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Here are the top 10 stories today that you need to know about

From the first India-China strategic dialogue in Beijing to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressing a conference in Mumbai.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2017 10:50 IST
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Combination image of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar.(Agencies)

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1) The first India-China strategic dialogue

The first India-China strategic dialogue, a new mechanism set in place last year for greater engagement between the two sides, will be held in Beijing, led by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi. The dialogue occurs within weeks of China again blocking efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. India’s NSG bid, which Beijing has opposed, is another sticking point.

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2) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses a conference in Mumbai

Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella will address a conference on Future Decoded in Mumbai. His visit assumes significance after fresh efforts in the US to restrict H-1B visas. Satya was among the few top heads of IT firms that opposed restrictive immigration moves by the new regime in the US under President Donald Trump. The two-day Mumbai conference is expected to be attended by 1,500 top business and government executives.

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3) DMK to go on hunger strike

Tamil Nadu Opposition leader MK Stalin had announced DMK will go on a hunger strike today to protest against the trust vote that confirmed the Edappadi Palaniswami government in the state. Party members also said the hunger strike was against manhandling of Stalin after DMK legislators were evicted from the Tamil Nadu assembly while Congress leaders staged a walkout amid stormy scenes last Saturday.

EK Palaniswami, a loyalist of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala, won the trust vote 122-11.

4) KCR to present Rs 5.5 crore worth gold to Tirupati temple to fulfil vow

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will visit the famed shrine of Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupati today to present gold ornaments worth nearly Rs 5.5 crore to fulfil a vow taken during the agitation for a separate state.

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5) Govt to sell five percent stake in BEL

The government is to sell five percent of its 74.4% stake in the state-owned aerospace and defence firm Bharat Electronics Ltd. The floor price is reportedly fixed at Rs. 1,498 and the sale is expected to raise about Rs 1,600 crore.

6) Actor Akshay Kumar summoned for ‘defaming’ Bata

Actor Akshay Kumar and the team of Bollywood movie “Jolly LLB-2”, including director Subhash Kapoor and its producers have been summoned by the Delhi High Court in a defamation case related to footwear company Bata India Limited.In a press statement, Bata stated that it has filed a criminal defamation case against the team of “Jolly LLB-2” for using derogatory remarks and defamatory reference to Bata as a brand in the first official trailer of the movie.

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7) Fire breaks out at manufacturing unit in Hyderabad, 6 workers from Odisha killed

At least six people were burnt alive when fire broke out in an air-cooler manufacturing unit at Attapur under Rajendranagar police limits in Hyderabad in the early hours of Wednesday. The incident happened at around 5am when the workers, all belonging to Odisha, were sleeping in the shed of ‘A1 Air-Coolers’, a small scale unit made of iron-sheets.

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8) Indian doctor abducted in Libya rescued after 18 months

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday night said Doctor Ramamurthy Kosanam, an Indian who was kidnapped in Libya 18 months ago, has been rescued. Swaraj said Dr Kosanam, who has suffered a bullet injury, will be brought back to India shortly. “With this, we have rescued all the six Indians abducted there,” the minister said.

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9) Here are 5 things Reliance Jio promises to bring to you in the coming months

Reliance Industries’ Jio telecoms unit will charge for its services from April, ending an almost seven month spree of free calls and data that shook up the country’s telecom sector and helped the new arrival rack up more than 100 million users.

For more on the company’s latest offer to users, read story here.

10) Mythical characters to Aligarh’s locks: Modi uses local icons for voter connect

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s metaphors – from festivals to funerals – for attacking opponents have been the talking point of Mandate 2017 in Uttar Pradesh. So have been his references to local icons to connect with the masses during campaigns for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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First Published: Feb 22, 2017 10:50 IST