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

From BJP rejigging the government and the party to ED attaching assets worth Rs 18 crore of Zakir Naik-led Islamic Research Foundation, here are the top ten news stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2017 08:29 IST
HT Correspondent
Yogi Adityanath

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath with deputy CMs Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Muriya at a meeting of police officers at the Lok Bhawan, Lucknow.(PTI File Photo)

From BJP rejigging the government and the party to ED attaching assets worth Rs 18 crore of Zakir Naik-led Islamic Research Foundation, here are the top ten news stories to bring you up to date:

1) PM Modi, Amit Shah to rejig BJP and govt after budget session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah are likely to rejig their teams after Parliament’s budget session ends on April 12. Three national secretaries and a vice-president of the BJP have become ministers in Uttar Pradesh. The Uttarakhand chief minister was also in charge of Jharkhand. They will have to quit party posts, which will create vacancies in the team of office-bearers that Amit Shah hasn’t reconstituted after getting re-elected as the BJP president in January last year.

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2) India ranks 122nd in World Happiness Report, behind Pakistan and China

India ranked 122nd, behind Pakistan and Nepal in the global list of the happiest countries, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 released at the United Nations on Monday. India was behind the majority of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) nations, apart from war-ravaged Afghanistan, that stood at 141. Studying happiness may seem frivolous, but serious academics have long been calling for more testing about people’s emotional well-being.

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3) Man arrested for posting ‘objectionable photo’ of Uttar Pradesh CM Adityanath

A 25-year-old man was arrested in Ghazipur for uploading an “objectionable” picture of Yogi Adityanath, hours after he was sworn in as the UP chief minister, on a fake Facebook account, police said on Monday. Badshah Abdul Razak, a resident of Ghazipur district, uploaded the image which was circulated on social media. Senior police officers had to rush to the neighbourhood as the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth outfit founded by Adityanath, started gathering in protest. Tempers ran high as the family and friends of Razak and locals came face to face with the Yuva Vahini members.

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4) Yogi Adityanath is not a hardliner for his Muslim aides

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath may have the image of a Hindu hardliner and a rabble-rouser but his Muslim associates see him as a generous man who stands up for every needy person, irrespective of his caste. Yaseen Ansari (70), a cashier at Gorakhnath temple, Altaf Hussain (45), a bangle seller, and Irfan Ahmed (40), a leader in BJP’s minority wing, are some of the Muslims who claim Yogi has never discriminated people on caste or religious lines.

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5) ED attaches assets worth Rs 18 crore of Zakir Naik-led IRF

In the first major crackdown against controversial televangelist Zakir Naik, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached assets of his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) worth Rs18.37 crore. This comes after Naik failed to appear in person before the agency despite four summons issued to him.

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6) Navjot Singh Sidhu: ‘I have no liquor or mining business, I make money from TV shows’

On the second day of taking over as a Cabinet minister, Navjot Singh Sidhi has already held marathon meetings with his department officials and warned them against corruption. In an interview to HT, he says half of Punjab now lives in urban areas and his department can be the next match-winner. He also said he had no “no liquor, sand mining or transport business like Sukhbir Singh Badal (former Punjab deputy CM)” and said he made money through TV shows.

Read the interview here.

7) FBI director confirms probe into Russian interference in election

The FBI confirmed to a Congressional panel on Monday it was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, whether it was coordinated with the Donald Trump campaign and, as a natural corollary, whether any crimes were committed. The FBI also said it had no information to support President Trump’s controversial tweets alleging his predecessor President Barack Obama ordered a wire-tap on Trump Tower.

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8) China angry with Dalai Lama’s Nalanda visit, says move could disrupt ties with India

China lashed out at India on Monday for inviting Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to attend and speak at an international Buddhist seminar in Bihar, sponsored by the Central government, saying New Delhi was acting against one of Beijing’s “core concerns”. Such moves would disrupt bilateral ties, the foreign ministry said. Beijing is sensitive to Dalai Lama’s meetings with international leaders or attending official functions at the invitation of the Indian government. Last week, the Dalai Lama inaugurated a three-day international Buddhist conference at Nalanda.

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9) Bengaluru drivers to launch app cabs to take on Uber, Ola

Disgruntled drivers attached with Ola and Uber have decided to take matters into their own hands by launching an app to take on the app-based cab aggregators. “Around 45,000 drivers, who are part of 13 unions, have expressed their interest in supporting this initiative,” Tanveer Pasha, coordinator of the Ola-TaxiForSure-Uber Owners’ and Drivers’ Association, said.

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10) Steve Smith and Virat Kohli in the eye of a new storm

Australia skipper Steve Smith alleged Virat Kohli had a go at him for disrespecting Indian physio Patrick Farhart after the Ranchi Test ended in a draw. Smith also expressed disappointment at being accused of mocking Kohli’s injury by grabbing his shoulder, as was shown in a footage which did the rounds during the Test.

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11) Discover Delhi: Inside Khushwant Singh’s apartment, on his 3rd death anniversary

Hindustan Times visited writer Khushwant Singh’s red-brick apartment at the colonial-era Sujan Singh Park in central Delhi. His drawing room was one of the most sought-after places in the Capital.

Read the full story here.

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