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

Raids on Chidambaram and Lalu Prasad’s properties, Donald Trump to deliver speech in Saudi Arabia, and Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL final. Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date:

india Updated: May 17, 2017 07:22 IST
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Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, talks to the media after the CBI raided his house in Chennai.
Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P Chidambaram, talks to the media after the CBI raided his house in Chennai.(REUTERS)

The day of reckoning has come: BJP’s Arun Jaitley on raids on Chidambaram’s son, Lalu Prasad

Finance minister Arun Jaitley defended searches at the homes of his predecessor P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying the day of reckoning has come for many. Jaitley said the tax department or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) do not act unless there is a “substantial basis and a reason to suspect” that there is a tax evasion or a crime has been committed. “Now people in high positions acquiring assets through shell companies is not a small matter and I think the day of reckoning has come for many, they will all be held accountable,” the finance minister told reporters.

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Chidambaram residence raid: How a 2015 ED search prompted CBI probe

The CBI raid on former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son, Karti, was triggered by information provided by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Sleuths of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched Karti Chidambaram’s homes and offices across New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Chennai, which officials said was part of an investigation into suspected corruption during the senior Chidambaram’s tenure as the Union finance minister. During a meeting in 2015 meeting the ED informed CBI about the evidence they had collected during its raid of Advantage Strategic, a company allegedly owned by Karti Chidambaram.

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After raids, Lalu says he won’t be cowed down as BJP decries ‘politics of loot’

Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad accused the BJP-led government of a political witch-hunt after taxmen raided 22 locations in New Delhi and nearby areas on Tuesday over property deals worth Rs 1,000 crore allegedly linked to him and his family. The BJP last week accused Prasad, his parliamentarian-daughter Misa Bharti and his two sons, both Bihar government ministers, of benami deals and asked the Union government to probe one such transaction in the national capital.

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‘Reform to transform’ approach to build new India: PM Modi

On the third anniversary of the BJP’s victory in Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government was committed to build the “new India” through the “reform to transform” approach. He was responding to wishes and messages tweeted by his followers. “Thanks for your wishes. Through a ‘reform to transform’ approach we are committed to building a new India,” he tweeted in response to a congratulatory message on the occasion of completion of three years in government.

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US President Trump to deliver speech on ‘peaceful vision of Islam’ in Saudi Arabia

US President Donald Trump will urge unity between the world’s major faiths during his first foreign trip that will take him to Saudi Arabia, the Vatican and Jerusalem. National Security Advisor HR McMaster laid out a detailed itinerary for the “historic trip,” due to start later this week, and confirmed that Trump would address a gathering of Muslim leaders on his “hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam.” Previous US leaders have generally chosen a US neighbour such as Canada or Mexico for their first presidential voyage, but Trump intends to plunge right into some of the world’s most difficult spiritual and political conflicts.

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Mehbooba Mufti faces angry protests by women shouting ‘azadi’ slogans

An interactive session between chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and a group of women to promote self-help groups degenerated into an impromptu protest on Tuesday, leaving the government red-faced. The women who had come to participate in an interactive session with Mehbooba left the venue saying they were fooled into attending a function addressed by the chief minister. While not much is known about what happened inside the venue as the media was kept out, eyewitnesses said, women came out screaming and raising slogans of azadi while the function was still on.

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15 Maoists killed in three encounters in Chhattisgarh, says CRPF

At least 15 Maoist rebels were killed in five days by security forces in Chhattisgarh, the CRPF said on Tuesday but added not a single body has been recovered so far. One CRPF jawan was also killed in the operations while two others were injured, a spokesperson of the central force said in Delhi. Some of the slain rebels could have been involved in an ambush that killed 25 CRPF jawans in south Chhattisgarh’s Sukma on April 24, one of the biggest losses faced by the central force engaged in anti-insurgency operations in the state, the CRPF said.

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48,000 ransomware attack attempts in India, says cyber security firm

A cyber security firm Quick Heal Technologies said on Tuesday it has detected over 48,000 ransomware attack attempts in the country, with West Bengal witnessing the most incidents. Quick Heal Technologies has “detected over 48,000 MS-17- 010 Shadow Broker exploit hits responsible for ‘WannaCry ransomware’ outbreak in India”, it said in a statement. “Our observation is that the attack is not focused towards any particular industry but it is widely spread across industries especially those organisations which are online and connected,” the firm said.

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With US and its allies in a flap, Trump defends leak to Russians

A long-time critic of leaks and advocate of prosecuting those responsible, US President Donald Trump has been found to have himself disclosed highly classified information to the Russia foreign minister and ambassador at the White House. Except, he didn’t call it a leak. “As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled WH meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”

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IPL 2017: Ajinkya Rahane, Washington Sundar help Rising Pune Supergiant enter final

Rising Pune Supergiant showed resilience and discipline despite the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes and spinner Imran Tahir to defeat former champions Mumbai Indians and clinch a spot in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Ajinkya Rahane scored 56 as RPS posted 162 in its 20 overs while offspinner Washington Sundar took 3/16 in his four overs to help beat MI by 20 runs.

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