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Tributes for Vinod Khanna, Jet Airways passenger sparks hijack scare: Top stories

From tributes pouring in for veteran actor Vinod Khanna, who died on Thursday, to a Jet Airways passengers sparking a hijack scare, here are the top stories of the day.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2017 10:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Funeral of veteran actor Vinod Khanna who died in a Mumbai hospital after suffering from cancer.
Funeral of veteran actor Vinod Khanna who died in a Mumbai hospital after suffering from cancer. (IANS Photo)

Here are the top stories of the day: 

1) Parents say Delhi school asked rape survivor not to attend classes as she brings bad name

Parents of a rape survivor have alleged that a private school, where their child was studying, asked them not to send her to school as it would “tarnish” the name of the institute. The Delhi Commission for Women has issued a notice to the education department based on a complaint of the parents, who approached the agency. Parents of the Class 10 student alleged that the school administration has shown “gross insensitivity” towards the girl. In their accusation, the parents said the school has laid a condition that the victim will be promoted to Class 11 only if she stops coming to school.

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2) ‘Modi sir, please help’: Jet Airways passenger’s tweet to PM triggers hijacking scare

A Jet Airways passenger tweeted on Thursday that he suspected a Mumbai-Delhi flight had been hijacked, sending security agencies into a tizzy at the Jaipur airport. The Delhi-bound flight 9W355 -- carrying 176 people on board, including 8 crew members -- was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather in Delhi. Soon after the aircraft landed in Jaipur, security agencies checked the aircraft and offloaded the passenger who tweeted the message. The passenger, who was travelling from Mumbai, tweeted in the morning saying, “@narendramodi sir we have been in jet airways flight for past 3 hrs, looks like hijacked, pl help 9W355”.

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3) Mahesh Bhatt remembers Vinod Khanna: Mother’s death had devastated him

“My earliest memory of Vinod is when I was the third assistant director and the production manager on the legendary Raj Khosla’s Mera Gaon Mera Desh. He had just hit the landscape with Mann Ka Meet. I still remember the shot in which, Vinod – who played Jabbar Singh – comes on a horse into a deserted village. He dismounts from his horse and walks menacingly towards a door and kicks it open. The shot was okayed, when Khosla turned to us and said, “This boy is going to be a star. He will set the nation blaze.”

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4) Regret not visiting Vinod Khanna after learning about his illness: Shabana Azmi

“We did many films together. He was different from most movie stars.On outdoor schedules it’s common to have fans shower hospitality on stars, bring home-cooked food and generally be at the stars beck and call etc.We are happy to partake of their hospitality but avoid their phone calls when they come to our city. Vinod would not only be accessible, he would also invite them on the sets and be extremely courteous. It was a rare quality.”

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5) Funds for my property not linked to husband Robert Vadra’s finances: Priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said her finances had nothing to do with those of her husband Robert Vadra’s or his company Skylight Hospitality, which is under the Haryana government’s scanner over land deals with realty major DLF. A statement from Gandhi’s office came on Thursday after a media house purportedly made a query to Robert Vadra asking whether a portion of the money he had received from the DLF was used by his wife to buy properties in Faridabad in Haryana.

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6) Men should learn to do household work, women martial arts, says Sushma Swaraj

Men should be encouraged to study home science in college and hone their culinary skills, while women should be motivated to take up physical education, especially martial arts, as an effort to banish gender bias from society. The suggestion was made on Thursday by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at the Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting to review the national policy for women. The policy, which is being revised for the first time in 16 years, will address current and emerging challenges involving women.

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7) No electricity, doctors use mobile phone flashlights in infra-starved Jharkhand hospital

With no electricity supply, and the generator back-up system lying defunct for the last one week, a hospital in Balumath in Jharkhand’s Latehar district, barely 80km from Ranchi, is in a sorry state. With no other options left, doctors there are forced to use mobile phone flashlights while operating on critical and injured patients in the dark. On Wednesday night as rescuers rushed two patients injured in a bus-van collision to the Balumath community health centre, doctors had to use mobile phone flashlights to take a look at them.

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8) Protests after Meerut school ‘asks students to get Yogi haircut’, officials deny

A number of parents are up in arms against an alleged directive issued by a Meerut school that all students must get haircuts resembling that of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath to enter its premises. However, officials of the school – Rishabh Academy – denied the charge. They claimed that the parents of some students have hatched a conspiracy against the institution in an attempt to undermine its disciplinary policies.

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9) 1% of Indians own 53% of country’s wealth, says UN report

Indicating that inequality in India is increasing, a UN report released on Thursday said that the richest 1% own 53% of the country’s wealth. It also said that unlike other countries, development in India is not moving across states. “In terms of wealth inequality, India is second only to Russia, where the richest 1 percent own 53 percent of the country’s wealth,” according to the report ‘The Better Business, Better World’. The report says that to reduce the inequality, India needs a ‘different economic model’ -- one that is not only low-carbon but also recognizes poverty, inequality and lack of financial access.

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10) Germany to ban civil servants, judges, soldiers from wearing full-face veil at work

Germany’s Bundestag lower house of parliament agreed to a draft law on Thursday that will prevent civil servants, judges and soldiers in Germany from wearing full-face veils at work. The move comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel called in December for a ban on full-face Muslim veils “wherever legally possible”. There are five months to go before a federal election, and her conservatives lost some support to the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) during the migrant crisis. More than a million migrants, many of them Muslims from the Middle East, have arrived in Germany over the last two years, and concerns about integration are widespread.

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First Published: Apr 28, 2017 10:48 IST

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