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

Crisis in the AAP, former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates’ testimony, and son of Gujarat deputy CM barred from boarding flight for being ‘heavily drunk’. Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 09, 2017 07:23 IST
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Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said truth will prevail in the alleged bribery case.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

1) AAP crisis: Kejriwal says truth will prevail, calls special Delhi assembly session; Kapil Mishra suspended from party 

An embattled Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Monday that truth will prevail after his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) suspended its sacked water minister, Kapil Mishra, who has accused the chief minister of taking Rs 2 crore from a cabinet colleague. The chief minister tweeted that truth will win and set the agenda for Tuesday’s special assembly session. Fireworks are expected in the day-long session as Mishra and Kejriwal may come face-to-face.

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2) Calcutta HC’s justice Karnan orders 5-year jail term, fine for CJI and 7 SC judges

Calcutta high court’s combative judge CS Karnan on Monday ordered a 5-year jail term and a fine of Rs one lakh each for Chief Justice of India and seven other judges of the Supreme Court “for offences under the SC/ST Atrocities Act 1989 and Amended Act of 2015.” Stating that “the judges had shown caste discrimination and hence had no locus standi to continue as Supreme Court judges, the order said that the fine amount has to be paid within a week to the National Commission, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Constitutional body, at Khan Market, New Delhi.”

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3) BJP targets Lalu, Nitish Kumar after SC order on fodder scam

With the fodder scam coming back to haunt RJD chief Lalu Prasad after the Supreme Court on Monday ordered reviving conspiracy charges, the BJP went hammer and tongs at the former Bihar chief minister and his coalition partner and CM Nitish Kumar. Hailing the Supreme Court order that Lalu Prasad will face trial in all five fodder scam cases, senior BJP leader in Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi described the verdict as the “end of the road” for the RJD chief in politics. In New Delhi, the Centre questioned the Bihar chief minister’s silence over the ‘historic judgement’ in the fodder scam case.

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4) Son of Gujarat deputy CM barred from boarding flight for being ‘heavily drunk’

Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel’s son was prevented by authorities from boarding a Qatar Airways flight to Greece after he arrived in a “heavily drunken” state at the airport and argued with the airline’s staff. Official sources said that Jaimin Patel, who is in his mid-30s, his wife and their daughter were stopped from boarding the Qatar Airways flight, which was to take off at 4 am.

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5) Muslim youth beaten by ‘Hindutva leader’ dies in Bhopal

A 25-year-old youth was killed after he was allegedly beaten and run over by a vehicle occupied by four men in Bhopal. The victim, Salman Abdul, suffered serious injuries and passed away at a city hospital. Two of the four accused — Shiva Patil and Rocky — were arrested. The main accused Shiva Patil claims to be the district president of Rashtriya Hindu Sena.

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6) Wish they didn’t let you in country: Woman ‘shouts’ at Muslim shopper in US

A Muslim woman in the US has alleged that she was harassed in a store by a blonde lady who shouted “I wish they didn’t let you in the country” and that Barack Obama was no longer in the Oval Office, a media report said. The incident occurred after the Muslim woman allowed her fellow shopper to cut ahead of her when they were both in line for the cash register at the store in Virginia.

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7) CoBRA force to fight Maoist militants; 2,000 commandos to enter Sukma soon

The CRPF will soon deploy a fresh squad of about 2,000 commandos from its special guerrilla warfare CoBRA battalions in and around the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh to defang the Maoists and their arsenal. A top official privy to the development said the paramilitary has prepared a blueprint to mobilise at least 20 to 25 companies of the CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) from their present locations in West Bengal, Bihar, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh to the Bastar region that has some of the worst Maoist violence-hit districts of the central state.

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8) To allay India’s fears, Beijing offers to rename China-Pak economic corridor

Seeking to allay India’s concerns, China has offered to rename the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, insisting that it was an economic cooperation and connectivity enhancement project devoid of “sovereignty issues”. It also strongly pushed for New Delhi’s participation in the ‘One Belt One Road’ project. Chinese ambassador to New Delhi Luo Zhaohui, while referring to frosty Indo-Pakistan ties, said China was willing to mediate to resolve the differences between the two countries if it was acceptable to both sides.

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9) Sally Yates warned the White House about Michael Flynn ties with Russia

Former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates told the Senate judiciary committee on Monday that she warned the White House in January that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could have been vulnerable to blackmail by Russia. Yates repeatedly declined to discuss details of the investigation in a public forum. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also testified, said he stood by past assertions that he had not seen evidence of such collusion but also declined to comment on classified matters.

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10) Vatican church celebrates big bang theory to dispel faith-science conflict

The Vatican is celebrating the big-bang theory. That’s not as out of this world as it sounds. The Vatican Observatory has invited leading scientists and cosmologists to talk black holes, gravitational waves and space-time singularities as it honours the late Jesuit cosmologist Monsignor George Lemaitre, considered one of the fathers of the idea that the universe began with a gigantic explosion. The Tuesday-Friday conference honouring Lemaitre is being held at the Vatican Observatory, founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 to help correct the notion that the Roman Catholic Church was hostile to science.

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11) Lalit Modi leaks MS Dhoni’s offer letter from India Cements

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi has leaked the offer letter of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s employment terms with India Cements, owned by N Srinivasan, the former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Lalit Modi, who was sacked as IPL chief, has questioned the motive behind the employment when Dhoni earns approximately Rs.100 crore in a year.

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12) IPL: Shikhar Dhawan stars in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s crucial win vs Mumbai Indians

Sunrisers Hyderabad, guided by Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 62, defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match. SRH now have 15 points in 13 games and need one more win to enter the play-offs.

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