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

BJP’s no to imposition of beef ban in northeastern states, Nigerians beaten up in Greater Noida, Steve Smith’s outburst against Murali Vijay, here are top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Mar 28, 2017 07:43 IST
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Several Africans were assaulted in Greater Noida on Monday as people from a protest march attacked black foreigners in the area.
Several Africans were assaulted in Greater Noida on Monday as people from a protest march attacked black foreigners in the area.(HT Photo )

From BJP saying no to beef ban if elected in northeastern states and Nigerians beaten up in Greater Noida to Australian captain Steve Smith’s outburst against Murali Vijay, here are 10 top stories to keep you up to date:

Crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses: Meat prices in Delhi soar following traders strike in UP

Meat traders’ strike in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh has halved Delhi’s supply and sent the prices soaring, with mutton selling for Rs 500 a kilo in some areas on Monday. Traders at Ghazipur, Delhi’s only slaughter house and biggest wholesale meat market, said they were not getting cattle from Uttar Pradesh, the biggest suppliers of animals, which had led to buffalo and goat meat costing at least 25% more. Delhi doesn’t have livestock farms and relies on neighbouring Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The bulk of buffalo supply to Ghazipur is from UP, which is country’s biggest meat producer. Read the full story here.

No beef ban if we come to power in poll-bound Northeast states: BJP

Amid a crackdown in Uttar Pradesh by the new BJP government to enforce a ban on cow slaughter and illegal abattoirs, the party has clarified that a similar rule would not be imposed in three northeastern states which go to polls next year. Beef is widely consumed in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and the drive against illegal abattoirs in UP has prompted speculation in these states. Read the full storyhere.

Nigerians beaten up by locals in Greater Noida, Sushma Swaraj seeks report

A Nigerian girl was allegedly abducted and several Africans were assaulted in Greater Noida on Monday as people from a protest march over a teenage boy’s death because of suspected drugs overdose attacked black foreigners in the area. The peaceful protest march suddenly turned violent and triggered a vicious racial attack as locals have accused Africans living in the area of drugging class 12 student Manish Khari, who died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday. Most of the victims of the mob attack were shopping near Pari Chowk, oblivious to the undercurrent of anger against Africans. Read the full story here.

Mental Healthcare Bill decriminalising suicide attempt passed by Parliament

The new Mental Healthcare Bill that decriminalises attempt to suicide and bans use of electric shock therapy for treating children with mental illness was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday. The Rajya Sabha had passed earlier in August 2016. An important factor in the Bill is that it separates attempt to suicide from the Indian Penal Code. In effect, IPC provisions cannot be invoked in case of an attempt to suicide. Read the full story here.

Govt did not give time to study GST proposals, claim Opposition members

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday introduced the GST and related bills in the Lok Sabha amid objections by some Opposition members over the manner the government had moved the proposed legislation. Opposition leaders KC Venugopal (Congress) and Saugata Roy (Trinamool) sought a ruling from Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, claiming that the government had not given the members enough time to study the bills. The opposition MPs asked how the government could expect the members to check the website at midnight and questioned why the issue was not discussed at last week’s meeting of Business Advisory Committee. Read the full story here.

Murali Vijay a ‘f**king cheat’, Steve Smith’s outburst raises Twitter storm

Australia captain Steve Smith appeared to call Murali Vijay a “f**king cheat” after the Indian opener claimed to have taken a catch that was later ruled grounded. Vijay, fielding at gully, seemed to have caught Josh Hazlewood off Ravichandran Ashwin for the final wicket of Australia’s second innings in the Dharmasala test. The India opener, convinced he had claimed the catch cleanly, left the field to begin padding up while the on-field umpires considered it for a referral. Smith, who was in the Australian dressing room, was visibly displeased with Vijay’s run to the pavilion and was caught by television cameras mouthing the words. Read the full story here.

Manu’s flood was real, Saraswati nurtured Harappan settlements: Indian experts

Manu’s flood, widely believed to be a mythological phenomenon, was real, while the mythical river Saraswati actually existed and had nurtured human settlements of the Harappan civilisation, according to Indian experts. BB Lal, former director general of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) known for his works on Ayodhya, presented a research paper on Manu’s flood at a seminar organised by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) on Monday. Read the full storyhere.

Trump backs H-1B reform bill, says US lawmaker

A senior Republican lawmaker on Monday said his bill proposing a massive hike in the minimum salary for those employed on H-1B visas to prevent outsourcing has the backing of President Donald Trump, himself a critic of the programme. If enacted, the bill will hurt Indian IT firms in the US and all other consultancies whose business model was based on offering same services performed by temporary foreign workers on salaries lower than their American counterparts’. Read the full storyhere.

London attacker interested in jihad but no evidence of IS link: Police

British police said on Monday they had found no evidence that Khalid Masood, who killed four people in an attack on Britain’s parliament last week, had any association with Islamic State or al Qaeda, but he was clearly interested in jihad. The statement came as 52-year-old Muslim convert Khalid Masood’s mother spoke out for the first time, saying she was “deeply shocked, saddened and numbed”. Read the full story here.

SPS Oberoi, the NRI businessman from Punjab who just saved 10 Indians from death sentence in UAE

For SPS Oberoi, philanthropy is a way of life. So much so that Oxford University had bestowed an honorary doctorate on him for it. The 59-year-old businessman, a native of India’s Punjab and based in Dubai, is in the news again for depositing blood money to save 10 Indians from his home state who faced the death sentence for the murder of a Pakistani man in the UAE. He deposited Rs 60 lakh (200,000 dirham) with a UAE court last week and the 10 youths from Punjab would soon be released as the murder victim’s father has agreed to a pardon. Read the full storyhere.