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

Indian student attacked in Poland, no sale of liquor near highways, getting Indian visa now easier: Here’s a list of top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2017 07:55 IST
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Indian student attacked in Poland

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the student has survived the attack and it was an incident of beating.(Reuters File Photo)

Indian student attacked in Poland, no sale of liquor near highways, getting Indian visa now easier: Here’s a list of top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

1) Indian student survives brutal attack in Poland, Sushma Swaraj seeks report

An Indian student, who was allegedly brutally assaulted in Poland and was reported to have died, has survived the attack, according to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. “There was an incident of beating. Fortunately, he has survived. We are inquiring into all aspects of the incident,” she tweeted.

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2) Pubs and bars in Gurgaon’s Cyberhub, Delhi’s Aerocity to go dry after SC upholds liquor ban verdict

Watering holes at DLF CyberHub in Gurgaon and hotels at Aerocity in New Delhi will go dry immediately in view of a Supreme Court decision to uphold a previous order prohibiting the sale of liquor near highways across the country. The apex court on Friday maintained that its verdict banning the sale of alcoholic beverages at establishments located within 500 metres of state and national highways will extend to hotels, pubs and bars too. Consequently, thousands of bars and pubs across the country are likely to lose their liquor licences.

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3) Getting Indian visa to become easier from April 1: Here is all you need to know

The government has further liberalised its visa regime aimed at bringing more tourists and business travellers to the country. The new changes approved by the cabinet will be rolled out from April 1. With immediate effect, e-visa has been sub-divided into 3 categories -- e-tourist visa, e-business visa and e-medical visa. Till now, e-visa was only for tourists. E-visa facility has been extended to nationals of 161 countries for entry through 24 airports (earlier granted through 16 airports) and three ports: Cochin, Goa and Mangalore. Here is all you need to know about the new changes in various visa categories.

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4) Amit Shah eyes what even Narendra Modi could not: 150 seats in Gujarat

BJP chief Amit Shah has set a target for himself in Gujarat that even Narendra Modi could not achieve—winning 150 assembly seats. Modi’s best performance is 127 out of 182 seats in the 2002 polls, held after Godhra riots. Addressing BJP workers at the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, Shah said, “After 325 seats in UP, go out with confidence that we will get more than 150 seats in Gujarat.” Under Modi, BJP won 127 seats in 2002, 117 in 2007 and 115 in 2012 assembly elections.

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5) VHP to create jobs, takes dig at Modi government for not fulfilling electoral promise

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is promising work for India’s jobless Hindu youth. The hardline affiliate of the RSS has floated a helpline number for those who want jobs or training and will offer the service free of cost. The service, however, is open only for Hindus. In what can be perceived as a potshot at the Narendra Modi government for not fulfilling its promise of creating more jobs, VHP’s international president Pravin Togadia in a statement said: “We do not know the art of building castles in the air. We tirelessly work on the ground, and try to fulfill what we said.”

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6) Why no one wants to live in the bungalow next to the UP CM’s house in Lucknow

Who wouldn’t want to live next to the most famous address in Uttar Pradesh – 5, Kalidas Marg, the residence of the chief minister of India’s most-populous state? No one, it turns out, spooked by a superstition of ill luck descending on every occupant of the bungalow in the heart of Lucknow. The buzz in UP’s political and administrative circles is that anyone who occupies 6, Kalidas Marg – whether an IAS officer or a minister -- either ends up in political or official ignominy, a decline in political fortunes, jail, or grave illness.

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7) Govt aimed to build 15,000 km of roads in 2016-17 but laid down only 8,200 km

The Narendra Modi government built 22 km of roads per day in 2016-17, missing its ambitious target of constructing 41 km every day. Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari had set an all-time high target of building 15,000 km of roads in 2016-17 but only managed 8,200 km of roads. This construction figure, however, is the highest that the ministry has achieved till date and more than double of what the previous UPA government managed.

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8) Jio extends Prime offer till April 15, offers additional summer surprise

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, the newest telecom company, has announced it has notched an unprecedented 72 million paid subscribers, and extended by 15 days its rock-bottom priced data offer under Prime membership. The company, whose free extended promotional offer came to an end on March 31, also announced a complimentary offer for three months for those who paid Rs 303 prior to April 15.

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9) Indian-origin entrepreneur takes on Democrat firebrand Elizabeth Warren in Senate race

VA Shiva Ayyadurai, an Indian American who says he is the inventor of email, is looking to unseat firebrand Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, with supporters calling next year’s election a battle between a “real Indian” and a “fake Indian”. Warren had claimed in her 2012 campaign for the senate she was part Cherokee, an American Indian tribe. She won that election, but has not been able to shake off the controversy about her heritage since. Ayyaduria launched his campaign in February on Shivratri, tweeting, “Today, ShivaRatri, when Light overcame Darkness, we launched my campaign for US SENATE against @SenWarren. Defend the American Dream!”

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10) Saina Nehwal is like another player I have to play, don’t have to win every time we play: PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu said Friday’s blockbuster India Open superseries contest against former world No. 1 Saina Nehwal was “just another match.” “She (Saina) is not special that I have to win against her. She is like another player whom I have to play.It’s not that I have to win against her whenever I play. But I try to give my best against each player and gave my best against her too.” Saina Nehwal did not attend the post-match conference.

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