New Zealand, France Announce Bid to End Violent Extremism Online
New Zealand and France announced a joint effort on Wednesday, 24 April, to bring countries and tech companies together in an attempt to end the ability of social media to organise and promote terrorism and extreme violence.
The meeting will take place in Paris on 15 May, and will be co-chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron.
"We're calling on the leaders of tech companies to join with us and help achieve our goal of eliminating violent extremism online at the Christchurch Summit in Paris," Arden said.
Brazil Court Reduces Ex-President Lula's Sentence
A Brazilian appeals court has reduced former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's 12-year sentence for bribery and money laundering. The Court agreed to uphold his conviction, but cut the sentence to eight years and 10 months.
4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Kathmandu
An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter Scale hit Kathmandu, Nepal at 6:14 AM today, reports ANI, quoting EMSC.
Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's Wife Arrested in Connection With Death
Apoorva Tiwari, wife of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari, has been arrested in connection with his death.
Delhi Court Stays Non-Bailable Warrants Against Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav
A Delhi court has stayed the non-bailable warrants issued against Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Yogendra Yadav on a defamation complaint.
North Korea's Kim Enters Russia for Summit with Putin
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train, Russian media reported, for his first trip there aimed at galvanising support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo.
NIA Sends Accused in Alleged ISIS Conspiracy Case to NIA Remand
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court has sent Mohammed Faiz, the 14th accused in the alleged ISIS conspiracy case, to NIA remand till 1 May.
Thunderstorm, Lightning Likely In Delhi, Adjoining Areas Tomorrow
The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued a warning that Delhi and its adjoining Noida, Gurguram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad are likely to witness thunderstorm and lightning on Thursday.
Besides Delhi and NCR region, Rajasthan which has been witnessing dry weather from the past few days is also likely to reel under heat wave conditions in the next 24 hours.
Delhi Court Sends Yasin Malik to Judicial Custody Till 24 May
Delhi's Patiala House Court on Wednesday sent Yasin Malik to judicial custody till 24 May. Tihar jail authorities have also moved an application seeking direction to produce Malik through video conferencing due to security concerns. The court has sought the reply of the Defence Counsel.
Mehul Choksi Approaches Bombay High Court
Fugitive Diamantaire Mehul Choksi has approached the Bombay High Court against non-consideration of plea regarding his inability to return due to persisting health problems and denial of right to cross examination.
'Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's Wife Has Confessed It Was Her Work': Delhi ACP
Rajiv Ranjan, Delhi Additional CP (Crime) said, in connection to ND Tiwari's son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's death case, “Investigation has proved it beyond doubt that it is her (Apoorva, Rohit's wife) work & she has confessed to it. Till now no evidence has been found regarding someone else's involvement.”
Sensex Ends 490 Points Higher; Nifty Above 11,700
The Indian benchmark indices ended higher on Wednesday, 24 April, snapping a three-day losing streak. The BSE Sensex ended at 39,054, up 490 points, while the broader NSE Nifty50 ended at 11,726, up 150 points.
Police Officer Killed as Unidentified Gunmen Open Fire in Pakistan
A police officer was killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a polio team in northwest Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The police officer, Zafar Ali Jan, was providing security to polio workers in Buner District when the gunmen opened fire. Other members of the polio team remained unhurt as they were at some distance from the police official when the incident took place.
No Immediate Plan to Raise Oil Output After Iran Sanctions Waivers End: Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has said there is no immediate plan to raise oil output after Iran sanctions waivers end.
SC Asks Advocate Utsav Bains to Corroborate His Contentions
The Supreme Court has asked advocate Utsav Bains to corroborate his contentions that three former employees of the SC came together to frame the CJI with the help of some powerful lobbyists. The top court has Bains to file affidavit by 10.30 am on 25 April.
Tamil Nadu Granite Scam: ED Attaches Properties of MK Alagiri's Son
The Enforcement Directorate made a provisional attachment of 25 moveable and immoveable properties worth over Rs 40 crore belonging to the son of expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri, under the money laundering act, an official statement said.
