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Second Ranking IS Leader Killed: US Military

The US military confirmed that it had killed the second-ranking Islamic State leader Abdulhakim Dhuqub in Somalia in an air strike.

(Source: AFP)

Ecuador Says Hit by 40 Million Cyber Attacks Since Assange Arrest

Ecuador said on Monday it has suffered 40 million cyber attacks on the webpages of public institutions since stripping Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of political asylum.

Patricio Real, Ecuador's deputy minister for information and communication technologies, said the attacks, which began on Thursday, had "principally come from the United States, Brazil, Holland, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the United Kingdom," as well as from the South American country itself.

(Source: PTI)

Cops Seize Weapons, Liquor in Bulandshahr

Police seized huge quantity of weapons and liquor during regular checking in Bulandshahr on Monday.

"405 illegal weapons, 739 cartridges, liquor worth Rs 2 Crore, Rs 1.5 Crore cash have been seized," SSP N Kolanchi said.

(Source: ANI)

Bike-Borne Men Rob, Kill 22-Year Old

A 22-year-old man was shot dead by two unidentified miscreants who also looted Rs 60,000 from him here in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.

The incident took place on Monday when Deepak (22), along with his father Ram Kumar, was returning home after withdrawing money from a bank, they added.

(Source: PTI)

4 Dead In "Targeted" Shooting In Canada, Suspect Arrested: Police

Four people were shot dead in Penticton, British Columbia, on Monday and a suspect is in custody, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement.

"Police have determined four people are deceased at three locations within a 5 km (3.1 mile) radius," the statement said.

(Source: Reuters)

SC Stays Death Sentence of Man

Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a man, who had been sentenced to the gallows for raping a woman & murdering her and her lover, in Tamil Nadu. He was sentenced to death and was ordered to be hanged on April 22.

(Source: ANI)

SC Issues Notice on Plea Seeking Women's Entry in Mosques

Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre, National Commission for Women, Central Waqf Council and All India Muslim Personal Law Board on a plea seeking direction that Muslim women be allowed to enter mosques and offer prayers.

The petition filed in SC by a Pune based couple also seeks direction to declare the prohibition on entry of Muslim women into mosques in the country “illegal and unconstitutional” as it violates of women’s fundamental rights.

(Source: ANI)

SC Seeks Nalini, Karti Chidambaram's Reply on IT Dept's Plea

The Supreme Court has sought reply from Nalini and Karti Chidambaram on IT department's plea challenging HC order quashing criminal prosecution against them. The Court said it will examine the issue, refusing to stay Madras HC’s order.

(Source: PTI)

SC Issues Notice on Plea Alleging Corruption in Iron Ore Mines

Supreme Court has issued notice to Centre, Odisha, Karnataka, Jharkhand and CBI on a plea alleging corruption worth Rs 6 lakh crore in allocation of iron ore mines in some states.

A Bench headed by Justice SA Bobde appoints senior advocate PS Narasimha as Amicus curiae in the case.

(Source: ANI)

Grenade Hurled At NC Leader's House

Terrorists hurled a grenade at house of National Conference leader Mohammed Ashraf Bhat in upper Tral on Tuesday. The grenade exploded outside the house. No injuries or casualties have been reported so far. More details are awaited.

(Source: ANI)

NASA's Planet-Hunting Probe Spots Earth-Sized Planet

NASA's latest planet-hunting probe has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star 53 light-years away.

The Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) also discovered a warm sub-Neptune-sized world in the same system, according to a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

(Source: PTI)

One-Year Old Rescued After She Fell Into Borewell

A one-year-old girl who had fallen into a borewell in Pachokhar village in Banda in UP, has been rescued after a 2 hour long rescue operation. She has now been taken to a hospital.

(Source: ANI)

Gautam Khaitan Granted Bail in AgustaWestland Case

Delhi's Rouse Avenue Special CBI court has granted bail to lawyer-cum-businessman Gautam Khaitan in the AgustaWestland case. He has to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 25 lakh and two surety of like amount.

Khaitan was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in January, 2019.

(Source: ANI)

Can't Give Timeline for Masood Azhar's Listing as Global Terrorist: German Envoy

Germany is "very much" pushing for the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the European Union (EU), but a timeline for it cannot be given, Jasper Wieck, the Deputy Head of the German Mission in India, said Tuesday.

(Source: PTI)

Saree Stuck in Metro Train Door, Woman Gets Dragged on Platform

A 40-year-old woman suffered head injuries on Tuesday after her saree got stuck in a carriage door of a Delhi Metro train as it was about to leave a station, due to which she got dragged on the platform, her husband said.

The victim, Gita, was travelling with her daughter when the incident took place at the Moti Nagar metro station on the Blue Line.

(Source: PTI)

NY Times, Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzers for Trump Probes

The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal were awarded Pulitzer Prizes on Monday for their separate investigations of President Donald Trump and his family.

