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Two Dead in US University Campus Shooting: Local Media

Two people were killed and at least four wounded on Tuesday, 30 April, in a shooting at the University of North Carolina's Charlotte campus, local media reported.

The university's office of emergency management tweeted an alert warning that shots had been reported on campus shortly before 6 pm, on what was students' last day of classes this academic year.

"Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately," it said.

Local ABC affiliate WSOC-TV reported that two people had been killed, while another two sustained life-threatening injuries and two more were being treated for less serious wounds.

Police confirmed the shooter, identified by NBC Charlotte as a 22-year-old history student at the campus, was in custody.

(Source: AFP)

Venezuela's Maduro Declares Victory Over 'Coup' Plotters

Venezuela's Maduro declared victory over 'coup' plotters, reported AFP.

Emperor Naruhito Formally Ascends Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne

Emperor Naruhito formally ascends Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne, reports AFP.

EC Bars Gujarat BJP Chief From Campaigning for 72 Hours

The Election Commission has barred Gujarat BJP chief Jitubhai Vaghani from campaigning for 72 hours for "using intemperate and abusive language" and "alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct" when he addressed party workers and voters at Amroli on 7 April, sources said on Tuesday.

The campaigning ban on Vaghani will be effective from 4 pm on 2 May to 4 pm on 5 May.

Nandyal MP SPY Reddy Passes Away

Nandyal MP and Jana Sena Party candidate from the constituency SPY Reddy passed away at a hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday, 30 April, ANI reported.

Rioting Breaks Out in Venezuela Amid 'Attempted Coup'

Demonstrators clashed with police on the streets of the Venezuelan capital on Tuesday, 30 April, spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido's call on the military to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro – who said he had defeated an attempted coup.

An apparently carefully planned attempt by Guaido to demonstrate growing military support disintegrated into rioting as palls of black smoke rose over eastern Caracas, AFP reported.

Tuesday evening, Maduro declared victory over the uprising – congratulating the armed forces for having "defeated this small group that intended to spread violence through putschist skirmishes."

Also Read : In Photos: Rioting Breaks out in Venezuela Amid ‘Attempted Coup’

Shiv Sena Calls for Ban on Burqa in Public Places

The Shiv Sena on Wednesday, 1 May, called for a ban on the use of burqa by women of a particular community as it threw its weight behind a similar plan being mulled by the Sri Lankan government in the wake of the Easter terror strikes which claimed over 250 lives.

"This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security," said the Sena in an editorial in the party mouthpieces, "Saamana" and "Dopahar Ka Saamana".

Also Read : ‘Security Threat’: Shiv Sena Calls for Ban on Burqa in Public

SP Leader Rakesh Yadav Shot Dead in Aligarh

Rakesh Yadav, a leader of the Samajwadi Party (SP), was shot dead in Harduaganj in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh late on Tuesday, 30 April, ANI reported.

(More details awaited)

Naxals Set Ablaze 27 Road-construction Machines, Vehicles in Maharashtra

Naxals have allegedly set ablaze close to 27 machines and vehicles at a road construction site in Kurkheda of Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, ANI reported.

(Photo: ANI)

Also Read : 2 Woman Naxals, One With Rs 16 L Reward On Head, Killed by Police

Equity, Currency Markets Closed on Account of Maharashtra Day

All major markets, including BSE, National Stock Exchange, forex and money markets are closed on Wednesday, 1 May, on account of Maharashtra Day.

LPG Cylinder Prices Go Up

The price of an LPG cylinder with subsidy increased by Rs 0.28 in Delhi and Rs 0.29 in Mumbai, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, the price of an LPG cylinder without subsidy increased by Rs 6 in both Delhi and Mumbai.

Also Read : Why Goti Bai’s LPG Cylinder Lies In A Cowshed, Unused  

Decision on Global Terrorist Tag on JeM Chief Azhar Likely Today

A decision on whether Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar will be listed as a global terrorist by the United Nations will be known on Wednesday, 1 May, as the world body's Sanctions Committee holds a crucial meeting, amid indications that China could lift its hold on the proposal to blacklist Azhar.

The Council's 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee is expected to meet at the United Nations and the issue of Azhar's listing is likely to be considered, as per PTI.

Also Read : Listing Azhar as Global Terrorist Will Be Properly Resolved: China

Four Members of Sikh Family Shot Dead in US

Four members of a Sikh family, including three women, have been fatally shot in their home in the US, authorities said, as per PTI.

