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  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that a world-class higher education system was the need of the hour. Addressing students and faculty members of REVA University after inaugurating the State-of-the-art Architecture Block in the campus at Bengaluru today, he said that India’s quest for development would remain unfulfilled if we fail to create opportunities for quality higher education till the last mile.

  • To alleviate the challenges and sufferings of some of the critically injured Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, HE Shri Vinay Kumar, Ambassador of India presented 100 motorized wheelchairs to the ANA today.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Issue/Re-issue) of (i) ‘7.32 per cent Government Stock, 2024’ for a notified amount of Rs. 5,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) ‘7.26 per cent Government Stock, 2029’ for a notified amount of  Rs.

  • The Repayment of following Security is due as per details given below: 

     

    Table: Details of GoI Security maturing on June 03, 2019

    Sl. No.

    Name of Security

    Scheduled Date of Repayment

    Effective date of Repayment

    No Interest Accrual from scheduled date of Repayment

    (1)

    (2)

    (3)

    (4)

    (5)

    1.

  • PARLIAMENTARY CONSTITUENCIES (PCs) VOTING ON PHASE-3 (23.04.2019)

     

     

    State/UT

     

    Number of Parliamentary Constituencies in Phase 3

     

    Total Number of voters

     

     

    Number of Male Voters

     

    Number of Female Voters

     

     Number of  Voters of Third Gender

     

    Number of

    Contesting

    Candidates

     

    Number of Polling Booths

    Assam

    4

    7477062

    3815335

    3661570

    157

    54

    9577

    Bihar

    5

    8909263

    4655306

    4244284

    225

    82

    9076

    Chhattisgarh

    7

    12713816

    6416252

    629699

    572

    123

    15408

    Goa

    2

    1135811

    555768

    580043

    0

    12

    1652

    Gujarat

    26

    45125680

    23428119

    21696571

    990

    371

    51709

    Jammu & Kashmir*

    1*

    527154

    269603

    257540

    11

    18

    714

    Karnataka

    14

    23968905

    12103742

    11863204

    1959

    237

    27776

    Kerala

    20

    26151534

    12684839

    13466521

    174

    227

    24970

    Maharashtra

    14

    25789738

    13319010

    12470076

    652

    249

    28691

    Odisha

    6

    9256922

    4799030

    4456729

    1163

    61

    10464

    Tripura#

    1

    1257944

    637649

    620291

    4

    10

    1645

    Uttar Pradesh

    10

    17810946

    9620644

    8189378

    924

    120

    20120

    West Bengal

    5

    8023846

    4106010

    3917624

    212

    61

    8528

    Dadra & Nagar Haveli

    1

    240858

    127628

    113230

    0

    11

    288

    Daman & Diu

    1

    119677

    59977

    59700

    0

    4

    152

    Total

    116

    188509156

    96598912

    86226460

    7043

    1640

    210770

    No of States/UTs in Phase 3

    16

     

    * Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in Jammu & Kashmir is going to polls in Phase III, Phase IV & Phase V of General Elections 2019, the only such PC in the country.

  • Goa will go to polls for General elections-2019 in thirdphase tomorrow i.e. on 23rd April. Polling will be held in two Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) - North Goa and South Goa. 

    As per the data available, Goa has 1135811 voters, which includes 555768 Male voters and 580043 Female voters.

  • Assam will go to polls in 3rdPhase of General Elections on 23rd April. Polling will be held in 4 Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Gauhati. 54 candidates are contesting for 4Lok Sabha seats.

  • Bihar will go to polls in third Phase of General Elections on 23rd April. Polling will be held in 5 Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) of Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepuraand Khagaria. 82 candidates are contesting for these 5 Lok Sabha seats.

  • The State of Kerala will go to the polls tomorrow in Phase 03 of the ongoing General Elections, on April 23rd 2019. All 20 Parliamentary constituencies in the state are scheduled to go to polls in a single phase.

  • The State of Karnataka will go to the polls tomorrow for second time in Phase 03 of the General Elections on April 23rd 2019. Out of total 28, only remaining 14 Parliamentary constituencies in the state are scheduled to go to polls in this phase.

  • A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi today for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science.

  • In the State of Chhattisgarh,Seven parliamentary constituencies (PCs) namely Raipur, Bilsapur, Durg, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh, Korba and Sarguja will be going to polls on Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019 during the third phase of the seven-phased elections.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed anguish over continued terror attacks in various parts of the world and called upon international agencies such as the United Nations to conclude deliberations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, put forth by India to criminalize all forms of international terrorism and deny terrorists, their financiers and supporters access to funds, arms and safe havens.

  • Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency (PC) in Jammu & Kashmir would be going to polls in 3 parts in Phase III, Phase IV & Phase V of General Elections 2019, the only such PC in the country. The Four Districts to be covered in the Anantnag (PC No. 3) are Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama.

  • Following is the text of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s message on Earth Day:

    “Today on Earth Day, we bow in reverence to Mother Earth. For years, this great planet has been home to phenomenal diversity.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had telephonic conversations with the President and Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and conveyed heartfelt condolences on his own behalf and on behalf of all Indians at the loss of over one hundred and fifty innocent lives in today’s terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.

  • The first edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2019 is scheduled at New Delhi from 23 to 25 April 2019. The conference is the apex forum within the Service for interaction between the Naval Commanders.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has strongly condemned the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. 

    “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Easter. 

    “Greetings on Easter! The sacred thoughts of Lord Jesus Christ inspire millions. He emphasised on making our society free from evils and being compassionate towards the poor and downtrodden.

  • The 14 days, 11 members Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Expedition from Leh to Karakoram Pass successfully completed the arduous challenge and was flagged in at Leh today by Lt Gen YK Joshi, General Officer Commanding Fire and Fury Corps.

  • Polling underway for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections for 116 constituencies spread over 13 states and 2 Union Territories. Single phase polling is being held for 26 parliamentary constituencies of Gujarat and 20 constituencies of Kerala.

    Voting is also being held for 14 seats each in Maharashtra and Karnataka; 10 in Uttar Pradesh; seven in Chhattisgarh; six in Odisha; five each in Bihar and West Bengal; four in Assam; two in Goa; one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura. Besides, by polls for 4 assembly seats in Gujarat and 3 in Goa is also being held simultaneously. 

    Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful conduct of polls. In Gujarat, 371 candidates are in the fray for Lok Sabha elections while 45 candidates are contesting assembly by-polls. Prominent candidates whose fate will be decided are BJP President Amit Shah, former Union Ministers Mansukh Vasava, Mohan Kundariya and Bharatsinh Solanki.   

    Kerala is also going for single phase polling. 227 candidates including 23 women are in the fray. Prominent among them are Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister KJ Alphonse, Shashi Tharoor, K Rajasekharan, Suresh Gopi and K Surendran.

     In Maharashtra, 249 candidates, including 19 women are contesting in this phase. High-profile seats going to the polls are Baramati where from NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule is seeking re-election. Senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil’s son Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil is contesting on a BJP ticket from Ahmednagar. In Raigad seat, Shiv Sena’s Anant Geete and NCP’s Sunil Tatkare are pitted against each other. 

    In Goa, 12 candidates are in the fray for Lok Sabha elections, while 18 nominees are contesting for Assembly seats. In Uttar Pradesh, constituencies going to polls in this phase include Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Bareilly and Pilibhit. 120 candidates including 14 women are in the fray. Prominent among them are Mulayam Singh Yadav, Santosh Gangwar, Jaya Prada, Varun Gandhi, Shivpal Yadav and Ajam Khan.

    In Bihar amidst tight security arrangements polling is underway in five constituencies Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura and Khagaria. Over 89 lakh electorates will decide political fortune of 82 candidates including five women. In Assam, polling is being held in Guwahati, Barpeta, Dhubri and Kokrajhar Parliamentary constituencies. 

    In Chhattisgarh, Lok Sabha polls will be concluded in the state with this phase. 123 candidates are in the fray for seven constituencies. In Odisha, six Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly constituencies are going to polls in this phase. 

    In West Bengal peaceful voting is on in five Parliamentary seats amidst tight security. Over 80 lakhs electorates will decide the political fates of 61 candidates in three seats. In Jammu  & Kashmir, voting is taking place for Anantnag district in the first of the three phase polling in the Anantnag constituency. 

    In an unprecedented scenario, Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency is going to polls in three phases covering 04 districts Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama. The security grid has been tightened to provide fool proof security for the polls. Voting will end at 4 p.m.

  • Sri Lankan government has imposed emergency provisions under terrorism  prevention from Monday night and sought international help to probe into foreign support for the attacks held on Sunday. The decision of emergency was taken at meeting of the National Security Council to empower the security forces and to ensure public security.

    The meeting also decided to declare Tuesday as a national day of mourning. The security situation remains tense as a van carrying explosives was diffused near the Colombo church, which faced attack on Sunday.

    Another explosive detonators were recovered in a market area as security agencies keep frisking sensitive areas to thwart repetition of attacks yesterday which killed around 300 people. Most of the shops and business establishments in Colombo and other areas remain closed and night curfew will be in place from 8 PM to 4 AM.

    Earlier, the government said that a local religious group National Tawheed Jamaath is behind the attacks but such a small local group cannot organise attacks at such a level. Addressing a press conference, cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the international support behind the attacks is being investigated and they are trying to ascertain how suicide bombers were prepared.

    The minister said there were inputs from international intelligence agencies earlier warning of such suicide attacks and expressed regret that it could not be avoided. The minister also added that a detailed security check out is being carried out at all sensitive places across the country as there are inputs of more such attacks.

  • The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre on Tuesday announced that 85% of the Hope Probe project has been completed. Hope Probe is an ambitious dream project of UAE to send a mission to Mars.

    In a joint statement, the two organisations confirmed that most of the main parts of the project have been completed and are currently undergoing intensive testing to ensure every aspect of the Probe is ready for activation a few months before the launch date.

    Several aspects related to the design, assembly, cameras and control have been verified. So far, the probe’s systems and components, as well as its ability to communicate with the ground station have been checked. The probe has cleared all the tests ahead of the five environmental tests to be conducted from June to December.

    The scientific devices the probe will be using, including the Emirates eXploration imager (EXI), Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), and the Emirates Mars Infrared Spectrometer (EMIRS), are ready.

    The EMUS has been successfully mounted on the probe. Hope Probe is scheduled to be launched in July 2020 . It is planned to reach Mars by 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.

  • The party has so far announced its candidates for six of the seven seats in the national capital.

    Gambhir has replaced Maheish Girri as the party's candidate and will take on Arvinder Singh Lovely of the Congress and Atishi of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

    Lekhi is pitted against AAP's Brajesh Goel and Ajay Maken of the Congress.

    The BJP had on Sunday fielded its four sitting MPs from Delhi -- Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk, Manoj Tiwari from North-east Delhi, Pravesh Verma from West Delhi and Ramesh Bidhuri from South Delhi.

    The party is yet to name its candidate for the North-west Delhi constituency.

    The BJP had won all seven seats in the national capital in the last election. 

  • Amid preparations for the third phase of polling, PM Modi addressed a host of rallies in 2 states. He canvassed for votes for BJP while addressing 4 public meetings in Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

    In Dindori, PM took on the Congress over issues of national security.

    Drawing a contrast between actions of his govt and the UPA regime, PM said, that while his govt took courageous steps in response to terror attacks, the UPA govt's response was weak and fearful.

    He credited his govt with greater success in combating terrorism.

    His next campaign stop was Nandurbar in Maharashtra where he accused the opposition of spreading canards like if the BJP returns to power, it will change the reservation policy.

    Clearing the air, PM assured that there would be no change in the reservation policy or structure if a BJP-led govt wins a second consecutive term at the Centre.

    He also assured people of the tribal-dominated seat that their land rights would be protected.

    Addressing rallies in Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan, PM Modi unleashed an onslaught on the state govt and recounted the achievements of the Union Govt.

    PM alleged that the opposition is shying away from a discourse on terrorism. He also underlined the need for a strong and stable govt at the Centre.

    Without taking names, PM said that as soon as he raises issues of dynasty politics and  national security some people feel jolted.

    All in all, PM Modi is not only highlighting the work done by his govt over the last 5 years but also firing sharp salvos at the opposition.

