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Jadhav’s life still under threat, Kapil Mishra promises another expose: Top news stories of the day to watch out for

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wants to rally Opposition for presidential poll and 2019 elections, the discrepancy in the exam passed by ex-Haryana CM Chautala and KKR’s edge in today’s IPL qualifier.

india Updated: May 19, 2017 13:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Kulbhushan Jadhav,Kapil Mishra,Mamata Banerjee
Sacked AAP leader Kapil Mishra arrives at Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) at north block to file complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in New Delhi on May 17.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

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

1- ICJ order diplomatic victory for India but Kulbhushan Jadhav’s life still under threat in Pakistan

Relief and a diplomatic victory are the big takeaways for India from an international court’s provisional order on Thursday that prohibits Pakistan from executing an alleged Indian spy until the verdict is out. India scored diplomatic points against its arch rivals, but the danger to Jadhav’s life has not diminished as Pakistan might reject the UN court’s order. Pakistan remained defiant and is likely to challenge the jurisdiction of the ICJ in “matters of national security”. “As far as Pakistan is concerned, the decision has not changed the status of Jadhav’s case in any manner,” the nation’s attorney general said.

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2- Kapil Mishra says he will reveal ‘big truth’ on AAP-hawala operator nexus today

Sacked Delhi cabinet minister Kapil Mishra said he will “expose” the ruling party’s links to hawala operators on Friday, a day after a man claimed he had donated Rs 200 lakh to the party in 2014. An east Delhi businessman Mukesh Sharma on Wednesday said he had donated Rs 50 lakh each through four of his companies to the Aam Aadmi Party. The revelation comes days after Mishra alleged that the party has been receiving money through donations from shell companies for the past three years.

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3- Opposition will leave no stone unturned to garner support: Mamata on Presidential poll

The Opposition parties will leave no stone unturned to garner support for Presidential election, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said. In an exclusive chat with HT, she also “hoped” that the Opposition combination leads to an anti-BJP political formation for the 2019 general elections. “We will talk to all possible sources of support. We will play our game and leave no stone unturned to reach out to other parties,” she said.

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4- 58-year-old Indian detained at Atlanta airport, dies in custody

A 58-year-old Indian who was detained by American customs officials last week for not possessing necessary immigration documents while entering the country died in custody at an Atlanta hospital. US Customs and Border Protection subsequently denied Atul Kumar Babubhai Patel entry into the country as he did not possess the necessary immigration documents, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement.

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5- Did Chautala clear Class 12? Documents say he took Class 10 exam, result not out

Convicted in a teachers’ recruitment scam, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala could now land in a degree controversy, with official documents belying his family members’ claims that he has cleared Class XII with ‘A grade’. The octogenarian leader who is serving his 10-year sentence in Delhi’s Tihar jail has taken Class X examination and is awaiting results, documents show.

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6- NIA begins probe against Hurriyat leaders for receiving money from Pak, LeT

Key members of the Kashmiri separatist group Hurriyat have been booked by the National Intelligence Agency for allegedly receiving funds from Pakistani sources such as LeT’s Hafiz Saeed to foment violence in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Sources said the agency, which handles high-profile cases such as that of terrorism, will call for questioning Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Naeem Khan, Gazi Javed Baba and Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate — four prominent separatist figures it named in a preliminary enquiry (PE) on Thursday.

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7- Delhi: Land pooling to pave way for 24 lakh new houses in Dwarka-like sub-cities

The land pooling policy will fuel a housing boom in the Capital with 24 lakh dwelling units to become available in the next five years. Under the policy, the owners will have an option to give their land to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for development. After the roads, and water, power, sewage lines are laid, a part of the developed land will be returned to the owners who can then build apartments on it by partnering with real estate developers. Read the story here.

8- Japan cabinet approves bill allowing Emperor Akihito’s abdication

The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, the first such abdication in two centuries. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet signed off on the legislation and the bill will now be sent to parliament for debate and final approval. Reports of the 83-year-old Akihito’s desire to retire surprised Japan when they emerged last July.

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9- China intercepts US radiation-sniffing plane, Pentagon calls it unprofessional

Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the US military described as an “unprofessional” intercept of a US aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea. “The issue is being addressed with China through appropriate diplomatic and military channels,” said Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Lori Hodge. She said the WC-135 was carrying out a routine mission at the time and was operating in accordance with international law. China is deeply suspicious of any US military activity in the resource-rich South China Sea.

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10- Uttarakhand CM has a dogged problem: Stray dogs near residence robbing him of sleep

Guess what’s giving sleepless nights to chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat? No, it’s not a security threat from any terror organisation and neither is it because of any political decision that he has to take. It is the stray dogs near CM’s residence that are giving sleepless nights to Rawat and his security staff. The situation is so bad that a letter has been issued from CM’s residence to Humane Society International (HSI) urging it sterilise the dogs in Dehradun Cantt area.

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11- IPL 2017 qualifier: Mumbai Indians have history, Kolkata Knight Riders the momentum

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will hold a bit of an advantage going into the Indian Premier League (IPL) qualifier 2 match against Mumbai Indians (MI) today as their tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has boosted their morale and given them an indication of how the M Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch in Bengaluru will behave.

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First Published: May 19, 2017 13:16 IST