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Rahul Gandhi and Amit Shah trade barbs, IMF lowers India’s growth forecast to 6.7%, ED questions Tejashwi Yadav for nine hours: Top stories

Turf war continues as Rahul Gandhi and Amit Shah trade barbs, Delhi Metro fare hike gets mixed response from commuters, Gujarat election likely in December, ED questions Tejashwi Yadav for nine hours: Here is a list of top stories to get you up to date.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2017 07:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Rahul Gandhi,Amit Shah,Gujarat assembly elections
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressing a gathering at Vadodara and BJP chief Amit Shah in Amethi on Tuesday.(Combination photo/Agencies)

Turf war intensifies: Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah trade barbs from each other’s citadel

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah took their political battle to each other’s bastions on Tuesday, exchanging potshots on corruption and development ahead of two state elections. “Rahul Gandhi, whose party has ruled the country for 60 years, is asking for the report card of the three-year Modi government,” Shah said during a rally at Amethi. He also said the Congress leader couldn’t see development because he wore “glasses made in Italy”. Gandhi said that initiatives such as Make in India and Start up India failed to create jobs, He told students, “You people enjoy taking selfies. But when you do so, the jobs are generated in China and not in India. The Modi government has no focus on generating new jobs.” He also attacked the BJP for paying what he said was only lip service to women’s empowerment. Read the story here.

RSS demands Rahul Gandhi’s apology over ‘shorts’ remark

Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi for his remarks in which he seemed to suggest that the RSS discriminated against women, the Hindutva organisation on Tuesday sought an apology from the Congress vice-president, saying he should first understand the activities of the Sangh. Addressing a gathering of students in Vadodara on the second day of his poll campaign in Gujarat today, Gandhi alleged that the RSS discriminated against women and also asked whether any woman was ever seen in its ‘shakhas’ (assembly), wearing shorts. Reacting to the Congress leader’s remarks, Vijay Thakar, media in-charge of the Gujarat unit of the RSS, in a statement issued here, said, “Rahul Gandhi should first understand the activities of the Sangh and refrain from making such comments on such a matter which do not have any substance. Read the story here.

Delhi Metro fare hike gets mixed response from commuters, Kejriwal’s AAP announces stir

The Delhi Metro fare hike evoked a mixed response from commuters in the national capital on Tuesday. Some communters claimed they would switch to alternative modes of transport (including buses) in view of the Metro fare hike, others seemed to take the extra expenditure in their stride. Several commuters came out in support of the fare hike, stating that such a move was “necessary” to maintain the quality of the transport service. A few angry ones, however, said they were even considering driving to work in the circumstances. While the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student wing affiliated to the RSS, took its objections to the DMRC’s doorstep, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Delhi Congress have charted out separate plans to protest the controversial move on Wednesday. Read the story here.

Demonetisation, GST impact: IMF lowers India’s 2017 growth forecast to 6.7% 

The IMF on Tuesday lowered India’s growth projection to 6.7% in 2017, 0.5 percentage points less than its previous two forecasts and slower than China’s 6.8%, attributing it to demonetisation and introduction of the GST. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its current year growth forecast for China to 6.8%, 0.1 percentage more than its two previous projections in April and July -- pushing the Communist giant above India at the top of the global growth tally. It also lowered India’s growth for 2018 to 7.4%, 0.3 percentage points less than its previous two projections in July and April. Read the story here.

Gujarat election to be held in December, hints Election Commission

The Election Commission on Tuesday indicated that Gujarat may go to polls in December as the term of the current legislative assembly is coming to end in the third week of January. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Joti also said that voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) system will be used in over 50,000 booths in Gujarat. VVPAT was first used in Goa polls earlier this year. He said that paper slips will be counted at a single booth in each 182 constituencies to tally the number of slips and the votes cast. For the first time, the poll panel will also introduce all-women polling stations in Gujarat in all assembly segments. Read the story here.

Godhra carnage was not an act of terrorism: Gujarat HC judgment

The Gujarat high court, in its judgement on the 2002 Godhra carnage, has upheld the conspiracy theory but said the crime of the 11 convicts whose death sentence was commuted to rigorous life imprisonment was neither terrorism nor an act of waging war against the state. The division bench of Justice Anant S Dave and G R Udhwani, in the order made available on Tuesday, pulled up the state government for failing to maintain law and order, saying the state failed to apprehend the trouble considering the circumstances prevailing then. It also said that the ministry of railways did not take “measures to ensure safety of the passengers or to provide alternatives” considering that the Sabarmati Express, a coach of which was burnt killing 59 kar sevaks, was “overcrowded.” Read the story here.

ED questions Tejashwi Yadav for nine hours in money laundering case

Tejashwi Yadav, son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, was on Tuesday grilled for about nine hours by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with its money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case. The former Bihar deputy chief minister arrived at the central probe agency’s office here at about 12 noon and left after 9 pm, officials said. They said at least 40 questions were put across Tejashwi and that the investigating officer recorded his answers. The agency is expected to record the statement of Tejashwi’s mother and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi tomorrow. Read the story here.

Catalan leader proclaims independence but suspends it to allow talks with Madrid

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday proclaimed the region’s independence from Spain but said its effects would be suspended to allow for talks with the Madrid government. “I assume the mandate that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic ... I propose suspending the effects of the declaration of independence to undertake talks to reach an agreed solution,” Puigdemont told the regional parliament in Barcelona. Though Puigdemont stopped short of seeking the explicit support of the chamber for the declaration of independence in a vote, a move that would have closed the door to any negotiated solution, the declaration plunges Spain into the unknown. Read the story here.

Man orders phone online, says got empty box, gets refund: He does it 166 times

A 21-year-old man has been arrested for duping an e-commerce company of Rs 52 lakh by ordering expensive mobile phones and later getting refunds by claiming he received an empty box, police said on Tuesday. In April and May, Shivam Chopra, a hotel management graduate, allegedly sought refunds on 225 mobile phones and managed to trick the company into making a refund on 166 occasions, said Milind Dumbere, DCP (north-west). A resident of Tri Nagar in north Delhi, Chopra worked in some hotels for a brief period and is currently unemployed. He was arrested last week following a complaint by the e-commerce company whose internal team investigated the crime. Read the story here.

India vs Australia: Jason Behrendorff’s 4/21 helps Aussies level T20I series

Losing is a reality in sport. And that hit India hard on Tuesday as the Virat Kohli-led side slumped to an eight-wicket loss to Australia in the second T20I at Guwahati. It was Australia’s first win in a T20I against India in their home after seven consecutive losses, and Jason Behrendorff became the unlikely architect of the turnaround. The left-arm pacer, playing his debut international series, took four for 21 to dismiss India for 118 after Australia’s stand-in skipper David Warner elected to bowl first on winning the toss. Moises Henriques ((62* - 46b, 4x4, 4x4) and Travis Head (48* - 34b, 5x4, 1x6) then shared a 100-plus stand to finish the job with more than four overs left. Read the story here.

First Published: Oct 11, 2017 07:30 IST