  • Announcing the end of the waivers, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs) when they expire in early May. This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue.”

    When the US imposed sanctions on Iran in November, India and seven other countries were given exemptions that will expire May 2.

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later told reporters that countries that do not abide by the embargo will face sanctions. They will encounter sanctions that will affect their international financial transactions, he said.

    “We stand by our allies and partners as they transition away from Iranian crude to other alternatives,” Pompeo added.

    The US was increasing oil production and was working with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to ensure that there will be no disruptions in oil supplies as a result of the ending of the waivers, according to Pompeo.

    In May 2018, Trump withdrew from the 2105 international agreement with Iran on de-nuclearisation that had ended sanctions on that country.

    In November, Trump re-imposed tough sanctions on Iran but gave India, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Italy and Greece six-month temporary waivers to continue buying oil.

    India was reportedly importing about 1.25 million tonnes of oil per month from Iran.

  • The landslide, which was caused by heavy rains, took place in the early hours of the morning in a rural area of Rosas municipality.

    Five people have been hospitalised and rescue operations are ongoing.

    At least eight houses have been damaged and a portion of the Pan-American Highway is blocked because of the landslide that has battered the country for several weeks.

    Mudslides are common during Colombia's rainy season. 

  • India has raised with China the issue of banning of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar by the UN. Sources said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale raised it during his meeting on Monday in Beijing, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, emphasising that both countries should be sensitive to each other's concerns.

    Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said India has shared with China all evidences of terror activities of JeM and its leader Azhar.

    The spokesperson said: "It is now for the 1267 Sanctions Committee and other authorised bodies of the UN to take a decision on the listing of Azhar as a global terrorist. India will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice."
    Apart from Wang Yi, Foreign Secretary Gokhale met a number of Chinese leaders.

    Gokhale on Monday held talks with Wang and reviewed the progress of bilateral ties post- Wuhan summit, emphasising that both countries should be sensitive to each other's concerns.

  • In Gujarat, all 26 Lok Sabha seats will go to poll in this phase.  In Odisha, six Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly constituencies will go to polls in this phase.

    In Chhattisgarh, the third phase of polling on Tuesday will mark the completion of Lok Sabha elections in the state. 

    In Karnataka, 14 constituencies of North Karnataka region will go to polls.

    In Kerala, a record 227 candidates will contest 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the third phase on Tuesday.

    Among the constituencies, Wayanad gains special focus as Congress President Rahul Gandhi is contesting from this seat. 

    In  Assam, 74 lakh voters will decide the political fate of the 54 candidates in this phase. Guwahati, Barpeta, Dhubri and Kokrajhar parliamentary constituencies will be covered in this phase.

    In Maharashtra, fate of as many as 249 candidates will be decided during voting on 14 Lok Sabha seats in the third phase.

    In Goa, polling for two Lok Sabha constituencies and by-polls to three Assembly seats will be held in the third phase.

    Election to Tripura East Lok Sabha constituency will be held in this phase.

  • Ever since the draw had been announced, all eyes were on Panghal’s bout with Dusmatov, a two-time gold medallist at the Asian Championships and a world silver medallist. The Rohtak boxer was making his continental competitive debut in the 52kg this time, but the result remained the same.

    In the fourth career meeting between the two, the Strandja Cup gold medallist made it two in a row over Dusmatov with a deadly 4-1 blow to lay his hands on his second medal from this competition after a bronze in 2017. It was incidentally Dusmatov who had halted Amit’s run two years ago.

    “All the strategies that I made with the coaches came to good use today. I am very happy and this motivates me further to take the gold. I’ll keep making the right strategies for my next bouts as well and will return home with nothing less than a gold,” said an elated Amit after the win.

    Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) was the star of the show for India in the morning session on the first day of quarter-final action. Carrying his scintillating form from the GeeBeeBoxing tournament in Finland where he landed a gold, the Uttarakhand pugilist dug deep to see off 2017 world champion Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan 3-2 in a hard-fought contest.

    The big win over the two-time Asian Championships bronze medallist secured Bisht’s maiden medal from this high-profile continental event.

    The fast-rising Sonia Chahal of Haryana, aged only 21, showed a lot of maturity and calm nerves in her enthralling 3-2 win over Korea's Jo Son Hwa. This was Chahal’s second consecutive victory over Hwa after getting the better of her in the World Championships semi-finals last year.

    After a silver medal from the World Championships at home in 2018, the Haryana girl is now aiming for a gold at this tournament.

    Makran Cup gold medallist and national champion Deepak (49kg) did not even have to enter the ring as he was given a walkover by Afghanistan's Ramish Rahmani due to injury. The semi-final berth awarded Deepak his first Asian Championships medal.

    2018 World Championships bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), however, succumbed to a 0-5 defeat to reigning world champion Chen Nien-Chin after losing to the Chinese Taipei boxer in the semi-finals of the world event last year. Seema Poonia (81kg) too departed from the competition following a 0-5 knockout delivered by her mighty opponent, the three-time world champion Xiaoli Yang of China.

    Also bowing out was Rohit Tokas (64kg), whose journey was ended by Mongolia’s Chinzorig Baatarsukh in a tough 3-2 split decision.

  • The Election Commission on Monday submitted its detailed report to the Supreme Court on movie based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took the EC's report on the Prime Minister's biopic and asked the poll panel to give a copy of the report to the producer of the movie.

    The court has now fixed the plea of producers challenging the EC's ban on the movie for hearing on Friday.

     

  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, expressing regret over his remarks related to its Rafale verdict which the apex court had said was "incorrectly attributed" to it.

    The apex court on April 15 had directed Gandhi to give his explanation by April 22. In the affidavit, Rahul Gandhi said he had made the statements in the heat of political campaigning which have been misused by his opponents.

    A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had made it clear that Gandhi's remarks, made in the media, on the Rafale verdict were incorrectly attributed to the apex court.

    The top court had sought Gandhi's explanation on a petition filed by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, who has sought criminal contempt against the Congress president.

    The apex court is scheduled to hear the matter on Tuesday. Meenakshi Lekhi told the media that it is an admission of guilt and thus Contempt. Considering the need to protect the integrity of the court in these testing times, such an admission is a vindication of the petition.

