The Hindu Top 10 stories of the day : ( 16 Nov 2017)

The Hindu Top 10 Stories For The Day

✔ Zimbabwe Army seizes power, President Robert Mugabe ‘confined to his home’

Zimbabwe’s military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, who were causing social and economic suffering, but came out with an assurance that the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”. The army said today it has the President and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest.

✔ Kerala Transport Minister Thomas Chandy resigns

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Thomas Chandy on Wednesday resigned as Transport Minister from the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) Cabinet in Kerala. Mr. Chandy, who has been under fire for the past few months for alleged violation of various land-related laws and encroachment of the backwaters for his resort in Alappuzha district, handed over his resignation letter to party State president T.P. Peethambaran Master.

✔ Ryan school murder: 16-year-old student should be tried as an adult, argues victim’s father

Pradyuman Thakur’s father Barun Chandra Thakur on Wednesday moved the Juvenile Justice Board, seeking the trial of the juvenile, apprehended in the Ryan school murder case, as an adult. Moving an application through counsel Sushil Tekriwal and others, Mr. Thakur argued that it was a cold-blooded murder and rarest in nature.

✔ Overkill of India-Sri Lanka series: Kohli wants fans to take a call

India captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday left it to the fans to decide if there has been an overkill of India- Sri Lanka cricket contests in recent years, something that had led to dwindling interest in a cricket- crazy nation.

✔ Kejriwal, Khattar resolve to check Delhi pollution

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday resolved to put in “sustained efforts” to check pollution and discussed measures to ensure that smog does not envelop the national capital in the winter of 2018.

✔ ECI bars Gujarat BJP from using ‘Pappu’ in electronic media advertisement

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has barred the ruling BJP in Gujaratfrom using word “Pappu” in an advertisement in the electronic media that apparently targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. The Commission called it “derogatory.”

✔ ‘Padmavati’: Karni Sena threatens Bharat Bandh, Bhansali gets police protection

The Shri Rajput Karni Sena on Wednesday called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ (shutdown) on December 1 if Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie Padmavati releases on that date, while the Maharashtra government provided a precautionary security cover for the filmmaker in view of the increasing controversies and growing threats.

✔ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar meets Adityanath over Ayodhya issue

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Wednesday called upon Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath to allegedly discuss the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir issue. While there was no official word on it yet, it came a day after Mr. Adityanath welcomed Mr. Ravi Shankar’s efforts at mediation for an out-of-court settlement in the contentious issue.

✔ IFFI movie selection row: Another jury member quits

A day after jury chairman Sujoy Ghosh and jury member Apurva Asrani tendered their resignations yet another member, filmmaker Gyan Correa, quit from the Indian Panorama jury of the 48th International Film Festival of India 2017 (IFFI) in protest against Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s decision to drop Nude and S Durga from the original line-up.

✔ Pakistan violates ceasefire, targets areas along LoC in Poonch district of J&K

Pakistani troops on November 15 opened fire and shelled areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir and drew heavy retaliation from the Indian Army.