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Pakistan to change legal team at ICJ in Kulbhushan case, Badrinath pilgrims stranded, Mumbai Indians in IPL final: Top stories to bring you up to date

From Pakistan planning to change legal team at ICJ, thousands of Badrinath pilgrims stranded, Centre announcing GST rates, Trump calling sacked FBI director James Comey a “nut job” and Mumbai Indians in IPL final, here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date.

india Updated: May 20, 2017 07:11 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee wait for the arrival of Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

Here’s a list of top stories to bring you up to date:

1) Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan will change legal team that lost Round 1 to India at ICJ

Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz has said a new team of lawyers will be formed to present the case against Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice even as opposition parties blasted the government for its handling of the matter. Some senior lawyers said authorities had started sending out feelers about setting up the new legal team. “Some law firms have been approached by the ministry of law to discuss such a possibility,” said a law ministry official in Islamabad. There was also discussion about hiring a foreign law firm with a record of handling cases at The Hague-based ICJ.

Read the story here.

2) Presidential poll: BJP unlikely to back Pranab Mukherjee for 2nd term

The BJP is unlikely to support a second term for President Pranab Mukherjee. The 13th President of India completes his term on July 24 and the BJP wants its candidate to replace the veteran Congressman. “The question (for another term) does not arise,” a senior BJP leader said. “We have nothing against him but here is an opportunity for the party to get a president from within the family.” At least three Union ministers HT spoke to said Mukherjee’s relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained “warm”. But there were moments of “unease” too.

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3) Thousands stranded on way to Badrinath as landslide hits Char Dham route

Thousands of ‘Char Dham’ pilgrims were stranded on way to the Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand on Friday when part of a huge rock rolled down the hills and blocked a key road in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, officials said. The pilgrimage has been temporarily stopped and the people – including women and children -- asked to take shelter at the major halts on the route, the officials added.

Read the story here.

4) Trump called FBI’s James Comey ‘crazy, a real nut job’ in meeting with Russians

The New York Times has reported that President Donald Trump called sacked FBI director James Comey “crazy, a real nut job” and told Russian officials at the White House that sacking Comey relieved “great pressure” on the ongoing probe about links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. According to the Times, the conversation on May 10 “reinforces the notion that Mr Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives. Comey has, meanwhile, agreed to publicly testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

5) GST rates out: Ola, Uber rides and movie-going to be cheaper, education exempt from tax | Check the list

India fixed four categories of taxes for services such as transport, entertainment and banking services on Friday, taking a step closer to meeting a July 1 deadline for the rollout of the country’s biggest tax reform. Eating out at small restaurants and dhabas, hiring a cab or staying in a non-5 star hotel will be cheaper under the new Goods and Services Tax regime. Education, health and public transport will be exempt.

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6) Heatwave claims 167 lives in Telangana

As many as 167 people have died reportedly due to sunstroke in Telangana since April 1 as the state continues to reel under blistering heatwave, a senior official of the state disaster management said here on Friday. However, these casualties are yet to be recognised as ‘heatwave deaths’ for financial assistance to be provided to the families.

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7) Delhi bikers throw chilli powder, shoot at cash van custodian, rob Rs 19 lakh

In yet another crime that showed the vulnerability of cash vans, two men on a motorcycle robbed Rs 19 lakh after shooting the custodian of the money in outer Delhi’s Rohini on Friday afternoon. Naveen, 31, got into a scuffle with one of the robbers to save the cash-heavy bag. He is admitted to a private hospital with a bullet to his cheek. Wearing helmets, the two men rode their motorcycle close to the cash van before one of them got off and threw chilli powder in the eyes of the gunman who was sitting in the van.

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8) 74 IAS officers shifted in UP, Adityanath gets a new principal secretary

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh shifted 74 IAS officers, including four additional chief secretaries, 11 principal secretaries, six secretaries, 12 district magistrates and one divisional commissioner. The chief minister got his principal secretary in his secretariat two months into his tenure. A new Principal Secretary (Home) was also appointed, in view of the purported rise in the crime rate.

See details of the reshuffle here.

9) Opinion: Narendra Modi must begin talks in Kashmir before it is too late

Things in the Valley have not been this bad in two decades. Unlike the hashtag nationalism of venom-spewing anchors, the Army definitely wants political outreach. Soldiers do not want to be used as a substitute for either politicians or policemen. In fact the Army is not in favour of being deployed in situations that pit it against the locals. Here are eight truths about Kashmir, seemingly paradoxical; simultaneously truthful.

Read the column here.

10) IPL 2017: Karn Sharma sinks Kolkata Knight Riders, takes Mumbai Indians into final

Mumbai Indians pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah and leg spinner Karn Sharma shared seven wickets to set up a six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders and enter the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Twice champions, Mumbai Indians will take on Rising Pune Supergiant in the final to be played in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Read the story here.

First Published: May 20, 2017 07:11 IST