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

A glance at all the news stories you should catch up on.

topics Updated: Mar 03, 2017 07:57 IST
HT Correspondent
World Bank CEO

Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has predicted that BJP is likely to win in Uttar Pradesh.

From World Bank CEO speaking on impact of demonetisation to an RSS leader declaring a reward of Rs 1 crore on Kerala CM’s head to communal clashes breaking out in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, here’s a quick update of what’s in the news.

1- Demonetisation will have positive impact on Indian economy, says World Bank CEO

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to ban high-value banknotes as part of efforts to stamp out corruption will have a profound and positive impact on India’s economy, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva has said. Georgieva told Hindustan Times that “demonetisation” may have caused some hardship to people living in the cash economy but in the long run the move will help foster a clean and digitised economy.

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2- President Pranab Mukherjee on campus violence: No room for intolerant Indian

There should be no room in India for an intolerant Indian, President Pranab Mukherjee said at the 6th KS Rajamony Memorial Lecture in Kochi on Thursday. These remarks come amid raging debates on nationalism and free speech in Delhi University following clashes on campus. Speaking of institutions of higher education Mukherjee said “These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking. Those in universities must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagate a culture of unrest. It is tragic to see them caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet.”

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3- RSS leader declares Rs 1-crore reward on Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s head

An RSS leader from Madhya Pradesh announced a Rs 1-crore reward for anyone who brings the head of Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, holding his government responsible for the recent killing of members of right- wing organisations in the state. Kundan Chandrawat, who made the remark, offered to sell his properties to fund the reward. The RSS quickly distanced itself from Chandrawat’s remarks.

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4- Communal clash breaks out in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri, curfew imposed

Curfew was imposed in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday night following clashes between two communities over an objectionable video that went viral on WhatsApp. The city has not seen communal clashes for decades.

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5- Gurmehar Kaur deletes her Facebook account

Gurmehar Kaur, the Delhi University student who shot to limelight last week after her Facebook post taking on the ABVP went viral, has deleted her account on the social media site. “I just gave my

opinion, but things were blown out of proportion after. I had a really bad time. I am not in a state to talk about it anymore. I cannot take it anymore,” she had told HT on Wednesday.

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6- BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav returns with new video, seeks PM Modi’s support

BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav is back with a fresh video. Yadav, whose self-shot videos about bad quality food served to jawans went viral, has now appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for support, saying he is being mentally tortured for exposing corruption in the force.

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7- Jayalalithaa was pushed down at Poes Garden before hospitalisation: Pandian

The O Panneerselvam group of the AIADMK has kept the pot boiling in Tamil Nadu, raising doubts over the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, obliquely hinting at foul play in the whole episode. Former Tamil Nadu assembly speaker PH Pandian alleged that Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals after Jayalalithaa was pushed down by someone at her Poes Garden residence in Chennai.

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8- Trump’s attorney general recuses himself from probe on Russian role in US election

US attorney general Jeff Sessions has said he would recuse himself from investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because he was involved with President Donald Trump’s campaign. This comes after a story in Washington Post pointed to his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign – which Sessions denied during his confirmation hearings.

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9- NDMC cancels Le Meridien’s licence, reaffirms decision to auction Taj Mansingh

Two of Delhi’s landmark hotels may have to wrap up operations soon, with the civic authorities cancelling Le Meridien’s licence and reaffirming its decision to auction Taj Mansingh. A senior NDMC official told HT that the council decided to act against Le Meridien over non-payment of licence fees for a couple of decades. The New Delhi Municipal Corporation-owned Taj Mansingh was given to Tata’s Indian Hotels Company Limited on a lease for 33 years, which expired in 2011.

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10- India wait for Murali Vijay and KL Rahul to fire in unison against Australia

Despite their impressive individual records, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul have failed to click together as the opening pair of the Indian cricket team. They have opened together in eight Tests, and 13 innings, but have had just one stand above 50.

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11- Rajdeep Sardesai’s opinion piece: BJP will win the UP elections

There is no broad anti-BJP maha-gatbandhan like there was in Bihar in 2015. PM Narendra Modi has successfully bridged the Delhi-Lucknow divide. The lotus is poised to bloom in the country’s most politically prized state.

Read the full column here.

12- ‘Trump Slump’: Travel ban hits air travel hard

Air travel to the US from the seven Muslim-majority nations listed in Donald Trump’s ban order dropped by a whopping 80% between January 28 and February 4. Data shows that travel to the US from other parts of the world also dropped by 6.5% over the same eight-day period in 2016. For Asia Pacific, including India, the fall was deeper at 14%, second largest after West Asia.

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