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

Here is a list of all the important news that you should to catch up on.

topics Updated: Feb 17, 2017 10:07 IST
HT Correspondent
US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on February 16 at the White House in Washington, DC.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on February 16 at the White House in Washington, DC.(AFP Photo)

Catch a glimpse of all the latest news you can use to begin your Friday

1- Leaks are real, news is fake: The Donald Trump press conference everyone is talking about

US president Donald Trump on Thursday denied that anyone in his campaign had been in touch with Russian intelligence, slammed intelligence leaks as criminal, rubbished reports of turmoil in his White House and accused news media of reporting “fake news”. He attacked the media frequently in his 76-minute press conference, saying it had become “so dishonest that if we don’t talk about it, we are doing a tremendous disservice to the American people.” Asked about the contacts between figures in his campaign and Russia, Trump said the “leaks are absolutely real…[but] the news is fake.”

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2- Over 70 killed, 150 wounded in suicide blast at Pakistan’s Sufi shrine, Islamic State claims responsibility

At least 72 people have been killed and more than 150 others injured when a suspected suicide attacker blew himself up at a Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalander in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Thursday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in Sehwan, around 140km from Hyderabad. The suicide bomber appeared to have targeted the women’s wing and set off the bomb during the time of ‘Dhamaal’, when devotees remember the saint through music and dancing. Some Muslim groups consider ‘Dhamaal’ to be an anti-Islamic practice.

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3- VK Sasikala’s pick, Edappadi Palaniswami, takes over as Tamil Nadu CM

The political potboiler in Tamil Nadu has moved to the next stage with the swearing-in of Edappadi K Palaniswami as the state’s chief minister. Palaniswami, who was picked by the jailed AIADMK general secretary, VK Sasikala, retained almost all ministers in the O Panneerselvam government, barring OPS and the education minister MF Pandiarajan, who rebelled against Sasikala. The new chief minister will take a floor test in the assembly within a fortnight. It remains to be seen what Panneerselvam does next, as he continues to be popular and is rated by some as the “people’s chief minister.”

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4- BJP is rattled, says UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has said Uttar Pradesh had seen progress and unprecedented development works on several fronts over the last five years, and felt that it was the BJP leaders who refuse to see changes happening in the state. Speaking to Hindustan Times along with his wife Dimple Yadav in a Facebook live event, Akhilesh was upbeat about the first two phases of polling and said PM Modi had no idea how much the common man suffered because of demonetisation. “They have to tell the country how much black money they recovered from this drive,” he said.

Meanwhile, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that high turnout in the first two phases “shows that people have rejected the SP.”

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5- Uber hires 21-year-old Delhi student for Rs 1.25 crore

A student of Delhi Technological University (DTU) has received a job offer with an annual salary of Rs.1.25 crore from Uber. Sidharth, a computer science engineering student, has been offered the position of a software engineer at Uber’s San Francisco office. His basic pay package is Rs 71 lakh, which goes up to Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

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6- Modi’s BJP continues winning spree in Odisha’s panchayat polls

PM Narendra Modi’s BJP is continuing its winning spree in Odisha, replacing the Congress as the No.2 party in the coastal state. The party has made big gains in the second round of panchayat election, improving its tally from the existing 3 to 55, out of the 175 seats that went to polls on Wednesday. The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) remained the No.1 party winning 92 out of 174 seats, while the Congress stood a distant third with just 15 seats. Out of 188 seats in the first phase, the BJP won 71 against its previous tally of 11. The BJD won 96 and the Congress just 11.

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7- India and China to hold their first Strategic Dialogue next week

India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual “concern and interest” including “friction points” such as Masood Azhar and NSG. Foreign secretary S Jaishankar and executive vice chairman of China Hang Yesui will co-chair the meet to discuss “all issues of mutual interest in bilateral, regional and international domain,” according to the MEA.

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8-Gangsters kill man in Sangrur, dance near body and flaunt it on Facebook Live

A 25-year-old financier was shot dead in the main market of Longowal, Sangrur, on Thursday morning by five gangsters. After pumping five bullets into the head of the victim, Hardev Singh, the gangsters ensured that he was dead and then celebrated near his body. After the crime, one of the attackers, Dalvinder Singh, posted four videos on his Facebook page, including one where he took responsibility for the crime.

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9-Anil Kumble has high praise for MS Dhoni

Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble on Thursday lauded Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his leadership qualities, saying he is the ‘perfect ambassador for the sport’. “MS (Dhoni), coming from Ranchi, nobody expected that someone from Ranchi would be leading the country. And the way he has led the (team), 10 years as a captain, it’s extremely difficult. But to be Indian captain for 10 years is something unheard of and hats off to the way he conducted himself as a captain of the team. He was perfect ambassador for the sport,” said Kumble.

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10-No more Big fat Indian weddings? Wedding planners are panicking

There may be no such thing as a big, fat Indian wedding if the proposed Lok Sabha bill to limit wedding expenditure to Rs 5 lakh gets passed. If it becomes law, the bill is sure to leave a dent on the flourishing wedding industry. The wedding planners are already panicking; “I’m in shock,” said one. “If passed, this bill will finish the business of banquets and hotels, especially in the Delhi Aerocity area, which thrives on big weddings. The entire hospitality industry will suffer,” said another.

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