  • Earth Day is being celebrated each year on April 22, aiming to represent the diversity and uniqueness of mother earth.

    Google also marked the day with an interactive doodle that features six organisms which have unique qualities and earthly superlatives, such as being the tallest, smallest, oldest, and so on.

    The theme for Earth Day 2019 is 'Protect Our Species'. It aims to draw attention to the rapid extinction of species across the world, which is directly linked to human activity which causes climate change, deforestation and pollution

  • Sri Lanka will enforce a state of emergency from midnight on Monday in the wake of the deadly Easter blasts that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500 others, enhancing the counter terrorism powers of the security forces.

    The decision was made during a meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena.

    The NSC has announced plans to impose a conditional state of emergency from midnight. A statement from the president's office said the measures would target terrorism and would not limit freedom of expression.

    Meanwhile, as many as 87 bomb detonators were found on Monday at a bus station in Colombo. The bomb detonators were found at the Central Colombo bus station in Pettah area.
    The police initially found 12 bomb detonators scattered on the ground. A further search revealed 75 more.

    On Easter Sunday, a string of eight powerful blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka, killing 290 people, including 8 Indians, and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE.

     

  • According to a national exit poll showed on Sunday, the political newcomer, who dominated the first round of voting three weeks ago, got more than 70% support.

    Polls gave Poroshenko, who has been in power since 2014, 25% of the vote. 

    If polls are correct, he will be elected for a five-year term. Official results are expected to come later today.

    Zelensky challenged incumbent president Petro Poroshenko who has admitted defeat.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold election rallies in Maharashtra and Rajasthan. In Maharashtra, the Prime Minister will hold rallies in Dindori and Nandurbar while in Rajasthan PM Modi will address rallies in Udaipur and Jodhpur.

    BJP president Amit Shah will campaign in West Bengal today where he will hold public rally in Hawrah, Nadia, Birbhum and Purba Bardhaman districts.

    Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be in Uttar Pradesh today where he will hold public meetings at Rae Barelli, Amethi and Sultanpur.

    Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will also be in Uttar Pradesh for campaigning.

  • April 29 is the last date for filing of nominations while Scrutiny of nominations will be held on April 30.

    59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across seven states and one union territory will go to polls on May 19.

    13 parliamentary constituencies each in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and one parliamentary constituency of Chandigarh will go to polls in the final phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

  • The United Nations secretary-general said he is "outraged by the terrorist attacks" in Sri Lanka.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned in the strongest terms the serial terrorist attacks, perpetrated at sites including religious places and during a religious festival. Terming them as cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts, PM Modi pointed out that these attacks were another a grim reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world.

    A statement by the spokesman for Antonio Guterres noted the "sanctity of all places of worship" adding he hoped the perpetrators will be quickly brought to justice.

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, her country rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely.

    Leaders of several countries including US, Germany, Russia and Abu Dhabi Condemned the attacks in strong words.
     

  • At least 32 foreign nationals including five Indians are among the victims. Over 500 people are injured and hospitalized following the attacks targeting three five-star hotels in capital Colombo and three churches across the country.

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka’s government was aware of information regarding a possible attack adding they will look into why adequate precautions were not taken.

    Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe said the names that have come up are local, but investigators will look into whether the attackers had any overseas links. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has announced appointment of a special committee led by retired Supreme Court judge to investigate the attacks and submit its report within two weeks.

    Sri Lankan police has confirmed involvement of suicide bombers at four locations in the country.

    Meanwhile, police curfew imposed across the country on Sunday has been lifted. The government has imposed ban on social media platforms like Whatsapp and facebook to avoid rumours.

    Among other incidents, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detected and diffused near the departure area of Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) last evening. Security has been tightened at all sensitive places across the country. Schools will remain close till Monday while Universities have been instructed to close down till further notice. 

  • Sunrisers won the toss but elected to bowl. Put into bat, Kolkata Knight Riders scored 159 for 8 setting out 160 run victory target for the Sunrisers Hyderabad which they overhauled by scoring 161 for 1 with 30 balls remaining. 

    With this win, the Sunrisers have climbed to third position on the points table. As for Kolkata, today's defeat has dealt a considerable blow to their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

    The second match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and  Chennai Super Kings is underway at Bangalore. Put into bat, Royal Challengers were 86 for 2 in 11 overs when reports last came in.

    On Monday, Rajasthan Royals will take on Delhi Capitals at Jaipur. The match will begin at 8 p.m.

  • Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is flying to Bengaluru on Sunday to attend an IPL match on the invitation of BCCI. 

    He is being accompanied by two of his cabinet members including foreign minister Abdulla Shahid and will be watching today's match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. 

    The Foreign Minister told our Colombo correspondent that President Solih's presence at the event is indicative of the rejuvenation of the bilateral ties between two nations, including in the area of sports co-operation. 

    He said, his government is looking forward to building a  new cricket stadium in Maldives with Indian assistance that will create a young breed of Maldivian cricketers who can compete at international level.

  • Indian diplomatic mission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is gearing up to receive additional number of Haj pilgrimage during the Ramadan period. 

    Consul General of India in Jeddah Mohd. Noor Rahman Sheikh said, the Indian Haj mission was working to secure accommodation, transportation and other logistic support for the increased number of pilgrims in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, following the decision of the Saudi government to increase the Haj quota by 25,000 pilgrims.
       
    He said, the quota increase was considered after a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman in New Delhi during his visit in February this year and recently the Haj Ministry in the Kingdom had officially confirmed the increase.
     

  • The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said.

    Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Foreigners and locals who were injured in hotel blasts were admitted to the Colombo General Hospital. 

    "Many casualties including foreigners," said Harsha de Silva, the Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks.

    However, most of the deadly attacks in the past in Sri Lanka were carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which ran a military campaign for a separate Tamil homeland in the northern and eastern provinces of the island nation for nearly 30 years before its collapse in 2009 after the Sri Lankan Army killed its supreme leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

    President Maithripala Sirisena has appealed for calm. "I have been shocked by this totally unexpected incidents. The security forces haven been asked to take all action necessary," Sirisena said. The Sri Lankan government has summoned an emergency meeting called.