The victims who died of gunshot wounds in their home in a suburban Ohio community were found by another relative who called the police, West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog said.

5 of Family Die in Fire in UP's Lucknow

Five members of a family died late on Tuesday, 30 April, after a fire broke out at their Lucknow residence due to short circuit and spread to a gas-stove godown built there, ANI reported.

The incident occurred in the Mayawati Colony of Lucknow’s Indira Nagar.

Thunderstorm, Dust Storm Likely in New Delhi Today

Delhiites might get some relief from the sweltering heat on Wednesday, 1 May, as the weatherman has forecast thunderstorm and dust storm in the national capital.

It was a warm Wednesday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 24.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year.

Twitter Rolling Out Report Option for Misleading Election Tweets

Twitter is rolling out a dedicated report option that enables users to tell it about misleading tweets related to voting – starting with elections taking place in India.

Users can report tweets they believe are trying to mislead voters by tapping on the arrow menu of the suspicious tweet and selecting the ‘report tweet’ option and then choosing: ‘It’s misleading about voting’.

Odisha Closes Schools, Colleges Ahead of Cyclone 'Fani'

The Odisha government on Wednesday, 1 May, ordered closure of all educational institutions in the state from 2 May in view of the cyclonic storm 'Fani', which is likely to hit the coast on 3 May afternoon.

"All educational establishments should declare holidays from 2 May till further orders. All the examinations should be rescheduled," said the office of Special Relief Commissioner, as per IANS.

New Round of US-Taliban Talks to Start in Doha

A new round of peace talks between the Taliban and the US starts on Wednesday in Qatar, an official for the insurgents said, as the foes seek an end of America's longest war.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told AFP that "the sixth round of talks between Islamic Emirate and the US will start in Doha today".

While the US embassy in Kabul did not immediately comment, the US State Department has already said its peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad will visit Doha, the Qatari capital, this month to meet the Taliban.

Jet Airways Employees Protest at Mumbai Airport

Employees of the defunct Jet Airways airline held a peaceful protest at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Wednesday, 1 May.

2 Injured in Explosion in J&K's Kulgam

Two individuals reportedly sustained minor injuries on Wednesday, 1 May, due to an explosive substance, which exploded when they were apparently fiddling with it in their neighbourhood at Damhal area of J&K’s Kulgam.

Both were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries, ANI reported. The two are stated to be stable. Police has taken cognisance and is probing the circumstances of the blast.

Delhi HC Issues Notice to Jet Airways in Plea Seeking Airfare Refund

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday, 1 May, issued a notice to Jet Airways in a plea seeking full refund of airfare to passengers affected by the suspension of the airline’s services.

Court has also sought a reply from DGCA and Ministry of Civil Aviation. The next date of hearing is 16 July, as per ANI.

Also Read : No Word From Promoters, Banks on Salary: Jet Airways CEO To Staff

Court Takes Cognisance of ED's Chargesheet against Deepak Talwar

A Delhi court on Wednesday, 1 May, took cognisance of the ED's chargesheet against corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar and issued a non-bailable warrant against his son Aditya, who has also been made an accused.

ED has also claimed that Talwar was in touch with former Aviation Minister Praful Patel, ANI reported.

Also Read : Charge Sheet Filed Against Deepak Talwar, Aerocity Hotel Attached

COA to Discuss Ness Wadia's Drug Sentence Issue on 3 May

IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia's suspended jail sentence of two years for illegal possession of drugs in Japan is likely to come up for discussion during the Committee of Administrators' (COA) next meeting in Mumbai on Friday, 3 May.

Wadia was arrested earlier this year at an airport in Japanese town Hokkaido for possession of 25 grams of cannabis resin. His sentence has been suspended for five years, as per PTI.

Also Read : Why Ness Wadia Was Lucky to Get Away (Relatively) Clean in Japan

Deepak Talwar's Bail Plea in Airline Seat Allocation Scam Rejected

The Enforcement Directorate said on Wednesday, 1 May, that the bail plea of accused Deepak Talwar in the Airline Seat Allocation Scam has been dismissed by the PMLA Special Court.

The ED is questioning Talwar, his wife in the money laundering case, ANI reported. Wednesday is the third day of questioning.

IED Blast by Naxals on Police Vehicle in Maharashtra

Naxals in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli carried out an IED blast on a police vehicle on Wednesday, 1 May, ANI reported.

Ten security personnel have been injured in the IED blast. More details awaited.

