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From Mallya arrest to AIADMK merger: Top 10 stories to bring you up to date

From Vijay Mallya’s extradition from the UK to a possible merger between rival AIADMK camps, here are top ten stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2017 07:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
AIADMK party distanced itself from jailed general secretary VK Sasikala.
AIADMK party distanced itself from jailed general secretary VK Sasikala.(Reuters File Photo)

Here are the top news stories of the previous day: 

1) Vijay Mallya arrested by Scotland Yard in London, gets bail

Scotland Yard arrested fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Tuesday morning and a London court granted him bail within hours, commencing the legal process to send him to India that may be drawn over months, if not years. The 61-year-old businessman was the subject of an extradition request from India for alleged financial irregularities such a loan defaults and money laundering. After getting bail, Mallya tweeted “Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected.”

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2) Vijay Mallya’s extradition: Why Indian authorities have a long road ahead

Unless there is a fresh approach in London to extradition requests from New Delhi, it’s unlikely controversial Indian businessman Vijay Mallya will actually be extradited to India anytime soon, given past experiences and the long-drawn legal process. Mallya is not the first high-profile Indian based in the United Kingdom wanted in India. Previous individuals sought include Lalit Modi (for alleged financial offences), Ravi Sankaran (the Indian Navy war room leak case), Nadeem Saifi (the Gulshan Kumar murder case) and Tiger Hanif (Gujarat blasts). The process to extradite Mallya is long, with several options for appeal.

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3) Islamabad says India abducted retired Pakistani army officer to secure Jadhav’s release

A Pakistani retired army officer was lured to Nepal with a job prospect before being seized by Indian intelligence, which hopes to use him to secure the release of an Indian agent sentenced to death by Pakistan, security officials said on Tuesday. According to two senior security officials, Indian agents abducted Lt Col Mohammad Habib, who went missing on April 6 after arriving in Nepal. They said Habib’s abduction was aimed at pressuring Pakistan to release Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian naval officer convicted of espionage who was sentenced to death on April 10.

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4) Trouble-hit AIADMK eyes merger of warring factions, sidelines Sasikala and family

Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK party on Tuesday distanced itself from jailed general secretary VK Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran, brightening prospects of a truce with the O Panneerselvam faction that had rebelled against her leadership. The decision was “unanimous” and based on the views of all ministers, including chief minister E Palaniswami, legislators, MPs and the people, state minister D Jayakumar said, stressing that a committee will now run the party. The Sasikala clan will be completely kept away from the party and the government, which should not be controlled by one family, Jayakumar said.

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5) Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Romeo drive fizzles out in Meerut

Almost a month after Uttar Pradesh’s new chief minister Yogi Adityanath launched his ‘anti-Romeo squad’ initiative to crack down on sexual harassment of women at public places, Meerut has slipped back to its usual self. But revisiting the same spots that witnessed the crackdown nearly a month later revealed no traces of the frenetic police activity. April 21 will mark one month since Adityanath announced the measure to bolster womens’ safety. Not a single policeman was spotted at RG Girls’ College on Monday, though some men sauntered around rather suspiciously.

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6) Now, Australian PM Turnbull abolishes visa programme popular with Indians

Australia will abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a new programme requiring better English-language and job skills, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. The move to abolish the popular work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers, majority of them Indians, is apparently aimed at tackling the growing unemployment in the country. The majority of the visa holders were from India followed by the UK and China. The programme known as 457 visa allows business to employ foreign workers for a period up to four years in skilled jobs where there is a shortage of Australian workers.

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7) Amit Shah’s 95-day countrywide tour to expand BJP footprints will begin this month

BJP president Amit Shah will go on a 95-day countrywide tour, starting this month from Jammu and Kashmir and spending at least two days in each state to review the party’s organisational activities. The trip is significant as the BJP rules 13 states, shares power in four, and is pushing to broaden its national footprint in regions that are not its traditional strong-points. The itinerary, prepared by a team of senior leaders, will give him an opportunity to get first-hand ground reports necessary to construct his election strategies.

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8) NGT, not Art of Living, should be fined for Yamuna floodplain damage: Sri Sri

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday said the Centre, Delhi government and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) should be held responsible for allowing his foundation to organise the World Culture Festival on the Yamuna floodplains in March 2016 — if any environmental damage was caused. “If, at all, any fine has to be levied, it should be levied on the Central and state governments and the NGT itself, for giving the permission. If the Yamuna was so fragile and pure, they should have stopped the World Culture Festival,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in a statement issued on Tuesday.

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9) IPL 2017: Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal power RCB to 21-run win vs Gujarat Lions

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle slammed half-centuries to help their team score 213/2. In reply, Gujarat Lions could score 192/7, with Yuzvendra Chahal taking 3/31, in the Indian Premier League clash at Rajkot.

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10) Chris Gayle reaches historic milestone, becomes first to score 10,000 T20 runs

Chris Gayle, the entertaining Jamaican hard-hitter, is now in an elite club of his own – one for those with 10,000 T20 runs. Gayle might end up being the only one in the 10,000 club in T20s for a long time. No other batsman has crossed 8,000 runs in T20s with the second highest run-scorer after Gayle being Brendon McCullum (7596). Brad Hodge has 7338 runs to his name while David Warner has 7156 runs.

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First Published: Apr 19, 2017 07:19 IST

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