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Blame for Delhi’s factory fire to attack on Kabul hotel: Top stories of the day

Arvind Kejriwal hit out at the Election Commission and the Modi government over 20 AAP MLAs facing disqualification. Taliban militants attacked a heavily-guarded luxury hotel in Kabul. These stories made news on Sunday.

india Updated: Jan 22, 2018 08:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
AAP MLAs disqualified,Arvind Kejriwal,Kabul
Forensic experts looking for evidence inside the Bawana building after a blaze killed 17, in New Delhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Delhi’s ruling AAP hit out at the Election Commission and the Modi government over 20 of its MLAs facing disqualification. Taliban militants attacked a heavily-guarded luxury hotel in Kabul. These stories made news on Sunday. Here is more about them.

President accepts EC recommendation to disqualify AAP MLAs

President Ram Nath Kovind accepted the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 MLAs of Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party for holding offices of profit. AAP leader and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his party will go to the courts against the commission’s “extremely unconstitutional” decision and accused the BJP-led federal government of “victimisation”.

Authorities under fire after Delhi factory blaze kills 17

The building in Delhi’s Bawana industrial area where a fire on Saturday killed 17 workers housed an illegal firecracker factory that had just one exit and two fire extinguishers. It did not have a no-objection certificate from the fire department either, said officials. Questions are now being how the factory came up.

11 Indians killed in Pakistani shelling in J-K since Thursday

Signalman Chandan Kumar Rai who was injured when the Pakistan army fired at Indian posts in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir was the eleventh Indian to be killed in border shelling since Thursday. Six civilians, three Indian Army soldiers and two personnel of the Border Security Force have died long the informal Line of Control (LoC) and the defined International Border. Pakistan on Sunday summoned India’s deputy high commissioner, alleging Indian troops had killed two of its citizens in firing across the LoC. It was fifth time since January that the Indian diplomat was summoned over border skirmishes.

8 killed in Jharkhand car crash; 4 die in Gujarat factory explosion

Eight men travelling to write an exam for a government job died when a truck hit their SUV in Jharkhand’s Dumka district early Sunday. Four workers were killed and nine others were injured when an explosion at a chemical plant outside Vadodara in Gujarat started a fire.

Gunmen assault luxury hotel in Kabul, 18 dead

A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed on Sunday. The hotel’s security team allegedly fled “without a fight”.

New chief election commissioner named

Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer Om Prakash Rawat will be the new and 22nd chief election commissioner of India. Rawat, who is currently an Election Commissioner, will succeed outgoing Achal Kumar Joti, who retires Monday. Former finance secretary Ashok Lavasa will be one of the election commissioners.

CPM decides not to ally with Congress

The CPI(M)’s central committee rejected general secretary Sitaram Yechury’s proposal of having the Congress as an ally for the 2019 elections. Senior leader Prakash Karat’s proposal of keeping Congress at bay will be placed for adoption at the party’s congress in Hyderabad in April. The fight stems from the Communist party’s electoral fortunes in Kerala and Bengal, where the Congress has been the main rival in the first and a possible tactical ally in the second.

India can attack enemies in their territory: Rajnath warns Pakistan

India has given a “strong message” that it can attack its enemies “in their territory,” said home minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday, referring to the military’s claim that its commandos crossed the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and killed three Pakistani soldiers last month.

Buttler century sets up maiden ODI series win for England in Australia

England’s Jos Buttler struck an unbeaten 100 to set up a 16-run win over Australia in the third one-day international on Sunday, as the touring side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. His teammate Chris Woakes contributed a fine 53 off 36, as the pair added an unbroken 113 to propel England to 302-6.

People of India don’t demand freebies, they want honesty: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday it was a myth that people wanted freebies. They wanted honesty and it was the responsibility of the Centre to understand their needs and aspirations, Modi said, as his government gets ready to presents its last full budget in less than two weeks.

First Published: Jan 22, 2018 08:30 IST