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CBI raids Chidambaram’s residence, Pak violates ceasefire again: Top stories of the day

CBI raids residences of Congress leader P Chidambaram and his son, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet Prime Minister Modi, and Pakistan violates ceasefire again in Nowshera. Here are the top stories of the day:

india Updated: May 16, 2017 10:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The CBI raided the residences of Congress leader P Chidambaram and his son in Chennai on Tuesday.(PTI)

CBI raids residences of former Union minister P Chidambaram, son Karti in Chennai

The Central Bureau of Investigation raided the residences of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram and his son Karti in Chennai early on Tuesday in connection with two cases where the father-son duo have been accused of corruption. News agencies said at least 14 locations in Chidambaram’s home city Chennai, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Delhi were searched by the CBI. Sources said the raids were in connection with foreign investment clearances given by the erstwhile UPA government, in which P Chidambaram was then the finance minister.

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3 years on, Modi remains people’s PM but key issues remain unaddressed: Survey

Three out of five Indians are satisfied with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s performance though a majority feels his government is sliding on checking prices, generating jobs and preventing crime, an online poll has found. The Modi government has either met or exceeded expectations of 61% of the people surveyed while 59% felt it was on track to fulfil pre-poll promises. However, Modi’s signature Clean India campaign has not impressed as 57% of the people responded in the negative when asked if their cities were cleaner.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to meet PM Modi

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, currently on a four-day visit to India, will hold delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Ahead of Abbas’s visit, India reiterated its “political support” to the Palestinian cause and had said it continued to assist developmental projects there. The visit will provide an opportunity for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral relations, the Middle East peace process, and regional and international issues, the ministry of external affairs said.

Report says Trump shared classified info with Russians; White House dismisses news as fake

US President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their meeting last week, two US officials with knowledge of the situation said on Monday. The White House said the allegations, first reported by the Washington Post, were not correct. “The story that came out tonight as reported is false,” HR McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, told reporters.

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India’s shallow and stereotypical views led to boycott of Belt and Road Forum: Chinese state media

India’s shallow and stereotypical view that China is working against it through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) led New Delhi to boycott the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) and has the potential to destroy bilateral ties, a Global Times editorial warned on Tuesday. Calling the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) a “military group”, the editorial said the burden of the current problems — including New Delhi’s call to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar in the UN — in bilateral ties is entirely on India, and China has nothing to do with any of the issues troubling relations between the two neighbours, it said.

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Pak violates ceasefire again in Nowshera, over 1,600 people evacuated

Pakistan opened unprovoked fire yet again at forward villages along the Line of Control in Nowshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Monday night, an official said. However, there were no reports of any casualties. The number of villagers evacuated from the area who are now in various relief camps has gone up to 1,674.

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Rumours about vaccine for Japanese encephalitis creates panic in Assam schools

Students in several government-run schools in interior areas of Barpeta, Nalbari and Kamrup districts of lower Assam left school or were taken away by their parents on Monday after rumours about a vaccine that could lead to infertility spread on social media. The state health department has been carrying out a vaccination drive against Japanese Encephalitis (JE) since April 30.

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Two lakh ghost students served midday meal in Bihar, 251 headmasters fined

Headmasters of 251 primary schools in Bihar’s Araria district, 322 km north east of Patna, have been fined after annual assessments detected that midday meal (MDM) was being served to about two lakh ghost students. Admitting gross irregularities in the implementation of the MDM scheme, district programme officer (DPO) Subhash Gupta said fine of Rs 61.68 lakh had been slapped on 251 headmasters and 70% of them had already deposited amount. “The fine amount per headmaster ranges from Rs 20, 000 to Rs 1 lakh,” he said.

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Mumbai Indians meet Rising Pune Supergiant in Qualifier 1

After 41 days of gruelling travel and nerve-racking action, the Indian Premier League’s 10th edition has reached its final stretch. Today Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant meet at the Wankhede Stadium in Qualifier 1. While Mumbai Indians have clearly been the most dominant team of IPL-10 with 10 wins in 14 games, Rising Pune Supergiant are the only team to defeat Rohit Sharma & Co twice this season.

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First Published: May 16, 2017 10:42 IST