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Pompeo Agrees Kim Jong Un Is a ‘Tyrant’

US President Donald Trump has said he's in love with Kim Jong Un, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday agreed that the North Korean leader is a “tyrant”.

Pompeo, who flew to Pyongyang four times last year as the Trump administration sought an opening with North Korea, was taken to task as he testified before a Senate subcommittee.

Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, pointed to Pompeo's denunciations of Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro as a "tyrant" and asked if he would use similar language for Kim.

"Sure. I'm sure I've said that," Pompeo replied.

The comment may irk North Korea, which has signalled it is open to a third summit with Trump after a February meeting in Hanoi ended in stalemate.

(Source: PTI)

North Korea Convenes Top-Level Meeting over 'Tense Situation'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called a full meeting on Wednesday, 10 April, of a top committee of the ruling Workers' Party to address what he described as the "prevailing tense situation", state media reported.

The gathering of the Central Committee comes after Kim's Hanoi summit with US President Donald Trump broke up without agreement in February, and as South Korean President Moon Jae-in flies to Washington for talks with the US leader.

But the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) appeared to indicate that Kim may be focussing on Pyongyang's continued push to develop its economy.

(AFP)

Latin American Countries Seek Funds for Venezuela Migrants

Several Latin American countries and the representative for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido sought more international funds Tuesday to manage the millions of migrants fleeing crisis-hit Venezuela.

An estimated 2.7 million people, an average of 5,000 every day in 2018, have left Venezuela, according to the United Nations which has noted that neighbouring countries especially Colombia have taken on most of the burden.

Venezuelans are escaping an economy in tailspin, with hyperinflation and shortages of basic necessities including food and medicine.

(AFP)

NIA Brings Kashmiri Separatist Leader Yasin Malik to Delhi

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) brought Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik to Delhi on 9 April’s evening, as the NIA Court had issued a production warrant against him.

(ANI)

Two People Arrested for Embezzlement of Govt Money in Delhi

On the basis of complaint from the deputy superintendent of the Archaeological Survey of India, a case has been registered under the relevant sections against one Prem Prakash for embezzlement of government money by forging bills.

Rs 9.5 crores were embezzled from government account since 2010.

According to the police, one more person has been arrested for embezzlement of government money by forging bills.

(ANI)

Gujarat: Fire Breaks Out in an Oil Mill in Banaskantha District, Fire Tenders Present

Fire breaks out at an oil mill in Chandisar, in Banaskantha district of Gujarat. Fire tenders present at the spot.

(ANI)

Missing Man Found Dead in UP's Shamli

The body of a 23-year-old man, who had been missing for a day, was found at a village in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district, police said on Wednesday.

The man, Arun Kumar, was found dead in a field in Unn village Tuesday, Jhinjhana Station House Officer OP Choudhary said.

(PTI)

Five Get Three Years in Jail for Animal Cruelty Muzaffarnagar

A fast-track court in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat district has convicted five people of animal cruelty and sentenced them to three years of imprisonment.

Fast-track court judge Abid Shamim on Tuesday. 9 April, also slapped a fine of Rs 10,500 on each of the accused - Kapil, Alijan, Ashraf, Yusuf and Tehseen - after holding them guilty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

According to prosecutor Anuj Dhaka, on 13 July, 2016, police intercepted a truck during checking and recovered 16 live animals and a dead buffalo at Bhadal in Baghpat, following which a case was registered.

(PTI)

Man Arrested in Patiala, Punjab with 550 gm of Heroin

The Special Task Force (STF) Ludhiana arrested a man, resident of Patiala, last night and seized 550 gm heroin from his possession.

A case has been registered under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Further action is being taken.

(ANI)

US forces: Three Marines Killed, Afghan Contractor Wounded

US forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday. 9 April, the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities.

(PTI)

IT Dept Conducts Raid at Former MLA and Congress Leader Anil Lad's Hotel

A team from the Income Tax department conducted a raid at a private hotel in Ballari late last night, where former MLA and Congress leader Anil Lad is staying.

The raid is still underway.

(ANI)

Collegium Recomments Allahabad HC judge Justice Vikram Nath as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court

The Collegium recommends the appointment of Allahabad High Court judge Justice Vikram Nath as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court.

(TheLeaflet)

Priya Ramani Pleads Not Guilty in MJ Akbar Defamation Case

Priya Ramani pleads not guilty and claims trial before Delhi court in defamation case filed by ex-Union minister M J Akbar. The next date of hearing is 4 May.

(PTI)

Bihar: Two IED Bombs Found Near a School in Gaya; Bomb Disposal Squad on Site

Two IED bombs and one suspicious box found near a school in Gaya; Security forces present at the spot, bomb disposal squad to defuse the bomb.

