Catch all the latest news updates of the day here.US President Donald Trump on Friday, 26 April, officially announced the withdrawal of the United States from a global arms treaty, also known as the Arms Trade Treaty that set rules for sales and transfers of small arms, missile launchers and warships.(Source: ANI)Karnataka DG-IGP writes to DGs of Tami Nadu, Kerala, Andhra, Telangana, Puducherry, Goa, Maharashtra following a phone call by a man 'claiming to have info that cities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra, Telangana, Puducherry, Goa, Maharashtra will be hit by terror attacks'.(Source: ANI)At least six people lost their lives and 13 were injured when the pickup van they were in, met with an accident in Amera village of Balrampur district in Chhattisgarh earlier tonight. The injured have been shifted to a hospital, reports ANI.A 39-year-old elephant 'Drona' died at Thithimathi Elephant Camp in Nagarahole National Park in Madikeri earlier in the day.He carried 'golden howdah' at Dasara procession in Mysuru for a record 18 consecutive years.(Source: ANI)Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday held separate meetings, one with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief, Christine Lagarde and the World Bank CEO, Kristalina Georgieva and discussed the cash-strapped country's efforts to tide over the financial woes.(Source: PTI)No Iran, Pakistan Doesn’t Really Want to Be Friends With YouBritain's main opposition Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn has declined an invitation to a banquet with the US President Donald Trump when the latter visits in June, accusing him of using "racist and misogynist rhetoric.”Trump "rips up vital international treaties, backs climate change denial and uses racist and misogynist rhetoric," Corbyn said, although he added that he would welcome a meeting with Trump during the June 3-5 visit.(Source: AFP)Donald Trump Incorrectly States His Father Was Born in GermanyThe rupee rebounded by 23 paise to close at 70.02 against the dollar on Friday after Brent crude oil prices receded from a six-month high of $75.60/barrel.Forex traders said the greenback's weakness against key rivals overseas, sustained foreign fund inflows and heavy buying in domestic equities also supported the rupee upmove.(Source: PTI)India has once again delayed the implementation of higher tariffs on some goods imported from the United States to May 15, a government official said on Friday.The new tariff structure was to come into force from May 2, the spokeswoman said without citing reasons for the delay.(Source: Reuters)US threatens tariffs on $11 bn of Europe goodsThe U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s foreign minister and a Venezuelan judge, according to a statement on the department’s website.Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and a judge, Carol Padilla, were targeted over the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the Treasury Department said, the latest in a list of officials blacklisted by U.S. authorities for their role in President Nicolas Maduro’s government.(Source: Reuters)US imposes news sanctions on 4 Venezuelan firmsMinistry of State, Home Affairs, Hansraj Ahir has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis about 'multiple cases of rape minor tribal girls residing in tribal hostel run by "Infant Jesus Education Society" in Chandrapur.He has stated, “These girls were drugged and abused by staff of school/hostel run by the above Society.(Source: ANI)On Friday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a supplementary charge-sheet against one Farooq Devdiwala for being involved in terror activities.(Source: ANI)Fire was retaliated in Srinagar’s Chanapora. A policeman has sustained injuries & has been shifted to hospital. Area under cordon and search is still going on.(Source: ANI)At 72, US President Donald Trump said that he feels “young” and “vibrant” and thinks that he can beat 76-year-old Joe Biden “easily.”A reporter asked Trump at the White House on Friday how old is too old to be president of the United States.Trump said: “I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. ... I’m a young vibrant man.”(Source: AP)US Ex-Vice President Biden Launches 2020 Presidential CampaignA total of 1,409 Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) pilots from Sweden, Norway and Denmark went on strike on Friday, causing 673 cancellations so far and over 70,000 passengers affected.SAS warned that the continuing strike could affect a further 100,000 passengers over the weekend, reports Xinhua news agency.(Source: IANS)Airlines asked to keep fares in check for far-flung areasThe country's fifth-largest private sector lender, Yes Bank Ltd on Friday reported a net loss of Rs 1,506.6 crore for the March 2019 quarter as provisions rose.In the corresponding quarter last year, the company had posted a net profit of Rs 1,179.44 crore. CNBC-TV18 Polls had predicted a profit of Rs 952.2 crore for the quarter under review.