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From Narsingh’s Rio ticket to Gujarat CM’s wicket: Aug 2 morning top stories

Narsingh Yadav gets clean chit for Rio Games; Vijay Rupani frontrunner for Gujarat top office; Akshay Kumar speaks up on Naseeruddin-Rajesh Khanna episode and Ajinkya Rahane cementing India in Kingston Test against WI.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2016 15:09 IST
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(Clockwise from top left) Narsingh Yadav gets clean chit for Rio Games; Vijay Rupani frontrunner for Gujarat top office; Akshay Kumar speaks up on Naseeruddin-Rajesh Khanna episode and Ajinkya Rahane cementing India in Kingston Test against WI.(Agencies)

From Narsingh Yadav getting a clean chit from the National Anti-Doping Agency for the Rio Games to Vijay Rupani being the frontrunner for Gujarat top office, and what Akshay Kumar has to say on the Naseeruddin-Rajesh Khanna episode, here are top news on Hindustan Times at 10am:

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GST bill in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

The government will on Wednesday table the much-delayed constitution amendment bill in the Rajya Sabha after the Congress indicated its support for the legislation to roll out a uniform goods and services tax across the country. The government wanted to bring in the bill, already passed by the Lok Sabha, on Tuesday but put it off by a day as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will not be in Delhi on the day.

Rupani ahead in race to replace Anandiben in Gujarat

Gujarat BJP chief Vijay Rupani is the frontrunner in the race to replace CM Anandiben Patel (PTI)

Gujarat’s transport and water supply minister Vijay Rupani is the favourite to replace chief minister Anandiben Patel who offered to step down on Monday. Rupani, who turns 60 on Tuesday, is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, enjoys the confidence of BJP Amit Shah and has the support of the RSS. He is an MLA from Rajkot, the heartland of Patidar-dominated Saurashtra region. CM Patel was under pressure following demand for quota by Patidars and recent Dalit protests in Una.

Rajnath to visit Pakistan tomorrow

Home minister Rajnath Singh will go ahead with his Pakistan visit for a Saarc meeting on August 3, India has said. Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has warned of protests against Singh’s visit, saying the minister was responsible for the “killings of innocent Kashmiris”.

Indian, Chinese troops meet in Ladakh, talk peace

Indian and Chinese troops met in the Ladakh sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday and decided to uphold the agreements signed between the two sides for peace along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The meeting came a few days after Chinese troops entered Barahoti, a vast stretch along LAC in Uttarakhand that both countries agreed to keep their militaries away from.


On anniversary of mass shooting, Texas allows guns in varsities

The clock on the University of Texas at Austin tower is stopped at 11:48am to mark the time Charles Whitman began shooting from the site 50 years ago. The architectural engineering student and Marine-trained sniper climbed to the observation deck of the 27-story structure in the heart of UT's flagship Austin campus, armed with rifles, pistols and a sawed-off shotgun. He killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others before authorities gunned him down. (AP)

Texas has become the eighth US state to allow guns on campuses -- a controversial decision that comes on the 50th anniversary of a sniper rampage at a university. The law, which was passed last year and came into play Monday, requires universities in Texas to permit concealed weapons in campus buildings. Seventeen people were killed,14 of them at the University of Texas, Austin, when a gunman went on a rampage on August 1, 1966.

US general election ‘going to be rigged’, fears Donald Trump

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made another claim backed with no evidence on Monday that he fears the general election “is going to be rigged” — an unprecedented assertion by a modern presidential candidate.


Narsingh’s Rio hopes alive after doping charge is dropped

Wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav’s Rio dream stays alive after the country’s anti-doping agency accepted his claim of sabotage and cleared him of doping charges. Narsingh will have to take a fresh drug test and get clearance from the World Anti-Doping Agency to be allowed to participate in the Rio Olympics that begin August 5.

India takes control of Kingston Test

Ajinkya Rahane, left, and Umesh Yadav leave the field after India declared their innings 500/9 during day three of the second cricket Test match against West Indies at the Sabina Park Cricket Ground in Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday. (AP)

After KL Rahul pulled off his career-best 158, Ajinkya Rahane’s 108 on Monday powered India’s first innings to a mammoth 500/9 on day 3 of the second Test against West Indies in Kingston. Rain washed off the post-tea session, leaving the hosts at a 304-run trail at the end of the day.


Maruti Suzuki cars costlier by up to Rs 20,000

India’s largest carmaker hiked prices of its various models by up to Rs 20,000 on Monday. The newly launched compact SUV Vitara Brezza will cost Rs 20,000 more, while that premium hatchback Baleno is up Rs 10,000. On a select range, the price hike will be between Rs 1,500 and Rs 5,000.

Cheaper LPG cylinder price increased by Rs 1.93

Subsidised cooking gas cylinder will cost Rs 2 more. The Rs 1.93 hike was announced Monday, the second increase in rates in one month as the government looks to cut down its subsidy bill. A subsidised 14.2-kg cylinder will now cost Rs 423.09 in Delhi as against Rs 421.16, according to state- owned oil firms.


Safety check: Lucknow’s Asafi Masjid at Bara Imambara lacks basic security

Built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784, Bara Imambara is the grandest monument of the nawabi era in the state capital. (AFP file photo)

In a short but gruelling drill conducted on July 10, an HT team accompanied by a security expert visits Lucknow’s Bara Imambara to assess the security arrangements at the Asafi Masjid – one of India’s most popular Shia mosques – as well as its adjoining structures. The findings were disturbing, to say the least. Read the second of the seven-part series on security checks in the country.

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First Published: Aug 02, 2016 09:57 IST