It has indeed been a busy Saturday morning. More than two months of campaigning paid off for many political parties – not so much for others – in five closely contested battles in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa.
As The Quint brings you minute-by-minute updates on state Assembly elections 2017, we wouldn’t want you to miss the other headline-grabbing news. So, here are the seven other stories you might have missed in the counting day madness as the BJP swept Uttar Pradesh and the Congress marched ahead in Punjab.
Twelve Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed on Saturday when Naxals ambushed a road opening party of the security forces in Maoist-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said.
Five jawans were also injured in the attack that took place in the dense forests of Bhejji police station limits at 9:15 am when a patrol party of CRPF's 219 battalion was out for a road opening task near Kotacheru village. A total of 112 security personnel were part of the patrol party.
The Naxals looted ten weapons and two radio sets from the killed men, officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences to the families of CRPF personnel on Twitter.
Saddened by the killing of CRPF personnel in Sukma. Tributes to the martyrs & condolences to their families. May the injured recover quickly— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 11, 2017
Spoke to Home Minister @rajnathsingh Ji on the situation in Sukma. He is going to Sukma to take stock of the situation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 11, 2017
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India's campaign at the All England Open Badminton Championships came to an end as women's singles shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal suffered defeats in the quarterfinals at Birmingham on Friday.
The Rio Olympics silver medallist failed to overcome world number one Tai Tzu-ying of Chinese Taipei, while Saina Nehwal lost 22-20, 22-20 to world number three Sung Ji-hyun.
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India on Saturday successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg, from a test range along the Odisha coast.
The cruise missile was test fired from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at about 11.33 am, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said.
"It was an excellent launch and a great success," a senior DRDO scientist associated with this project said.
The two-stage missile, one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant, has already been inducted into the Army and Navy, while the Air Force version is in final stage of trial, they said.
More than a month after child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi's Nobel citation was stolen from his house, police recovered it from the jungles near southeast Delhi's Sangam Vihar area.
Three persons were arrested on 12 February in connection with the theft of the Nobel replica, the citation and other valuables from Satyarthi's Kalkaji home in southeast Delhi in the intervening night of 6 and 7 February. While the Nobel replica and other stolen items were recovered, the citation was not found.
The search for the citation spanned over two days with several policemen and dog squads being at work, a senior police officer said. He confirmed that the citation had been recovered in pristine condition.
Satyarthi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 – sharing the honour with Pakistan's child rights activist Malala Yousafzai.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sought the resignations of 46 attorneys who were appointed during US President Barack Obama's administration, the Department of Justice has said. The department described the move as part of an effort to ensure a "uniform transition".
Among those asked to resign included Indian-American Preet Bharara, the US Attorney General for Southern District of New York, who was appointed by Obama in 2009.
Bharara had met Trump in November after his electoral victory. Following the meeting, media reports said that Trump had asked Bharara to stay. Neither the White House, nor the Department of Justice responded to the questions on Bharara.
Pakistan on Saturday summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to express its concern over the acquittal of right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the Samjhauta train blasts case, in a case of terrorism.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office statementSwami Aseemanand had publicly confessed that he was the ‘mastermind’ of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack of February 2007, and had also identified a serving Indian army officer Col Purohit, who was head of terrorist organisation Abhinav Bharat, as his accomplice in the Samjhauta Express terrorist attack.
A total of 68 people were killed in the blasts in two coaches of Samjhauta Express in Panipat on 18 February 2007. The statement said that 42 Pakistani citizens had lost their lives in the Samjhauta train blasts.
"The Government of Pakistan expects India to take steps to bring to justice all those involved in the heinous act of Samjhauta Express terrorist attack," it said.
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The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945 – with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.
Stephen O'Brien on Friday told the UN Security Council that "without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death" and "many more will suffer and die from disease." He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid "to avert a catastrophe".
Stephen O’BrienTo be precise, we need $4.4 billion by July.
(With inputs from ANI, PTI and Reuters)