(Source: CNBCTV18)SC Orders RBI to Disclose Info on Bank Inspection Report Under RTIOne Dainik Asom journalist, Rajen Deka and one News18 journalist, Upasana Barua Goswami were attacked in Assam in separate incidents on Thursday.(Source: Twitter)Journalists attacked in Assam, CM condemns attackAfghan President Ashraf Ghani has encouraged newly-elected lawmakers to participate in the peace process with the Taliban as he opened on Friday the first session of parliament since a controversial election.Ghani is holding an assembly known as ‘Loya Jirga’ next week to discuss ways to put an end to the 17-year war. Thousands of politicians, religious scholars and rights activists have also been invited.(Source: Reuters)Afghan security forces kill 27 Taliban militantsThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of the media reports supported with photograph that as many as 20 people including the Civic Agency staff and lawyers received head injuries in the alleged police action in Howrah, West Bengal on 24th April, 2019.(Source: ANI)West Bengal seeks SC nod to act against IPS officerUnion Finance Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi is showing signs of desperation as the "fake" narratives built by him over the Rafale jet deal and loan waivers to business houses have evaporated.On a Facebook post, he said, “He (Gandhi) displayed the desperation of a loser.”(Source: PTI)Myth of Priyanka Gandhi Stands Demolished, Says Arun Jaitley The officer who is facing action for checking Prime Minister Narendra Modi's helicopter said on Friday that he was merely doing his job and would go to the court for justice.Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Mohammed Mohsin was suspended last week but his suspension was revoked and disciplinary action against him has been ordered by the Election Commission of India.(Source: NDTV)On Friday, The DMK President MK Stalin said that even as the Pollachi sexual abuse-cum-blackmail case probe is yet to reach a conclusion, a similarly shocking incident in Perambalur district has come to light involving a leader of the ruling AIADMK party.He has claimed that the new scandal involves innocent women being lured with the promise of job interviews to lodges where they were sexually abused and also forced to grant sexual favours to an AIADMK leader.(Source: NDTV)MK Stalin’s ‘Rahul as PM’ Exhortation – Congress Won’t Mind It!Delhi Police have arrested a notorious woman cheat who has been declared a proclaimed offender in over four cases by a local court, a police officer said on Friday."The accused, Priyanka Chopra, was arrested on a tip-off from Gurugram where she was hiding to evade her arrest," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Vijay Kumar.(Source: NDTV)CBI has arrested a Preventive Officer, Customs Goa, PP Gupta & his father in a Disproportionate Assets case.During investigation, it was found that his father withdrew Rs 1.19 crore from a bank in Daltonganj. Rs. 1.18 crore recovered.(Source: ANI)CBI 'lookout' notice against Bhushan Steel top officialsThe CAG report states irregularities in disinvestment of 21 sugar mills during Mayawati’s tenure which caused losses of Rs. 1179 crores to the government.One FIR and six PEs registered to probe the irregularities in the disinvestment of 21 sugar mills(Source: NDTV)Delay in CBI probing Pollachi sex abuse case: DhinakaranPepsiCo, the multinational food giant has sued farmers of Gujarat for cultivating the potato variety used in the 'Lays' brand of chips that is manufactured and sold by it.In the commercial trademark suit filed in Ahmedabad City Commercial Court against four farmers, PepsiCo India Holdings Ltd has claimed that in 2016 it obtained registration under The Protection of Plant Varieties and Protection of Farmers Rights Act 2001 to breed a special variety of potato, which is used in making "Lays" chips.(Source: Live law)If Cong Forms Govt, Indebted Farmers Won’t Be Sent to Jail: RahulCyclone Kenneth has killed at least one person and left a trail of destruction in northern Mozambique, destroying houses, ripping up trees and knocking out power, authorities said on Friday.The cyclone brought storm surges and wind gusts of up to 280 km per hour (174 mph) when it made landfall on Thursday evening, after killing three people in the island nation of Comoros.(Source: Reuters)A court in Thane has sentenced a 26-year-old Ashirwad Vishnu Patil to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for raping a tribal girl in Bhiwandi in 2016.A special court judge P P Jadhav held Patil guilty under Indian Penal Code section 376 (rape) and relevant provisions the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and awarded the sentence on Monday.The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.