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

From Pakistan seeking details of India’s hydel projects in Kashmir to UP chief minister Aditya Nath visiting Delhi, here are the top stories to watch out for in the day.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2017 11:34 IST
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HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Pakistan has sought details of India’s hydel projects in Kashmir.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)

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

1) Aditya Nath may visit Delhi today as focus shifts to UP portfolio distribution

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath is likely to visit Delhi on Tuesday morning for a quick word with the Bharatiya Janata Party high command on allocation of portfolios. A possible bureaucratic reshuffle in the state could also be discussed during the visit. The 44-year-old CM, who is a firebrand Hindutva leader, is also expected to call on President Pranab Mukherjee and vice-president Hamid Ansari besides meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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2) Pakistan seeks details of India’s hydel projects in Kashmir

Pakistan asked India on Monday to share the details of the designs of hydroelectric projects being built in Kashmir and provide access to Pakistani experts to verify that the Indus Water Treaty is not being violated in the process. The demand was made on the first day of the two-day Indus Water Commission meeting which began in Islamabad on Monday after a gap of nearly two years following the tensions in bilateral ties after the Uri attack.

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3) NSA Ajit Doval on four-day US tour to discuss terrorism

National security adviser Ajit Doval leaves for a four-day tour to Washington to discuss the stability of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region in the backdrop of a Taliban resurgence and rise of the Islamic State in Nangarhar province as well as to share notes on developments in China and West Asia. South Block officials said Doval will meet his US counterpart HR McMaster for the first time as well as defence secretary James Mattis.

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4) Beijing will fight back India’s attempts to sour our relations with South Asia: Chinese media

China will retaliate if India continues to be uneasy with Beijing’s increasing influence in south Asia and attempts to meddle in its diplomatic relations with countries like Nepal and Sri Lanka, Chinese state media warned on Tuesday. Indicating that India’s failure to match China’s growing defence and diplomatic clout, the state media article said New Delhi is always “unnerved” to see exchanges between Beijing and south Asian countries.

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5) US to ban passengers on some airlines from carrying larger electronics

Passengers travelling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once US authorities formalise a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat. The new rule is expected to be announced Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials said, adding that it had been under consideration since the US government learned of a threat several weeks ago.

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6) Trump daughter Ivanka to get office in White House West Wing

President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, is getting an office in the White House West Wing, stepping up her highly visible role in advising her father. A White House official on Monday confirmed reports that Trump’s 35-year-old daughter would be getting her own West Wing space, as well as access to classified information and a government-issued phone.

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7) It’s no holy dip: Ganga water unfit for bathing in parts of Haridwar, other areas

Water in the Ganga is not even fit for bathing at some of the holiest Hindu sites where pilgrims go to wash away their sins and scatter the ashes of their loved ones, junior minister for water resources Vijay Goel told Parliament Monday. The stretches too polluted to take a dip include Haridwar , Garhmukteshwar, Kannauj and Allahabad districts.

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8) With increase in numbers, tigers fight it out for space in Ranthambore

It’s a war out in the wilderness of Ranthambore where tiger numbers have exploded in the last few years resulting in increasing territorial disputes, which mostly goes unreported. The reserve had just 14-18 tigers when it was among the first tiger habitat to be brought under national protection in 1973. The number increased to 60 in 2016 with tiger habitat remaining almost the same — 392 square kilometers. It is now the third most densely populated tiger home in India.

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9) Hash through hashtag: Himachal’s famed marijuana on sale via Instagram, Speed Post

It’s one of the most scenic locations in India, and also the most popular for its charas (cannabis), a hand-processed form of hashish or cannabis extract. Charas sellers in the Parvati Valley — and the larger Kullu-Manali region — in Himachal Pradesh now have found a way to connect photography and charas — via Instagram, a photo-sharing mobile application. Not only do they track potential customers, but they even keep an eye on ‘hashtags’.

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10) Virat Kohli blames ‘soft’ ball for Ranchi Test draw

India captain Virat Kohli said his spinners could have been more effective in the drawn third Test against Australia but for the softness of the ball used in the contest. Having reduced Australia to 63-4 in the final morning after taking a 152-run first inning lead, India looked in a great position to register their second successive victory in the four-Test series. But a wicketless afternoon session scuppered their hopes.

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First Published: Mar 21, 2017 11:33 IST