At Least 15 Security Personnel Killed In The IED Blast

At least 15 security personnel and a driver were killed in an IED blast by Naxals in Gadchiroli in Maharashtra on Wednesday, 1 May.

Maharashtra minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said, “We suspect that 15 police jawans and a driver have lost their lives in this incident.”

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : IED Blast by Naxals Kills 15 Security Personnel in Gadchiroli

PM Modi Condemns The Maharashtra IED Blast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and said, ‘Strongly condemn despicable attack on our security personnel in Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. Salute all brave personnel. Their sacrifices will never be forgotten. My thoughts & solidarity are with bereaved families. Perpetrators of such violence will not be spared.’

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : IED Blast by Naxals Kills 15 Security Personnel in Gadchiroli

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Says He Is 'Anguished' To Know About The Blast

In light of the recent IED blast the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis has said ‘Anguished to know that our 16 police personnel from Gadchiroli C-60 force got martyred in a cowardly attack by naxals today. My thoughts and prayers are with the martyrs’ families. I’m in touch with DGP and Gadchiroli SP.’

Goa Opinion Poll To Be A Part Of School's History Syllabus

The historic Opinion Poll or referendum of 1967 during which people of Goa voted against merger with Maharashtra will feature in a history textbook from the new academic year, a senior official said Wednesday.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Goa Board Class 12 Results: Goa HSSC Results Declared Today

Four Students Killed as Car Plunges Into Pit in Telangana

Four engineering college students including two girls were killed when their car fell into a roadside pit in Yadadri-Bhongir district of Telangana.

The students were proceeding from Bommalaramaram to Kondamadugu on 30 April, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into a pit by the road, they said.

(Source: PTI)

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GST Collection for April at Rs 1,13,865 Crore

The Goods and Services Tax Revenue collection for April 2019 recorded the highest collection since its implementation in 2017.

The total gross GST revenue collected in the month of April 2019 is Rs 1,13,865 crore.

India Asks UNGA To Introspect Why Only 4 Women Have Been The President Of General Assembly

India has underlined the need for the UN to introspect why only four women have been elected as president of the world body's prestigious General Assembly in the past 70 years.

Addressing an ad-hoc working group meeting on the revitalisation of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Indian Counsellor in the UN Anjani Kumar said that Vijay Lakshmi Pandit of India had the distinction of being the first woman to serve as the President of the UN General Assembly way back in 1953.

(Source: PTI)

Cable Operators In Sri Lanka Block Zakir Naik's Peace TV

Two of Sri Lanka's major cable TV operators, have dropped controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik's Peace TV from their channel following the country's worst terror attacks on Easter Sunday which killed over 250 people, according to a media report.

India and Bangladesh have already banned Malaysia-based Naik's Peace TV, which has often been used by ISIS recruiters for indoctrination and brainwashing the youth.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Photo of Zakir Naik & Disciple Falsely Linked to Sri Lanka Blasts

Nirav Modi To Make Another Bail Plea In UK Court On 8 May

Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi has decided to make another bail plea on 8 May at the UK court where he is undergoing extradition proceedings to India in the USD 1-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : London court again rejects Nirav Modi's bail plea

Patiala Police Has Arrested 3 Accused In The Samana Bank Robbery

The Patiala police have arrested three accused in the Samana bank robbery case today.

The police seized two pistols, a gun, a car, three two-wheelers and 30 mobile phones from them.

DGP Dinkar Gupta announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for the Patiala police for cracking the case in record time.

(Source: Twitter)

Also Read : 2 criminals held over Delhi bank robbery, killing cashier

India, Iran Likely To Hold Next Round Of Talks For Trade Agreement In May

Senior officials of India and Iran are most likely to hold the fifth round of negotiations for a bilateral Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) in New Delhi this month, an official said.

Till now, four rounds of negotiations have been completed and the last one was held in March in Tehran where both the countries had discussed draft text of the pact.

"Both sides have tentatively agreed to hold the fifth round of talks here this month," the official added.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : India faces challenge to replace Iran oil: Report

Jaypee Infratech Insolvency: NBCC Gets Approvals From Govt Depts For Revised Offer

State-owned NBCC Ltd has received go-ahead from government departments on its revised offer to acquire debt-ridden Jaypee Infratech within a week after its bid was rejected by a lenders' panel due to lack of necessary approvals, sources said.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Jaypee homebuyers can sue JAL after SC order

Julian Assange Gets 50 Weeks Of Jail By UK Court

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions.

