Here are the top news stories of the day to watch out for
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Here are the top news stories of the day to watch out for

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti to India, US and Japan holding a joint naval exercise in July, here are the stories to look out for.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2017 10:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PM Modi,Mehbooba Mufti,Jammu and Kashmir CM
File photo of Mehbooba Mufti meeting Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi.(PIB Photo)

Here are top stories of the day to look out for: 

1) How to douse Kashmir fire: Mehbooba Mufti to meet PM Modi today

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday amid a deteriorating law and order situation in the state, leading to a growing clamour for governor’s rule in the state. The renewed violence has also strained relations between the ruling PDP-BJP coalition. The chief minister is likely to discuss confidence-building measures and press for a political initiative from the Centre to address growing alienation of the people of Kashmir, particularly the youth.

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2) When PM Narendra Modi invited BJP CMs for a 12-point exam on govt agenda

Thirteen chief ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states took a 12-point test before Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pitched for a fresh push to welfare schemes and better coordination between the party and its government on Sunday. These CMs gave separate presentations of 15 minutes each before the PM and BJP president Amit Shah, elaborating on each of the 12 questions they were asked at the party headquarters in Delhi. The CMs were asked questions such as development initiatives in their states, mechanism for party-government coordination, social media initiatives, promotion of digital programmes, pro-poor initiatives among others. The dinner meeting, which started close to 7pm, lasted nearly five hours.

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3) India, US, Japan plan major naval exercise in July; China gets the jitters

India and the US are all set to conduct naval exercise Malabar in the Bay of Bengal in July, the first major military drill after Donald Trump took over as President. Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force will also participate in the naval drill that will be bigger and more complex than all previous editions. Indian Navy sources said a planning conference would be held soon in the US to firm up the dates and warships that will take part in the exercise. This will be followed by a final planning conference in India where the scenarios to be simulated during the exercise to boost the abilities of the participating navies for joint operations will be finalised. China has been suspicious of the trilateral engagement and has even lodged protests over Japan’s participation.

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4) 300 WhatsApp groups used to mobilise stone-pelters in trouble-hit Kashmir: Cop

Nearly 300 WhatsApp groups were being used to mobilise stone-pelters in Kashmir to disrupt security forces’ operations at encounter sites, police have said. Each of these groups had around 250 members, an official said, explaining how determined attempts were being made to disrupt the operations of security forces by mobilising mobs at encounter sites in the militancy-hit state. “We identified the groups and the group administrators, who were called in by police for counselling. We have had a good response to this initiative,” he said on the condition of anonymity.

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5) To ‘re-establish connect’: Congress looks to gain lost ground in poll-bound states

In an attempt to stem its slide ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Congress is deploying a team of party leaders in poll-bound states to “re-establish connect” with the ground and reach out to voters. Having realised that the party’s comeback at the national level largely depends on its revival in states, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has started meeting leaders from across the country. Two such meetings in batches of 40-50 leaders have already been held and four more are lined up.

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6) Opinion: Trump’s H-1B tweaks to Aussie visa: India’s middle class must reinvent itself

The great Indian middle class must now reconcile to the fact that ‘globalisation as we know it’ is dead. The global workplace has delivered a blow to the job seeker from India. It needs a fresh and hopeful script for its growth story. But while it reworks its ideas about the neo-liberal moment, there is one house fire that needs to be immediately doused ─ higher education.

Read the column here.

7) Emmanuel Macron: 39-year-old maverick eyeing French presidency

“Neither of the right, nor the left” in his own words, Emmanuel Macron is a 39-year-old former banker whose sensational political career, unorthodox marriage and promises to modernise France have captivated the country. Running in his first ever election, he was projected to win about 24% in the first round of the presidential poll on Sunday, guaranteeing him a place in a run-off vote on May 7, for which he is favourite against far right National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Macron would be the youngest French leader in modern history, upending tradition that has usually seen voters favour experience in their powerful presidents.

Read his profile here.

8) North Korea says it’s ready to sink US aircraft carrier in single strike

North Korea said it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific. US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies. The United States has not specified where the carrier strike group is as it approaches the area.

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9) China launches campaign to teach students how to catch nearest foreign spy

Chinese schools and colleges will train students how to spot and catch foreign spies through easy-to-read books and ready reckoners on anti-espionage in a new Communist Party of China campaign that’s expected to spread its net nationwide this year. The books to be distributed among primary, middle school and senior college students will have graphics, comics and games like “find the spy”. On April 15, China marked the country’s second National Security Education Day and the first set of readers on how to spot a spy was published eastern China’s Jiangsu province.

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10) Sachin Tendulkar turns 44: Master Blaster’s 5 records that might never be broken

Sachin Tendulkar was India’s hope when he held the bat on the cricket field. He bid adieu to his favourite game in 2013 but the country still revels in his historic achievements. And on his 44th birthday on Monday, wishes poured in from all quarters. As India celebrates its favourite hero’s birthday, a look back at Tendulkar’s five greatest records which might never be broken.

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First Published: Apr 24, 2017 10:37 IST