(ANI)

Narendra Modi Biopic Receives 'U' Certificate From CBFC

The biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, starring Vivek Oberoi, has received a certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), ending days of uncertainty over its release.

The CBFC issued a 'Universal' certificate to the film ahead of its release on April 11, the same day when the seven-phase polls begin.

(PTI)

Poll Code Violation: EC Notice to Producers of Two Serials

The Election Commission (EC) has issued show cause notices to producers of two TV serials following allegations that the shows were violating the model code of conduct by promoting various government schemes.

Maharashtra's additional chief electoral officer Dilip Shinde on Wednesday said complaints were received of violation of the poll code by two serials being aired on Zee TV and &TV.

(PTI)

Collegium Also Recommends Appointment of Delhi High Court Judge Justice Ravindra Bhat as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court

The Collegium recommends the appointment of Delhi High Court judge Justice Ravindra Bhat as the Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court. Justice Ravindra Bhat is the senior most judge of Delhi High Court.

(ANI)

Bhopal: Raids Conducted at SC Sitoke's Residence in Connection with Disproportionate Assets

Lokayukta police conducts raid at the residence of SC Sitoke - Manager of Rural Development bank, Hoshangabad - in connection with disproportionate assets. Raids are also being conducted in Harda and Timarni.

(ANI)

SC Dismisses RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav's Plea Bail

The Supreme Court dismisses RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav's bail plea in three cases of the multi-crore fodder scam. The CBI had opposed his plea.

(ANI)

IMD Jaipur Issues Dust/Thunderstorm Warning

IMD Jaipur has issued dust storm/thunderstorm warning for 10 to 14 April.

The places affected will be Alwar, Kota, Bundi, Jhunjhunu, Tonk, Alwar, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Churu, Bikaner, Jalore, Pali, Bharatpur, Chittorgarh, Sirohi, Sriganganagar and Nagaur.

(ANI)

Delhi HC Sends PIL Seeking Direction to EC to Ban Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti from LS Elections

Delhi High Court sends PIL seeking direction to EC to ban Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti from participating in Lok Sabha election, to another bench for hearing on 12 April.

(ANI)

Police Recovers Rs 1 Crore in Cash From a Spice Trader in Delhi

Vasant Vihar police has recovered Rs 1 Crore in cash from a spice trader of Khari Baoli, The I-T dept is conducting an investigating.

(ANI)

Andhra Pradesh: Police Recovers Rs 1.90 Crore Cash

Police has recovered Rs 1.90 Crore in cash from a lorry carrying cement bags, in Vijayawada Rural, Krishna district. The lorry driver has been detained and investigation in the matter is underway.

(ANI)

'Not Opposed to Electoral Bonds, Opposed to Anonymity': EC tells SC

The Election Commission tells the Supreme Court that it was not against the issuance of Electoral Bonds for funding to political parties but it was against the anonymity of donors and wants transparency in the Electoral Bonds scheme.

“We are not opposed to the Electoral Bonds as such, as it will legalise donations. But we are opposed to the anonymity. We are against anonymity and we want transparency,” advocate Rakesh Dwivedi appearing for EC tells SC during hearing of pleas against issuance of Electoral Bonds.

(ANI)

Yasin Malik Arrested by thr NIA

Kashmiri Separatist leader Yasin Malik formally arrested by NIA in courtroom in connection with 2017 terror financing and terror conspiracy case.

The Court sends him on NIA remand till 22 April.

(ANI)

IAF Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Addresses Top Army Brass, Conveys High Credibility of IAF Missions

IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa today addressed top Army brass during the Army Commanders’ Conference.

The IAF Chief conveyed vision and high credibility of IAF missions and ideas for synergised application.

(ANI)

Omar Abdullah on Jammu-Srinagar Highway Ban, "Army Said They Don't Want it. Never Asked for it."

Omar Abdullah on civilian movement restricted on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for two days a week said, We have been requesting the government to rethink the move. A ban is unnecessary. Army itself said they don't want it and never asked for it. Ex-Army Chief General Malik said it is a foolish move.”

(ANI)

Sc Accepted "Chowkidaar Ne Chori Karwayi Hai" Says Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on SC dismisses Centre's preliminary objections seeking review of earlier judgment giving clean chit to Centre in Rafale case said, “Supreme Court has accepted that there is some form of corruption in Rafale deal & that "chowkidaar ne chori karwayi hai."

(ANI)

Man Arrested for Five-Year-Old Girl's Rape and Murder in Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh

“A five-year-old girl's body was found in a field yesterday, in Muradnagar area. A man named Mahajan has confessed to rape and murder of the girl. The man has been arrested and will be produced in the court,” said SP Ghaziabad Neeraj Kumar.