It said the ED has provisionally attached land, buildings in Madurai, Chennai and fixed deposits totaling to Rs 40.34 crore of Olympus Granites Pvt. Ltd. under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA) in the illegal granite mining case.
15 Killed in an Explosion in the Jihadist-Held Region of Idlib in Syria
Fifteen people, all but two civilians, have been killed in an explosion in the jihadist-held region of Idlib in northwest Syria, a war monitor said.
Rohit Tiwari's Wife Sent to Two-Day Police Custody
Apoorva Tiwari, wife of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari has been sent to a two-day police custody by Delhi's Saket Court.
The Delhi Police on Wednesday, 24 April, arrested Rohit Shekhar Tiwari's wife Apoorva for allegedly killing him on the intervening night of 15 and 16 April.
Police Arrest Man Trying to Resurrect Militancy in Baramulla
The Baramulla police have arrested a man who crossed the India-Pakistan border and was trying to resurrect militancy in the region, Baramulla SSP Abdul Qayoom said. “His name is Mohammad Waqar, a resident of Mohalla Miana, Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan. He came here in July 2017 by crossing the border. He was operating in Srinagar for over a year,” the police official said.
2 Hurt in Gas Cylinder Explosion in Muzaffarnagar
A woman and her minor son suffered serious injuries in a gas cylinder explosion at Kandhla town of Shamli district, officials said.
The injured were identified as Sadiya and her five-year-old son Kunver.
Madras HC Lifts Ban on TikTok Downloads
The Madras High Court has lifted ban on TikTok downloads in India.
5 Killed, 9 Injured as Landslide Hits Mini Bus in J&K
Five persons, including three women, were killed and nine others injured, when a mini bus came under a boulder after a landslide hit a stretch of road in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district, officials said.
The mini bus was on its way to Gandoh from Thathri, when the boulder hit it at Piyakul belt late afternoon on Wednesday, they said.
Bhushan Steel Case: CBI Issues Lookout Notice to Chairman, Wife
The CBI has issued lookout notice against Sanjay Singal and Aarti Singal in connection with the Bhushan steel case, according to CBI sources.
Four People Killed in Bus Attack in Africa's Burkina
Armed gunmen stopped a bus travelling in northern Burkina Faso and shot dead four passengers, local sources said. The jihadists are suspected of staging the attack.
Passengers had their ID's checked before the shooting took place, a local authority said, after the bus was intercepted in the village of Liki on Tuesday.
Two Moderate Intensity Earthquakes Hit Nepal, No Damage Reported
Two moderate intensity earthquakes on Wednesday hit Nepal, including the Kathmandu Valley, as the Himalayan Nation marked 4th anniversary of the Gorkha earthquake that killed 9,000 people.
Clash Breaks Out in Kolkata, Police Resort to Lathi Charge
Security personnel resorted to lathi-charged and used tear gas as clash broke out between lawyers of Howrah Court and officials of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) in the the court premises.
5 Killed As Mini-Bus Falls in Gorge in J&K
5 people were killed and 11 people were injured in a bus accident in Doda in Jammu and Kashmir earlier on Wednesday; Those injured are receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Doda
Fire Guts Shanties in Bangladesh Rohingya Refugee Camp
An official says a fire in a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh has destroyed more than two dozen huts and a mosque.
The official in Cox's Bazar district, Mikaruzzman Chowdhury, says no injuries occurred in the fire, which broke out Wednesday in a camp in Kutupalong. He says 28 huts and a mosque were destroyed.
Scottish Leader Calls for Second Independence Vote by 2021
The Scottish government will introduce legislation "shortly" as a first step towards another independence referendum to be held by 2021, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Wednesday.
"We will shortly introduce legislation to set the rules for any referendum," the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader told lawmakers in Edinburgh.
