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

From Turkish President’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking on Kashmir issue before embarking on his India visit to Delhi chief minister dismissing reports of rift with party member Kumar Viswas, here’s a list of top ten stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 01, 2017 07:11 IST
HT Correspondent
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan arrive in New Delhi at the start of an official visit to India on April 30.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan arrive in New Delhi at the start of an official visit to India on April 30.(AFP Photo)

Here’s a list of top 10 stories to bring you up to date.

1- Turkey’s President Erdogan calls for ‘multilateral dialogue’ to resolve Kashmir issue

Hours before arriving in India for an official visit, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a “multilateral dialogue” with Turkey’s involvement to resolve the Kashmir issue. The remarks, made during an interview with WION news channel, are expected to ruffle feathers in New Delhi. Expressing concern at the stand-off between India and Pakistan on Kashmir, Erdogan offered to get involved in settling the issue. “We should not allow more casualties to occur and by strengthening multilateral dialogue, we can be involved, and through multilateral dialogue, I think we have to seek out ways to settle this question once and for all, which will benefit both countries,” he said.

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2- Trump attacks climate pact, accuses India, others of freeloading

President Donald Trump celebrated 100 days in office Saturday with a campaign-type speech that will be parsed around world capitals for the attack on the Paris Climate Accord, which he said was one-sided, and for accusing India, Russia and China of not paying enough towards mitigation of greenhouses gases. On the climate change accord the president said, “Our government rushed to join international agreement where the United States bears the costs and bears the burden while other countries get the benefit and pay nothing and this includes deals like the one-sided Paris Climate Accord where the United States pays billions while China, Russia and India have contributed, and will contribute, nothing.’

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3- Mumbai attack accused Hafiz Saeed to remain under house arrest for 90 more days

Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed will remain under house arrest here for 90 more days after the expiry of his three- month detention period on Sunday night. Pakistan’s Punjab government on Sunday decided to extend the duration of the house arrest of Saeed and his four aides under the country’s anti-terrorism act and the notification for it will be issued soon, an official of the Punjab government’s home department said.

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4- Flight risk: 2016 most unsafe year for Indian aviation, 40% spike in near-miss cases

Experts say that recent initiatives to boost the aviation sector will only weaken air safety standards, beset at present by a shortage of manpower, training and airspace for civilian traffic. On August 22 last year, an air traffic controller saw Indigo flight IGO258 and Air India’s AIC995 approaching the same altitude over New Delhi. Flight AIC995 was asked to turn left to avoid a collision, but that put the plane on the path of another Indigo aircraft, IGO528. The incident was among 32 cases of ‘near miss’ in 2016, highest for any year in the history of the country’s civil aviation, according to government data obtained by HT through the Right to Information law.

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5- AAP crisis: Kejriwal says there’s no rift, Kumar Vishwas is his younger brother

Aam Aadmi Party national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warned those “who are showing that there is a rift” between him and senior leader Kumar Vishwas and said they were “enemies of the party”. Putting to rest speculation, Kejriwal said Vishwas was his younger brother and “no one can separate them”. “Kumar is my younger brother. Some people are showing that there is a rift between us, they are enemies of the party. They should refrain from this. No one can separate us,” he tweeted. Kejriwal’s tweets came hours after AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan took to social media alleging that Vishwas was trying to take over the party.

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6- One civilian killed, four policemen injured in grenade attack at Srinagar

A 65-year-old man was killed and five others, including four policemen, were wounded in a grenade attack by suspected militants in Srinagar on Sunday evening. Police said a grenade was lobbed near the office of the superintendent of police, North City. A police official identified the slain civilian as Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a resident of Ilahibagh in outskirts of the city. Eyewitnesses said that Khan was passing by on a bicycle when suspected militants targeted a police party who were conducting searches of the vehicles in Khanyar.

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7- With Digvijaya Singh’s ouster, Congress begins restructuring party after election losses

The Congress appears to have responded to calls from its rank and file to initiate organisational changes and fix responsibility for a string of electoral losses since the 2014 national elections. It has slowly begun the process of restructuring — evident from the sacking of party general secretary Digvijaya Singh as its in-charge in Goa. Such action from the high command, replacing a senior functionary on state leaders’ demand, is rare in the Congress.

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8- BJP workers forge Jayant Sinha’s signature to dupe unemployed youths

Some BJP workers in minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha’s constituency forged his signature to trick local unemployed youths into paying money for jobs, Hazaribagh police said on Sunday. A complaint lodged with Barkagaon police station of Hazaribagh by one of the duped youths stated that a few local BJP workers assured jobs to ten unemployed youths in the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for which they had to pay a certain amount of money. The party workers showed the letter to the unemployed persons as proof of their job recommendation and extorted money, police said.

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9- Much ado about grammar in UK’s new 5-pound note

A new polymer 5-pound note issued by the Bank of England in September 2016 has been much in the news: from its supposed indestructibility to the use of beef tallow in its production to rare serial

numbers – now a new one concerns grammar in its text. Fans of the iconic Winston Churchill say he would not have minded what the British news media called “a major grammatical blunder,” but quite a few grammar fundamentalists don’t quite like the fact that his famous quote in the note’s text does not include quotation marks.

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10- David Warner’s 126 helps Sunrisers Hyderabad floor Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL

Swashbuckling opener David Warner smashed a whirlwind century to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comfortable 48-run win over table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL encounter on Sunday. Warner’s 59-ball 126-run innings was studded with 10 fours and 8 sixes to power defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to an imposing 209-3. Chasing the target, KKR were reduced to 12-2 in 2.3 overs with both their openers -- Gambhir (11) and Sunil Narine (1) back to the pavillion.

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