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Kejriwal to present his story, to Bill Clinton co-writing a thriller: Top stories of the day

Arvind Kejriwal to present his side of the story to the Delhi assembly, to South Koreans voting to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was indicted for corruption, here are the top stories of the day.

india Updated: May 09, 2017 10:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Arvind Kejriwal,AAP,Park Geun-Hye
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has indicated that he would present his side of the story on the alleged bribery.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

1) Dramatic day ahead in the Delhi Assembly

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government has called for a special session of the Delhi Assembly today. It comes against the backdrop of sacked minister Kapil Mishra’s allegation that Kejriwal took Rs 2 crore from Cabinet colleague Satyender Jain. “Truth will triumph. Its beginning will be made during the special session of the Delhi Assembly tomorrow,” Kejriwal tweeted last night, indicating he would present his side of the story in the House. AAP media representatives have asked the public to tune in from 2pm onward.

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2) South Koreans vote today in historic election after Park Geun-Hye’s ouster

South Koreans are voting today to choose a new president after Park Geun-Hye was ousted and indicted for corruption, and against a backdrop of high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. Left-leaning Moon Jae-In, a former human rights lawyer, has held a commanding lead in opinion polls for months, with the final Gallup Korea survey giving him 38 percent support, followed by former tech mogul Ahn Cheol-Soo on 20 percent.

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3) Maoists take the aerial route, fight CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh with desi rockets

Security specialists say the Maoists are adapting themselves to the changing ground situation. With the region teeming with 118 paramilitary battalions comprising 120,000 troops, they are taking to the aerial route to attack.

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4) Demonetisation did not impede future black money flows: UN report

The Indian government’s demonetisation measures did not impede future black money flows in new denominations, a UN report has said. According to UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017, complementary measures to demonetisation would be required to target all forms of undeclared wealth and assets. “Broader structural reforms which could also contribute to enhanced transparency include: the implementation of a goods and services tax; voluntary disclosure of income scheme; and tracking of high-value transactions through taxpayer identification numbers,” it said.

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5) Gujarat after Modi: Multiple power centres, weak CMs but an ‘open’ Chief Minister’s Office

There is a marked difference between the administrations in Gujarat before and after 2014. The former was marked by the complete dominance by Narendra Modi, with the Chief Minister’s Office controlling every element of governance, and a tight structure. The latter has been marked by the emergence of multiple power centres, weak CMs, and a much more indisciplined but also open, informal and some suggest democratic, structure.

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6) Beijing deletes envoy’s suggestion to rename China-Pakistan corridor

An embarrassed China has expunged its India’s envoy’s suggestion that Beijing could think about renaming the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to allay New Delhi’s “sovereignty” concerns as the corridor passes through Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir (PoK). The suggestion made by envoy Luo Zhaohui has been removed from the official version of his speech published on Chinese embassy’s website.

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7) Bill Clinton is co-writing a White House thriller with novelist James Patterson

Bill Clinton might have hoped to spend this year back in the White House as America’s “first gentleman,” should his wife Hillary have won the 2016 election. Instead, the two-term Democratic president is moving into fiction, writing his first thriller about drama behind the scenes in the White House. Clinton is collaborating with bestselling US author James Patterson on The President is Missing to be published in June 2018 by Alfred A. Knopf and Little, Brown and Company.

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First Published: May 09, 2017 10:45 IST