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

A glace at the important news and developments from around the world.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2017 07:54 IST
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Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to people during his road show in Varanasi on March 5. (HT Photo/Adarsh Gupta)

From PM Narendra Modi’s election rally in Varanasi to White House ordering Congress to examine whether the Barack Obama administration abused its investigative authority, here’s a quick update of what’s in the news:

1- Modi accuses SP, BSP of pursuing selective development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday the SP and the BSP created a culture of ‘kuch logo ka saath, kuch logo ka vikas’ in politics for the sake of votes. “This will not work. We want development of one and all,” Modi said adding, “SP and BSP are birds of the same feather”, he said at a rally in Varanasi.

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2- India conveys ‘deep concerns’ to US over recent killings of expatriates

India’s ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna conveyed Delhi’s “deep concerns” to the US government over the recent tragic incidents involving Indian-origin people, including Hardish Patel who was shot in South Carolina. The US state department expressed condolences and assured India it working with all agencies to ensure speedy justice.

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3- Constable, two militants killed in J&K’s Tral, stone-throwers target forces

A policeman and two militants were killed on Sunday in a fierce 18-hour gunfight in south Kashmir’s Tral, as people from neighbouring villages threw stones at security personnel to disrupt the counter-insurgency operation.

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4- White House asks Congress to examine if Obama abused investigative power

The White House asked the US Congress on Sunday to examine whether the Barack Obama administration abused its investigative authority during the 2016 campaign, as part of an ongoing congressional probe into Russia’s influence on the election. The request came a day after President Donald Trump alleged, without supporting evidence, that then President Obama ordered a wiretap of the phones at Trump’s campaign headquarters in New York.

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5- China’s defence budget set to cross $150bn, three times that of India

China’s annual defence budget is set to officially cross $150 billion for the first time in 2017, the finance ministry said on Sunday. That will be three times India’s defence spending proposed in the budget. An official from China’s finance ministry pegged the defence budget at 1.044 trillion Yuan or $151 billion, a 7% increase from last year’s outlay.

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6- International NGO calls for tourist boycott of Kaziranga based on BBC film

Survival International, a global NGO for ‘tribal people’s rights’, wrote to 131 tour operators in 10 countries last week urging them to boycott Kaziranga “till the park stops shooting people on sight”. The call came following a BBC documentary ‘Killing for Conservation’ aired last month, which tried to portray that forest guards in the park had been given license to kill people who appear to be a threat to wildlife.

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7- Mercedes recalls one million vehicles worldwide due to overheating, fire risk

Mercedes is recalling about one million cars and SUVs worldwide because a starter part can overheat and cause fires. The recall covers certain C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs, all from 2015 through 2017, including nearly 308,000 in the US.

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8- Class 10 student in Tamil Nadu develops technique to detect ‘silent heart attacks’

Akash Manoj, a class 10 student from Tamil Nadu has developed a new technique that can non-invasively detect the risk of a ‘silent heart attack’, an advance that may save many lives in rural areas. The technique involves frequently analysing the presence of FABP3 -- a blood biomarker of heart attack -- without puncturing the skin. Manoj is staying in Rashtrapati Bhavan as a guest of President Pranab Mukherjee under the Innovation Scholars In-Residence Programme.

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9- New Delhi eyes big defence pact with Bangladesh during PM Hasina’s April visit

India and Bangladesh are discussing scope to ink a comprehensive defence pact during the visit of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in April. India is eying is a comprehensive defence pact that encompasses training, sale of military hardware and military to military cooperation. New Delhi is also willing commit up to $ 500 million in line of credit for military cooperation with Dhaka.

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10- Attacks on Indian-origin people in the US leaves Delhi in a tricky position

The recent attacks against people of Indian origin in the US poses a conundrum for India when it comes to consular services, since the latter are offered only after verification of nationality. The NDA government rushed consular officers to the spot though the victims of the last two attacks were American citizens, albeit of Indian origin.

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