Pak Militant Trained by 26/11 Mastermind Lakhvi Arrested in Baramulla
A Pakistani terrorist, who was indoctrinated and trained by 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was arrested from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said here on Wednesday.
Over 1 Kg Gold Seized in 3 Separate Cases at Chennai Airport
More than 1 kg of gold worth Rs 44.4 lakh was seized in three separate cases at the Chennai International airport. One person has been arrested, the customs department said.
Two persons, who arrived by separate flights from Dubai and Colombo, were caught carrying 190 grams of gold and 202 grams respectively.
3 Held for Allegedly Sexually Molesting a Minor Girl in Bihar
An FIR was registered under relevant sections of the IPC, POCSO Act and SC/ST Act on 18 April, against three persons of Buddhist-Thai Bharat Society for allegedly sexually molesting a minor girl since January in Bihar. A case has been registered against the accused and the minor girl has been sent for medical examination, Gaya SSP said.
Students Protest Demanding Hoisting of National Flag in College Premises in J&K
Students of Government Degree College in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar held a protest outside the college demanding to hoist the national flag in college premises. “Students wrote to us over hoisting national flag in the college within two days. I had assured it would be done following the rules,” the principal said.
Fire Breaks out in Main Market of Chirgaon Area in Jhansi
A Fire broke out in the main market of Chirgaon area in Jhansi. Fire tenders and a police team are present at the spot. Fire fighting operations are underway, reports ANI.
'18 Dead' in Huge Blast in Northwest Syria
A powerful explosion on Wednesday killed 18 people including more than a dozen civilians in jihadist-held northwest Syria, a war monitor said, as rescuers searched for people trapped under the rubble.
An AFP reporter at the scene saw a building of at least four storeys that had collapsed in the town of Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib, a region controlled by Syria's former al-Qaida affiliate.
Fifteen civilians were among those killed in the blast, the cause of which was not immediately clear, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group.
Trump Threatens More Troops to Border After Mexico Incident
US President Donald Trump renewed his threat on Wednesday, 24 April, to send more troops to the US-Mexico border following an incident in which Mexican soldiers confronted US personnel. Mexico blamed the incident on confusion, and said it was not looking for confrontation with the US.
In morning tweets, Trump said that, "Mexico's Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers," claiming, without evidence, that it was done "probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border." "Better not happen again!" he added.
US Renews Call on Myanmar to Free Reuters Reporters
The United States on Wednesday, 24 April, renewed its call on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists jailed after reporting on the Rohingya crisis, voicing dismay at a fresh rejection of their appeal.
US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that Tuesday's Supreme Court decision sent "a profoundly negative signal about freedom of expression" in Myanmar.
"The United States is deeply concerned by recent arrests of reporters, political activists, civil society members and satirical performers in Burma," said Ortagus, using the former name of Myanmar.
"We urge Burma to protect hard-earned freedoms, prevent further backsliding on recent democratic gains and reunite these journalists with their families," she said in a statement.
Sudan Army Rulers Say 'Agreement on Most Demands' of Protest Leaders
Sudan's army rulers said that they had reached an "agreement on most demands" made by protest leaders after the two sides held a meeting, but did not elaborate on the demands.
"We have an agreement on most demands presented in the document of the Alliance for Freedom and Change," Lieutenant General Shamseddine Kabbashi, spokesman of the ruling military council, told reporters after a meeting between the council and leaders of the protest movement who have demanded the council hand over power to a civilian administration.
Exchange of Fire Underway Between Terrorists and Security Forces in J&K's Anantnag
An exchange of fire is underway between terrorists and security forces in Bagender Mohalla of Bijbehara in South Kashmir's Anantnag district. More details awaited, reports ANI.
Shamli Station Master Receives Letter Threatening to Target Yogi Adityanath, Arvind Kejriwal & Mohan Bhagwat
A letter threatening to target Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, and attack railway stations and temples was received by Shamli station master yesterday. "The letter is being investigated. Forces have been alerted to conduct inspection," news agency ANI reported, quoting police.