May loses electoral gamble, SC to rule on Aadhaar and Modi to meet Xi: Top stories to look out for

Election results suggest that the Conservatives would fall short of a majority in UK, the SC will pronounce its judgement on making Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns, and an AAP delegation will interact with farmers in Mandsaur, here are the top stories to watch out for.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2017 11:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives with her husband Philip at the count centre in Maidenhead on Friday, June 9.(AFP)

UK election exit poll points to no clear winner in stunning blow for Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May spectacularly lost her electoral gamble as results which are still coming in suggest that the Conservatives would fall short of a majority in parliament, throwing her Brexit plans into disarray. May is expected to fall short of 326 she needs to form a government. Analysts are not sure if she will stay as Prime Minister even though the Conservatives will emerge as the largest party.

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UK election 2017: What happens in case of a hung parliament?

An exit poll following Britain’s general election on Thursday suggested the country could be heading for a “hung parliament”, in which no party has an overall majority. Here is what would happen next if the forecast is confirmed by the full results. If this does translate into a hung parliament when results come through, Theresa May as incumbent prime minister will have the first shot at trying to form a government — either as a minority or in coalition with others. If May did manage to do this, she would then go to the House of Commons to see if her government could survive a motion of confidence, probably after the state opening of parliament on June 19.

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UK election: Preet Gill becomes first Sikh woman MP, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi first turban-wearing winner

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi became the first turban-wearing Sikh and Preet Kaur Gill the first Sikh woman to be elected to the British parliament’s House of Commons, results from the mid-term general elections showed on Friday. The victories of Dhesi and Gill, though not a first for Sikhs in general, is part of a significant milestone for Sikh politicians in United Kingdom this election. They add to the 10 Indian-origin MPs in the last parliament – five each from Labour and Conservative – who have retained their seats.

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Supreme Court verdict on pleas against linking Aadhaar, PAN today

The Supreme Court will today pronounce its judgement on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of a provision in the Income Tax Act making Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns and allotment of PAN. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan had on May 4 reserved the verdict on the pleas, challenging section 139AA of the Income Tax (I-T) Act, which was introduced through the latest budget and the Finance Act, 2017.

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PM Modi meets Xi Jinping ahead of SCO Summit

Amid tense diplomatic relations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met China’s President Xi Jinping ahead of the start of the SCO summit at Astana in Kazakhstan on Friday. Both leaders are meeting for the first time in nearly eight months, and is after India boycotted the high-profile Belt and Road Forum held in Beiing last month in which 29 world leaders took part.

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In new Rajasthan textbooks, Veer Savarkar overshadows Gandhi and Nehru

New textbooks for Rajasthan state board schools being taught from this year have an extra dose of nationalism, with Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar pushing to the margins the role of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. what is bound to raise more eyebrows is Savarkar getting a big chuck of space, even edging out Jawahar Lal Nehru from the social science textbook of Class 10 and decimating Mahatma Gandhi to a passing reference. Education experts are calling these history “revisions” as Hinduisation of the country’s freedom struggle. Last year, India’s first Prime Minister Nehru was erased from the Class 8 textbook.

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MP farmers’ protest: AAP delegation set to visit Mandsaur today

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh of going back on its poll promises for the agriculture sector, as it condemned the Mandsaur incident where five farmers were killed in alleged police firing. A five-member delegation of the AAP, comprising senior party leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Somnath Bharti, Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh, will interact with farmers in Mandsaur today. The party has demanded immediate arrest of officials who allegedly opened fire on the agitating farmers, besides waiver of loans of the farmers in the state.

Young India put out the stub: Tobacco use declines by 81 lakh, fewer youth smoke

Fewer youngsters seem to find smoking cool in India. Government data reveal a drop of six percentage points in young people using tobacco products. The highlights of the second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), released by the Union health ministry on Thursday, show prevalence of tobacco use among people between 15 and 24 years has reduced from 18.4% in 2009-10 to 12.4% in 2016-17.

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First Published: Jun 09, 2017 11:22 IST