From crackdown on H1-B visa to Amit Shah rally: Stories of the day to watch out for
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From crackdown on H1-B visa to Amit Shah rally: Stories of the day to watch out for

From China renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh to Babri demolition case, here are the top stories of the day to watch out for.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2017 11:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Amit Shah will address a rally of farmers at Motihari in East Champaran district.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT File Photo)

Here are the top news stories of the day to look out for:

1) Babri Masjid demolition case: SC revives charges against Advani, Joshi and Bharti

Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others will be tried for conspiring to bring down 16th century Babri mosque in Ayodhya 25 years ago, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday. Accepting the CBI’s plea for restoration of criminal charges against these leaders and others, a bench of justice PC Ghose and justice RF Nariman ordered day-to-day hearing in the case, setting a two-year deadline for the trial to be completed. The case will be heard by a Lucknow court.

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2) China renames 6 places in Arunachal Pradesh on its official map after Dalai Lama’s visit

China has unilaterally renamed six places in Arunachal Pradesh in standard Chinese in what appears to be the first sign of retaliation against the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to the northeastern state earlier this month. Calling the Indian state as part of the border dispute with India, Beijing says Arunachal Pradesh is part of south Tibet with close Buddhist links with the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in the Mainland. Official Chinese maps show the state as part of south Tibet.

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3) H1-B visa: More Indians in US seek jobs back home as Trump order says ‘buy American, hire American’

More Indians living in the US want a job back home after Donald Trump became the president of the world’s largest economy. The number of Indians in the US searching for jobs in India has gone up more than 10-fold between December and March, according to an analysis by consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Pvt Ltd, shared exclusively with Mint. There were approximately 600 US-based Indians seeking jobs in India in December 2016. By the end of March 2017, the number had gone up to approximately 7,000, Deloitte analysis said.

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4) Top 16 decisions in 30 days: Yogi Adityanath’s first month as Uttar Pradesh CM

Yogi Adityanath, who completes one month as Uttar Pradesh chief minister today, has hit the ground running, grabbing headlines with a series of decisions ranging from banning paan and gutkha at government offices to cracking down on illegal slaughterhouses and setting up anti-Romeo squads.

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5) BJP president Amit Shah to address rally to mark centenary of Gandhi’s visit to Champaran

BJP national president Amit Shah will address a rally of farmers at Motihari in East Champaran district today to mark the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Champaran in April 1917 to join the struggle of local farmers against the exploitative indigo planters. The BJP has given the name ‘Kisan Kumbh’ to the proposed gathering of farmers that was being organized under its aegis. Union minister for agriculture and farmers’ welfare Radha Mohan Singh, who is also the party’s MP from Purbi Champaran (Motihari), has been camping there since April 12 to oversee the preparations being made for the Kisan Kumbh.

6) SC to hear Telangana government’s plea on Krishna river waters

The Supreme Court will today hear the Telangana government’s plea for a fresh consideration of allocation of Krishna river water among all four riparian States — Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Telangana’s counsel has submitted that the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal should re-hear the case on allocation of the river water taking into consideration the separate rights of the newly-formed Telangana. The Court had earlier categorically refused — without prejudice to any other writ or special leave petitions filed by Telangana — to interfere with the decision of the Krishna Water Dispute Tribunal–II to confine the question of re-allocation of river water to the two successor States of Telangana and Andhra and not all the four riparian States.

7) Arun Jaitley leaves for US to attend WB, IMF, G20 meets

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves on a five-day visit to the United States to participate in the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as well as deliberations of G20 nations. During his stay in Washington and New York, he will hold meetings with American CEOs and institutional and pension fund investors.

8) Non-fossil fuels will form over half of India’s energy capacity in 10 years, says govt

Non-fossil fuels -- renewables, nuclear and large hydroelectric power plants -- will account for more than half (56.5%) of India’s installed power capacity within the 10 years to 2027, according to a draft of the third National Electricity Plan (NEP3) released in December 2016. The draft notes that if India achieves its target to install 175 gigawatts (GW, which consists of 1,000 megawatts) of renewable energy capacity by 2022 -- as it has committed to under the 2015 Paris Agreement -- it will not need to install, at least until 2027, any more coal-fired capacity than the 50 GW currently under construction.

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9) Simply reviewing H-1B programme is too little too late, say US lawmakers

The executive order signed by President Donald Trump calling for a review of H-1B visas is too little and too late, US lawmakers said, even as more half a dozen legislations on reforming the programme are pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate. “We already know H-1B visa abuse hurts American workers. Simply reviewing the program is too little, too late,” Senator Dick Durbin said after Trump signed the order directing his administration to review the functioning of the system. Many of the proposals pending in Congress are discriminatory and targeted towards Indian IT companies, according to industry body Nasscom.

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10) US experts surprised by what they saw at North Korea’s nuclear test site

US experts who have been forecasting an imminent North Korean nuclear test said on Tuesday they were surprised when they viewed their latest satellite images of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site and saw volleyball games underway. An expert offered two possible explanations -- that the test site could be going into “a standby mode” or that the games were intended to confuse observers, given North Korea knows that Punggye-ri is under constant observation.

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11) Adidas apologises for insensitive email saying ‘you survived’ Boston Marathon

Adidas has apologised for sending out a marketing email praising customers it said “survived” this year’s Boston Marathon. The subject line of the email sent Tuesday by Adidas Running read: “Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon!” On social media, customers quickly reminded the company about the real survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded when two bombs exploded near the finish line in that attack. The sports company quickly apologised, saying it was “incredibly sorry” for the “insensitive” subject line about Monday’s race.

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First Published: Apr 19, 2017 11:17 IST