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Uttarakhand CM swearing-in, Trump’s budget cuts: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

Here are some of the top stories to bring you up to date with today’s news.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2017 07:33 IST
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BJP workers hold BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat outside the BJP office in Dehradun following the party’s poll victory on Saturday. He will be sworn in as the state’s chief minister.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Here are some of the top stories to bring you up to date with today’s news.

‘Things are different now’: US man charged for assault of Indian-origin man

An American man has been charged with hate crime for assaulting an Indian-origin man and hurling racial slurs, mistaking him for a Muslim. Jeffrey Allen Burgess, 54, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, has been accused of intentionally harming a man named Ankur Mehta on November 22 because of his “perceived race, colour and national origin”. At the time of the incident, police said, Burgess was sitting next to Mehta inside the Red Robin restaurant when he began insulting him and then repeatedly elbowed him in the head.

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Those in power must take nation along with them: President Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee stressed on Friday the need to guard against “majoritarianism”, saying those in power must take the entire nation along at all times. “Consultation and consensus is the best and often the only way forward,” he said, lauding the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the BJP scored landslide victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. “In a Parliamentary democracy, we must always guard against majoritarianism. Those in power must involve and take the entire nation along with them at all times,” he said at the India Today conclave.

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Uttarakhand’s new CM Trivendra Singh Rawat first job will be choosing his cabinet

Senior BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat, who has a long RSS background, will be sworn in as the Uttarakhand chief minister on Saturday, ending speculation about the party’s choice for the post after its landslide assembly election victory. Rawat’s immediate task will be to select his council from more than four dozen claimants for ministerial berths. Uttarakhand’s cabinet cannot have no more than 11 ministers.

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Judges’ appointment: SC collegium to have last say over national security issue

The Supreme Court collegium has made it clear that it will have the last say in cases where its recommendation for appointment of a judge is returned by the government on the grounds of national security and public interest. While accepting national security and public interest as the new ground of objection to appoint a candidate as a judge, the collegium is learnt to have made it clear that the government will not have a right to reject its recommendation.

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Kashmir separatists warn Pakistan against ‘annexing’ Gilgit-Baltistan

Kashmir’s separatist leadership on Friday flayed a reported proposal by Pakistan to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province, and asked it to desist from embarking on a needless “adventure of annexation”. Both moderate and hardline separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, issued a joint statement terming any proposal to declare Giglit-Baltistan as the fifth state of Pakistan “unacceptable”.

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Jaitley says India not happy with label of world’s largest arms importer

India is not happy with the label of world’s largest importer of arms, defence minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday. “India has third-largest armed forces in the world. We are also one of the largest importers of defence equipment in the world. This definitely is not a label we are happy with,” Jaitley said at the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference here. Jaitley, who took charge as defence minister for the second time since 2014, said Russia will have a “comparative advantage” in partnering with India in the ‘Make in India’ programme.

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Digvijaya Singh faces heat over Goa fiasco, chorus grows in Congress for his ouster

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh is under fire for allegedly mishandling Goa, where the party snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The Congress emerged as the single largest party with 17 seats in the 40-member assembly but it was the BJP with 13 legislators that formed the government with the support of other parties. “I don’t know whether Digvijaya really wanted to form the Congress government in Goa. Looking at his actions, it did not seem like he did,” said Vishwajit Rane, who has quit the Congress and the Goa assembly. The sentiments were echoed by senior Congress leaders.

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Lower courts to use video conferencing to hear divorce, custody cases

The Supreme Court has asked lower courts to use video-conferencing facility in divorce, custody and other matrimonial cases when the estranged couple live in different cities, an order aimed at speedy disposal of such disputes. Disagreement between a husband and a wife over the place of hearing is one of the biggest reasons for delays in matrimonial cases.

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Trump’s budget cuts could hurt Modi’s pet urban development plan

US President announced outlines of his first budget this week, with many federal government agencies facing a funding axe. Among them is the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), that has worked with India on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet urban renewal project — the Smart Cities Mission — providing technical expertise and assistance.

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Trump reiterates strong support for NATO during meeting with Merkel

US President Donald Trump reiterated his strong support for NATO on Friday and pressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to meet NATO’s military spending target, in the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders. “I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel my strong support for NATO as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost of defense,” Trump said at a joint news conference with Merkel. The Chancellor said she told Trump that Germany needs to meet NATO spending goals. “We held a conversation where we were trying to address also those areas where we disagree, but we tried to bring people together ... (and) tried to find a compromise that is good for both sides,” Merkel said.

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Jadeja does a MS Dhoni and key moments from Day 2 of Ranchi Test

India cricket team came roaring back into the match after Ravindra Jadeja took his eighth five wicket haul to bowl out Australia, restricting them to a first-innings total of 451 in Ranchi on Friday. Ravindra Jadeja moved in front of the stumps to collect the ball and back-flicked towards the stumps without looking, a la MS Dhoni, to run out Josh Hazlewood.

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