    All necessary emergency steps have been taken by the government, a minister said, adding that an official statement will be issued soon. "Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over. Emergency crews are at all locations in full force. We, at 1990 also have close to 20 units at the various locations.

    We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives," Harsha de Silva said. The Indian High Commission in Colombo said that it was closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka. "We are closely monitoring the situation.

    Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may call the following numbers : +94777903082 +94112422788 +94112422789," the High Commission tweeted.

    "In addition to the numbers given, Indian citizens in need of assistance or help and for seeking clarification may also call the following numbers +94777902082 +94772234176," it said.  

  • 'Ji Golpor Ses Nai' (never-ending stories), which premiered in Guwahati earlier this week, is a collection of short stories, tied to a single premise. With Assam as the backdrop, one of the shorts is about the inexplicable influence of a person on another.

    'Ardha Satya', directed by Prodyut Kumar Deka, is based on a tale written by Guy de Maupassant and has Pankaj Mahanta and Kalpana Kalita in the lead. 'Epitaph', the second short directed by Prasant Saikia, has Himangshu Prasad Das playing the protagonist.

    Adapted from one of the works of Sahitya Akademi award-winning Assamese author and journalist Homen Borgohain, the story delves deep into the life of struggling writer and his love life. The third short, 'Prasnabudhok', is based on a story by French novelist Honore de Balzac.

    Directed by Utpal Datta, the film talks about the constant struggle for desired space between husband and wife. Datta, an independent filmmaker, said loneliness is a fundamental part of a human life. "Loneliness may seem an unusual topic for a film.

    It doesn't sound very dramatic, but it's a fundamental part of being human," he said. Pointing out that Assamese cinema took 80 years to make an anthology, Datta said 'Ji Golpor Ses Nai' has three different stories, tied together by one theme.

    The three shorts, produced by Pallabi Borah, Krishna Kalita and Namrata Datta, have used similar strategies to portray human emotions diminishing long shots, recurring motifs and empty spaces. 'Sirikkathe', a Tamil production released in 1939, is considered to be the first anthology film in India.

  • Such CPSEs will have an option to either hive-off non-core assets to a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) or transfer sale proceeds of non-core assets to an escrow account to ring-fence the realised amount from the rest of the business, an official said.

    The government has already identified about 35 CPSEs for strategic sale. These include Air India, Pawan Hans, BEML, Scooters India, Bharat Pumps Compressors, and Bhadrawati, Salem and Durgapur units of steel major SAIL.

    The other CPSEs for which approvals are in place for outright sale include Hindustan Fluorocarbon, Hindustan Newsprint, HLL Life Care, Central Electronics, Bridge & Roof India, Nagarnar Steel plant of NMDC and units of Cement Corporation of India and ITDC.

    The central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) have also been asked to ensure proper housekeeping of all assets with a view to ensuring better realisation at the time of sale.

    "The CPSEs will be required to immediately start making an inventory of all assets, and ensure proper title deeds are available for sale. They will have to also interact with potential investors and other stakeholders, including state government," an official said.

    They will also be required to give suggestions regarding the mode of monetisation of the identified non-core assets. The official further said that non-core assets should ideally be hived off to an SPV, specially created through a demerger to hold and monetise such assets.

    However, since the transfer of assets to an SPV may involve time and issues like stamp duty, the CPSEs would be permitted to dispose the identified non-core assets on a case-by-case basis with the approval of the inter-ministerial group (IMG), chaired by Secretary in the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM).

    "In such cases, the CPSEs may create an escrow account to park the sale proceeds so as to ring-fence these from the rest of the business which is under strategic disinvestment," the official added.

    In the case of Air India, which is undergoing the process of strategic disinvestment, the government has already created an SPV Air India Assets Holding Ltd (AIAHL).

    The government has transferred Rs 29,000 crore debt of Air India, out of the total debt of Rs 55,000 crore of the airline, to AIAHL. Besides, proceeds from the sale of four subsidiaries, Air India Air Transport Services (AIATSL), Airline Allied Services (AASL), Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) and Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) too would be transferred to AIAHL.

    Also, non-core assets - painting and artefacts - as well as other non-operational assets of the national carrier too will be transferred to the SPV. The DIPAM had earlier this week come out with guidelines for monetisation of non-core assets of CPSEs and immovable enemy properties, following a Cabinet decision in February.

    According to the guidelines, state-run companies will have 12 months to monetise non-core assets identified by a ministerial panel, headed by the finance minister, failing which the finance ministry may restrict budgetary allocations to CPSEs.

    The guidelines also provide CPSEs with an option to seek relaxation from the IMG of the 12-month deadline for the sale of non-core assets. "Any budgetary support for the CPSEs will be considered by the Department of Expenditure and DEA only if asset monetisation target is achieved by the CPSEs unless an exemption has been taken", say the guidelines.

    The ministerial panel will also decide on the threshold over which non-core assets of CPSEs and immovable enemy properties would be taken up for monetisation under the asset monetisation framework.

    Non-core assets below the threshold would be sold by the state-owned entities themselves. The amount raised through the sale of non-core assets would form part of the disinvestment proceeds.

    The government has set a target of Rs 90,000 crore to be raised through CPSE disinvestment in the current financial year, up from the Rs 85,000 crore mopped up in the previous financial year.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has not issued any direction with regard to a five day a week working for commercial banks. 

    In a statement, the RBI said, it has been reported in certain sections of media that commercial banks would work five days a week in terms of RBI instructions. It termed the reports as factually incorrect.

    Currently, branches of commercial banks observe holiday only on second and fourth Saturday of a month apart from Sunday. Remaining Saturdays are a full working hour for banks.

  • The Indian Navy launched guided missile destroyer Imphal at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders in Mumbai on Saturday. 

    Imphal is the third ship to be launched under a project in which ships are built to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.

    In a statement, the Navy said, enhanced stealth features have been achieved through the shaping of hull and use of radar transparent deck fittings which make the ships difficult to detect. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said, he is satisfied with the force's fleet and more aircraft and submarines will be inducted in the days to come. 

    He said, over the years, Navy has become a builder from a buyer and was slated to excel in coming years.
     

  • Fighting between rival Libyan forces for control of Tripoli has escalated in the past couple of days. 

    The death toll rose to at least 220, including combatants and civilians since the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) declared a major military offensive to take the capital earlier this month.

