Army officer killed in J-K, to Justin Bieber to perform in Mumbai: Top stories of the day
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Army officer killed in J-K, to Justin Bieber to perform in Mumbai: Top stories of the day

Kulbhushan Jadhav gets relief from ICJ, Infosys to lay off employees, Indian Army officer’s bullet-riddled body found in J&K, and Justin Bieber to perform in Mumbai. Here are the top stories of the day.

india Updated: May 10, 2017 11:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Kulbhushan Jadhav,Shopian,Indian Army
The body of Indian army officer Lt Ummer Fayaz was found in south Kashmir’s Shopian. (Photo: Indian Army)

1) Kulbhushan Jadhav gets relief: What you need to know about ICJ and India-Pakistan disputes

The International Court of Justice late on Tuesday stayed the hanging of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of spying. India moved the ICJ because it feared Pakistan could execute Jadhav without allowing him the legal remedies available to him in that country.

Read about India’s approach to the institution here.

2) Army officer’s bullet-riddled body found in J-K’s Shopian, police suspect militants abducted him

The bullet-riddled body of a young Indian Army officer hailing from Kashmir was found in Shopian district on Wednesday morning, police said. The army officer was identified as Lt Ummer Faiyaz, a resident of Kulgam who had come to Shopian for a wedding. He was posted in the militancy-hit state.

Read the story here.

3) Behind AAP’s Delhi assembly EVM show: Two months of preparation, 25 dummy runs

A team comprising an IIT graduate, tech experts and MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj, who is himself a computer engineer, were working for the past two months to crack the ‘secret code’ through which, the AAP claims, an electronic voting machine (EVM) could be hacked. The process took pace after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost the Punjab elections in March but the team got “success” last week when they claimed to have “successfully” hacked a replica of an EVM.

Read the story here.

4) After Wipro and Cognizant, Infosys to lay off ‘hundreds’ of employees

Infosys could hand out pink slips to hundreds of mid and senior-level employees as it carries out its bi-annual performance review amid a challenging business environment. The development comes at a time when its peers Wipro and Cognizant are taking similar measures to control costs. Interestingly, Infosys has said it will hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years and open four centres in the US as it seeks to counter moves by the US to tighten visa norms.

Read the story here.

5) PM Modi to inaugurate Supreme Court’s digital filing system

The Supreme Court will take its first step towards becoming a paperless, digital court when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate digital filing system today. The event will also be attended by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and judges of the Supreme Court. Justice Dipak Misra will deliver the welcome address while Justice AM Khanwilkar will make a presentation on the new website. In March, Chief Justice Khehar said the Court will soon do away with the practice of filing voluminous case records in a bid to reduce bulky paper books. The Court had said that it was planning to collect all these records electronically from lower courts and high Courts so that there is no requirement to file hard copies of the same in Supreme Court.

6) Niti Aayog to meet Yogi Adityanath to discuss UP development strategy

Government think tank NITI Aayog is likely to unveil a roadmap to turn around Uttar Pradesh into a modern state that meets all development benchmarks. The Aayog’s Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya and Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant will make a presentation about the steps required for development of the state to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a source told PTI. The think tank has taken inputs from the state and central ministries about the proposals and works on which decision could not be taken well in time.

7) Reservation-related protests by Marathas in Pune

Maratha community leaders plan to hold a ‘half-naked morcha’ in Pune today. The community has organised 46 silent foot marches across the state and have demanded reservations for the community, which comprises 32 per cent of the state population. They have also demanded to expedite punishment of the accused in the Kopardi gang rape case, where a 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted and murdered in Ahmednagar district.

8) Gujarat after Modi: Opposition struggles to take on BJP in Modi’s home state

The Congress believes it has the best chance to win Gujarat in 2017 but it faces factionalism and other popular leaders such as Hardik Patel don’t want to commit to a pre-poll tie-up. The opposition itself is divided into three strands – a faction-ridden Congress; Hardik Patel, the face of the Patel dissent; Alpesh Thakor, a relatively minor leader, who claims to speak for the OBCs. Even if they unite, they will continue to face the mighty challenge of taking on Modi on his home turf.

Read the story here.

9) James Comey fired: What now for the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe?

President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey throws a huge cloud of doubt over the bureau’s investigation into allegations of Trump campaign ties to Russia. The FBI and three congressional committees have been investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump connections. A new director chosen by Trump could decide to drop the FBI investigation altogether, or not pursue it as aggressively as Comey has.

Read the story here.

10) Justin Bieber’s concert in Mumbai

International pop sensation Justin Bieber is geared up to unleash his magic at the Purpose World Tour in D Y Patil Stadium in Mumbai today. Bieber is on tour to promote his fourth album, “Purpose”. Over 45,000 people are expected to turn up to watch the live act by the singer and Mumbai Police has deployed 500 personnel along with 25 officers to ensure proper security at the stadium.

Read related story here.

First Published: May 10, 2017 11:28 IST