The Times won the prestigious journalism award for explanatory reporting for its probe of the Trump family's finances that "debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire riddled with tax dodges," the Pulitzer Prize Board announced during a ceremony at New York's Columbia University.

Coverage of Trump's secret hush money payments to two women during his 2016 presidential campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him earned the Journal a national reporting nod.

(Source: PTI)

Cairn Oil & Gas Names Ajay Dixit as CEO

Cairn Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of Vedanta Ltd, has appointed Ajay Dixit as its chief executive officer. Ajay Dixit succeeds Sudhir Mathur, who quit earlier this month.

(Source: Livemint)

Kabul Announces List of 250 Afghans for Talks with Taliban

Kabul has announced a list of 250 people — including around 50 women — who are headed for Qatar for talks with the Taliban later this week, a gathering known as intra-Afghan dialogue.

The list was released by the government on Tuesday although the Taliban have refused to talk directly with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government, saying they would recognize participants only as "ordinary" Afghans.

The talks are due to start Friday.

(Source: PTI)

Christian Michel Files Application for Interim Bail Ahead of Easter, Good Friday

Christian Michel has filed an application for interim bail before CBI court on the grounds of religious festival ahead of Easter and Good Friday. Delhi's Rouse Avenue Court has issued a notice to the ED and the CBI on the plea and fixed the matter for 18 April for hearing.

(Source: ANI)

Sensex, Nifty Close at Record Highs

The Sensex on Tuesday rallies 370 points to close at a record high of 39,276, while the Nifty index closed near 11,800.

DGCA to Monitor Domestic Airfares on Daily Basis: Official

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will continue to monitor airfare movements on a daily basis and also engage with airline for appropriate action, a senior official said on Tuesday amid concerns over rising ticket prices.

With crisis-hit Jet Airways drastically curtailing its operations, there has been an adverse impact on the number of flights being operated on various routes.

As concerns persist on higher air ticket prices, the DGCA on Tuesday held a meeting with representatives of airlines, the official said.

Airlines were advised to continue to monitor at their level and provide information to the DGCA to keep fares low as far as possible, he noted.

(Source: PTI)

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of Madrid Skyscraper Housing Embassies

A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of a Madrid skyscraper which houses the British, Dutch, Australian and Canadian embassies, police said on Tuesday. The bomb threat was received by telephone at the Australian embassy there.

"A bomb threat was received.... Evacuation has started, we have to work and do checks," a police spokesman told AFP.

(Source: AFP)

Wipro Q4 Net Rises to ₹2,484 Crore

Software services exporter Wipro Ltd on Tuesday reported a 38 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit, helped by a strong performance from its banking, financial services and insurance segment.

Their net profit rose to Rs 2,484 crore in the three months to 31 March, from Rs 1,803 crore in the same period in 2018. Revenue from its mainstay IT services business grew 11.1 percent, driving the Bengaluru-based company's total revenue to Rs 15,038 crore as opposed to Rs 13,824 crore in 2018.

The board of Wipro also approved a share buyback proposal of up to Rs 10,500 crore, comprising up to 32.3 crore shares at Rs 325 apiece through tender offer.

(Source: Livemint)

Moderate Earthquake Hits Nepal's Gorkha District

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake jolted Gorkha district in Nepal on Tuesday, causing panic among the residents. The quake was felt in Gorkha district and surrounding areas around 12:35 p.m, according to the National Seismological Center (NSC).

However, there was no report of any damage. This is the third quake that hit Nepal in the past five days.

(Source: PTI)

Bomb Threat Issued to Madrid Skyscraper a Hoax: Police

The bomb threat in Madrid was found to be false and things have returned to normal, police said on Twitter. People are now being allowed back into the building which houses several embassies in Madrid.

(Source: Reuters)

Thunderstorm, Rainfall Likely in Delhi-NCR in Next Two Hours: IMD

The India Meteorological Department has forecast thunderstorm and light rainfall in Delhi and NCR areas during the next two hours.

According to the nowcast issued by IMD's Regional Meteorological Centre here, several parts of the Delhi-NCR, including Noida and Gurgaon, are likely to witness thunderstorm, light rainfall and gusty winds with a speed of up to 50kmph.

The forecast is valid till 8:30pm, the IMD said.

(Source: PTI)

ED Attaches Property of J&K Businessman in Terror Case Funding Involving Hafiz Saeed

The Enforcement Directorate has attached property worth Rs 6.19 crore of J&K businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali and his family under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, in a terror funding case involving LeT Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and others.

(Source: ANI)

Rupee Slips for 3rd Day, Down 18 Paise to 69.60 Against Dollar

The Indian rupee on Tuesday lost another 18 paise to close at 69.60 against the US dollar, marking its third straight session of decline owing to sustained demand for the greenback from importers and rising global crude oil prices.

The rupee has depreciated by 68 paise in the last three days.

(Source: PTI)

Review Plea Filed in SC for Civil Rights of Homosexuals

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking review of an order by which a plea for various civil rights, such as same-sex marriage, adoption and surrogacy for the LGBTQ community was dismissed.