     An LNA spokesman told a news conference in Benghazi that heavy clashes have been underway between LNA forces and rival militias in the towns of Swany and al-Aziziya. 

    The spokesman said, militias allied with the UN-supported government launched airstrikes on the Alwatya air base.

  • In Gujarat, all 26 Lok Sabha seats will go to poll in this phase  The last day of campaigning saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally in Patan in the northern part of the state and BJP President Amit Shah holding a roadshow in Gandhinagar. During campaigning, the two key parties in the state- the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are exuding confidence of a good showing. Campaigning for four Assembly bypolls in Dhrangadhra, Manavadar, Unjha and Jamnagar (Rural) seats also ended.

    In Uttar Pradesh, leaders of all political parties made last ditch effort to woo the voters in favour of their party candidates. In Odisha, six Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly constituencies will go to polls in this phase. Leaders of political parties like the BJP and the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) undertook whirlwind tours of the constituencies, mostly situated in coastal and central Odisha. As several areas going to the polls have been identified as critical, tight security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful polling. DGP B K Sharma has reviewed the preparedness for the third phase polls and directed officials to take all necessary steps to ensure a free and fair election. 

    In Chhattisgarh, the third phase of polling on Tuesday will mark the completion of Lok Sabha elections in the state.  State chief electoral officer Subrat Sahoo said, 123 candidates are in the fray in seven Lok Sabha seats going to polls in this phase. These are - Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Surguja and Raigarh.

    In Karnataka, 14 constituencies of North Karnataka region will go to polls. Over two crore 43 lakh voters are eligible to cast their vote in this phase.

    In Kerala, a record 227 candidates will contest on 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state in the third phase on Tuesday. Among the constituencies, Wayanad gains special focus as Congress President Rahul Gandhi is contesting from this seat. Sources report that Thiruvananthapuram will witness a tough battle with sitting Congress MP Shashi Tharoor eyeing a hat-trick of wins. Shashi Tharoor is contesting against former Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan of the BJP and LDF candidate C. Divakaran. Pathanamthitta is another constituency that will be keenly watched, as it's here that the Sabarimala temple is located.

    The Thrissur and Chalakudy seats too will be followed keenly because of the 'star value' associated with the candidates in fray. In Thrissur, the BJP has fielded its Rajya Sabha MP and actor Suresh Gopi and in Chalakudy, actor comedian Innocent Vareed Thekkethala, the sitting Independent MP backed by the LDF is contesting. Meanwhile, the climax of election campaign witnessed scuffles in some parts of the state  between political activists on Sunday evening. Clashes were reported from Thiruvananthapuram Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam Ponnani ,and Vadakara in Kozhikode . District collector of Kozhikode has enforced prohibitory orders in Vadakara constituency on polling day to ensure peaceful polling. The police and central armed forces had posted a large number of personnel to keep the situation under control.

    Chief electoral officer Teeka Ram Meena reviewed the security arrangements and said there will be special focus on polling stations in north Kerala regions that face threat from left wing extremists. 

    In  Assam, 74 lakh voters will decide the political fate of the 54 candidates in this phase. Guwahati, Barpeta, Dhubri and Kokrajhar parliamentary constituencies will be covered in this phase. Polling personnel at a few places in far flung Nalbari and Kamrup have already started their journey to the polling stations. Boats, elephants, motor cycle are being pressed into service to carry man and materials.

    In Maharashtra, fate of as many as 249 candidates will be decided during voting on 14 Lok Sabha seats in the third phase on Tuesday. Sources report that, while the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena would like to atleast retain their 9 seats, if not more out of 14 seats going to polls that day; Congress and its ally NCP are surely hoping to gain grounds this time. The day will see a few high profile seats going to polls on that day. The Baramati Lok Sabha constituency, considered to be a bastion of the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party will go to polls in this phase. Party candidate Supriya Sule is contesting from this seat and is seeking a re-election. The Raigad seat too where Shiv Sena’s Anant Geete and NCP’s Sunil Tatkare are pitted against each other may witness a nail biting finish. Similarly, for Raver seat Senior BJP leader Eknath Khadse’s daughter-in-law Raksha Khadse’s fate will also be locked in ballot box on the same day. State BJP President Raosaheb Danve will also seek re-election for the fifth time from Jalna seat. 

    Meanwhile, the state has arranged for elaborate security arrangements for the third phase of polling. Senior police official said adequate forces have been deployed in all the polling centres. The official said state borders have been sealed to prevent transportation of any illegal or prohibitive items like liquor or weapons. Also intense checking of private and public vehicles are also been conducted.

    In Goa, polling for two Lok Sabha constituencies and by-polls to three Assembly seats will be held in the third phase. Polling will be held in a single phase for North Goa and South Goa Lok Sabha constituencies and Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem Assembly seats. 12 candidates are in the fray for the two Lok Sabha constituencies while there are 18 nominees for the three Assembly seats.

    Election to Tripura East Lok Sabha constituency will be held in this phase. Fate of 10 contestants, including sitting MP Jitendra Choudhury of CPI(M) Congress candidate Pragya Debburman, BJP's Rebati Tripura and IPFT's N. C. Debbarma will be decided in this phase.

  • A suicide blast rocked Afghanistan's capital Saturday during a gun battle with security forces, officials said, killing at least seven people a day after hopes for all-encompassing peace talks collapsed. At least eight people were wounded.

    Police chief Gen. Sayed Mohammad Roshandil said the bomber blew himself up outside the Telecommunications Ministry, clearing the way for four gunmen to enter the building and the heavily guarded government compound in central Kabul.

    Nasart Rahimi, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said four civilians and three soldiers were killed during the attack. Eight civilians were wounded, he said.

    Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said the wounded people were evacuated to hospitals, three of them women.

    No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Both Taliban insurgents and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan and have previously claimed attacks in Kabul.

    The Taliban denied involvement. Rahimi said the security operation ended at the Ministry of Telecommunication "after all four attackers were shot and killed by Afghan security forces."

    The attack came a day after Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks in Qatar were cancelled. It would have marked the first time that Taliban and Kabul government officials sat together to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan and a withdrawal of U.S. troops.

