Here are the top 10 stories of the day you need to know about

A list of stories you should read up on.

topics Updated: Feb 17, 2017 11:29 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Uttar Pradesh election,Election Commission,Virat Kohli
The new 2,000-rupee notes carry the signature of present RBI chief Urjit Patel but the process to print those bills began when Raghuram Rajan was still in office.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

From news on Uttar Pradesh polls to information about Virat Kohli’s brand value, here are a list of things you should catch up on.

1- Campaign for phase-III of UP polls ends today

The campaign in 69 Assembly seats in 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh ends today before polls on Sunday. The districts are Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki and Sitapur. In the 2012 Assembly polls, SP had won 55 of 69 seats, while BSP, BJP and the Congress secured 6, 5 and 2 respectively.

2- EC to submit report about alleged EVM security breaches in Punjab

A team sent by the Election Commission to Punjab to review security arrangements in Punjab will submit its report today on alleged breaches of security of EVMs. The EC sent the team following complaints by the Aam Aadmi Party that EC’s instructions about storage, physical verification and movements of EVMs were not being complied with. The EC team interacted with political parties, examined CCTV footage and logbooks maintained at strongrooms.

3- Delhi High Court to hear Kejriwal government’s appeal on nursery school admission norms

The Delhi High Court is likely to hear the Arvind Kejriwal government’s appeal about a single-judge’s stay order on norms for nursery admissions that make distance to school the primary criteria for admission of children. The government’s appeal, says that “leaving it to schools to frame their own guidelines will only promote arbitrariness of private managements and lead to admissions in an opaque manner. This will help the school management to justify the exorbitant fees they charge”.

4- Mehbooba Mufti to expand Council of Ministers

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti will expand her nine-month-old ministry with induction of one or two PDP members today. According to the arrangement between the allies, PDP has a quota of 14 ministers, including the chief minister, while BJP has 11 ministerial berths. Currently, PDP has 12 Ministers and BJP has 11 Ministers. PDP MLA Altaf Bukhari is expected to make a comeback.

5- India A takes on Australia in warm-up game

Hardik Pandya, the India A skipper has promised to make the three-day warm up game against Australia in Pune a tough affair for the visitors. While only Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav in the team are part of the Test squad, the selectors have chosen a relatively strong side for the tour opener.

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6- Rs 2,000 notes printed when Rajan was RBI governor bear Patel’s signature

The newly launched 2,000-rupee banknotes carry the signature of present central bank chief Urjit Patel but the process to print those bills began when his predecessor Raghuram Rajan was still in office, a Hindustan Times investigation has found.

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7- Traffickers use social media to trap northeast girls

A fisherman from a Mumbai slum posed as a model on Facebook to lure a 17-year-old girl. A 49-year-old trader from Defence Colony masqueraded as a wealthy businessman in his mid 20s to bait a teenage girl. These are just a few complaints that the Delhi Police received from the police forces of the northeastern states over the last few months.

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8- Why US companies face trouble working with ISRO, India’s space agency

San Francisco-based Planet Labs had to secure a special waiver from the US government to launch 88 satellites from its Flock 3p group through Indian Space and Research Organisation because of a policy that discourages American companies from using Indian launch services. The policy is a legacy of the time when India was blacklisted by the United States after the 1998 nuclear tests in Pokhran and American companies were banned from doing business with Indian firms.

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9- Wounds fester in Haryana, a year after violent Jat agitation

The Jat quota stir in February 2016 had shattered the lives of many in Haryana. The state saw unprecedented violence, loot and arson. A year on, as the Jats take to the streets again, Hindustan Times visited the victims of last year’s violence and found them struggling with everyday challenges.

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10- Virat Kohli’s brand value is worth $92 million, second only to Shahrukh Khan

Virat Kohli’s brand value is likely to have gone up by 20-25% when he was appointed captain of India’s One Day International and Twenty20 teams and is likely to increase, especially if his purple patch continues. Kohli’s brand value is worth at $92 million, second only to Shahrukh Khan’s at $131 million, according to a report on India’s most valued celebrity brands.

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First Published: Feb 17, 2017 11:26 IST