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From Taliban attack to IPL 2017, top stories to bring you up to date

Here is a look at the top news for today, in case you missed some.

india Updated: Apr 22, 2017 07:24 IST
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Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions players celebrate after the dismissal of a Kolkata Knight Riders player in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match.(PTI Photo)

More than 50 killed as Taliban target Afghan Army camp in Mazar-e-Sharif

Taliban gunmen wearing Afghan military uniforms launched an attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan Friday killing “more than 50 soldiers”, officials said. Afghan commandos were deployed during the attack which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers as they attended mosque and ate a meal. Two of the ten attackers blew themselves up while seven were killed and one was detained. US General John Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support operation, said in a separate statement that the attack targeted “soldiers at prayer in a mosque and others in a dining facility” of the 209th Corps of the Afghan army.

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Supreme Court questions Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards

The Supreme Court questioned on Friday the government’s decision to link people’s Aadhaar unique identification with their permanent account number (PAN), which is necessary to file income tax returns and make high-value transactions. The top court had earlier ruled that Aadhaar, a biometric-based 12-digit unique identity number, wouldn’t be necessary for a host of services and welfare schemes, other than government benefits such as food under the public distribution scheme. “How have you made Aadhaar mandatory despite our order saying it is optional? Don’t you have any other way to tackle fake identities?” a bench headed by Justice AK Sikri asked, and agreed to hear a petition challenging the government’s move.

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‘Debilitating’: Indian techies, IT firms fret as Trump orders H-1B visa review

President Donald Trump’s executive order on H1-B visas has prompted thousands of foreign workers already in the United States or applying for visas to work there to re-think their plans. Companies who send them also face huge uncertainty. The concerns are particularly acute in India, where IT firms like Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd are top beneficiaries of the H-1B visa programme, using it to send computer engineers to service clients in the United States, their largest overseas market.

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PM Modi on economic reforms: ‘No lack of political will, perhaps there is extra’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday his government does not lack political will to push economic reforms, signalling the possibility of a fresh round of business-friendly measures after winning a string of emboldening election victories. The Modi government has cleared several reforms legislation over the past two years. It scrapped about 1,200 outdated laws, pushed through a Goods and Services Tax, wrote a new bankruptcy code, sold shares in state-run firms and opened up the market to more foreign investment. But Modi has largely stayed away from politically difficult reforms such as overhauling laws governing land acquisition and labour.

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Tamil Nadu farmers to drink urine, eat faeces at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar

The protest by Tamil Nadu farmers at Jantar Mantar is set to go from curious to revolting as the protesters vowed to drink their urine on Saturday if the government did not pay heed to their demands. Determined to get heard, they also said that if they are still ignored by the Centre, they will be forced to eat human faeces on Sunday. The farmers have been grabbing headlines for their unique methods of protest since they arrived in Delhi over 38 days ago.

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China hits back, says it has ‘lawful right’ to standardise names in Arunachal

China on Friday asserted that it was its “lawful right” to standardise official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, while its state-run media warned that India will pay “dearly” if it continues to play the Dalai Lama card. “Relevant names have been used by ethnic Momba and Tibetan Chinese who have lived here for generations. So it is a fact that cannot be changed. To standardise these names and publicise them is a legitimate measure based on our lawful right,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.

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Nepal-China military exercise curtailed by ‘Indian pressure’, says Chinese media

Nepal was forced to scale down its first military exercise with China because of purported pressure from India, Chinese state media reported on Friday. “It was said the two countries initially planned to hold a battalion-scale military exercise. However, facing a strong opposition from India, Nepal had to compress the size of the military exercise and change the venue to a military school,” state-run Global Times tabloid reported.

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I provoked kar sevaks to demolish Babri masjid, Advani was trying to stop them: Vedanti

Ayodhya Former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday said it was he and not senior leader LK Advani who provoked kar sevaks to demolish the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992. Addressing the media in Ayodhya, Vedanti claimed the CBI had presented wrong facts before the Supreme Court. “When the mosque was being razed, Ashok Singhal, Mahant Avaidyanath and I exhorted the kar sevaks to bring the structure down,” Vedanti said. “While we were inciting the mob, Joshi, Advani and Vijayraje Scindia were trying to stop the kar sevaks,” he said.

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15 killed, 16 injured as truck ploughs into crowd in Andhra’s Chittoor

At least 15 people were killed and about 16 injured on Friday when a truck driver lost control and hit an electric pole before ploughing the vehicle into a group of protesters, cars and shops at Yerpedu, about 25 km away from Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. While six persons were crushed to death under the truck’s wheels, others died of electrocution and the resultant fire, triggered by the mishap.

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Obama returns to public life next week. Will he take on Trump?

Former US president Barack Obama is ending his self-imposed exile from public life with a series of events next week. His office announced on Friday he was travelling to his adopted hometown of Chicago on Monday for a “conversation on community organising and civic engagement” with young leaders at the University of Chicago. He has other events coming up including a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in May, where he will be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to The New York Times. His speeches will be scrutinised for overt and covert swipes at his successor.

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Messaging app Confide that White House officials reportedly use not secure, says lawsuit

Confide, a popular encrypted messaging app said to be used by White House officials, does not keep communications confidential as its maker promises, a proposed class-action lawsuit charges. According to a complaint filed on Thursday with the federal court in Manhattan, Confide Inc cannot assure app users of the “unequivocal confidentiality” it advertises because messages can be saved on screenshots, and do not self-destruct once read.

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions roar as Suresh Raina’s 84 mauls Kolkata Knight Riders

Robin Uthappa (72) and Sunil Narine (42) helped Kolkata Knight Riders score 187/5 against Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match. In reply, GL reached the target with 10 balls to spare as Suresh Raina scored a 46-ball 84.

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