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

From Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami announcing a slew of schemes for the state to US President Donald Trump picking military strategist Lt Gen HR McMaster as the national security adviser, here are top ten stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2017 08:45 IST
HT Correspondent
(Clockwise) E Palaniswami, Donald Trump and Lt Gen HR McMaster.
(Clockwise) E Palaniswami, Donald Trump and Lt Gen HR McMaster.(Agencies)

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

1) Malayalam actress assault case: Contract mafia gang may be involved

Police have launched an overarching investigation into the alleged abduction and molestation of a popular Malayalam film star, amid swirling speculation that her rivals hired contract criminals to stage the crime and ruin her career.

Read the full story here.

2) Palaniswami starts off with populist measures, Stalin questions his legitimacy

Edappadi Palaniswami’s first task as the Tamil Nadu chief minister was to sign five files, each launching a welfare measure promised by Jayalalithaa in the AIADMK election manifesto. He offered drought relief to farmers, shut down 500 government–run wine shops, announced subsidy for two-wheelers for working women and increased financial assistance for pregnant women. Meanwhile, DMK working president MK Stalin threatened to move another no-confidence motion against Palaniswami, calling him a proxy of the jailed general secretary, VK Sasikala.

See full stories here and here.

3) Rohith Vemula declared non-Dalit on just two of seven testimonies

A new inquiry that recently declared Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula an OBC and not a Dalit, as certified by a previous probe, went by the testimonials of only two people, rejecting the views of five others interviewed, an HT investigation has revealed.

Read the full story here.

4) India is positioning itself as a major exporter of military hardware

The world’s largest importer of weapons is taking baby steps towards positioning itself as an exporter of military hardware. State-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has chalked out a plan to export anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and Akash surface-to-air missiles. In all, India has identified 15 weapon systems for exports.

Read the full story here.

5) Trump picks Lt Gen. HR McMaster as his national security advisor

President Donald Trump chose Lt. Gen. HR McMaster as his choice to replace Michael Flynn as his national security advisor. A scholar and a serving general, McMaster was serving as director of the army capabilities integration centre. Trump called him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience”.

Read the full story here.

6) India can set up a space station, says ISRO chief

ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar on Monday said the country has the capability to set up a space station, but it needed a long-term approach and an ambitious planning. “We have all the capabilities to set up a space station. The day the country takes the decision, we will ‘ok’ the project. Just draw a policy and provide us necessary funds and time,” Kumar said.

Read the full story here.

7) IPL 2017 auction: Tamil Nadu daily wager’s son T Natarajan turns crorepati

Tamil Nadu pacer T Natarajan, a big buy for Kings XI Punjab, hails from a poor family and hopes the handsome IPL salary will help improve the lot of his family.

Read the full story here.

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8) Family fights lone battle against gangster Mukhtar Ansari

With elections at its peak in UP, there’s one family that is not giving up its fight against gangster-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari, who is contesting from Mau Sadar on a BSP ticket. Ashok Singh wants Ansari convicted for the murder of his elder brother, Ajay Prakash Singh, in 2009.

Read the full story here.

9) Ruined by spy scandal: Former ISRO scientist fights for justice

Former ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan was instrumental in designing the system used in Chandrayaan, Mangalyaan and PSLV that launched 104 satellites in one go last week. But the 75-year-old, who has a spying case against him, is still fighting to get justice.

Read the full story here.

10) Manto is a very big project for me, says Nandita Das

Nandita Das is all set to start her upcoming film Manto from next month and says the movie is a “very big project” for her. The biopic stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead role of the celebrated writer, Saadat Hasan Manto.

Read the full story here.