PM Modi visits Gujarat, Ayodhya case trial to resume: Top news stories of the day to watch out for
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PM Modi visits Gujarat, Ayodhya case trial to resume: Top news stories of the day to watch out for

PM Modi visits his home state of Gujarat, Ayodhya case trial resumes, Delhi has India’s most inaccessible airport, China’s Global Times applauds killing CIA spies: Here’s a list of top news stories of the day to watch out for.

india Updated: May 22, 2017 11:09 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The trial in the politically-sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case by a special CBI court will resume in Lucknow.(AFP File Photo)

Here’s a list of top news stories to look out for.

PM Narendra Modi on a two-day visit to Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Gujarat today to inaugurate some developmental projects and attend the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. During his visit, he will address two public meetings and launch projects at the Kandla Port and in Bhachau, both in the Kutch district which had borne the brunt of the 2001 earthquake. He will also meet some of the distinguished delegates of the AfDB Group.

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Special CBI court resumes Ayodhya case trial

The trial in the politically-sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case by a special CBI court will resume in Lucknow today, following a Supreme Court order to it to hear the case on a daily basis and deliver the verdict in two years. The CBI court during its first hearing in the state capital granted bail to five VHP leaders named as accused who appeared before it on Sunday. The apex court came down heavily on the CBI for a delay of 25 years in the trial and said, “The accused persons have not been brought to book largely because of the conduct of the CBI in not pursuing the prosecution of the aforesaid alleged offenders…”

‘Enough negative politics’: Shatrughan takes on critics targeting Lalu, Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and RJD boss Lalu Prasad, facing corruption allegation, have received a support from an unusual ally: BJP’s Shatrughan Sinha. “Enough of negative politics & mudslinging by opponents on our political leaders, be it Kejriwal, Laloo Yadav (sic) or Sushil Modi,” Sinha tweeted on Monday. The actor-turned-politician said the allegations must be substantiated. “High time to substantiate your claims..or pack up! Can’t just keep feeding media with one night stories & sensationalising. Enough is enough!”

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‘Pakistan mystery caller’ offers Rs 50 crore to man for killing PM Modi

Madhya Pradesh police registered a case against unknown people on Saturday after a youth in Satna district received a call from a man who allegedly offered him Rs 50 crore to join them in killing Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally. The caller claimed he was from Pakistan and used the number +79651219. According to Satna police, the caller told Kushal Soni that he would be offered Rs 50 crore if he joined them to kill Modi during a rally in Mumbai. He said they had selected two people and needed a third person. They also offered him as much money as he wanted for the job.

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Govt’s push to link Aadhaar-based payments with MNREGA yet to succeed

Amid the NDA government’s rush to expand the Aadhaar horizon, the unique identity-based payments in rural job scheme is yet to taste success. Only 44% of 10.2 crore workers in the Centre’s rural job scheme (MNREGA) received payments through the Aadhaar-based system till April 2017, in a stark reminder that the daily wage payment system in the country’s biggest work programme has a large scope for improvement. While 8.58 crore workers have voluntarily given their Aadhaar number to the ministry, only 4.5 crore people are being paid their daily wages through the system.

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Delhi airport the most inaccessible in India, increases overall travel time

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport, the busiest in the country, is also the worst to access by a car. A study by the School of Planning and Architecture on ‘accessibility to airports’ finds that reaching Delhi airport is far more difficult compared to other cities. Of the 60 airports surveyed, Delhi finished at the bottom when it came to variation in time taken to reach the airport “under different circumstances” due to slow speed. The study calculated the time taken to reach the airport from the city centre.

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Virbhadra Singh’s disproportionate assets case hearing in Delhi

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is likely to appear as an accused before a special court in a nearly Rs 10-crore disproportionate assets case. Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal had issued summons against Singh, his wife Pratibha Singh and others for appearance today. The charge sheet, running into over 500 pages, has claimed that Singh had amassed assets worth around Rs 10 crore which were disproportionate to his total income during his tenure as a Union minister. In November last year, the apex court had transferred Singh’s plea from the Himachal Pradesh High Court to the Delhi High Court.

Chinese paper says killing of CIA spies a ‘sweeping victory for China’

An influential state-run newspaper applauded China’s anti-espionage efforts on Monday after the New York Times said China had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling US spying operations in a massive intelligence breach. China’s Global Times, published by the official People’s Daily, said in an editorial that, if true, it was a victory for China. “If this article is telling the truth, we would like to applaud China’s anti-espionage activities. Not only was the CIA’s spy network dismantled, but Washington had no idea what happened and which part of the spy network had gone wrong,” the paper said.

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N Korea says missile tests warhead guidance, ready for deployment

North Korea said on Monday it had successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the warhead, indicating further advances in the ability to hit US targets. The North’s KCNA news agency said leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test which also verified the functioning of the solid-fuel engine for the Pukguksong-2 missile and ordered it for deployment in field action.

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Opinion: Let’s talk about racism | North Indians are ‘gora-chitta’, dark skin is for the South

“Aap toh south Indian dikhti hai par aapki behen Indian dikhti hai.” (You look like a south Indian but your sister looks Indian.) Being a Malayali-born and living in Delhi, I am used to such remarks. In my school years, I remember a reader of The Statesman writing to the editor: “south Indians are our guests” and “we” should be kind to “them”. “You southies have brains, we north Indians have looks,” said a neighbour to Mum one day.

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First Published: May 22, 2017 11:09 IST