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india Updated: Sep 24, 2017 12:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Rahul Gandhi interacts with the students at the Princeton University in New Jersey.(PTI File Photo)

From experts finding Congress vice-president “impressive” during his US visit to why oil prices are high in India , here are HT’s top read stories this week:

Rahul Gandhi leaves experts surprised, impressed at Washington DC

Most of the attendees at Rahul Gandhi’s meetings in Washington DC had gone expecting a man they had come to know through news reports or otherwise, but found him either “very impressive” or “much more substantive than imagined” or as someone who “spoke very cohesively”. The Congress vice-president met a range of standard Washington DC policy experts, political strategists and a few lawmakers — all hard-nosed individuals who are not easy to impress — at a string of closed-door meetings on Monday.

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Jain couple to leave 3-yr-old daughter, Rs 100-cr property for monkhood

A Jain couple from Madhya Pradesh has decided to leave behind their three-year-old daughter and property worth around Rs 100 crore to become munis (monks), stunning the community that is no stranger to acts of renunciation. Sumit and Anamika’s decision was not exactly a surprise for their loved ones because they had declared their intent to become munis when Ibhya was only eight months old and, as preparation, started living separately.

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If we don’t get $1billion, we will close their little show: Pablo Escobar’s brother gives threat to Netflix

On July 1, 2016, Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, 71, brother of Pablo Escobar and former ‘chief of the hitmen’ for the Medellin Cartel, issued a letter to streaming giant Netflix. In the letter, he demanded $1 billion from Netflix for the unauthorised use of content. “If we don’t receive it,” he threatened, “we will close their little show.”

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Why Indians will continue to pay high oil prices despite lower global rates 

Fuel prices in India are at a three-year high, although global crude rates halved over the same period, leaving many in the country to wonder why they must continue to pay more for petrol and diesel. The central government says that because states earn more in taxes on petrol and diesel, they should cut fuel prices. The ruling BJP even sent out tweets with a breakup of the levies on petrol in Delhi, showing that the state earned almost double of what the Centre did from fuel prices. A closer look, however, shows that this is not true.

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Rs 389-crore Bihar irrigation canal collapses hours before inauguration by Nitish

A portion of an 11km irrigation canal caved in during trials on Tuesday in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district and gushing water inundated parts a nearby township, a day before the project’s inauguration by chief minister Nitish Kumar. The wall breach in the Rs 389.31-crore lift irrigation project is a major embarrassment for the government as it took around 40 years to build.

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First Published: Sep 24, 2017 12:49 IST