    Afghan president Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack in a statement, saying the enemies of Afghanistan, by targeting civil servants, are trying to create terror among the people.

    Rahimi said security forces blocked all roads near the attack site and that forced shot and killed four additional suicide bombers before the attackers could reach their target of the nearby central post office.

    He said as many as 2,700 government employees and civilians were rescued by security forces after being stuck in several government buildings including the central post office.

    An employee of the Telecommunication Ministry who was rescued, Hamid Popalzai, said "an explosion happened and then we heard the sound of gunfire and more explosions." He added that a large number of people were inside the ministry, both women and men, when the attack started.

    Live footage on local TV showed government employees fleeing neighbouring Information and Culture Ministry buildings, with some climbing out of windows.

  • In IPL, Delhi Capitals avenged their shocking first-leg defeat with a five-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab, brightening their prospects of making the play-offs of the Indian Premier League in the national capital on Saturday.

    Chasing 164 for a win, senior opener Shikhar Dhawan laid the foundation with a fluent 56 of 41 balls, while skipper Shreyas Iyer contributed an unbeaten 58 off 49 balls to complete the job with two balls to spare.

    In the first leg in Mohali, DC lost seven wickets for eight runs to gift KXIP victory after sitting pretty at 144 for three in the 17th over while chasing 168.

    On Saturday, the home side were 141 for three at the end of the 17th over with 23 needing off 18 balls.

    This was DC's second win at home in five outings and sixth overall, occupying the third place in the standings. KXIP remained on fourth with 10 points.
     

  • The report released by the the UN labour agency International Labour Organization (ILO) said that in 1984, at least  30 tons of methyl isocyanate gas, which was released from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, affected over 600,000 workers and nearby inhabitants.

    The report titled 'The Safety and Health at the Heart of the Future of Work - Building on 100 years of experience' said the Bhopal disaster was among the world's "major industrial accidents after 1919".

  • Polling in these booths could not take place on 11th April under the first phase due to various reasons.

    Fresh polling was held at 6 polling stations in Arunachal East Parliamentary seat and 13 in Arunachal West Parliamentary seat.

    Briefing media persons at Nirvachan Bhawan in Itanagar Saturday evening, Additional Chief Electoral Officer of the state Kangki Darang informed that voting percentage crossed the previous 77 per cent in 2014.

    He said on 11th April, the voter turnout was 77.38 per cent and with Saturday's turnout, the figure will increase.

  • Making a statement on NYAY Scheme, he said that NYAY scheme will not just help poor but will also provide employment and will boost the Indian economy.

    PRIYANKA GANDHI ADDRESSES PUBLIC RALLY IN WAYANAD

    Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today addressed a public rally in Wayanad in Kerala from where his brother and congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting Lok Sabha polls.

    While addressing the gathering she alleged that BJP government has betrayed the faith posed by the poeple of the country in it in 2014.

    Priyanka said that his party has proposed a Nyay scheme through which 72, 000 rupees will be given to poor and downtrodden if voted to power.
     

  • The winner of the inaugural women's Ballon d'Or in 2018, Ada Hegerberg is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a striker for the Division 1 Féminine ( Championnat de France de Football Féminin) club Olympique Lyonnais. 

    The winner of 2016 UEFA Best Women's Player in Europe Award and in 2017, Ada Hegerberg was named BBC Women's Footballer of the Year, made her debut for Kolbotn in 2010. 

    In 2011, at the age of only 16, she scored a hat-trick (three goals in seven minutes) in Toppserien and became youngest player to score a hat-trick in the tournament.

    Hegerberg is a gifted footballer. She won her third straight Champions League title with Olympique Lyonnais last year and finished with a record 15 goals in the competition. Hegerberg has achieved 193 times for the club since 2014, with 19 coming in 18 league matches this season. 

    The other nominees for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2019 award  are Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Lindsey Horan, Sam Kerr and Saki Kumagai.

     

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  • The Commission has also asked it to remove all connected content of the series till further orders.
     

  • 116 constituencies, spread over 13 states and 2 Union Territories, will go to polls on the 23rd of this month.

    Voting in this phase will take place for all 26 constituencies in Gujarat, 20 in Kerala, 14 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, 7 in Chhattisgarh, 6 in Odisha, 5 each in Bihar and West Bengal, 4 in Assam, 2 in Goa, 1 each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.

    Leaders from various political parties are holding rallies and roadshows across the country.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally at Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur district of  West Bengal. Launching a scathing attack on West Bengal CM, PM Modi said that people of the state have decided to teach lesson to Mamata Banerjee for stalling development works.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a poll rally in Bareilly, strongly slammed the opposition. Prime Minister said that some parties are in the fray to play a fifty fifty match, but the people have shown them the road to the pavalion even before the game started.

    Prime Minister said that after the conclusion of two phase Lok Sabha polls, some people  are unable to show their face. Prime Minister said that the entire opposition is in search of going into the causes of defeat.

  • The three-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend Sisi's term until at least 2024.

    The 596-member assembly is packed with Sisi supporters, with 531 of the 554 legislators who attended the vote opting in favour of the constitutional changes. The amendments would allow Sisi, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life.

    Egypt's parliament had already passed the proposed amendments.

    Sisi overthrew Morsi in 2013 and the following year won his first term as president. He was re-elected in March 2018 with more than 97 per cent of the vote after standing virtually unopposed.

  • The ban will come into force on Saturday.

    The Commission observed that the impugned statement made by Satpal Satti, during the election campaign held at Ramshehar of Solan district in Himachal Pradesh, is not only indecent but also derogatory and totally uncalled for. 

    The commission exercised powers under Article 324 of the Indian Constitution. BJP leader Satpal Satti is the fourth leader in the country to face such a ban and the first in the state. The ban means he cannot hold public meetings, rallies, roadshows, or even given interviews.

    The development comes days after an FIR was registered against him for his remarks. Congress has been holding protests across the state to demand action against the BJP leader.

    Although Satpal Satti has remained defiant by refusing to apologise, he was believed to have been told off by the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

  • According to the Washington Post, federal authorities arrested Christopher Ahn on Thursday, a member of the Free North Korea defector group, which seeks to overthrow the Asian country's Kim dynasty.

