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EC to hold demo of EVMs, Trump embarks on first foreign trip: Top news stories of the day to watch out for

Among other top news, it was decided that NCERT textbooks will not call 2002 Gujarat riots “anti-Muslim” and US President Trump has been hit by new revelations related to alleged Russia’s interference in US elections.

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An EVM with VVPAT machine in Ludhiana on  February 4.
An EVM with VVPAT machine in Ludhiana on February 4.(HT File Photo)

From Election Commission holding demonstration of EVMs to new revelations hitting US President Donald Trump, here are the top stories of the day you need to look out for:

1- EC to hold demonstration today to prove EVMs can’t be tampered with

The Election Commission will hold a demonstration today on the working of electronic voting machines (EVMs) to allay fears that the devices can be tampered with. The poll panel will also announce dates for a EVM-hacking challenge in the wake of opposition concerns over the reliability of the machines. According to an Election Commission announcement, the demonstration of the functioning of the EVMs and VVPATs will be followed by a press conference.

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2- India’s poorest areas suffer the heat, mostly in MP and Chhattisgarh, as govt plans target cities

People living in underdeveloped parts of central India are most vulnerable to the health impacts of heat waves, a Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) for India has found. The index considered various factors including a person’s age, caste, income and health, as well as the green cover in an area, as having a bearing on people’s heat vulnerability, and its analysis of 640 (of the 707) districts in the country finds 10 districts to be “very high risk.” Six of these are in relatively underdeveloped areas in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The number of deaths due to heat waves recorded in 2015 – more than 2,400 – was higher than the number of deaths caused by any other natural disaster.

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3- Land of apple orchards, south Kashmir’s Kulgam and Shopian now hotbed of militancy

Kashmir has been in turmoil in recent months, but what is worrying security forces in particular is the emergence of south Kashmir as the hotbed of home-grown militants. Intelligence inputs suggest the presence of 200 active militants in the Kashmir Valley comprising 10 districts. Ninety of these militants are from south Kashmir. Once known for their placid apple orchards, Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam - the four districts of south Kashmir - have seen escalating tension between militants and security forces.

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4- NCERT Class 12 textbooks won’t describe 2002 Gujarat riots as ‘anti-Muslim’

The 2002 Gujarat carnage will no longer be called “anti-Muslim riots” in NCERT textbooks and will be instead referred to as the “Gujarat riots” to describe one of the worst communal violence in India since Independence. The decision was taken at a meeting of the course review committee that includes representatives of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the National Council of Educational Research And Training (NCERT), sources said. The change will be made in a Class 12 textbook, published in 2007 during the Congress-led UPA government’s tenure.

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5- CISF bans phones, use of toilets for its jawans at airports

The CISF has banned non-uniformed entry and use of mobile phones and toilets by its personnel inside the core security area of airports in the backdrop of alleged involvement of some of them in drugs and gold smuggling rackets. The aviation security headquarters of the paramilitary force here has issued a set of guidelines for its on-duty jawans and officers who guard 59 civil airports in the country, many of which are categorised as ‘sensitive’ and ‘hyper-sensitive’ from the security point of view.

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6- Shiv Sena to protest against BJP’s Rs 46,000-cr Mumbai-Nagpur expressway, says it will ruin farmers’ lives

Slamming the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur super expressway, one of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s pet projects, Shiv Sena in its party mouthpiece Saamana said it will protest if the state government decides to push for the project at farmers’ cost. In an editorial, which appeared on Friday, the party alleged that voices opposing the project were being suppressed by the authorities. The Sena said it would do everything to safeguard farmers’ interest. Just two days ago, the Sena had targeted CM’s flagship water conservation scheme 1— Jalyukta Shivar — alleging that it was fraught with corruption worth crores.

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7- Rs 246 cr spent on training scheme for Kashmiris, only 10% get jobs

Six years after New Delhi introduced Udaan, a flagship programme to provide Kashmiri youth with professional training and jobs, an HT investigation shows fewer than 10,000 people, or just over 10% of the target, were employed through a scheme riddled with corruption. The government gave Rs 246 crore to private companies for the scheme to cover accommodation, food and travel expenses of candidates. Of the 9,780 Kashmiri youths who received jobs under Udaan, it is unclear how many are still employed because the scheme’s nodal agency, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), eventually loses track of the beneficiaries.

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8- Trump hit by new bombshell revelations on Russia as he leaves for overseas trip

The investigation into the Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections and alleged collusion by Trump campaign aides has identified a “significant person of interest”, who is currently serving in the White House as a senior adviser to the president and considered close to him, The Washington Post has reported. The newspaper, however, did not name the person. The revelation by The Post came around the time the New York Times reported the President Donald Trump had described the sacked FBI director James Comey as a “nut job” to Russian officials he met in the Oval Office last week, and told them his firing had taken the pressure off him.

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9- ‘Russia links, impeachment’: Mood at White House grim as Trump administration grapples with crisis

Less than four months ago, a keen set of young up-and-comers strode into the White House in their best high heels and power ties, bursting with optimism and pride in serving their country. Now, their stint in the White House -- the supposed apogee of their lives, something to brag about someday to the grandkids -- has begun to look more like it would be an albatross tied around their necks. Donald Trump may have left behind his domestic woes as he jetted off Friday on his first foreign trip, but he also left behind a White House staff that is increasingly demoralised and overwhelmed.

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