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New Zealand Attack Note Left at Fire at California Mosque
A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, the police said on Sunday, 24 March.
Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters, officials said.
The incident was being investigated as arson and a possible hate crime, said police in the city about 48 kilometers north of downtown San Diego.
4 Dead, 13 Injured in Accident in Bihar's Patna District
Four people have died and 13 have been injured after a truck and an auto collided in Bihar’s Patna district on Monday, 25 March. The accident took place in the Barh-Bakhtiyarpur police station limits, reported ANI.
New Zealand PM Announces Top-Level Inquiry Into Christchurch Mosque Massacre
New Zealand's prime minister has announced a top-level inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country's highest form of investigation, a royal commission of inquiry, was appropriate for "matters of the gravest public importance."
Former NCP Corporator Killed in Maharashtra's Beed
Former NCP Corporator Pandurang Gaikwad was killed in Maharashtra’s Beed late on Sunday, 24 March, reported ANI.
Explosions Heard in Central Israel After Gaza Rocket Attack
Explosions have been heard in central Israel after air raid sirens wailed.
The Israeli military says a rocket was launched early Monday from the Gaza Strip toward Israel and was looking into the reports.
The apparent attack comes 10 days after rockets were fired toward Israel's densely populated commercial capital of Tel Aviv. Gaza's Hamas leaders said it was fired accidently.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility to Monday's incident.
Delhi Govt Approaches SC Over 'Control of Services'
Delhi Government approaches Supreme Court seeking setting up of larger bench to decide the issue of who controls 'services' in the national capital.
Delhi HC Seeks ED's Reply on Maintainability of Vadra's Plea Seeking Quashing of PMLA Case
The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the Enforcement Directorate to file a response on Robert Vadra’s plea challenging a money laundering case against him. The high court refused to grant interim relief to Vadra, reported IANS.
According to ANI, the court said that since the anticipatory bail plea of Robert Vadra is being heard in the Patiala House Court, they would not interfere “right now”.
SC Adjourns Petition Filed by Sajjan Kumar Seeking Bail in 1984 Riots Case
The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned for two weeks, the petition filed by former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, seeking bail in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, in which he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the Delhi High Court.
Aircel Maxis Case: Interim Protection
Delhi's Patiala House Court extends interim protection of P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram till 26 April.
China Welcomes Goodwill Message Exchange Between Modi, Khan on Pak National Day
China today welcomed the goodwill messages exchanged by Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan on the occasion of Pakistan National Day, saying it will play a constructive role and supports resolving the differences between the two nations through dialogue and consultations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the occasion of Pakistan Day on 23 March, saying: "It was time for the people of the sub-continent to work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive and prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence".
Rajiv Saxena Turns Approver in AgustaWestland Case
Delhi court allows alleged middleman Rajiv Saxena to turn approver in ED case on AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.
Vadra's Interim Protection Extended by Delhi Court
Delhi court extends interim protection from arrest granted to Robert Vadra in money laundering case till 27 March.
Three Missing Boys Reunited with Families in J-K
Three boys, who had gone missing from Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, have been traced and reunited with their families, police said today.
A report was lodged at Vilgam police station on Sunday stating that three boys from neighbouring village of Dohama in Handwara area of the north Kashmir district were missing, a police spokesman said.
He said a case was registered and investigation initiated.
SC Refuses to Entertain Plea Against Ordinance on Reservation for Varsity Faculty
The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea challenging the Centre's Ordinance which restored the roster based reservation system for appointment of faculty members in higher educational institutions.
The pleas challenging the 7 March promulgation of The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers' Cadre) Ordinance, 2019 came up for hearing before a bench of Justices S A Bobde and Sanjiv Khanna.
The bench told the counsels appearing for the petitioner to approach the high court with the grievance.
Delhi Court to Pass Order in Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case on 30 March
Delhi's Saket Court is likely to pass an order on framing of charges on 30 March in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case.
Opening of Sharda Peeth in PoK Can Ease Indo-Pak Tensions: Mehbooba
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti today said opening of Sharda Peeth temple in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) for Kashmiri Pandits can help India and Pakistan navigate the current impasse.
"Not too long ago I had written to PM imploring GoI to reopen Sharda Peeth, a temple across LoC for Kashmiri Pandits. An initiative like this at a time when Indo - Pak tensions are at an all time high could help navigate the current impasse," Mehbooba said in a tweet.
