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

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi lambasting the Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government for religious discrimination to German fighter jets escorting a Jet Airways aircraft after it lost contact with the ATS, here are the top news of Sunday.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2017 12:01 IST
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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang. (Agencies)

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

1) If a Kabristan can be constructed, so should a Shamshaan: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lambasted the Akhilesh Yadav-led government by drawing a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals, accusing the local administration of discrimination on the basis of religion. “In a village, if a cemetery can be constructed, so should a cremation ground. If electricity is supplied during Ramzan, so electricity should also be supplied during Diwali as well. There should not be any discrimination on the basis of religion and caste,” Prime Minister Modi said, addressing a poll rally in Fatehpur.

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2) German fighter planes escort Jet Airways flight after it loses contact with ATC

A communication failure on board a Jet Airways aircraft while flying over German airspace gave a scare to at least 330 passengers as authorities scrambled fighter jets to intercept the London-bound plane, which had taken off from Mumbai.

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3) All main parties upbeat about forming next government in UP, at halfway stage in polls

The third phase of polling recorded 61.16% turnout on Sunday as the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh crossed the halfway mark in terms of districts and constituencies that have voted. The main parties — the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress alliance, the BJP and the Mayawati’s BSP — are all upbeat about forming the next government. Mayawati told reporters that the BSP would win over 300 of the 403 seats in the state and she would form the next government.

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4) Embattled Nagaland CM TR Zeliang steps down; Neiphiu Rio likely to replace him

Ending more than two weeks of standoff with Nagaland Tribes Action Committee (NTAC), Nagaland chief minister TR Zeliang resigned from his post on Sunday evening. Zeliang had been under intense pressure to quit following an ultimatum given by the NTAC, an umbrella body of Nagaland’s 16 major tribes, which was seeking his ouster. The tribal organisations blamed him for trying to hold municipal polls with 33% reservation for women.

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5) Quota agitation: Jats to clog Delhi on March 2, ‘gherao’ Parliament

Upping the ante, the protesting Jats on Sunday decided to take their fight for reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to Delhi. The All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) announced that a ‘big protest’ will be held in the national capital on March 2.

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6) Swedes troll Trump after his claims of terror incident

Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump’s remark that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country. The comment prompted a barrage of social media reaction on Sunday.

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7) MS Dhoni axed as Rising Pune Supergiants skipper, Steve Smith takes over

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been removed as skipper of Rising Pune Supergiants for the 2017 Indian Premier League. The former Indian skipper, who stepped down from captaincy in the limited-overs format before the start of the England series, will now play only as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Steve Smith, the current Australia captain, will be the new skipper of the franchise.

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8) Monday likely to be better for Delhi-NCR commuters as more cabs hit the roads

For commuters who depend on taxis, it won’t be a manic Monday as more cabs have started hitting the roads even as a section of drivers continued their strike against mobile-based cab aggregators Ola and Uber. Over the weekend, commuters in Delhi-NCR had some respite when they were able to book rides after facing massive crunch over the past 10 days.

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9) Govt panel suggests removal of domicile provision laws relating to work for migrants

A working group on migration constituted by the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation ministry has recommended that states scrap the domicile or minimum duration of local residence provisions in laws relating to work. In India, migrants constitute approximately 29% of the workforce.

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10) ‘Tirupati Laddu’ causes Rs 140 crore annual loss to temple trust

The most sought-after ‘Tirupati Laddu’ has caused an annual loss of over Rs 140 crore to the cash-rich administration of Lord Venkateswara hill shrine for the last three years owing to its subsidised price and free distribution to some devotees, temple sources said. The laddu is sold at a subsidised price of Rs 25 per piece while the actual cost was about Rs 32.50.

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