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The day in news: March 1, 2014

News happened as you were on the go. News is happening even as you read this. Here is how we ensures that you do not miss anything. Visit HT — your one-stop destination for the day's wrap-up of news.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2014 22:28 IST
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News happened as you were on the go. News is happening even as you read this. Here is how HT ensures that you do not miss anything. Visit Hindustan Times — your one-stop destination for the day's wrap-up of news.

Russian lawmakers allow Putin to use military in Ukraine
Russia's parliament granted president Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's military in Ukraine and also recommended on Saturday that Moscow's ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama.

Assam: Woman panchayat leader 'burnt' for returning late from Rahul Gandhi meeting
A woman panchayat leader was allegedly burnt to death for returning late from an interaction with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Assam on Wednesday. The police are yet to confirm if the death of Bonti Chutiya, a Congress ward member of Bekajan gaon panchayat in eastern Assam's Jorhat district, was murder or accident. Her husband Someswar Chutiya, a farmer, also suffered 60% burns.

Former BJP chief Bangaru Laxman dead
Former BJP president Bangaru Laxman died in Hyderabad on Saturday after a prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 74. Laxman breathed his last at a private hospital in Secunderabad. Laxman was Union minister of state for railways from 1999 to 2000 and president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 2000-2001. He quit as party chief when he was caught on camera while taking bribe in a sting operation by news website Tehelka in 2001.

Political round-up: Former army chief joins BJP, Rahul reaches out to Varanasi's 'aam admi'
Former Indian Army chief General VK Singh on Saturday joined the BJP while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi wooed rickshaw pullers and auto drivers in Varanasi as the two big political rivals continued to mobilise support for the Lok Sabha polls. The AAP, meanwhile, released its third list of 20 candidates.

Prez rule in Andhra Pradesh, assent to Telangana Bill
The bill to carve out Telangana on Saturday received the assent of President Pranab Mukherjee who also signed the proclamation to impose central rule in Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2014, which got Parliament's approval on February 20 despite strong opposition from Seemandhra leaders, got the Presidential assent, paving the way for creation of the country's 29th state by splitting Andhra Pradesh.

'Nitish is restless like a cockroach thrown into an oil vessel'
RJD chief Lalu Prasad's attempts to stitch an alliance with the Congress may be under strain, but Prasad is keeping his spirits high. He says the RJD has the capability to take on the BJP and feels the JD(U) is no factor in the Lok Sabha polls. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is restless like a cockroach thrown into an oil vessel, he quipped.

Manipulation of opinion polls: EC asks Centre to take action
Acting on a complaint by Congress on alleged manipulation of opinion polls by some organisations, the Election Commission has asked the Centre to take "appropriate action" in the matter. In a communication to the ministries of Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting, the EC has said the matter involves allegations of conspiracy to prepare false reports/polls for publishing misleading information on consideration of illegal payment of money in return.

Extended nightlife for Bangalore residents
Tipplers in the country's IT capital can now enjoy extended nightlife on weekends with the state government allowing bar and restaurants to function till 1am on the two days. The present 11pm closure deadline would be extended till 1am for bar and restaurants on Fridays and Saturdays while the revised timing would be applicable to eateries on all days in the city.

Irrfan to play owner of Jurassic Park in franchise's next offering
We told you in November last year that actor Irrfan Khan was in talks to star in the fourth edition of the Steven Spielberg-produced Hollywood series, Jurassic Park. Now, we're the first to confirm that the 47-year-old actor will play the role of Patel, the billionaire owner of a new Jurassic Park. Well-placed sources close to the project confirm the development, saying, "Yes, he is doing Jurassic World. His role is not negative, as is being reported by some sections of the international media. He will be seen as the owner of the new Jurassic Park."

Pakistani Taliban announce month-long ceasefire
The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at resuming stalled peace talks with the Pakistan government. Dialogue between Islamabad and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that began last month was suspended after the militants killed 23 soldiers. The military responded with a series of air strikes that have left more than 100 insurgents dead.

South Africa lift ICC U-19 World Cup beating Pakistan
South Africa lifted the ICC U-19 World Cup defeating Pakistan by six wickets in a low-scoring final encounter on Saturday. Batting first, Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry 131 in 44.3 overs with right arm medium pacer Corbin Bosch grabbing four for 15 in 7.3 overs. In reply, South Africa chased down the target in 42.1 overs with Aiden Markram (66) and Greg Oldfield (40) being the chief contributors.

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