(Source: PTI)A prominent diamond merchant of Surat, Laljibhai Patel who had bought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pinstripe suit in an auction in 2015, has been allegedly duped of Rs 1 crore by two brothers, police said Friday.The Chairman of Dharmanandan Diamonds Pvt Ltd, had hit the headlines in 2015 when he bought Modi's much- famed pinstripe suit for Rs 4.31 crore in a public auction here.The police has reported that a complaint in this regard was registered at the Katargam police station of Surat on 22 April by the manager of Dharmanandan Diamonds, Kamlesh Kevadiya.(Source: PTI)Surat Court Convicts Asaram Bapu’s Son Narayan Sai in Rape CaseThe Centre has sanctioned nearly Rs 4,000 crore for various women safety projects under the Nirbhaya Fund that includes financial assistance to rape and acid attack victims and setting up of special police units for women and children.(Source: PTI)As per PMLA Court’s order, 12 vehicles (10 vehicles of Nirav Modi Group and 2 vehicles of Mehul Choksi Group) successfully bid for Rs. 3.29 crore (approximately) in e-auction conducted through Metal Scrap Trading Corporation (MSTC).(Source: ANI)London court again rejects Nirav Modi's bail pleaThe state unit of the BJP on Sunday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging that Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has been enrolled as a voter in three places – two in Delhi and one in Uttar Pradesh.The letter dated, 22 November, 2018 said Kejriwal has voter identity cards issued from Sahibabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and Seemapuri and New Delhi constituencies in the national capital.(Source: Hindustan Times)President Maithripala Sirisena has said that 70 out of the 140 Islamic State suspects behind the devastating Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka have been held on Friday and assured that the remaining suspects will be caught soon.(Source: ABP)A chartered flight carrying Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Patna had to return to Delhi on Friday due to a technical snag, prompting aviation regulator DGCA to launch a probe into the incident.Gandhi posted on Twitter: “Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We’ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today’s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashta) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience.”(Source: Twitter)‘Engine Trouble’ in Rahul’s Patna-bound Plane, DGCA Orders ProbeJet Airways’ CEO Vinay Dube has written to the following to the employees:"While we will continue to support the Lender led bid process in our effort to leave no stone unturned, it pains us to communicate that no clarity or commitment on salaries has been provided by any of our stakeholders.”(Source: NDTV)Why Jet Airways Crisis Seems Like a Case of Crony Capitalism The Delhi Police is probing into the allegations of sexual harassment made by a female cabin crew of budget carrier IndiGo against a senior pilot and is in the process of collecting evidence, including voice recording from the cockpit.The police has registered a case after the complaint from a female cabin crew, wherein she said the incident happened on-board Bengaluru-Amritsar-Srinagar-Delhi flight on April 16.Police also said that the accused pilot had applied for an anticipatory bail at a city court on April 24 but the plea was rejected by the court the next day.(Source: Twitter)The Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate has directed the Delhi Police to submit its Action Taken Report in terms of the alleged seditious statements made by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the afternoon of the 2016 surgical strike.The order came in a plea seeking registration of an FIR against Rahul for allegedly accusing Narendra Modi of hiding behind the blood of soldiers and cashing ion their sacrifice.The matter will be heard next on May 15.(Source: Bar and Bench)A naval officer dead during fire fighting ops onboard aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya in Karwar, Karnataka.Navy has ordered a Board of Inquiry to probe the incident. The fire was controlled by its crew preventing any serious damage to the warship’s combat capability.(Source: ANI)INS Vikramaditya catches fire, naval officer diesNiti Deb, Tripura CM Biplab Deb’s Wife has accused him of domestic violence and has filed for divorce on 26 April at the Tis Hazari court, New Delhi.BJP’s Biplab Deb was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tripura in 2018.(Source: Twitter)A Delhi court on Friday, 26 April, extended till 6 May the interim protection from arrest granted to former Union minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis case.The case relates to alleged irregularities in grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal.Aircel-Maxis Case: CBI Has Sanctions to Prosecute 5 BureaucratsPNB scam accused Nirav Modi’s bail plea rejected by London. The next date of hearing is 24 May.