March 16, 2017: Top 10 Stories To Watch Out Today
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Amarinder Singh To Take Oath As Chief Minister Of Punjab Today
Punjab Chief Minister-designate Amarinder Singh will go in for a simple swearing-in ceremony today, along with a team of ministers. Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore will administer the oath of office to Amarinder and his cabinet colleagues at the Punjab Raj Bhavan here on Thursday morning.
Those likely to be inducted as ministers include cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, industrialist Rana Gurjit Singh and former Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. Other names likely to be included on Thursday are that of Razia Sultana, who is from the minority Muslim community, and Aruna Chaudhary.
Manohar Parrikar Readies For Floor Test Amid Congress' 'Rs 1,000 Crore' Claim
As Manohar Parrikar readies for the floor test in Goa Assembly, the Congress claimed that Rs 1,000 crore had been spent on horse-trading and luring non-Congress legislators by the BJP to form a coalition government in Goa earlier this week.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary Girish Chodankar also protested the appointment of two-time Panaji MLA Sidharth Kunkolienkar as pro tem Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly, claiming that Kunkolienkar's neutrality was in question, as he has served as a political assistant and joint secretary to Manohar Parrikar when he was Chief Minister from 2012-2014.
Ranchi Test: Australia Win Toss, Choose To Bat First In Third Match
Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first in the third Test of four-match series starting in Ranchi today.
Vidya Balan Slams The Male Fan Who Touched Her Without Consent
Vidya Balan along with film’s director Srijit Mukerji and producer were recently at the Kolkata airport, when a male fan approached her for a selfie. Being a people's person, she readily agreed to pose with him, however the things took a turn when he got too close to the star. According to the media reports, the fan tried to put his arm around Vidya without her consent. Feeling uncomfortable, she immediately warned the fan not to do that and her manager also conveyed it to the fan. However, in the second attempt at clicking a picture, the man again tried to put his arm around Vidya, when she hit back asking him that what he was doing saying ''this is wrong''.
Anna Hazare Backs EVMs, Says Going Back To Ballot Paper Retrograde Step
Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare today hit out at his former protege Arvind Kejriwal over his demand for reverting to ballot papers for municipal polls in Delhi, saying it would be a retrograde step. "In times when great technological advancement is taking place, returning to ballot papers will be a retrograde step," he told a TV news channel at his village in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district.
"EVMs should not be done away with. Those who are voicing doubt over the machines are trying to take us back in time," he said, adding voting through ballot papers was a time consuming process.
Renault's Entire Management Implicated In Pollution Test Fraud: Probe
Renault has used "fraudulent strategies" for over 25 years to cheat on pollution tests for diesel and petrol engines with the knowledge of top management, according to a report by French fraud investigators obtained today by AFP.
"The entire chain of management" of the French car maker up to its chief executive Carlos Ghosn were implicated in the suspected fraud, added the report, which led prosecutors to open a probe into Renault in January.
Police suspect the automobile maker of having put in place the fraudulent strategies "with the objective of creating false results for antipollution tests," in order to be seen to be complying with regulatory norms.
Just Look Within, India Chides Pakistan At United Nations On Minorities
In a hard-hitting response, India has slammed Pakistan on minority issues and told Islamabad to rein in its "compulsive hostility" towards New Delhi and fulfil its obligation to vacate illegal occupation of Pakistan occupied Kashmir, which has become a "hub" for the global export of terror. Exercising its right to reply during a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the Indian Representative said Pakistan must rein in its "compulsive hostility" towards India. "We ask Pakistan to stop inciting and supporting violence and terrorism in any part of India and refrain from meddling in our internal affairs in any manner," the official said.
H-1B Visas: You Can Apply For 2018 Fiscal From April 3
Unlike previous years, the official announcement by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not say till when it would continue accepting the H-1B petitions. The department normally has been accepting the application for the first five business days.
In the last few years, the department has received enough petitions to fill in the Congressional mandated 85,000 H-1B visas.
This 85,000 Congressional mandated limit on H-1B visas include 65,000 in the general category and another 20,000 for those foreign students who have masters or higher degree from a US academic institution.
Hawaii judge freezes Donald Trump's revamped travel ban
A federal judge in Hawaii has halted President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, hours before it was due to take effect, court documents showed. US District Judge Derrick Watson yesterday ruled that the state of Hawaii, in its legal challenge to Trump's executive order, had established a strong likelihood that the ban would cause "irreparable injury" if it were to go ahead.
Federer beats Nadal, Djokovic loses at Indian Wells
Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open in a fourth-round match that saw the longtime rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than usual. Federer broke Nadal four times in advancing to the quarterfinals in just over an hour. Although Nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, Federer has won the past three in a row, including an epic comeback in
the Australian Open final two months ago. Federer broke Nadal to open the match in front of a packed Stadium 1 crowd. Federer faced just one break point on his serve in the match, but he recovered with a big serve and two winning backhands to go up 2-0 in the first set.