(ANI)

BCCI Ombudsman To Take Decision on KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya "in Due Course"

BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain said, “Both KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya met me and explained themselves, in due course I will take a decision.”

(ANI)

10 Workers Killed After Being Buried Under Mound of Mud Hyderabad

Ten people including some women labourers working under the MNREGA scheme were killed when a huge mound of mud fell on them at a worksite in Marikal in Narayanpet district Wednesday, police said.

The SP, Narayanpet said, “We are shifting the dead bodies to the local government hospital for post-mortem. The injured is also shifted to hospital for treatment.”

(PTI)

EC Bans Release of Modi Biopic

The Election Commission has banned the release of the Modi biopic during the elections.

'Banning Someone With Different Thinking is Not Indian Way' Farooq Abdullah on Yasin Malik's Arrest

Farooq Abdullah on Yasin Malik's arrest by NIA said, “I am very dissapointed, we will not get anything from this. The more they attack him, they more they will stoke tensions. People can have differences, this doesnt mean that you stop someone if they don’t have the same thinking. This is not the Indian way.”

(ANI)

65 Year Old Man Commits Suicide in Delhi Metro Station

A 65 years old man committed suicide after jumping in front of a train at Ramesh Nagar Metro Station, earlier today.

(ANI)

Surrendered Militant Held After 17 Years in J&K's Reasi Area

A surrendered militant was arrested after remaining absconding for the last 17 years in Jammu & Kashmir's Reasi district.

The surrendered militant was accused in a murder case.

On specific inputs, a special team raided a place and arrested the accused Mohd Irfan alias Babloo of Gandoh belt in Doda district, police said.

Irfan had been evading arrest in a 2002 case registered against him under section 302 of the Ranbir Panel Code (RPC).

(Source: PTI)

Egypt Officials: 4 Policemen Killed in 2 Sinai Attacks

Egyptian security officials said that two separate attacks overnight have killed three police conscripts and an officer in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula.

The officials said that the first attack took place in the city of el-Arish when an explosive device targeted an armored vehicle, killing a police officer and two conscripts.

Another explosive device hit an armored vehicle in the town of Rafah, killing a conscript and wounding four others.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.

J&K Admin Withdraws Security Cover from 919 Undeserving Persons

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has withdrawn security cover from 919 undeserving persons, thereby freeing 2,768 police personnel and 389 vehicles. This includes 22 separatists in the state.

Cyclone Idai's Death Toll Now Above 1,000 in Southern Africa

The death toll from the cyclone that ripped into southern Africa last month is now above 1,000.

Zimbabwe's information minister on Tuesday said the toll in that country has risen to 344. Mozambique has reported 602 deaths and Malawi at least 59.

Manipur Scribe Kishore Chandra Wangkhem Released from Jail

Manipur TV journalist Kishore Chandra Wangkhem has been released from jail.

He was imprisoned under the National Security Act (NSA) in November 2018 for allegedly criticising the state government in a social media post.

Indian Oil Stops Fuel Supply to Jet Airways

The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) has once again stopped fuel supply to Jet Airways across the nation, due to non-payment of outstanding Bills.

(Source: ANI)

'Jallianwala Bagh Tragedy is a scar on Brit-Indian History', Says UK PM May

UK PM Theresa May on Wednesday said, Jallianwala Bagh tragedy is a shameful scar on British Indian history.

Security Personal Injured in IED Attack in Maharashtra

One security personnel has been injured in an IED attack by Naxals on 191 battalion of CRPF in Gatta area of Ettapalli in Maharashtra. More details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Jet Airways Flight Bound for Mumbai Stopped at Amsterdam Airport

A Jet Airways flight bound for Mumbai was stopped at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam by an European cargo company due to outstanding bills. Flight has been delayed by more than six hours.

(ANI)

Wikileaks Accuses Ecuador of Spying on Assange

WikiLeaks accused the Ecuadorian government of spying on Julian Assange as tensions mounted between the WikiLeaks founder and his hosts.

The group's editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, told a news conference that Assange's meetings with lawyers and a doctor had been secretly filmed by Ecuadorian authorities.

Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 and has been living there ever since.

Sweden has dropped an investigation into rape allegations against Assange, but he refuses to come out for fear of facing US charges related to WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents.

He also faces arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

Australian Prime Minister Announces May 18 Election

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday, 11 April, called a national election for 18 May, firing the starting gun on a campaign set to focus heavily on climate and the economy.

"We live in the best country in the world," Morrison said making his announcement, arguing "our future depends on a strong economy." The announcement officially kicks off a campaign to decide whether the conservative government gets a rare third term in office - and whether Morrison can beat the odds and hang on to power.

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