BJP’s search for UP CM in last leg, Amarinder’s first cabinet: 10 stories to look out for today

Who will BJP pick as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister and what will be the Amarinder Singh government’s thrust in the first Cabinet meet in Punjab? 10 stories to look out for today.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2017 11:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UP CM,BJP,Keshav Maurya
Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya meets party president Amit Shah as serach for chief minister candidate reaches last leg. (Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

The following stories are making the headlines today:

1) Racer Ashwin Sundar, wife charred to death after their BMW catches fire in Chennai

Race driver Ashwin Sundar and his wife, Niveditha, were both charred to death on Saturday morning after their BMW crashed and caught fire in Chennai. The incident, which was caught on video and went viral on social media, happened at around 3:30am on Saturday, police told HT. Both Ashwin and his wife, a doctor at a private hospital in Chennai, died on the spot after their car swerved out of control and crashed into a tree, catching fire. Both of them were unable to open the doors and were trapped inside the burning vehicle.

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2) Who will be Uttar Pradesh chief minister? BJP to announce today

The BJP’s legislators in Uttar Pradesh will decide on Saturday evening who will become the chief minister of India’s largest state, exactly a week after the saffron party crushed its opponents en-route a landslide victory. The frontrunners for the post are seen to be state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and telecom minister Manoj Sinha, though BJP president Amit Shah is known to spring a surprise with relatively lesser-known candidates. The party has said that the CM contender will be announced by 4pm on Saturday.

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3) Trivendra Singh Rawat takes over as CM of Uttarakhand

Trivendra Singh Rawat will be sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of the hill state today at the Parade Ground at Dehradun in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and several national and state party leaders.

4) First Cabinet meeting of the Amarinder Singh-led government in Punjab

Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal has said that the government will come out with a white paper on the state’s finances and alleged that there was “systematic loot” of resources during the SAD-BJP rule. The Amarinder Singh-led government will take some important decisions in its first cabinet meeting today. For the meeting, the state government has prepared a 150-point agenda pertaining to reforms in governance, economic reforms and eliminating VIP culture among others, Badal said.

5) BJP govt in Gujarat mulls life in jail for cow slaughter, beef transportation

Cow slaughter and transportation of beef in Gujarat may soon attract life imprisonment as the BJP government is preparing to come out with possibly the harshest law in the country to “protect” cattle. Though a bill to this effect is yet to be tabled in the assembly, the issue has already become the central theme of chief minister Vijay Rupani’s public speeches amid speculations that the party will push for an early state election.

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6)Sentencing in Ajmer dargah blast may be pronounced today

The special NIA court hearing the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case is likely to pronounce the quantum of sentence to the three convicted today. The court convicted Bhavesh Patel, Devendra Gupta and Sunil Joshi on March 8 while acquitting seven others including Swami Aseemanand. Joshi had died before the trial began. Public prosecutor Ashwini Kumar argued that the court should consider the fact that the bomb blast was premeditated and meticulously executed killing three persons and leaving 15 injured. He demanded maximum punishment to the guilty.

7) Rex Tillerson on his first visit to China as Secretary of State

US Secretary of State concludes his visit to Asia with a two-day trip to China starting on Saturday. He will meet President Xi Jinping on Sunday. Tensions between the two sides have intensified in recent months over Donald Trump’s remarks on Taiwan and terms of US-China trade. Recent missile tests by North Korea are expected to figure prominently in discussions.

8) Preet Bharara was probing Trump cabinet member when he was fired: Report

Preet Bharara, the former US attorney for the southern district of New York, was investigating stock market trades by a member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet at the time of his firing last week, a news report said. But ProPublica, the news publication that reported the investigation first based on an unidentified source “familiar with the office”, did not link it to Bharara’s firing, which came after he refused to resign as ordered by President Donald Trump.

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9) High on Uttar Pradesh victory, RSS now eyes West Bengal and Kerala

Riding high on the resounding success of its protégé - the BJP - at the recently concluded five state assembly elections, the RSS has begun shaping its offensive against the Left government in Kerala and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) accuses the TMC and the LDF-led Kerala government of perpetrating violence against Hindus in the states. In the 2016 assembly polls in the two states, the BJP won three seats in West Bengal and one, for the first time ever, in Kerala.

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39-year-old run over by car after parking row in Delhi

A 39-old-man was killed on Wednesday after he protested against two men parking their car in front of his eating joint, Dragon Chinese Point, in outer Delhi’s Begumpur. The driver of the killer car has been arrested. Police said the victim, identified as Tarun Gupta, 39, was run over by a Maruti Alto car by the accused after an argument over wrong parking.

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First Published: Mar 18, 2017 11:36 IST