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While you were away: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

From US President Donald Trump issuing new measures to crackdown on illegal immigrants to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio promising to stay cheaper than rivals, here are the top 10 news to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2017 07:50 IST
HT Correspondent
(Agencies)

Here’s a quick update of what’s in the news.

1) Trump issues new orders cracking down on illegal immigrants

The US Department of Homeland Security issued tough new orders Tuesday to begin a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants, putting nearly all of the country’s 11 million undocumented foreigners in their cross-hairs. Two memos order border patrol and immigration officers to deport as quickly as possible any illegal immigrants they find, with only a few exceptions. The priority for deportation will remain undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes, but will also include anyone who has been charged or potentially faces criminal charges.

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2) PM Modi asks US to have ‘far-sighted’ view on H-1B visas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the United States to keep an open mind on admitting skilled Indian workers, in comments that pushed back against Republican President Donald Trump’s “America First” rhetoric on jobs. “The Prime Minister referred to the role of skilled Indian talent in enriching the American economy and society,” Modi’s office said in a statement after he met a bipartisan delegation of 26 members of the US Congress.

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3) Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio promises to stay cheaper than rivals

Reliance Jio whose free data offering started a price war has said the company will start charging for its services, but not before it hurts its rivals more. Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Jio said the firm “will monitor all publically announced plan for all operators across the country on a regular basis.” “At Jio we will not only match the highest selling tariff of each of the telecom operators... but provide 20% more data for all those plans,” he said.

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4) Delhi’s Ramjas College cancels invite to JNU students Umar Khalid, Shehla Rashid

Delhi University’s Ramjas College was forced to call off a seminar after heated protests against an invite to JNU students Shehla Rashid and Umar Khalid, who was accused of shouting anti-India slogans last year. Members of the college student union and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which owes allegiance to the RSS, disrupted the event even before Khalid reached the campus.

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5) Airforce sergeant murders colleague, hides chopped-up body in polythene bags

Police recovered the chopped-up body of a missing airforce employee from the residential quarters of a sergeant in the Bhisiana airforce station. The pieces of the body of Vipin Shukla, a corporal in the Air Force Wives Welfare Association Canteen, were found stuffed in 16 polythene bags and hidden in different parts of the accused’s quarters.

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6) Hafiz Saeed, 4 others challenge their house arrest

Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed and four others have challenged their house arrest in the Lahore High Court. Pakistani authorities put Saeed and four other leaders of JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat under house arrest in Lahore on January 30 under the country’s anti-terrorism act.

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7) Why Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan went unsold in the 2017 IPL auction

A high base price and lack of match practice may have gone against Ishant Sharma, while injuries and poor batting form are attributed to Irafan Pathan missing out.

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8) UP polls: Why are all parties confident at halfway stage?

The main parties are upbeat about their prospects in UP elections. HT spoke to party strategists and activists to discern the narrative that sustains their optimism.

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9) BMC polls: What it means for Shiv Sena and BJP, parties with most at stake

The election to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is being seen as a do or die battle for the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. Each of these parties is looking at these elections with an eye on the 2019 assembly polls. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is fighting to stay relevant and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is trying to make its presence felt.

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10) Roman Catholic church wants members to observe ‘carbon fast’ this Lent

Lent – a 40-day season which begins on March 2 – is a time of austerity, prayers and atonement. Many observe it in their own way; some abstain from tobacco and alcohol, others forgo favourite foods; many fast or do community service. This year, the archdiocese of Bombay has asked Catholics to observe a ‘carbon fast’ to create awareness about global warming.

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