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From MCD elections to Dinakaran’s arrest: Top stories to bring you up to date

From MCD election results to the latest on the Sukma attack, here are the top stories you need to catch up on this morning.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2017 10:15 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
People waiting in queue at a polling booth to cast their vote for Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls at Burari, North Delhi on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
People waiting in queue at a polling booth to cast their vote for Municipal Corporation of Delhi polls at Burari, North Delhi on Sunday, April 23, 2017.(Arun Sharma/ Hindustan Times)

From MCD election results to the latest on the Sukma attack, here are the top stories you need to catch up on this morning.

AIADMK symbol bribe case: Party general secy Dinakaran arrested by Delhi Police

AIADMK deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran was formally arrested by Delhi Police on Tuesday night after he allegedly paid bribe to a middleman to get the disputed two-leaves party symbol for his faction. Dinakaran was arrested along with his aide Mallikarjun after three days of questioning at the Chanakyapuri crime branch office. Dinakaran is a leader of the VK Sasikala-led AIADMK (Amma). The other faction is O Panneerselvam’s AIADMK Puratchi Thalavi Amma.

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MCD election 2017: Will BJP ride the Modi wave, or Cong, AAP make a comeback?

So, who is it going to be: the BJP, the Congress or the AAP? As the results of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls are announced on Wednesday, the parties in the fray will have more than their reputations at stake. Exit polls have predicted a big win for the BJP, while the AAP and Congress have been shown competing for a distant second spot.

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Govt vows payback for Sukma ambush, will overhaul strategy to deal with rebels

The government said on Tuesday it has accepted the challenge thrown by Maoists and hinted at adopting a revised strategy to tackle Left-wing insurgents who killed 25 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh in one of the bloodiest massacres of security personnel in India. Union home minister Rajnath Singh, who visited Chhattisgarh capital Raipur following Monday’s ambush in south Suma, described the incident as “cold blooded murder” and is understood to have sought visible action against the rebels within two months.

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Barely out of teens, girls are the new face of protests in Kashmir

They are young, most of them in their school or college uniforms. Some of them wear burkhas while many of them have their heads and faces covered. Their school bags slung on their backs, now they also have stones in their hands. Young girls barely out of their teens have become the new face of protests in Kashmir, adding a new dimension to the story of a valley wracked by years of violence and brutal retaliation government forces.

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‘Pakistan’ group hacks IIT Delhi, DU websites, posts about Kashmir violence

The websites of Delhi University and IIT Delhi were hacked allegedly by a Pakistani hackers group on Tuesday afternoon. The hackers smeared the websites with posters of alleged “brutalities” by the ‘Indian forces’ in Kashmir. ‘Pakistan Haxors CREW – PHC’, the group which claimed responsibility for hacking into the two websites, posted a screenshot on their Facebook page, claiming they had hacked several websites, including those of Aligarh Muslim University and IIT-BHU in Varanasi.

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After Ravindra Gaikwad row, Air India plans to offer premium economy class seats

Air India plans to introduce premium economy class seats on some of its flights in the aftermath of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting its staffer because he had to travel economy despite being entitled to a business class seat. Gaikwad had insisted on travelling business class on an all-economy flight, and later hit an airline staffer “25 times” with his slipper, triggering a row between him and Air India. The proposal apparently aims to accommodate MPs who are entitled to travel business class but fly on routes where the airline operates only all-economy flights.

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Why are rights activists silent on Maoist attack, asks Venkaiah Naidu

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday accused human rights activists of adopting “double standards” for being silent over the deadly Maoist attack but raising a hue and cry when extremists are killed by security forces. “These (human rights) activists raise voice and react violently if an extremist or a terrorist is killed by the police but take shelter in silence when large number of jawans and innocent people get killed by those who operate underground,” information and broadcasting minister Naidu said in a statement.

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China bans ‘overly religious’ Muslim baby names in Xinjiang province

Picking names for babies just got tougher in China’s restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, with authorities issuing a list of banned names for Muslim newborns whose use could deprive children of government benefits. A list accessed by Hindustan Times puts the number of banned names at 29. According to the new ruling by the Communist Party of China, names such as Islam, Saddam, Medina and Imam have been deemed “overly religious” and banned.

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Why cost is a tall order for Maharashtra’s plan to build giant Shivaji memorial in Mumbai

The Maharashtra government is likely to invite bids again to appoint a contractor for the construction of the phase one of the grand memorial to Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji after the bids it received were much higher than expected amid worries that the budget is likely to shoot up further.

The government has estimated that the project in the Arabian sea off Mumbai coast would cost around Rs 3500 crore. The lowest bidder quoted over Rs 1500 crore more than the estimated cost of the project. The government is now considering to renegotiate with the lowest bidder or invite bids again so that the bidding amount would come down.

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The 1BHK makes a comeback in Mumbai realty market

With no takers for premium large-sized flats in Mumbai, real estate developers are now building smaller 1-BHK homes in the range of Rs50-60 lakh. The Centre recently gave infrastructure status to smaller homes. This will help builders get funds easily and also give them more time — five years from the current three years — to complete the projects. “There is a demand for low-cost homes,” says a developer who plans to launch 700 one-BHK flats in Malad shortly.

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Nokia 3310 listed on Indian retailer at Rs 3,899

HMD Global, which is now launching phones under the Nokia brand name, showcased a new variant of the iconic Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year but the price of the phone has not made it to the fore until now. The price of Nokia 3310 has been spotted on Indian retailer’s site and the tag reads Rs 3,899. However, this cannot be taken as an official price as HMD has been tight-lipped about its announcements in India.

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First Published: Apr 26, 2017 07:57 IST

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