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

A quick look at all the news you should catch up on.

topics Updated: Feb 24, 2017 08:12 IST
HT Correspondent
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Members of the Shiv Sena party take part in a rally after victory in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) election in Mumbai on February 23.(AFP Photo)

From stories on results of BMC polls to blast in Lahore, here’s a quick update of what’s in the news.

1- BJP sees big gains in BMC polls as Shiv Sena cedes ground

Mumbai went saffron with the maximum city splitting its mandate nearly equally in favour of the Shiv Sena and the BJP. With the allies, however, fighting as main opponents, there was no clear winner for the country’s richest civic body. The Sena won 84 seats while the BJP put up a spectacular show by winning 80 seats, up from its earlier tally of 31 seats in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). There are indications that now both parties will try to stake their claim over the mayor’s post.

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2- BMC elections verdict may be split in Mumbai, but CM Fadnavis is a clear winner

In the past three decades of Mumbai politics no chief minister directly took on the Shiv Sena and won in the bargain. On Tuesday, Devendra Fadnavis did just that, something former Congress chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Prithviraj Chavan, failed to do.

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3- Ten killed in bomb blast at Lahore

At least 10 people were killed and 30 others injured on Thursday when a powerful bomb ripped through a market in a posh locality in Lahore. The blast came a day after Pakistan Army launched a nationwide military operation ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’ to eliminate terrorists and consolidate gains of its counter-terrorism operations.

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4- Rahul Gandhi accuses PM Modi of polarising voters in UP

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi again turned to Bollywood to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom he accused of resorting to hate politics out of fear of losing the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

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5- Tax-free gratuity ceiling for private sector employees to be doubled to Rs 20 lakh

Private-sector employees will soon be able to withdraw up to Rs 20 lakh in tax-free gratuity after the Centre decided to amend a law and double the amount, bringing them at par with central government staff.

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6- Trump again vows to bring back US jobs, but offers few details

President Donald Trump told about two dozen chief executives of major U.S. companies on Thursday he plans to bring millions of jobs back to the United States, but offered no specific plan on how to reverse a decades-long decline in jobs. In his first month in office, Trump has pressured a number of U.S. companies to hire in the United States but he has yet to publicly propose legislation tackling the big economic issues he campaigned on in 2016.

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7- Wriddhiman Saha, the flying Superman, takes a stunning catch in Test match

Umesh Yadav got the ball to swing away from the batsman, and induced Steve O’Keefe to edge. The ball was flying between ‘keeper Wriddhiman Saha and captain Virat Kohli at first slip, but the wicketkeeper flung himself in Superman-esque fashion to his right and plucked the ball.

Read the story and see video here.

8- Mohit Goel, director of company that made Freedom 251 phones, detained for fraud

Mohit Goel, the director of Noida- based company Ringing Bells which had announced Freedom 251 smartphones at an astonishingly low price of Rs 251 apiece, was detained in Ghaziabad on allegations of fraud, police said on Thursday.

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9- Rangoon movie review: Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor’s film is a misfire

It may be one of the most awaited films in recent times but Rangoon is a royal misfire. Within minutes of the movie’s beginning, you realise the promise of a heart-wrenching period drama was a farce.

Read the full review here.

10- In their animosity towards the media, Modi and Trump think alike

In both the United States and in India, it’s striking to see how political leaders are framing the independent media as an anti-national force of opposition. Donald Trump built his entire campaign on demonising the supposedly liberal and elitist media. The Indian prime minister has claimed that he lives “in fear” of the distortions of the press, the actions of his government and its allies in targeting certain journalists and networks suggest that the media has more to fear from him.

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