ICYMI: Five major developments you must know today

For those of you who couldn’t read the morning paper or did not have the time to surf the web today, here’s what happened.

By Author   |   Published: 11th May 2017   7:27 pm Updated: 11th May 2017   7:29 pm
Former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev (R) looks on as he unveils his wax figure for the soon to open Madame Tussauds museum in New Delhi on May 11, 2017. Photo: AFP

Kapil Dev’s wax figure unveiled for Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds
New Delhi: Former Indian Cricket Caption Kapil Dev strikes a pose with a wax figure of himself after unveiling the statue at Madame Tussauds Delhi, in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: PTI

The 58-year-old Indian cricket legend on Thursday unveiled his first-ever wax figure here, which will be among other such figures of sports icons li  ke Sachin Tendulkar, Lionel Messi and David Beckham.

“I’m honoured to get my wax figure among such icons of the nation at Madame Tussauds Delhi. Receiving this at the age of 58 motivates me as an individual to evolve more,” Kapil said.

Sculpted in the iconinc bowling pose of the former Indian captain, the wax figure, which has been crafted from over 300 measurements and photographs, is reminiscent of India’s victory in the 1983 World Cup tournament.

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Sushma directs safe return of Odia workers

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia to facilitate the return of 24 workers from India, including 12 from Odisha, who have been allegedly held captive by a company there on salary-related issues.

File Photo. Sushma Swaraj.

The action of the External Affairs ministry came after Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought her intervention for the safe return of the Odia labourers.

Sushma Swaraj asked the Indian embassy in Riyadh to inform the Chief Minister about the development in ensuring their repatriation.

“Embassy cognizant of it, vigorously pursuing with the Company and agent towards their repatriation; hope to send them soon,” the Indian embassy in Riyadh tweeted.

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Union home secy to visit J-K

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi is visiting Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday to take stock of the situation in the valley.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.

During the trip, Mehrishi will meet Governor NN Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and discuss with them the prevailing situation in the state.

The home secretary will also hold a meeting with top civil, police and army officers to review the security situation in the state.

Mehrishi’s visit comes a day after a young Kashmiri Army officer was killed by militants in Shopian district.

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Power packed performance

The crowd swooned as pop sensation Justin Bieber kick-started his maiden India concert in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

Justin Bieber arrived at the Kalina airport for his musical concert.

Fans from across the nation flew down to see the 23-year-old Prince of Pop perform.

The concert venue was reported to be fully sold out with over 45,000 “Beliebers” waiting to see their pop idol.

Bollywood Celebs added glamour to the event, Few even got their children to the event. Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, Malaika Arora, Arbaaz Khan, Raveena Tandon and Arjun Rampal were spotted at the venue with their children.

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Sting operation

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday has issued summons to Narada news CEO Mathew Samuel in connection with its money laundering probe in a ‘sting’ operation.

Mathew Samuel.

A number of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders, including MPs and ministers, were allegedly seen taking money on camera.

Samuel is not an accused in the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) and the ED wants to quiz him to get information about the sting and circumstances in which it was done.

Samuel has been quizzed by the CBI in this case earlier. CBI too is probing the case separately on charges of alleged corruption.

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