The apex court, on 29 October, 2018, had dismissed a plea filed by Tushar Nayyar which had sought reliefs such as grant of civil rights to the members of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer) community besides seeking decriminalising the consensual gay sex.

(Source: PTI)

Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, Son of Late Former UP, Uttarakhand CM ND Tiwari Passes Away

Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, son of late former Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand CM ND Tiwari, has been brought dead to Max Saket hospital, Delhi. Further details are awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Govt Asks Google, Apple to Comply with Court Order Prohibiting Tiktok Download

The government has asked tech giants Google and Apple to comply with the Madras High Court's order that had banned popular mobile app TikTok, according to sources.

Sources said instructions in this regard were sent to the two American companies on Monday after the Supreme Court refused to stay the April 3 order of Madras High Cout that had directed the Centre to ban Tiktok app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.

(Source: PTI)

European Parliament Backs Rules to Protect Whistleblowers

The European Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for rules aimed at protecting whistleblowers from reprisals following corporate scandals such as Dieselgate and Cambridge Analytica.

With 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 abstentions, the parliament backed rules to boost the fight against fraud, corruption, corporate tax avoidance and damage to people's health and the environment.

Recent corporate scandals "have helped to shine a light on the great precariousness that whistle-blowers suffer today," said Virginie Roziere, the French socialist who steered the legislation through the assembly.

(Source: AFP)

Sudan's Public Prosecutor, Head of Public Prosecution Relieved from Posts

Sudan's ruling military council has relieved the public prosecutor and head of public prosecution from their posts.

(Source: Reuters)

Following Threat Letter, Security Beefed up Across Haryana, Himachal

Security has been tightened across Haryana and Himachal Pradesh after an official of the Ambala Cantonment railway station on Tuesday received a threat letter, officials said.

The letter threatened to blow up railway stations and religious places in the state "to avenge the atrocities against Muslims by Hindus", Station House Officer (GRP) Ram Bachahan said.

"The station director at the Ambala Cantonment railway station on Tuesday received a letter threatening to blow up a few railway stations of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh including Ambala Cantt and various religious places," Bachahan said.

The station's director B S Gill found the letter on his table, he said, adding that there was no stamp of a post office on the letter cover.

(Source: PTI)

Unseasonal Rain, Hailstorms in Gujarat Leave 11 People Dead

Eleven people have died because of unseasonal rain and hailstorms in Gujarat on Tuesday. Four people died in Mehsana, and two in Banaskantha. Deaths were also reported because of lightning and other causes in Rajkot, Morbi, and Sabarkantha.

Chetak Helicopter Crashed Last Week, All Crew Members Safe

Indian Navy’s Chetak helicopter deployed on-board a Talwar-class frigate crashed in the Gulf of Aden during operational deployment last week. All three crew members onboard were safe. Navy says a major catastrophe was averted by the well trained naval air crew.

(Source: ANI)

Sacked UP Cop Gets Bail in Apple Executive Vivek Tiwari's Death Case

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Tuesday granted bail to a sacked Uttar Pradesh Police constable in connection with Apple executive Vivek Tiwari's murder case.

Sandeep Kumar who was sent to jail on 22 March was directed by the court not to misuse the liberty of bail and affect the trial. The order came from Justice D K Singh.

The petitioner had pleaded that he was innocent as his name had initially not figured in the police charge sheet as a murder accused.

Kumar and another constable, Prashant Chaudhary, were arrested and dismissed from service after the 38-year-old Apple area sales manager was shot dead early on 29 September, 2018 for allegedly refusing to stop his car.

Govt Removes ED Mumbai Chief over Nirav Modi Case Controversy

The government has removed ED's special director in Mumbai, Vineet Agarwal, for his alleged interference in relieving the agency's investigating officer in the Nirav Modi money-laundering case without following due procedure, officials said on Tuesday.

They said the tenure of Agarwal has been cut short by three years and the 1994-batch Indian Police Service officer of Maharashtra cadre has been repatriated to his home state with immediate effect.

The Union Finance Ministry issued an order on Tuesday after getting sanction from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet and subsequently the ED headquarters in Delhi issued the orders relieving Agarwal from the post of special director of the agency in Mumbai, the officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Govt Removes ED Mumbai Chief Over Nirav Modi Case Controversy

The government has removed ED’s special director in Mumbai, Vineet Agarwal, for his alleged interference in relieving the agency’s investigating officer in the Nirav Modi money-laundering case without following due procedure, officials said on Tuesday, 16 April.

They said the tenure of Agarwal has been cut short by three years and the 1994-batch Indian Police Service officer of Maharashtra cadre has been repatriated to his home state with immediate effect.

The Union Finance Ministry issued an order on Tuesday after getting sanction from the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet and subsequently the ED headquarters in Delhi issued the orders relieving Agarwal from the post of special director of the agency in Mumbai, the officials said.

(Source: PTI)

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