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Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi, Manchester attack probe widens: Top stories to watch out for

A digest of news stories to look out for during through the day.

india Updated: May 25, 2017 10:56 IST
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New Delhi, India - April 8, 2017: left to right, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee after inaugurates remotely a rail link and bus service to Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Photo Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - April 8, 2017: left to right, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee after inaugurates remotely a rail link and bus service to Bangladesh in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Photo Hindustan Times)(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi, Chandrababu Naidu meets Amit Shah, Britain ‘furious’ about US leaks on Manchester terror attack

Top stories now:

1- Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi today to raise financial crisis, Ganga erosion issues

Ahead of the Opposition’s huddle to decide on a consensus candidate for the presidential poll, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this afternoon. She is also likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi during her stay in the capital. Before leaving for Delhi, she told reporters in Kolkata, “... I will discuss the Ganga erosion problem and will ask for funds to deal with the problem of river erosion.”

2- Chandrababu Naidu to meet Amit Shah tomorrow

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu will hold a luncheon meeting with BJP national president Amit Shah during his visit to Andhra Pradesh, which assumes significance considering the irritants in ties between the two parties. The meeting comes in the wake of the BJP’s Telangana unit severing its ties with the TDP and the bad blood between second-rung leaders of the two parties in Andhra Pradesh, despite being partners at the Centre. The BJP president will also party workers at Vijayawada.

3- UN dismisses Pakistan claim that its observers fired at by Indians troops

The United Nations has denied that its observers came under attack from the Indian Army along the Line of Control, refuting allegations made my Pakistan on Wednesday. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, told reporters on Wednesday that there was no evidence of an attack on UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), according to news agency IANS. Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had alleged that a vehicle carrying UNMOGIP Majors Emmanual of the Philippines and Mirko of Croatia came under attack from India while on a visit to the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

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4- Babri Masjid case: Court to frame additional charges against Advani, others

A special CBI court hearing the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition cases in Lucknow is to frame additional charges today against BJP leader L K Advani and other accused after the Supreme Court ordered restoring of the serious criminal conspiracy offence against them. The Supreme Court had on April 19 directed that Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will face trial on conspiracy charges. It had transferred their case from Raebareli to Lucknow. Issuing a slew of directions, the court said additional charges will be framed under Section 120-B (conspiracy) and the other provisions of the penal code mentioned in the joint charge sheet filed by the CBI against the accused. Besides the BJP three leaders, the conspiracy charge would now be invoked against Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia, who were being tried at Raebareli.

5- Search continues for missing Sukhoi fighter jet, says Indian Air Force

Two days after the Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft with its two pilots went missing soon after take-off from Tezpur airbase in Assam, search and rescue operations continue but without any result and bad weather hampering the process. “Till now, no breakthrough has been made in locating the aircraft and its pilots,” the Indian Air Force said on Wednesday. An IAF C-130 aircraft with electro-optical payload, an Advanced Light Helicopter, and Chetak helicopters were tasked for the search operation on Wednesday.

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6- ‘Pradhan Mantri’ replaces ‘Indira Gandhi’ in govt maternity benefit scheme

The government has renamed the Matritva Sahyog Yojana-- a scheme to give Rs 6,000 to pregnant and lactating mothers for the first live birth-- as Pradhan Mantri Matritva Vandana Yojana (PMMVY). This is the second time that the scheme’s name has been changed. When it was launched way back in 2010 it was called the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana. After coming to power in 2014, the NDA government dropped “Indira Gandhi” from the scheme. Since 2014, over a dozen schemes have been launched/re-launched across ministries, that have been affixed with PM.

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7- AAP leader Ashish Khetan moves SC, alleges death threat, demands protection

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Ashish Khetan has approached the Supreme Court alleging he received death threats from a “right-wing” organisation and should be given police protection. Khetan’s petition claims his right to free speech and life and liberty is under threat. His complaints to the Delhi Police and even the Union home minister have allegedly gone unheard, prompting him to move the top court. The “prominent” AAP leader wants SC to order a court-monitored CBI probe and book those who have issued the threats to him.

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8- Britain ‘furious’ over US leaks on Manchester suicide bombing

“Furious” British officials have reprimanded their US counterparts on Wednesday following repeated leaks of shared material about the investigation into the deadly Manchester terror attack. British Home Secretary Amber Rudd criticised the US Department of Homeland Security and other intelligence branches after the bomber’s identity and details of the probe leaked out to US media before British officials felt ready to disclose them. But shortly after the interior minister complained, The New York Times newspaper published photographs from the scene of remnants of the bomb.

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9- Melania Trump wears veil to meet Pope but eschewed headscarf in Saudi Arabia

Melania Trump wore a veil to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet the pope, but no head covering a few days earlier to meet the king of Saudi Arabia, a religiously conservative country where most women cover themselves up from head to toe. Why the difference? The answer is a complicated mix of personal preference, diplomatic protocol and religious dictates.

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10- Shame, disgust, shock: Indians react to everyday racial prejudice in the country

Hindustan Times’s series Let’s Talk About Racism laid bare the skin prejudice of our country: A Nigerian student’s account of being a black man in India; a Northeastern woman’s story of being called ‘chinky’; and a film actor’s criticism of the fairness products industry shocked and disgusted people. People wrote to us inviting Ezeugo Nnamdi Lawrence to their homes, narrating the racism they had faced because of their skin colour, and suggesting how India could be made more tolerant.

Here are some letters we got.