Vinod Khanna’s death, Jindal in Pakistan: Top stories to bring you up to date
Here are the top stories you need to read this morning.india Updated: Apr 28, 2017 07:27 IST
Vinod Khanna dies at 70: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor and others attend funeral
Veteran Bollywood actor, politician and former union minister Vinod Khanna passed away in Mumbai on Thursday morning following prolonged illness. He was 70. His funeral took place at a crematorium in Worli, Mumbai, in the evening which was attended by a number of his contemporaries, including Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Ranjit and many others.
Khanna was hospitalised over a month ago. In a brief statement, the hospital said Khanna breathed his last at 11.20 am due to advanced bladder carcinoma. Read the story here.
Vinod Khanna: The humble MP Pranab Mukherjee couldn’t recognise
One of the everlasting images of the tall, handsome Parliamentarian was when he came to meet the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for some work. Mukherjee was returning to his room in Parliament. Khanna introduced himself: “Sir, I am Vinod Khanna.” Mukherjee, who hardly watched Hindi movies, completely ignored him and continued to walk briskly. Read the story here.
Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal meets Sharif, sparks speculation of Indo-Pak talks
Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday, sparking speculation that he may have been involved in efforts to revive the stalled dialogue between the two countries. Jindal, who flew into the Rawalpindi airport in a private aircraft with a small delegation, was received by Sharif’s son Hussain Nawaz and Raheel Munir, a businessman who is the husband of Sharif’s granddaughter Mehr-un-Nisa.
The Indian delegation then travelled to the Prime Minister’s House in the capital for a meeting, sources in Islamabad told Hindustan Times. Jindal reportedly played a key role in facilitating a “secret meeting” between PM Modi and Sharif on the sidelines of the Saarc Summit in Nepal in 2014. Read the story here.
Kupwara attack: Brave sentry kills two militants, saves lives of many soldiers
From his bunker at the sentry post, gunner Rishi Kumar of the army’s field artillery regiment saw three militants approach his camp in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Thursday morning. He waited, his finger crooked hard on the trigger of his machine gun. When they were within range, he fired — staccato in their direction. The armed militant fired back and a bullet hit his patka or headgear…Kumar was back on his feet in seconds and started firing at the militants again, ringing two of them with bullets and killing them instantly. Read the story here.
Now, Aadhaar must for getting fellowships, scholarships from UGC and AICTE
Students seeking government scholarships and fellowships will need to declare Aadhaar numbers by the end of June, the human resources development (HRD) ministry notified on Wednesday, putting yet another of its benefits programme behind the Unique Identity project (UID) wall. Wednesday’s order covers fellowship schemes implemented by the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education. Read the story here.
EC seeks 73,000 central security personnel for LS bypoll in J-K’s Anantnag
The Election Commission (EC) has sought around 73,000 central security personnel to conduct the Anantnag parliamentary constituency bypoll on May 25, a demand termed ‘unprecedented’ by the Union home ministry. “To conduct assembly elections in five states recently, the home ministry provided around 70,000 security personnel and we have been asked to provide more than 73,000 personnel for one parliamentary constituency. It is not even logistically possible to send such a large number of personnel to Jammu and Kashmir in a short span of time,” said a senior home ministry official. Read the story here.
London police arrest man with knives near British PM Theresa May’s home
British police said on Thursday a man had been arrested and armed officers were seen on Whitehall, the street home to numerous government ministries in central London, with a BBC reporter saying two knives had been seen. Police said no one had been injured in the incident close to Prime Minister Theresa May’s official Downing Street residence in Westminster but gave no further details. May was not at Downing Street at the time of the incident, a spokesman said.
A BBC Home Affairs correspondent said on Twitter that two knives had been seen on the ground including a large “breadknife” and added a photograph of an officer wearing a blue forensic suit photographing what appeared to be a knife on the sidewalk next to a rucksack. Read the story here.
Opinion: India’s polity has shifted from hope to fear, and PM Modi knows it
A recent survey found 55% of India’s youth to be highly anxious, and 26% to be moderately so. These numbers have profound implications for the future of Indian democracy. The engine of Indian politics isn’t aspiration, it is anxiety – and no one recognizes this better than Narendra Modi, who has understood that his followers don’t want a Ceo-in-Chief to lead them; they want a parent, or better still, a priest. Read the column here.
Opinion: Post-MCD rout, AAP must go back to its roots and be the voice of the voiceless
Perhaps the scale of AAP’s victory in 2015 along with the failure of the Opposition to throw up a strong alternative to Modi, convinced Kejriwal that he could fill the national leadership vacuum. In the process, he made the strategic mistake of many an ambitious start-up: Attempting to expand without consolidating first.
To rediscover itself, AAP must go back to its original identity built during the anti-corruption Anna agitation: A public spirited movement that becomes the voice of those who feel desperately powerless in the India of today. Read the column here.
Gujarat Lions heap more misery on Royal Challengers Bangalore with 7-wicket win
Riding on Andrew Tye’s three- wicket haul and Aaron Finch’s whirlwind fifty, Gujarat Lions notched up a comfortable seven-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore to keep alive their IPL 2017 play-off hopes at Bangalore on Thursday. Chasing 135 to win, Gujarat lost both openers -- Ishan
Kishan (16) and Brendon McCullum (3) -- to be reduced to 23-2 but Finch blasted 5 fours and 6 sixes in his scintillating 34 -ball 72-run innings as the visitors romped home with 6.1 overs to spare. Read the story here.