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While you were away: Top stories to bring you up to date

From BJP leader LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti charged with criminal conspiracy in the Babri demolition case to PM Modi saying it is “immoral and criminal” to spoil the environment for future generations, here are the top stories of the day.

india Updated: May 31, 2017 07:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
LK Advani,Babri demolition case,MM Joshi
BJP leader LK Advani attends a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.(Reuters File Photo)

CBI court charges LK Advani and others with criminal conspiracy in the Babri demolition case, director Dasari Narayana Rao passes away, communal tension in Bhopal -- here are the stop stories to bring you up to date:

Babri Masjid case: Advani, Joshi, Bharti charged with criminal conspiracy

Criminal conspiracy charges were framed on Tuesday against BJP stalwarts LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, water minister Uma Bharti and nine more leaders in connection with the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid. They appeared in a special CBI court in Lucknow, pleaded not guilty and were granted bail. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath met the three accused outside the court in a sign of support. “I don’t consider myself a criminal. It was not a conspiracy,” said Bharti, the 58-year-old water resources minister in the Narendra Modi government. Read the story here.

Telugu film-maker Dasari Narayana Rao passes away

Well-known director, screenwriter and former Union minister Dasari Narayana Rao passed away in Hyderabad on Tuesday evening. He was 75. Rao directed around 150 films including big hits like Bobbilipuli, Sardar Paparayudu, Meghasandesam, AAJ ka MLA Ram Avatar and Premabhishekam. Many have condoled his death; theatres in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will be closed today as a mark of respect. Actor Rajinikanth tweeted, “Shri Dasari Narayana Raoji, my dearest and closest well-wisher and friend...One of the greatest directors of India...His demise is a loss to the whole Indian film industry. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul RIP.” Read the story here.

Spoiling environment for future generations immoral and criminal, says PM Modi

It would be an “immoral and criminal act” to spoil the environment for future generations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday, and underlined the need to protect nature, as the Donald Trump administration mulls to overturn the US’ position on the 2015 Paris climate accord. Modi’s remarks came during a joint press interaction with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the two leaders agreed to continue cooperation towards the common aim of developing climate-friendly, efficient and sustainable solutions for India’s expanding energy needs and other areas of sustainable development. Read the story here.

Modi’s four-nation tour: PM arrives in Spain, aims to improve economic and cultural relations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night reached Madrid in Spain, the second leg of his six-day, four-nation tour in Europe. “Landed in Spain, marking the start of a very important visit aimed at improving economic and cultural relations with Spain,” Modi tweeted. During his stay, he is expected to meet the top leadership of the country to discuss issues of mutual interests. He is also expected to call on King of Spain - King Felipe VI on Wednesday. Read the story here.

Madras HC stays notification on cattle trade ban, Centre says examining inputs by states after protests

The Madras high court suspended on Tuesday a controversial central government rule that outlawed sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets and triggered a political storm in India. Even as the court ordered a four-week stay on the notification, the Centre said it was examining the points raised by several states, including Kerala and West Bengal, which call the order an attack on India’s federal structure. Read the story here.

IIT-Madras PhD scholar, who participated in beef festival, beaten up

A group of students at IIT-Madras allegedly thrashed on Tuesday a PhD scholar who had participated in a campus beef festival held to protest the central government’s ban on sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets. The organiser of the festival at the prestigious institution told HT that six to seven students surrounded Aerospace engineering PhD student R Sooraj during lunch time at a hostel canteen on Tuesday and attacked him. Sooraj’s right eye was seriously damaged and he was rushed to the hospital. Read the story here.

Tension grips Bhopal after stone pelting over prayers inside Hamidia Hospital

Tension gripped Bhopal’s Old City on Tuesday night after arson and stone pelting following differences between Muslims and Hindus over the right to pray inside Hamidia Hospital complex. There were two rounds of stone pelting in the area and at least four vehicles were set on fire near Peer Gate. The first was reported around 8.30pm when a large number of Muslims had gathered on the road for Iftar and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members started heading towards a temple inside the hospital complex to offer prayers, said a police officer who did not want to be named. Read the story here.

Income tax dept can seize unexplained money from bank accounts, says court

The income tax department has powers to seize unexplained money lying in bank accounts not owned by a person being probed if the department is satisfied that it was an undisclosed income, the Delhi high court has ruled. “A person could be in possession of undisclosed income not only in his or her own account but in someone else’s account,” said the court. The bench upheld a raid conducted by the department on a Delhi businessman in February. Read the story here.

Belgian PM suffers hearing loss after princess fires gun near his ear

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has suffered partial hearing loss after Princess Astrid fired the starting pistol for a running race next to his ear, his spokesman said on Tuesday. Michel can be seen grimacing with pain in a picture taken as Astrid, the younger sister of Belgium’s King Philippe, fired the blank next to his left ear at a 20 km race in Brussels on Sunday. Read the story here.

Opinion: Modi is here for another 7 years and Oppn can do little about it, writes Vir Sanghvi

Most Indians believe that Modi will win the next election and therefore a second term as prime minister. So what is the Opposition’s best hope? Well, if history is anything to go by, Modi can only be felled by unforeseen events that we have no control over. Read the article here.

First Published: May 31, 2017 07:38 IST