    The raid in the North Korean embassy in Spain took place in February. Pyongyang has said that the embassy personnel had been tortured by the assailants who stole computers and communication devices.

    It suggested that US intelligence had a hand in the embassy raid while Washington denied the claims. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address their fourth election rally in Bihar during the ongoing election campaign in the state. PM Modi will address election meeting at Forbesganj in Araria Lok Sabha constituency. 

    Senior JD( U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will share the dais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in Supaul. RJD leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav and Hindustani Awam Morcha Chief Jitan Ram Manjhi will be on the dais with Rahul Gandhi. Both Constituency Araria and Supaul along with three other constituencies Madhepura, Khagaria and Jhanjharpur will go polls in the third Phase on April 23.

  • Put into bat, Bangalore posted a challenging total of 213 for 4 against Kolkata in the stipulated 20 overs. 

    Captain Virat Kohli's brilliant 58 balls 100 and Moeen Ali's quick 66 in 28 balls helped Bangalore to set the massive target for the hosts. Kolkata Knight Riders fought till the last over of the game but Andre Russell's blistering 65 off 25 and Nitish Rana's brilliant 85 off 46 were not enough to achieve the target. Kolkata was restricted at 203 for 5 in the stipulated 20 overs. 

    The second win of Royal Challengers Bangalore kept its hope to remain alive in the tournament while KKR suffered their fifth loss in this season. 

    On Saturday, Rajasthan Royals will take on Mumbai Indians at 4 pm in Jaipur while Delhi Capitals face Kings XI Punjab at 8 pm in Delhi.

  • 116 constituencies, spread over 13 states and 2 Union Territories, will go to polls on the 23rd of this month. 

    Voting in this phase will take place for all 26 constituencies in Gujarat, 20 in Kerala, 14 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, 7 in Chhattisgarh, 6 in Odisha, 5 each in Bihar and West Bengal, 4 in Assam, 2 in Goa, 1 each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.

    Leaders from various political parties are holding rallies and roadshows across the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address multiple rallies in West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

    In West Bengal, PM Modi will address a public meeting at Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur district this morning. In Bihar, Prime Minister will campaign in Araria constituency. 
    Prime Minister will also address rallies in Etah and Bareilly districts of Uttar Pradesh. 

    BJP President Amit Shah will campaign for the party at Shimoga in Karnataka and Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha in Kerala on Saturday. Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address rallies in Bihar and Chhattisgarh on Saturday. 
     

  • Another terrorist is believed to be trapped in Wattergam area after the army cordoned off the area for the search operation. 

    The encounter broke out after terrorists attacked an Army patrolling party and fired indiscriminately. Army personnel retaliated the gunfire in which one terrorist was killed.

  • The train was going to New Delhi when the incident occurred near Rooma railway station in Kanpur Nagar district at around 1 am. 

    According to railway officials, at least 13 people were injured in the incident. The injured have been admitted to a hospital in Kanpur. CPRO Northern Central Railway, Gaurav Krishan Bansal told AIR that no causality is reported in the accident. Railways have diverted 13 trains and cancelled one train. CPRO Gaurav Bansal said diverted rail traffic will be restored soon. All senior rail and administration officers are on spot.

    Additional Director General (Public Relations) in Ministry of Railways, Smita Vats Sharma said, accident Relief Train and Accident Relief Medical Equipment are at the site and all the passengers have been evacuated. 

    The railways have issued helpline numbers: 1072, 9454403738, 9454401463, 9454401075, 9454400384 and 0512-23333111/112/113.

  • Official sources said, the decision will ensure that all the Haj applicants from big states like Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar can embark pilgrimage this year as their waiting lists have been cleared due to the increase in quota. 

    In February this year, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that Indian Haj quota would be increased by 25 thousand to two lakhs. This is the third hike in three consecutive years. 

    Sources said, a record number of two lakh Indian Muslims will perform Haj this year without subsidy. 

    As many as 2,340 Indian Muslim women will go for the pilgrimage without male companion or Mehram.

  • Chanu will be competing in the 49kg category from 48kg following the International Weightlifting Federations’s rejig of weight categories. She has made a strong comeback after having suffered a lower-back injury that kept her out of action for nearly nine months.  She will have potent competitors. 

    Among male weightlifters, India’s hopes will be on Jeremy Lalrinnunga, the gold medallist at the Youth Olympic Games. Commonwealth Games champion, Sathish Sivalingam has pulled out owing to performance troubles. Other Indians participating include Vikas Thakur, the silver medallist at the Commonwealth Games, and Ajay Singh, the bronze medallist at the Asian Youth Championship and the Junior Weightlifting Championship. Ajay had finished fifth in the 77kg category at the Asian Games in 2018. 

    Nine days of competition will be played out at Ningbo Youngor Gymnasium commencing from Saturday. Medals will be won across 20 categories, 10 for men and 10 for women.

  • Talking to a private news channel, Prime MInister said that he challenged with himself that he will work faster to achieve the dreams of common people during next five years .

    Reiterating his commitment of eradicating corruption, Prime Minister said that earlier people had accepted that survival without black money was not possible, and that corruption was a way of life.

    However, with govt's efforts, people have now started realising that one can move ahead with hard work and honesty.

  • Mueller's report is an investigation into Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

    Speaking to reporters during a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow regretted the Mueller report was having an impact on its relations with Washington.

    DEMOCRATS SUBPOENA U.S. JUSTICE DEPT TO HAND OVER FULL REPORT

    Meanwhile, Democrats have vowed to continue pursuing Donald Trump over allegations he obstructed justice, following the release of a report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Democrat congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in a joint statement said the report painted a "disturbing picture of a president who has been weaving a web of deceit, lies and improper behaviour".

    The party has made the first legal move to try to obtain the full, unredacted document by issuing a subpoena to US Justice Department to hand over the full report.

    TRUMP: CRAZY MUELLER REPORT FABRICATED & TOTALLY UNTRUE

    From a triumphant to a slightly defensive note, President Trump in a tweet termed what he called the Crazy Mueller Report as fabricated & totally untrue. He urged Americans to watch out for people that take so-called "notes," when the notes never existed until needed. Trump said since he never agreed to testify, it was not necessary for him to respond to statements made in the "Report" adding that this was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened.