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

From Finance Bill approved in Lok Sabha to Last chance for depositing old notes in RBI today to deposed South Korean president arrested, here are the top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2017 07:58 IST
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Union finance minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. The Lok Sabha rejected five amendments moved by the Rajya Sabha to pass the finance bill on Thursday.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Thursday. The Lok Sabha rejected five amendments moved by the Rajya Sabha to pass the finance bill on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

From Finance Bill approved in Lok Sabha to Last chance for depositing old notes in RBI today to deposed South Korean president arrested, here are the top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

1) Lok Sabha approves Finance Bill, rejects changes made in Rajya Sabha

The Lok Sabha rejected five amendments moved by the Rajya Sabha to pass the finance bill on Thursday, completing the budgetary exercise well before the start of the next financial year. The finance bill, being a money bill, will now go to the President for approval. As per Article 109 of the Constitution, the Rajya Sabha has limited powers with regard to draft legislations tagged by the government as money bills. However, finance minister Arun Jaitley invited suggestions from political parties – including the Congress and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) – to make electoral funding “more clean and transparent”.

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2) Indian-American Sikh doctor in US gets death threats

A Sikh doctor in the US has received death threats from an anonymous caller in Indiana amid a series of hate crime incidents against Indian- Americans. Amandeep Singh, a general internist at Monroe Hospital in Indiana, recently received the death threat through a text message on his cell phone by the unknown individual who claimed to have murdered the number’s previous owner, community leaders said.

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3) Supreme Court takes a break from summer holidays; judges to hear cases on triple talaq, WhatsApp privacy

For the first time in the Supreme Court’s history, three constitution benches of five judges each will sit during the summer break. These would be in addition to the two regular vacation benches set up every year to hear urgent matters. Nineteen of the 28 judges will be hearing cases during the 90-day break, which is unprecedented. Typically, four SC judges work during court holidays. The practice has often come under criticism in the face of huge backlog. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year questioned the long vacation.

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4) Tamil Nadu parties don’t like the ‘sign’ of Hindi on highways, threaten stir

Tamil Nadu may just witness a renewed anti-Hindi flare-up, with a number of regional parties objecting to the use of the language on signboards across the state. Political groups such as the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) and Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) have threatened to launch an agitation if the Centre “continues erasing town names in English and replacing them with Hindi translations” on signboards installed across highways passing through Tamil Nadu.

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5) Uttar Pradesh’s meat sellers may call off strike after ‘positive meeting’ with CM Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh’s non-vegetarian fare may be back as the ongoing strike by meat sellers and prominent eateries is likely to be called off soon. The hope was raised following chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s assurance to meat sellers and exporters that his government will protect interests of all genuine operators. Sirajuddin Qureshi the president of the All India Jamiatul Quresh – an association of the state’s abattoirs and meat sellers– told HT that it has appealed to it members to consider withdrawing the strike.

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6) Delhi, Mumbai, 5 other airports to do away with handbag stamping from tomorrow

Domestic air travellers at Delhi and six other airports will not have to get hand baggage tag stamped anymore. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), has decided to do away with the procedure to speed up the check in process from April 1. Besides Delhi, the rule will be implemented in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Cochin. In December, CISF had started trial runs for this but stamping resumed after a week due to security concerns.

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7) Last chance for depositing old notes in RBI today, but are you eligible?

The queues at the designated RBI offices are getting longer as the deadline for exchange of scrapped notes draws to a close on March 31. The anxiety is palpable as holding of more than 10 notes of banned currency will become a crime for Indian residents after March 31. But everyone waiting for their turn outside the central bank’s offices is not eligible to exchange their old notes.

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8) Bajaj, Hero and Honda offer up to Rs 22,000 discount in clearance sale

Two-wheeler majors Hero MotoCorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), Bajaj Auto and Suzuki Motorcycle are offering discounts of up to Rs 22,000 on BS-III models to liquidate stocks, a day after the Supreme Court banned sale and registration of such vehicles from April 1. With 6.71 lakh two-wheelers, out of over 8 lakh BS-III vehicles impacted by the ban, dealers said the immediate effort is to sell as many units as possible before the deadline by offering “unheard of discounts” in the industry.

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9) Deposed South Korean president Park Geun-hye arrested

South Korea’s disgraced former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and jailed Friday over high-profile corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find her successor. A convoy of vehicles, including a black sedan carrying Park, entered a detention facility near Seoul after the Seoul Central District Court granted prosecutors’ request to arrest her.

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10) Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu set up quarterfinal blockbuster at India Open badminton

Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu will clash in the quarterfinals of the India Open World Super Series on Friday after both of them won their second round matches comfortably. Saina Nehwal took just 33 minutes to dispatch Pompawee Chochuwong of Thailand with a 21-14, 21-11 win while PV Sindhu outplayed Saena Kawakami of Japan 21-16, 23-21. Both players were guarded in their response to questions on the much-anticipated quarterfinal.

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