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

A new capsule to update you on the important happenings from around the world.

topics Updated: Feb 25, 2017 12:09 IST
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Parents of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla mourn his death in Hyderabad on Friday. Kuchibhotla was killed in a shooting at a bar in Kansas.
Parents of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla mourn his death in Hyderabad on Friday. Kuchibhotla was killed in a shooting at a bar in Kansas.(PTI Photo)

From follow up on the Kansas shooting incident where Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was fatally shot to remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Kampur train tragedy, here’s a quick update of what’s in the news:

1- ‘This President has blood on his hands’: Shooting of Indian engineer in Kansas triggers anger

The Indian American community reacted with a mix of outrage and sadness to the fatal shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas. Shekar Narasimhan, a Democratic strategist, said, “This President [Donald Trump] now has blood on his hands. He has incited and created the environment where hate crimes are emboldened. All those of colour have something to fear now for our children and theirs. I pray we do not have a hot summer in the US as we have no moral leadership left capable of quelling violence if it erupts.”

Read the full storyhere.

2- After Indian engineer’s death, Kansas residents say: ‘We’re not like this’

Two days after the fatal shooting of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a bar in Olathe, the community of some 150,000 in the state of Kansas is still trying to come to grips with the slaying that shocked many. Laura Bauer, a reporter with The Kansas City Star who lives in Olathe and covered the shooting, said a common refrain in the community was “we’re not like this”.

Read the full story here.

3- US can’t ignore India: Nasscom on proposed H-1B visa curb

India’s apex IT industry lobby Nasscom has said the US just can’t afford to ignore India as it lacked the required skills. Nasscom made the observation amid diplomatic channels opening up in both the countries to discuss the issue of proposed curb on H-1B visa by the US and outsourcing work outside America by India.

Read the full story here.

4- Kanpur train accident was a conspiracy from across the border: PM Modi in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that conspirators from “across the border” were responsible for a train derailment near Kanpur that killed 150 people and injured more than 200 last November.

Read the full story here.

5- BJP-Sena alliance to run BMC possible if Saamana stops criticising Modi: Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said an alliance between the BJP and Shiv Sena for controlling the country’s richest civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, was possible if the state party stopped criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Differences cropped up between the BJP and the Sena over Saamana’s vitriolic writings against senior party leaders, particularly PM Modi despite an ideological bond between the two parties,” the senior BJ leader said.

Read the full story here.

6- DMK’s Stalin discusses Tamil Nadu situation in meeting with Sonia Gandhi

A day after opposition DMK leader MK Stalin met President Pranab Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum on the events that took place in Tamil Nadu assembly last week, he met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday and discussed the political situation in the state.

Read the full story here.

7- Odisha panchayat polls: CM Naveen Patnaik puts up brave face amid BJP surge

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik sought to dismiss the BJP’s spectacular show in the Odisha rural polls as a minor hiccup when he spoke to his legislators on Wednesday. “We are still No 1 in Odisha and our MLAs should reconnect with people,” Patnaik said. The confidence in his comments hid a deep anxiety that the BJP’s rise in the state has besieged 70-year-old Patnaik and his party managers.

Read the full story here.

8- Delhi: 4-year-old girl raped, killed by juvenile in toilet at construction site

A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by her 16-year-old neighbour in outer Delhi’s Narela on Thursday afternoon. The juvenile accused, police said, was allegedly planning to bury the girl’s body when another boy from the neighbourhood saw him and raised an alarm.

Read the story here.

9- US: Florida mosque fire was a deliberate act says fire officials

An intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque early Friday, investigators said. The arson occurred at the Islamic Society of New Tampa. “It is worrisome that our community has fallen victim of what appears to be another hate crime,” said a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Florida.

Read the full storyhere.

10- Virat Kohli’s India may have to ‘chase down’ history to reel in first Test

Virat Kohli scored a duck in the first innings but India will hope he fires along with others if they want to rewrite major Test history by beating Australia in the first Test after having conceded a lead of 298 runs.

Read the full story here.

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11- Data crunching, war rooms, a solid plan: BJP nearly won Mumbai

The Bharatiya Janata Party started plotting its show in the civic polls nearly two years ago, chalking out a plan to strengthen its organisational set up in a city where for three decades, it only played a side role. From building its grassroots presence to borrowing outsiders and pouring resources into data crunching, the party’s success in Mumbai owes, above all things, to the sync between the BJP-led government and its party organisation.

Read the full story here.

12- BJP wants Odisha and Maharashtra civic poll wins to resonate in UP elections

The BJP is planning to showcase Odisha and Maharashtra civic poll victories as the endorsement of Narendra Modi government’s pro-poor policies and support for the government’s demonetisation move. The party plans to observe Vijay Diwas in each district headquarters across the country today.

Read the full story here.

13- To say that Rahul Gandhi needs to mature is disservice to both him and the Congress

If this was meant to be defence of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s track record, it seems to have backfired at least going by social media reactions. Congress leader Sheila Dikshit’s remark that Rahul Gandhi “is still not mature, his age does not allow him to be mature... Please give him time” was in response to the Congress becoming marginalised in several states. It is passing strange that someone who is 46 years old should be considered not mature enough when we have enough examples of people much younger assuming enormous responsibilities.

Read the editorial here.

14- 400 scholars including from Harvard, Cambridge say JNU’s academic culture under threat

Over 400 academics from international varsities, including Harvard, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Yale and New York University, have written to JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar expressing deep concern and shock over recent events unfolding at the university.

Read the full storyhere.

15- Asha Bhosle, a rockstar in her own right

Asha Bhosle will be performing in Delhi today and rumour has it that this is her farewell concert. Before the legendary singer calls it a day, we recap her feisty career.

Read the full story here.