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Modi to address Guwahati rally, CBSE not to challenge HC order: Top stories to watch out for

india Updated: May 26, 2017 10:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Workers busy to making posters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Khanapara in Guwahati on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Modi fest to mark three years of NDA rule, Sonia Gandhi hosts opposition meeting, the RSS gains ground in Bengal, US military acknowledges that over 100 civilians died in Mosul airstrike.

Top stories to look forward to on Friday:

3-year celebrations: PM Narendra Modi to address rally in Guwahati

Prime Minister Modi will address the nation from Guwahati on Friday to mark three years of the NDA government and one year of the BJP-led Assam government. The anniversary celebrations will be centred on Prime Minister Modi, with a ‘Making of Developed India (MODI)’ festival. The PM will inaugurate a few projects, including India’s longest bridge and make some important announcements to the nation. Union textiles minister Smriti Irani said the programmes to mark the occasion will mainly be around the MODI fest and to propagate the message that the NDA government and the BJP stand for “sabka saath,sabka vikas (together with all, development for all)”.

Dhola-Sadiya not only a bridge, but a new hope for North East

Road connectivity in the North-East will witness a major transformation as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to inaugurate today the country’s longest Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in the north east state of Assam. This bridge will reduce the travel time between Rupai, Assam to Meka/Roing, Arunachal Pradesh from six hours to one hour. This new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built at a cost of about Rs 2,056 crore over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola in Assam to Sadiya in Arunachal Pradesh. “The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day- time and even this was not possible during floods,” the Ministry of Shipping said in a statement.

Sonia Gandhi hosts lunch for the opposition today

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is hosting a luncheon meeting of key opposition parties on Friday to brainstorm over the possibility of fielding a joint candidate for President. The date is significant because its also marks the third anniversary of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). While Trinamool Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal have confirmed their participation, a final list of parties which will join the meeting will be drawn up on Wednesday after their response.

CBSE likely to declare Class 12 results tomorrow, will not challenge HC order on moderation of marks

The CBSE Class 12 examination results are likely to be announced by Saturday evening, sources in the country’s largest education board said. The Central Board of Secondary Education, which sets the curriculum and organises school-clearing examinations for millions of children across the country, has decided to continue with its five-point moderation policy for this year. “Results will be declared in light of the High Court’s directions and keeping our declared five-point moderation policy in mind. There will be strictly no spiking of marks and the decision taken in the April meeting will also be followed,” a source said. If not Saturday, the official added, result will certainly be declared by Sunday.

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Rise of RSS in West Bengal has rocked Mamata Banerjee’s boat

In Malda, a Muslim-majority district in West Bengal, a rally of swords and trishuls, saffron bandanas and shouts of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ marked Ram Navami. There hadn’t been anything like it in living memory. “Our organisation has got a boost in the Hindu-dominated parts of Malda over the past couple of years, though we’re still facing difficulty getting started in the Muslim-dominated areas,” says Tarun Kumar Pandit, spokesperson for the north Bengal chapter of the RSS. Capitalising on what they call chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s ‘overt Muslim appeasement’ (monthly government stipends for imams and muezzin, for instance), the Hindutva brigade is running an aggressive campaign on communal lines. It seems to be working.

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Retracing the journey of the jeep with the ‘human shield’ in Kashmir’s Budgam

Driving from Utligam to Hardpanzoo is not easy even at the best of times. The dirt track meandering through the mountains of central Kashmir is narrow, forcing vehicles to squeeze by the side of the road to let traffic from the other direction pass. The same stretch of road is in the eye of the storm ever since Major Leetul Gogoi tied a Kashmiri man to the bonnet of a jeep as a ‘human shield’ and drove him around for five hours across 17 villages over 28km on April 9. HT retraced the journey of his jeep that day, stopping at several villages on the way. Eyewitness accounts ran contrary to the official version.

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US military acknowledges over 100 civilians died in Mosul air strike in March

A US military investigation on Thursday acknowledged that more than 100 civilians were killed in a US air strike on a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March during operations against Islamic State militants. The probe concluded that the US strike in the Al-Jadida district inadvertently triggered explosives placed in the building by Islamic State fighters, causing it to collapse. Local officials and eyewitnesses have said as many as 240 people may have died in the strike.

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Pakistan Cricket Board elects Najam Sethi as the next chairman

Najam Sethi was approved on Thursday as the unanimous choice to be the next Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman at its Annual General Meeting. Sethi would succeed Shaharyar Khan as the PCB chief. The resolution was passed at a time when there are stories in the media that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is looking at other candidates to succeed Shahrayar.

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Opinion: Three years of Modi at the helm: How the PM has transformed the political landscape

The Modi government has shown both energy and imagination in pushing through schemes that have a direct and immediate connect with the people. The road building programme, the steady progress towards 24x7 electrification of India by 2019, the huge energy savings through low cost LED bulbs, the rationalisation of cooking gas subsidies, the financial inclusion effected through Jan Dhan Yojana and the construction of nearly 35 crore toilets should count as major achievements. Equally, the deft handling of the GST legislation, the simplification of rules and procedures for business, the near-mandatory transfer of welfare entitlements by bank transfer, the transparency in the auction of natural resources and the corrective actions to make states more financially empowered are long-term achievements.

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First Published: May 26, 2017 10:52 IST