The 47-year-old was found guilty of breaching the Bail Act last month after his arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

(Source: BBC)

Also Read : Wikileaks’ Assange Gets 50 Weeks in Prison for Bail-Jumping

Rahul Gandhi Reacts To The Maharashtra Naxal Attack

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday expressed his deepest condolences with the families of those killed in the Naxal attack in Maharashtra.

"I am saddened to hear about the attack on security personnel in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives," said Gandhi on Twitter.

(Source: Twitter)

Also Read : 15 Cops, 1 Driver Dead in Naxal Blast in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

Former Chief Justice Of Madras And Kerala High Courts Passes Away

Former Chief Justice of Madras and Kerala High Courts, B Subhashan Reddy passed away in Hyderabad on Wednesday. He was 76.

Reddy was admitted to a private hospital here due to ill-health a few days ago and the end came this morning, sources said.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Madras HC Says L-G Kiran Bedi Can’t Act Independently 

Pak Holds Talks With IMF Delegation On Bailout Package

Senior Pakistani officials held technical discussions with a visiting IMF delegation for a bailout package to the cash-strapped country today.

The talks will continue for about a week. Pakistan is seeking USD 8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe balance-of-payments crisis that threatens to cripple the country's economy.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : ‘Don’t Test Our Resolve’: Pakistan Army to India on Nuclear Threat

STF Arrests Three For Possession Of Heroin

Special Task Force, Ludhiana have arrested three persons for possession of 600 gram heroin.

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : Cash, booze, drugs worth Rs 166 cr seized in Punjab

Woman, Infant Crushed To Death By Truck In Agra

A woman and her eight-month-old daughter were crushed to death by a speeding truck in Achnera town, 30 kilometres from Agra, Uttar Pradesh, the police said.

The deceased have been identified as Manisha and her daughter Amrata, they said, adding that they were residents of a nearby village.

According to the eyewitnesses, the victims were sitting by the side of the road when they were run over by the truck, the police reported.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : ‘We Are in Bad Shape, Our Businesses Have Collapsed’: Agra Traders

3 Pak Soldiers Killed, 7 Injured In Terror Attack Along Afghan Border

Three Pakistan soldiers were killed and seven others were injured in a terrorist attack along the Pakistan-Afghan border today, the army said.

An army statement said that a group of 60-70 terrorists from across the border attacked the security forces fencing the Pak-Afghan border in Alwara at North Waziristan district.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : UN to Decide on Global Terrorist Tag for Masood Azhar Today

Anti-Putin Protesters Arrested In Saint Petersburg

Some 2,000 anti-Kremlin protesters joined May Day rallies in Saint Petersburg, chanting slogans critical of President Vladimir Putin, as police arrested more than 30 people.

Protesters included supporters of top opposition leader Alexei Navalny while several thousand members of the ruling party, Communists and other activists also turned out in the centre of Russia's second city.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : May Day Under Modi: A Distress Call From India’s 40 Crore Workers

ECR Issues Advisory To Cancel Or Regulate Trains Ahead Of Cyclone Fani

East Coast Railways has issued advisory to cancel or regulate trains which might get affected due to Cyclone ‘Fani.’ The section between Bhadrak-Bhubaneswar-Puri-Visakhapatnam will be cleared so that there will be no train in the section during extreme situation.

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : ‘Yellow Warning’ for Odisha as Cyclone Fani Likely to Hit by 3 May

Ships Equipped With Relief Material On Stand-by As Cyclone Fani Approaches

The Southern Command of Indian Army, ships at Visakhapatnam are standing-by with relief material for immediate deployment to most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid Distress Relief operations. Diving and medical teams are kept ready augmenting rescue and relief efforts in Andhra and Odisha.

(Source: ANI)

Also Read : This Mobile App Can Help Provide Relief as Cyclone Fani Draws Near

Thaliand's King Marries, Names Her New Wife 'Queen Suthida'

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn announces that he has married General Suthida and named her Queen Suthida today.

(Source: Reuters)

Also Read : Thailand’s King Bhumibol, World’s Longest-Reigning Monarch, Dies

'Will See If Evidence Shows Need For Custodial Interrogation Of Ex-Kolkata CP,' Says SC

The Supreme Court told CBI today that it would examine whether there was evidence requiring former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's custodial interrogation by the agency in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

(Source: PTI)

Also Read : Saradha Scam: Singhvi says CBI playing a political game

UK PM May Fires Defence Min over Huawei Leaks

UK Prime Minister Theresa May fired defense secretary, Gavin Williamson over Huawei leaks from secret security council meeting.

(Source: AP)

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