Mine Protected Vehicles, 30-Seater Buses for CRPF Convoys in Kashmir: DG
The CRPF will procure a new fleet of mine protected vehicles (MPVs) and small 30-seater buses to ensure safety of its troop convoys in the Kashmir Valley, the chief of the force has said.
The paramilitary has also decided to enhance the number of its bomb detection and disposal squads (BDDS) for its about 65 battalions based in the Kashmir Valley for anti-terror and law and order duties.
These new measures have been chalked out by the force in the aftermath of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.
Five Killed in Truck-Tempo Collision in Bihar
Five persons were killed and 11 others injured in a truck-tempo collision near Rani Sarai village in Patna district today morning, police said.
The injured have been admitted to Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) here, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Sanjay Kumar Singh said.
All five deceased were labourers, who were on their way to a site of an NTPC power project at Barh.
Protection from Arrest to Chidambaram, Karti Extended till 26 April
A Delhi court today extended the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case till 26 April filed by the CBI and the ED.
P Chidambaram appeared before Special Judge O P Saini, who extended the interim relief granted to them.
The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal.
Pakistan Charges Former Policeman in Killing of Male Model
A former police officer, who allegedly staged a fake encounter of a 27-year-old aspiring male model after declaring him a member of the Pakistani Taliban, was charged today with murder.
An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi indicted former Malir Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rao Anwar for the murder of Waziristan native Naqeebullah Mehsud in a fake encounter in Karachi.
Anwar, who was in court when charges were framed against him, pleaded not guilty.
Justice Khanna Recuses from Hearing Sajjan Kumar's Appeal
Supreme Court judge Justice Sanjiv Khanna once again recused himself from hearing the appeal of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar on Monday. Kumar has challenged the Delhi High Court verdict sentencing him to life term in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
On 25 February, Justice Khanna had recused himself from hearing Kumar's appeal when he was sitting in a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
The matter came up for hearing on Monday before a bench of Justices S A Bobde and Sanjiv Khanna.
Body of 33-Year-Old DMRC Employee Found in the Basement of Metro Bhawan
The body of a 33-year-old DMRC employee was found in the basement of the Metro Bhawan, police said on Monday.
The deceased identified as Mahesh Prajapati, hailed from Varanasi and was residing in Govindpuri area of the national capital. Prajapati allegedly committed suicide as he might have jumped from a substantial height, police said adding that no suicide not was found near the body.
Prajapati worked as a maintenance fitter in Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
Shooter Kills Five in China's Inner Mongolia: Police
A person wielding a gun killed five people in northern China, before being arrested by police, local authorities said today.
Police seized bullets from the suspect, who was wounded in the incident, said local officials from Kailu district in Tongliao, a city in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, citing a police statement.
The shooting happened at around 3.30pm (0730 GMT) and the case is under investigation, according to a statement posted on the local government's official Twitter-like Weibo account.
Mumbai Bridge Collapse: Police Custody of Auditor Extended
Police custody of Neeraj Desai, the auditor who had conducted an audit of the foot overbridge connecting north-end of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station, has been extended till 28 March by Mumbai Sessions Court.
Bomb Stored in RSS Worker's House in Kerala Explodes, Injures Two Children
Reports of a bomb explosion at Naduvil in Kannur district started emerging on Saturday afternoon. Later, it was found to be country-made bombs that exploded on the compound of an RSS worker, M Shibu. Two children, including Shibu’s son, were injured in the explosion.
(Source: The News Minute)
SC to Hear Sajjan Kumar's Bail Plea in Anti-Sikh Riots Case on 8 April
Supreme Court today said that bail plea of former Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, who was sentenced to life term in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, will be heard on 8 April after Justice Sanjiv Khanna once again recused himself from hearing the matter.
On 25 February, Justice Khanna had recused himself from hearing Kumar's plea when he was sitting in a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
HAL Rolls out 16th LCA for IAF
The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited today announced the production of 16th light combat aircraft "Tejas" as per the target.
The city-headquartered public sector company said the customer flights would be completed by the end of this month.
HAL in a statement said it has orders from the Indian Air Force (IAF) for 40 LCAs (16 each in Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) and Final Operation Clearance (FOC) configurations and eight trainers) and the 16th LCA was as per the target till 31 March.
IAF Helicopter Engaged in Fire-Fighting at Garbage Yard
A helicopter of the Indian Air Force is putting out a devastating fire that broke out in a garbage dumping yard near here, sources in the IAF said today.
