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

From over 350 cricket players going under the hammer in IPL auction to cash withdrawals limits easing, here are the top 10 stories you need to know for the day.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2017 12:05 IST
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Watch out for the following news:

1) IPL players auction in Mumbai

Eight IPL franchises will pick a maximum of 76 players on Monday out of more than 350 who will be auctioned this year. This is the last auction of the 10-year cycle after which all players are set to go back into the auction pool. There is likely to be a strong focus on buying uncapped Indian players, such as Jharkhand batsman Virat Singh and teenage sensation Prithvi Shaw. Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has pulled out of this year’s IPL season, ending his association with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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2) Cash withdrawal limits for savings account holders increase to Rs 50,000 a week

Cash withdrawal limit from savings bank accounts will be relaxed to Rs 50,000 per week from today to March 13, the RBI has said. On January 30, RBI allowed withdrawal up to Rs 24,000 per week from savings accounts.

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3) New chief minister of Nagaland to be chosen today

The Nagaland Peoples’ Front will meet to decide who will succeed TR Zeliang as chief minister. Zeliang resigned on Sunday amid protests triggered by the government decision to reserve 33% seats for women in urban local bodies. Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio is believed to be the frontrunner in the race to succeed Zeliang.

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4) Sweden foxed after Trump’s ‘immigration’ remark

US President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Sweden experienced an immigration-related security incident prompted a baffled response from the Scandinavian country on Sunday as diplomats asked for an explanation and citizens responded with amusement.

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5) PM Modi to spread the BJP message in Jalaun today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address election rallies in Jalaun’s Orai and Phoolpur in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, a day after he accused the Akhilesh Yadav-led UP government of practising discrimination on the basis of caste. Modi slammed the state government at a rally in Fatehpur, saying the ‘exile of development’ must end in Uttar Pradesh.

Also, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will hold a rally in Rae Bareli on Monday. His alliance partner and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in Koraon in the Allahabad region.

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6) Trump to announce new security advisor within couple of days

President Donald Trump may do another round of interviews for the position of national security adviser with new or existing candidates on Monday as he scrambles to fill the post following the ouster of Michael Flynn. Trump interviewed four finalists on Sunday and may meet with some of them again on Monday, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters. The national security adviser is one of the most senior jobs at the White House, holding broad influence over US foreign policy across the globe and presiding over the National Security Council staff.

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7) India, ASEAN nations to discuss digital connectivity today

Union telecom minister Manoj Sinha will hold discussions with his counterparts in ASEAN countries to strengthen digital connectivity. The inter-ministerial meeting between India and ASEAN on Monday has been organised to commemorate 25 years of engagement with the regional grouping.

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8) BJP-Shiv Sena tussle in Mumbai civic polls puts Fadnavis govt’s future at stake

The BJP and Shiv Sena have been allies for 25 years but have sunk to new lows targeting each other in their campaign to gain control of Mumbai. How did the alliance reach this state and what the does the future hold?

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9) Brahmins have lost space to OBCs within the BJP in UP

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s disappearance from the BJP posters has reinforced for the Brahmins of Uttar Pradesh a message they’ve long mulled over — that the space they once occupied on the saffron platform has got ceded to other backward classes (OBCs). The Brahmins have felt punished by the “new” BJP’s caste-and-class politics of backward versus forward and poor versus rich. The marginalisation is illustrated by their token representation in the BJP’s top echelons.

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10) Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi announces retirement from international cricket

Legendary Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career.

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