief minister for a smooth transition on his retirement from politics. The 75-year-old CM had declared at the outset that the just concluded elections were his last. He said his successor could be projected in the final year of his five-year term. Read the full story here.

Missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad not linked to Islamic State, says Delhi Police

Delhi Police has rubbished reports which claimed that Najeeb Ahmad, a JNU student who went missing on October 15 from the campus, was browsing information about the Islamic State on his laptop prior to his alleged tiff with the members of the ABVP. The police clarified that they have not found any such logs from his computer and no such information has been conveyed to them by Google and YouTube. Read the full story here.

UGC lists 23 Indian universities as fake, but states puzzled over their ‘existence’

The Indian higher education regulator has listed 23 universities as fake — not approved to grant degrees or diplomas. But most state governments wondered why these names were on the list since the institutes either don’t exist or have closed down. The University Grants Commission (UGC) releases a list of fake universities across India before the start of the academic session every year. Read the full story here.

UK bans laptops and tablets on flights from six Middle East countries

Britain tightened airline security on flights from Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa on Tuesday, banning laptops and tablet computers from the plane cabin following a US security warning. Passengers flying directly to Britain from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey will be required to place those devices and large phones into hold luggage, a government spokesman said. Read the full story here.

North Korea has no fear of US sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms: Envoy

North Korea has nothing to fear from any US move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue “acceleration” of its nuclear and missile programmes, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday. This includes developing a “pre-emptive first strike capability” and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Read the full story here.

US drone kills militant blamed for attack on Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan

A US drone air strike in Afghanistan has killed a Pakistani militant accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009, Pakistani security sources and Islamist militants said.

The unmanned US aircraft targeted a car carrying Qari Mohammad Yasin, also known as Ustad Aslam, on Sunday in the southwestern Afghan province of Paktika bordering Pakistan, Pakistani intelligence sources said. The attack killed Yasin, who specialised in training suicide bombers, and three other militants. Read the full story here.

Man stops fight between two teenagers, video goes viral: Watch what he did

A video showing a man stopping a fight between two teenagers in New Jersey and refusing to leave until the boys shake hands has drawn millions of views and heaps of praise for his intervention. The video has been viewed more than 24 million times since being posted on Facebook on Monday. See the video here.