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Venkaiah Naidu set to be next vice president, China conducts live fire military drills: Top stories to bring you up to date

BJP picks Venkaiah Naidu to face Gopalkrishna Gandhi in vice-presidential election, China holds military drill near Arunachal border, Cabinet expansion likely after monsoon session, US ends laptop ban on Saudi Arabian Airlines: Here is a list of stories to bring you up to date

india Updated: Jul 18, 2017 07:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Venkaiah Naidu‬,‪Bharatiya Janata Party‬,‪National Democratic Alliance‬
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu with BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he was announced the NDA vice presidential candidate at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Monday.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Vice presidential election: BJP picks Venkaiah Naidu to face Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu is set to become India’s next vice president, having been named by the Bharatiya Janata Party as the ruling alliance’s candidate on Monday. He will go into the August 5 election with a clear advantage over the opposition’s candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. The vice president is selected by an electoral college of 790 parliamentarians from both houses, where the National Democratic Alliance — the BJP and its partners — form a majority with 410 members. Late on Monday night, Naidu resigned from the urban development, housing and poverty alleviation, and information & broadcasting ministries in the Union government. “The BJP is my mother. I feel like I am leaving my mother,” Naidu told Hindustan Times. Read the story here.

Venkaiah Naidu’s journey: A village boy to NDA’s vice president candidate

When he was 10 years old, Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was attracted towards the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), BJP’s mentor. Not because of its ideology, but to play kabaddi! The love for the Indian sport set the tone for the son of a farmer from a village in Andhra Pradeh’s Nellore to rise — from an announcer in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s programme in 1963 to an MLA to a spokesperson, MP, party general secretary to BJP’s national president. The BJP leader lost his mother in a road accident when he was just one-and-a-half-years-old. “The party eventually became my mother,” Naidu said, his voice heavy with emotion. Read the story here.

China holds military drill near Arunachal border, ‘enemy’ aircraft the target

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has held “live-fire drills” in Tibet, close to the India’s border in Arunachal, to practice quick movement of troops and destroy enemy aircraft, the state media has said. The reports didn’t say when and why the 11-hour military exercise was held, the latest in a series of the war games the Chinese have talked about following the month-old standoff between the two countries in Doklam region that borders Sikkim. “The brigade that conducted the (latest) drills was from the PLA’s Tibet military command and is one of China’s two plateau mountain brigades,” China Central Television (CCTV), the national broadcaster, said. Read the story here.

PM Modi likely to go for Cabinet expansion after monsoon session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to go for a Cabinet expansion as senior minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s almost certain election as the next vice president will leave two heavyweight portfolios without a Cabinet minister. Already, two key ministries — defence and environment — re without a full-time minister. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of these two portfolios respectively. Read the story here.

Can’t give more time to deposit old notes, it defeats purpose of demonetisation: Centre to SC

The government told the Supreme Court on Monday that people cannot be given another chance to deposit old currency notes that were demonetised in November, warning that a new exchange window suggested by the top court would defeat the purpose of the exercise. “That it is most respectfully submitted that the very object of demonetisation and elimination of black money will be defeated if a window is opened for a further period as the persons in possession of the specified bank notes (SBNs) would have had sufficient time and opportunity to carefully plan the reasons and excuses for not depositing the SBNs within the permitted period,” a government affidavit to the top court said. Read the story here.

Cop who said seniors took bribe for ‘Sasikala’s special treatment’ transferred

The Karnataka government transferred on Monday deputy inspector general of prisons Roopa D Moudgil, who had recently alleged that AIADMK leader VK Sasikala received preferential treatment in Bengaluru Central Prison by paying a bribe. Moudgil was transferred to the position of inspector general of police and commissioner for traffic and road safety, Bengaluru. In her controversial report, Moudgil had said she heard allegations that a bribe of Rs 2 crore had been paid by Sasikala to senior prison officials. Read the story here.

India-US-Japan’s Malabar Naval Exercise concludes

The US, Japanese and Indian navies on Monday concluded the ‘Malabar Naval Exercise’ aimed at achieving deeper military ties between the three nations. The naval exercise featured 95 aircraft, 16 ships and two submarines, officials said in a statement. Various maneuveres were undertaken in rough seas in the Bay of Bengal, they said. The exercise, which began on July 10, comprised both on shore and offshore activities which included cross deck flying operations, refuelling across ships and crew handling procedures. Read the story here.

Narayana Murthy says he regrets quitting as Infosys chairman in 2014

NR Narayana Murthy said on Monday he regrets quitting as chairman of Infosys in 2014 and should have listened to other co-founders of India’s second largest software exporter firm and stayed on. However, Murthy -- who had run-ins with the current management led by Vishal Sikka over corporate governance issues -- said he did not miss being in the campus daily. Opening up about his biggest regrets he said that “a lot of my founder colleagues told me not to leave Infosys in 2014, to stay a few years”. “Generally, I find that I am a very emotional person. A lot of my decisions are based on idealism and probably, I should have listened to them,” he told CNBC TV18. Read the story here.

US ending laptop ban on Saudi Arabian Airlines, no more carriers under restrictions

The US Transportation Security Administration said on Monday that it lifted a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard US-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions. In March, US officials imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops and other large electronic gear in cabins on nine airlines, most of which were Middle Eastern carriers, to address the potential threat of hidden explosives. Last month, US officials announced new security requirements for all airlines rather than an expansion of the laptop ban and have been dropping the restrictions from airlines as they boosted security. Read the story here.

Ravichandran Ashwin says India will move on from Anil Kumble to Ravi Shastri

Reluctant to comment on the appointment of new India head coach Ravi Shastri, who has replaced Anil Kumble, India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said the team will move on despite recent controversies. “I think, the new coach or the new support staff, it does not come under my jurisdiction, it is not something I will take a call on. “I am not being diplomatic, it will be unfair for me to pass a comment on that. Like always, the Indian team moves on, India moves on (and) we have to find out in course of time, how it is going,” said Ashwin, who is 25 short of reaching the milestone of 300 Test wickets. Read the story here.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 07:19 IST