The blaze occurred on Sunday evening, and went out of control in spite of over 20 fire-tenders trying to douse the flames.
So, the district administration sought the service of the Mi017 V5 helicopter for aerial spraying of water which is underway with the use of Bambi buckets, the sources said.
Pak Military Says No F16 Used to Shoot down Indian Aircraft
Pakistan's military has said for the first time that JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft developed jointly with China were used in retaliation to India's pre-emptive strikes on a JeM terror camp in Balakot as it once again denied that US-made F-16 jets were involved in the attack.
Referring to the aerial dogfight with the Indian Air Force jets after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Indian jets violated the Pakistani airspace on 26 February, dropping payloads without inflicting any casualties or damage to infrastructure.
British Airways Flight Lands in Edinburgh Instead of Dusseldorf by Mistake
A British Airways flight destined for Dusseldorf in Germany landed in the Scotish capital Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly, a media report said on Monday.
The passengers only realised the error when the plane landed and the "welcome to Edinburgh" announcement was made.
Khaitan Beneficiary of Rs 850-Cr Slush Funds Generated Through Defence Deals: ED
Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan, accused of money laundering charges including in the high-profile VVIP choppers case, has been a beneficiary of Rs 850 crore slush funds generated out of defence deals, the Enforcement Directorate alleged today.
7 Detained over Alleged Forced Conversion, Underage Marriages of 2 Hindu Girls in Pak
At least seven people, including a man who assisted in solemnising the wedding of two teenage Hindu girls after their alleged abduction and forced conversions, have been detained in Pakistan, amid reports that the victims approached a court seeking protection.
The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of "influential" men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage.
Pakistanis Protest Acquittal of 4 in Samjhauta Train Blast
Family members of Pakistanis killed in an Indian train explosion are protesting an Indian court's acquittal of four accused charged with triggering the blasts 12 years ago, which killed 68 passengers.
At a rally in the eastern city of Lahore on Monday, 25 March, relatives chanted: "We want justice," and called on Prime Minister Imran Khan to take the matter to the International Court of Justice.
Last week, an Indian court ruled investigators had not conclusively proved that the accused were guilty.
In 2007, two coaches of the Samjhauta Express were engulfed in flames while travelling from New Delhi to Atari, the last station before the Pakistan border. Most of those killed were Pakistani citizens.
Thousands of travellers use this train service each year.
Ambedkar Statue Vandalised in Muzaffarnagar
A statue of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar was vandalised by unidentified miscreants in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district today, police said.
Protests broke out at Kasampur Bhooma village in Jansath area when people found out about the incident, the police said.
The damaged statue was replaced with a new one on the same day. Police personnel have been deployed in the village, it added.
Police Forces Nab ISI Informant in Delhi
A Delhi resident Mohd Parvez, working as an agent of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has been arrested in a joint operation by Special Police and Intelligence.
Parvez used to send confidential information regarding Army via WhatsApp. The matter is being investigated.
Israel Hits Targets Across Gaza After Rocket Attack
Israeli forces on Monday struck targets across the Gaza Strip, including the offices of Hamas' supreme leader, in response to a surprise rocket attack from the Palestinian territory, as the military bolstered its troops and rocket-defense systems in anticipation of a new round of heavy fighting with the Islamic militant group.
Israel opened public bomb shelters in most major cities and civil defense authorities canceled sports events and public transportation in southern Israel.
(Source: Associated Press)
Farooq Abdullah Questions Balakot Strike
Commenting upon the Balakot air strike, National Conference Chief Farooq Abdullah said on Monday, 25 March: “If 300 people have died (in Balakot air strike), would there not be an international cry as to what has happened? And anybody who questions this, he is anti-national, he is a Pakistani”.
Brazil Ex-President Michel Temer Freed From Jail
Brazil's ex-president and alleged head of a graft ring, Michel Temer, was freed from jail Monday after a judge said there were no legal grounds for his detention.
Temer, accused of leading a sophisticated embezzlement and money laundering scheme, was the second ex-president of the Latin American country to be caught up in a sprawling anti-corruption probe called Car Wash that has claimed scores of political and corporate scalps.
British MPs to Play Bigger Role in Brexit Process
British MPs voted on Monday to play a bigger role in Brexit, giving themselves the power to hold a series of votes to find a way forward in an unprecedented move.
A group of MPs won the vote to seize control of parliamentary business on Wednesday by 329 to 302, paving the way for MPs to choose between different Brexit options in a bid to end the political crisis.