(Note: The information provided here is factually incorrect. No bail plea was moved by Nirav Modi. You can read an AltNews fact-check here. The error is regretted.)The Surat Sessions Court on Friday, 26 April, convicted self-proclaimed god-man Asaram Bapu's son Narayan Sai in a rape case.The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on 30 April, ANI reported.Fire breaks out in Kolkata, engulfing a multi-storey building near Exide More, Chowringhee Road, 12 fire engines at the spot. No injuries have been reported.(Source: News PTI)SC stays proceedings of the inquiry commission set up to probe the death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals.(Source: PTI)SC directed RBI to disclose information about annual inspection report of banks under RTI unless they are exempted under law, and to review its policy on disclosure of information under transparency law.It also warned RBI that any future violation of RTI would be viewed "seriously".(Source: PTI)A Surat court to pronounce verdict in the rape case against Narayan Sai, son of "self-styled Godman" Asaram, lodged by one of the two sisters in the city.The other sister has accused Asaram, serving life term in another rape case, of rape in Ahmedabad at his ashram(Source: Deccan Herald)Facebook on Thursday filed a lawsuit in US federal court to bar a New Zealand company from selling fake "likes," views and followers to Instagram users.The company and three people targeted in the lawsuit operated a service to raise the profile of Instagram accounts by bolstering them with bogus followers, views and "likes," Facebook director of platform enforcement and litigation Jessica Romero said in a blog post.(Source: AFP)The rupee appreciated 16 paise to 70.09 against the US dollar in opening trade on Friday, driven by positive opening in domestic equities and weakening greenback in overseas markets.The rupee opened strong at 70.12 at the interbank forex market, then gained further ground to touch 70.09 per dollar, displaying gains of 16 paise against the greenback.Forex dealers said easing crude prices, sustained foreign fund inflows and selling of the American currency by exporters supported the rupee.(Source: PTI)An explosion was reported at the TATA Steelworks plant, Port Talbot, Wales.The South Wales Police department, United Kingdom, tweeted, “We are aware of an incident in TATA Steelworks plant, Port Talbot. Emergency services are in attendance and further information will be released shortly.”“At this time we believe there are only two casualties with minor injuries.” they added.(Source: ANI)Chinese President Xi Jinping sought Friday to ease growing concerns about his ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, vowing to prevent debt risks and saying his global infrastructure project "is not an exclusive club".Xi made his remarks at a summit on his signature foreign policy, which aims to reinvent the ancient Silk Road to connect Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects.(Source: PTI)Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed today to abolish subsidies to firms that impede fair competition, addressing a major bone of contention in US trade talks.Xi repeated past promises to lower tariffs, increase imports and open up more sectors of China's economy to foreign businesses.The pledge comes as top US negotiators prepare to travel to Beijing next week for a new round of talks aimed at resolving a months-long trade war that has hit businesses with tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of products.(Source: PTI)A Fire broke out in the canteen at Gwalior railway station, in Madhya Pradesh today. The fire is reportedly under control and no casualties or injuries have been reported.(Source: ANI)Residents of Dhingana Village in Pali district say that they have decided to boycott elections, alleging that the local administration has done nothing to solve their water crisis, issue of roads and schools.(Source: ANI)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused the United States of acting in "bad faith" during his Hanoi summit with President Donald Trump, and said peace on the peninsula depends on Washington, state media said on Friday, 26 April.Kim made the comments during his first summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin on Thursday in Vladivostok, the Korean Central News Agency reported, describing their talks as "unreserved and friendly".The North Korean leader said "the situation on the Korean peninsula and the region is now at a standstill and has reached a critical point", KCNA said.(Source: AFP) We'll get through this! 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