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    Shinzo Abe, DUSU elections, Gurgaon murder: Top stories of the day

    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:11 IST

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    Shinzo Abe, DUSU elections, Gurgaon murder: Top stories of the day
    Top stories of the day

    Japanese PM arrives on two-day India visit

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Ahmedabad on Wednesday on a two-day visit to India during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and both will lay the foundation stone of the ambitious Rs 1.08 lakh crore ($17 billion) Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.

    In a special gesture, PM Modi personally received Abe with a warm hug at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.

    The two leaders are scheduled to visit the historic Sabarmati Ashram and the iconic 16th century mosque in the old city, Sidi Saiyad Mosque, on Wednesday.

    On Thursday, PM Modi and Abe will participate in the ground breaking ceremony of the high-speed rail project at the Athletic Stadium near Sabarmati railway station.

    NSUI, ABVP share glory in DUSU elections

    The Congress' student wing, the NSUI, on Wednesday bagged the posts of President and Vice President in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) while the RSS-affiliated ABVP won the posts of Secretary and Joint Secretary.

    Officials had earlier said the NSUI bagged three seats.

    Rocky Tuseed is the new DUSU President and Kunal Sehrawat the Vice President, both from the National Students Union of India.

    ABVP's Mahamedhaa Nagar and Uma Shankar won the posts of Secretary and Joint Secretary respectively.

    Bombay High Court adjourns hearing on Ryan trustees bail plea to Thursday

    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday adjourned, till Thursday morning, the hearing in the anticipatory bail plea filed by Ryan International School trustees in a case involving the murder of a Class 2 student at their Gurugram branch.

    The adjournment follows an intervention application -- filed by the father of seven-year-old Pradhyuman Thakur, who was murdered inside the Haryana school on September 8 -- seeking dismissal of the anticipatory transit bail plea filed by the school trustees.

    Varun Chandra Thakur intervened through his lawyers Sushil K. Tekriwal and Mamta Tekriwal in the hearing of the bail plea of the three school trustees -- Augustine F. Pinto, Grace Pinto and Ryan Pinto.

    Apprehending their arrest, the trustees of the St. Xaviers Education Trust, which manages the Ryan International Schools across India, filed the plea on Monday.

    I'm sure Aadhaar will pass test of constitutionality: Jaitley

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said he was sure Aadhaar will stand the test of constitutionality as the Supreme Court's decision on the legislation is still pending.

    "The legislation has been passed and I'm sure it will stand the test of constitutionality. Even while upholding the idea of privacy as an important constitutional guarantee, the Supreme Court said that it is the question raised just now. (Violation of privacy) could be imposed by law but they have to be obviously reasonable," Jaitley said here at the conclave on financial inclusion organised by the United Nations India.

    He said that the right to privacy has illustrative restraints like national security and dissemination of social benefits and Aadhaar is being used for the latter.

    "As some of the illustrative restraints, not exhaustive, are in the larger interest of national security or for the purposes of dissemination of social benefits," he said.

    Suu Kyi cancels trip to UN amid growing Rohingya crisis

    Myanmar's de facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will not attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows.

    A spokesman for the Presidential office said on Wednesday she had called off her trip for two reasons. "One is the current situation in Rakhine State. We have terrorist attacks and also there are many works on public safety and humanitarian works," spokesman Zaw Htay said in a statement.

    "And the second reason is we have received reports that there are possibilities of terrorist attacks in our country."

    Suu Kyi had been expected to participate in discussions at the General Assembly session, which will run from September 19 to 25, BBC reported.

    No ransom paid for release of Kerala priest: V.K. Singh

    Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. V.K. Singh on Wednesday said no ransom was paid for the release of Kerala Catholic priest Tom Uzhunnallil.

    The priest, who was abducted by the Islamic State (IS) terrorists from Aden in March last year, was brought to Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman on Tuesday. He has reached the Vatican, said a Church spokesperson on Wednesday.

    "No ransom was paid and the reason why Oman got into the efforts for release is... when direct efforts do not yield results, indirect measures are adopted and what's important is to solve the problem," Singh said while addressing the media here.

    On a question when the priest is expected to return to India, the Minister said: "He (Tom) will have to decide that."

    Pakistan accountability court summons Sharif, family

    An Islamabad-based accountability court on Wednesday issued summons for deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his sons Hussain and Hassan for September 19 in cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over alleged corruption by the ruling family.

    The development came shortly after the anti-graft watchdog re-submitted the reference regarding Flagship Investments (an offshore firm owned by Nawaz's children), Dawn reported.

    The top accountability body had last week filed four references against the Sharifs as well as Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in light of the July 28 judgement of the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case. However, the registrar of the accountability court returned two references and directed NAB to re-submit them by September 14.

    Dera IT head arrested for tampering computers before search operations

    Amid ongoing probe against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who is undergoing 20 years imprisonment in two rape cases, the Haryana Police on Wednesday arrested IT head of the controversial sect for allegedly tampering with computers at the sect's headquarters ahead of a search by the authorities.

    According to reports, IT head Vineet Kumar has been arrested and police seized 60 hard disks on the basis of information provided by him.

    The development comes after officials investigating the case found that several hard disks of computers were changed by Dera authorities before the search operation of the sect began.

    5K free passes for students every day in FIFA U-17 WC

    The West Bengal government is making elaborate arrangements to help school and college goers watch the ensuing FIFA U-17 World Cup matches scheduled at the Salt Lake Stadium in the city from next month.

    According to a senior official of the West Bengal education department, arrangements have been made to provide free tickets to around 5,000 school and college students, both boys and girls, to watch each of the 10 matches of the championship, including the final, scheduled to be played in the city from October 8.

    "Free passes will be provided to students of different schools and colleges of the state to watch the U-17 World Cup matches scheduled at the Salt Lake Stadium from October 8.

    Each day, around 5,000 students will be given the free passes to watch the match," the official said.

    My role in Sriram Raghavan's next will shock people: Ayushmann

    After playing relatable "good boy" roles in several films, Ayushmann Khurrana is thrilled about his next project with filmmaker Sriram Raghavan, which he says, will "shock" the audience.

    The yet-to-be-titled thriller will reportedly feature Ayushmann as a blind concert pianist.

    The actor says he has never really done films of diverse genres before, and is therefore excited about this one.

    "I am glad I've taken my time. I have dabbled two different characters but I haven't dabbled two genres. My films have been medium budget ones, set in small towns about middle class family where I play relatable good boy characters.

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