March 20, 2017: Top 10 Stories To Watch Out Today
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Ahead of Manipur CM's Trust Vote, Economic Blockade Lifted After 130 Days
The five-month-long economic blockade in Manipur was lifted tonight after successful talks among the Centre, the state government and the Naga groups. The blockade was imposed by the United Naga Council on November 1 to protest against the creation of seven new districts by the erstwhile Okram Ibobi Singh-led Congress government in the state. The blockade on two national highways -- NH-2 and NH-37 -- has led to steep rise in prices of essential commodities and severely affected the normal life in the state.
Yogi Adityanath Bats For Development, Says 'Will Work For Everyone'
The Uttar Pradesh government will work for balanced development of all sections "without discrimination", Chief Minister Adityanath said and listed law and order, security of women among his top priorities. In his first interaction with mediapersons after taking over, Adityanath said that his government will follow the 'sabka saath sabka vikas' (With all, development for all) agenda in serving the state. "Our government will work for all sections of the society without any discrimination. We will ensure balanced development of UP," Adityanath said.
India, Pakistan To Hold Meeting On Indus Waters Treaty In Islamabad Today
A 10-member Indian delegation has arrived in Lahore to take part in the meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) beginning today in the Pakistani capital. The delegation, which will take part in the two-day meeting, is led by India's Indus Water Commissioner K Saxena and comprises of Ministry of External Affairs officials and technical experts. Senior Pakistani officials and Indian High Commission officials greeted the delegation at the Wagah border.
Cautious Delhi Remains On Alert After Jats Call Off Stir, Metro On Track
Despite the Jat agitation planned for tomorrow in the national capital being called off, the security arrangements will remain in force till next orders, police said today. The Jat agitation that was planned in Delhi for tomorrow was called off today after their leaders had a discussion with Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. "The protest planned by the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangarsh Samiti in the national capital has been postponed. "The security arrangements at the borders and New Delhi area will remain there till next orders. It will be uplifted only after monitoring the situation," said Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police (Operations) and Delhi Police chief spokesperson.
Aam Aadmi Party Leader Arrested For Robbing Businessman Of Rs 25 Lakh
A man, allegedly a youth wing leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, has been arrested for robbing a man of Rs 25 lakh and other valuables along with his associates, police said on Sunday. One of those arrested, Najeeb (25) is allegedly the president of the AAP youth wing in Jaffrabad. However, the party denied any connection with him. The incident happened on March 12 in Jaffrabad. The victim alleged that he was robbed of his bag containing Rs 25 lakh, a mobile phone and other documents at gunpoint, police said.
Our Campuses Must Have Environment Free From Violence: President Mukherjee
Amid the raging debate over freedom of speech, President Pranab Mukherjee today invoked Nalanda and Taxila, the ancient centres of learning, to pitch for an atmosphere free of prejudice and violence on the university campuses. "If there cannot be free atmosphere in a university, in an academic institution, then what type of lessons we can give to our students? An atmosphere must be free from prejudice, anger, violence, doctrines. It must be conducive to free flow intellectual persuasions," he said.
Army Rescues 127 Tourists From Blizzard In Arunachal's Tawang
A Bulgarian woman died while 127 other tourists, including five foreigners, were rescued by the army after they were stuck in a raging blizzard at the historic Sela Pass near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. The snowstorm had struck around 2:45 PM yesterday and the local unit of the army swung into action within an hour to rescue the tourists which included nationals from Japan, New Zealand and Bulgaria. "With darkness setting in by 5 PM, the entire operation was almost conducted in the dark and continued till all 127 tourists, including five foreign nationals, were rescued," a senior army official said.
Indian Wells: Roger Federer Beats Stan Wawrinka In All-Swiss Final
A rejuvenated Roger Federer beats fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday to earn a record-tying fifth Indian Wells title and the distinction of being the tournament's oldest winner. The 35-year-old Swiss, who made a stunning return from a six-month injury layoff to win the Australian Open in January, capped an impressive run in the California desert in which he did not lose a set. "I have totally exceeded my expectations. My goal was to be top eight by Wimbledon. This is just a dream start," Federer, who will climb four spots to world number six on Monday, told Sky Sports courtside. "I understand the talk about (me getting back to) world number one with Andy (Murray) and Novak (Djokovic) not playing well and I'll try to back it up. But this is my 90th (tour-level) title so I'll try to enjoy this first."
India Should Become International Diamond Trading Hub: PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted the Indian diamond industry to aim at becoming an international trading centre and "preferred destination for manufacturing" rather than only a cutting and polishing hub. "Our aim is to make India a preferred destination for (diamond) manufacturing. We are already a cutting and polishing hub. My intention is to make India an international diamond trading hub," PM Modi said, addressing golden jubilee celebration of Gem Jewellery Export.
Women Are The Best Spies In The World: Akshay Kumar
The 49-year-old actor, who will be seen in a cameo in the upcoming spy action film, 'Naam Shabana' with Taapsee Pannu in the lead, says women are blessed with this extra capability. "According to international agencies like the CIA or Mossad, women are the best spies in the world. You can even ask any husband and no, this is not a joke, it is a fact. "We men are very good with gadgets. But women have an inbuilt antenna in them. Taapsee has it too. I don't know how they do it but they find out things in a snap. It is the best kept secret," Akshay told reporters here.