Jats call off Delhi protests, Manipur blockade lifted: 10 stories to keep you up to date

What made the Jats to put off their plan to siege Delhi and how did the BJP government in Manipur manage to lift blockade in just four days of coming to power? Top 10 stories to keep you up to date

india Updated: Mar 20, 2017 08:12 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan TImes, New Delhi
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All India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti president Yashpal Malik (L) and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar (3rd from left) address a joint press conference at Haryana Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

1) How the government managed to put off Jats’ siege of the national capital

The threat of thousands of Jat agitators converging on the national capital and throwing life out of gear while Parliament is in session pushed the government to virtually agree to most demands of the agitators on Sunday. However, the reprieve may be temporary with Jat leaders saying they will chalk the future course of action on March 26. All India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) chairman Yashpal Malik told HT, “As of now, we have placed our trust in the government. The future course of action will be decided at our Haryana state convention on March 26.”

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2) After over four months, Manipur blockade lifted from midnight

Manipur’s longest economic blockade, which started on November 1 last year, came to an end at midnight, four days after the state’s first BJP-led government assumed office. The United Naga Council (UNC), the apex body of Nagas in the state, decided to call off the 139-day-long blockade of the state’s two national highways, after talks with representatives from the state and Centre earlier in the day. Manipur has been reeling under an indefinite economic blockade of the NH 2 and 37 by the UNC in protest against the creation of Sadar Hills and Jiribam into full-fledged districts by the state’s erstwhile Congress government.

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3) PM Modi greets Yogi Adityanath; says sole mission, motive is UP’s development

As the Yogi Adityanath-led government took over in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “sole mission and motive is development” of the state, in an apparent bid to allay apprehensions over the hardline Hindutva mascot becoming the Chief Minister. In a series of tweets just after attending the swearing-in ceremony of Adityanath and his council of ministers in Lucknow, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that the new government will work for “record development” for Uttar Pradesh.

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4) RSS red flag spoiled Manoj Sinha’s chances of becoming UP chief minister

A red flag from RSS, BJP’s ideological mentor, spoiled telecom minister Manoj Sinha’s chances of becoming the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. As a tug of war played out between the contenders—in Lucknow and Delhi—BJP sources claimed that Sinha was edged out of the race much before it was decided. Sinha, an ABVP activist during his BHU days, was not seen as suitable to take forward the ideological battle that the RSS was interested in.

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5) Former Rajya Sabha MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra passes away

Former Rajya Sabha MP and president of Odisha Janamorcha party Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, who was called the ‘Chanakya of Odisha politics, passed away on Sunday in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. He was 77.

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6) Kerala priest stabbed by Italian in Melbourne; out of danger

A Catholic priest from Kerala was attacked by an Italian on Sunday when the former was leading the Sunday mass in a Melbourne church. “The priest, Tomy Mathew, was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife by the Italian during the mass at a Catholic church in Melbourne suburbs,” said Thiruvallom Bhasi, editor of a Melbourne daily.

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7) President Pranab Mukherjee says varsities must have free atmosphere

Universities and academic institutions must have free atmosphere devoid of prejudice, violence or any doctrine for unhindered intellectual pursuit, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday. Speaking at the valedictory session of the ‘International Buddhists Conference’ in Nalanda, Mukherjee said the ancient learning centres in Nalanda, Taxila and Vikramshila attracted great minds from all over the world. “The essence of these universities was open mind, free discussions. The acharyas and upadhyays encouraged students to pose questions, before a proposition was to be accepted and followed by them,” the President said.

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8) Germany rejects Trump claim it owes money to NATO

Germany said on Sunday it did not owe the US or NATO “vast sums” of money as claimed by President Donald Trump in a tweet that tried to put an all’s-well-but-not-so-well spin on a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel that didn’t go too well. “There is no debt account at NATO,” German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen said. She added that it was wrong to link the target for members to spend 2% of their GDP on defence by 2024 solely to NATO, saying “defence spending also goes into UN peacekeeping missions, into our European missions and into our contribution to the fight against IS terrorism.”

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9) Netherlands scientists develop new WiFi system that can provide ‘100 times faster’ internet

Scientists have developed a new wireless internet based on harmless infrared rays that is 100 times faster than existing WiFi network and has the capacity to support more devices without getting congested. The wireless network developed by researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands not only has a huge capacity - more than 40 Gigabits per second (Gbit/s) - but also there is no need to share since every device gets its own ray of light.

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10) Wriddhiman Saha’s Ranchi ton vindicates Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team’s faith

The Wriddhiman Saha you see now is a well-rounded product of all those hours spent in different teams across India and abroad. Finally given the opportunity to keep regularly for India, all Saha needed was the full-fledged backing of his captain. With Virat Kohli giving him that and more at the start of this season, Saha has finally come into his own with his most important knock of his career in MS Dhoni’s backyard.

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First Published: Mar 20, 2017 07:57 IST