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October 17: Top 5 news of the day, that you should not miss

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 October 2017, 17:50 IST

From Yogi Adityanath's clear snub to his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA to the Canadian man who thought his captors were joking when they told him that Donald Trump had become U.S. president, here is the top 5 news of the day.

1- Taj Mahal row: Was built by blood, sweat of Indian labourers, says Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday gave a clear snub to his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Sangeet Som for stirring the Taj Mahal controversy, stating that "it does not matter who built it and for what reason; it was built by blood and sweat of Indian labourers".

Som had courted controversy on Sunday, stating that the iconic Taj Mahal was built by traitors and hence, cannot be included in the Indian history.

2- I thought captors were joking when they said Trump was president, recalls ex-Canadian captive

A Canadian man who was rescued from the Haqqani Network earlier this week, said he thought his captors were joking when they told him that Donald Trump had become U.S. president.

The Hill quoted Joshua Boyle as saying that one of the captors had said that Trump was elected president before he was forced to film a "proof-of-life" video.

"It didn't enter my mind that he was being serious," Boyle said.

3- Unbelievable proposal of Reliance Jio stuns rivals, thrills users

Reliance Industries owned by billionaire Mukesh Ambani created a buzz in telecom industry by providing free data and free domestic calls for a year in 2015-2016. Now in the latest development, Reliance Jio has come up with a new proposal that has stunned its rivals.

Jio, in its new proposal, wants to slash the rates of international calls. The telecom company wants to change the rates of international calls first to six paise and later to Zero.

4- They are my children. Will certainly look into their issues: Anupam Kher

Terming them as his children, newly appointed chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Anupam Kher says rather than solving things through media, he would prefer to resolve issues directly via dialogue with students.

On day two of his campus visit, Kher shared his industry experience of more than three decades with the students and also took a master class where he talked about different aspects of film making.

5- We can expect 2-3 medals in boxing in 2020 Olympics: Jitender Kumar

Emphasizing on the tremendous improvement in boxing over the past few years, Indian middleweight boxer Jitender Kumar on Tuesday said that the nation could expect at least two to three medals in boxing in 2020 Olympics.

"India picked up medal in boxing in both 2008 and 2012 Olympics. There has been tremendous change in boxing as well as in the performance of the boxers. And we can expect a lot of medals in Olympics in future. There are many boxers competing, both in men and women's event. We can expect 2-3 medals in boxing in 2020 Olympics," Jitender told ANI.

-With agency inputs 

First published: 17 October 2017, 17:50 IST
 
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