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US Deports Indian Wanted on Murder, Extortion Charges

An Indian national, wanted on charges including attempted murder, extortion, theft and possession of illegal firearms, was deported from US and turned over to Indian authorities, an official statement said on Tuesday.

Ubaidullah Abdulrashid Radiowala, 46, also known as Obed Radiowala, is a key accused in the 2014 cases of alleged conspiracy to kill Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt and firing on film-maker Karim Morani.

An Interpol Red Corner notice was also issued on the request of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2015 after a Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court issued a fresh non-bailable warrant against Radiowala.

(Source: PTI)

Five Arrested in Vijayawada for Looting Rs 1.70 Crore

Five people of a gang who looted Rs 1.70 crores from a businessman by posing as Task Force officials were arrested on Tuesday, 2 April in Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. Rs 1.26 crore has recovered from them.

(Source: ANI)

Trudeau Boots Two Ex-Ministers From the Ruling Party

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ousted two former ministers from his Liberal Party on Tuesday whose accusations of political meddling in a prosecution jeopardised his re-election bid.

The announcement came at the end of an emergency caucus meeting to consider expelling former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould after her release of a secret recording last week that reignited the simmering scandal.

Former budget minister Jane Philpott, who had quit in protest over Trudeau's handling of the controversy, was also removed.

(Source: AFP)

Rapper Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect Arrested in Los Angeles

Los Angeles police have arrested the man suspected of murdering rapper Nipsey Hussle, ending a two-day manhunt following the Grammy-nominated artist's shock death.

The police said, the suspect, Eric Holder, was in police custody in connection with the fatal shooting, which authorities said was not gang-related.

(Source: AFP)

Scolded by Parents for Playing PUBG, Class 10 Student Ends Life

A class 10 student allegedly committed suicide in Hyderabad on Tuesday, 2 April after his parents scolded him for playing PUBG game instead of preparing for his SSC exams. The body has been sent for postmortem. A case has been registered and the investigation is underway.

(Source: ANI)

US Approves Sale of 24 Seahawk Helicopters to India

The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 'Romeo' Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of 2.4 billion dollars, the State Department said.

The Trump Administration on Tuesday notified the Congress that it has approved sale of 24 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters, which will provide the Indian defence forces the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions.

(Source: PTI)

Trump Vows to Shut Down Mexico Border Even If Its Hurts the Economy

President Donald Trump said he is “100 percent” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country.

“Sure it's going to have a negative impact on the economy. Security is more important to me than trade,” he said.

(Source: AFP)

Venezuela Lawmakers Strip Juan Guaido of His Immunity

Lawmakers loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stripped Juan Guaido of immunity Tuesday, paving the way for the opposition leader's prosecution and potential arrest for supposedly violating the constitution when he declared himself interim president.

But whether Maduro's government will take action against the 35-year-old lawmaker remains unclear.

(Source: AP)

Gold Jewellery Worth Rs 53,63,000 Stolen From Muthoot Finance in UP

Muthoot Finance Limited has filed a complaint with the police, saying gold jewellery worth Rs 53,63,000 has been stolen from their strong room in Uttar Pradesh’s Nawabad.

(Source: ANI)

Pune Police Arrest Person With Explosives Used to Make Bombs

Pune Rural Police have arrested a person with explosives and some detonators used to make bomb from Pimpalwadi village of Pune district. Gun powder, explosives powder, 59 detonators have been recovered from the accused.

(Source: ANI)

At Least 70 People Fall Ill After Consuming Food at a Wedding in Rajasthan

At least 70 people including, 10 children fell ill after consuming food at a wedding in Rajasthan’s Kisangarh on Tuesday, 2 April. Their condition is reported to be stable.

(Source: ANI)

Rupee Opens Marginally Higher at 68.72

The rupee opened slightly higher against the US dollar. The Indian currency appreciated as much as 0.25 percent against the greenback.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

Sensex Opens at Record High, Nifty Crosses Earlier Level of 11,760

The Indian benchmark indices hit an all-time high in the opening trade. Sensex rose as much as 0.47 percent to 39,241.81 and Nifty hit a record high, crossing its earlier level of 11,760, hit in August.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

Indian National Sentenced to 16 Months in Jail in Call Centre Scam

An Indian national has been sentenced to 16 months in jail after being convicted for being part of a call centre scam that victimised over 340 people in the US and resulting in over 200,000 dollars in losses, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Mehboob Mansurali Charania was convicted in January after he pleaded guilty to engaging in an unlicensed money transfer business.

(Source: PTI)

Live Mortar Bomb Found Near Nal-Bikaner Air Force Station in Rajasthan

A live mortar bomb was found near Nal-Bikaner Air Force Station in Rajasthan. Bikaner SP Pradeep Sharma said, “Today morning, a kind of ammunition box was found on Ganganagar Bypass road. We informed Army about it. They said it was a mortar case. Army's bomb squad has taken it with them. The probe is on.”

(Source: ANI)

Ex-Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn to Hold Press Conference on Thursday

Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn took to twitter and said, he was getting ready to tell the truth about recent events and that he will hold a press conference on Thursday, 11 April.

Meanwhile, Tokyo prosecutors are considering pressing a fresh charge on Ghosn, which would be the latest twist in the auto tycoon's dramatic downfall.

Investigators are eyeing a possible aggravated breach of trust charge related to at least 32 million dollars in Nissan funds transferred to a distributor in Oman, according to local news agency Jiji Press.

(Source: AFP)

AJL Plot Allotment Case: Bhupinder Singh Hooda Arrives at CBI Special Court

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has arrived at the CBI Special Court in Panchkula, in connection with Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) plot allotment case and Manesar land scam case.

(Source: ANI)

JKPCC Scams: J&K Govt Hands Over Investigation to Crime Branch

The Jammu & Kashmir government will hand over the investigation of major scams in Jammu & Kashmir Projects Construction Corp (JKPCC) to the Crime branch of J&K Police.

(Source: ANI)

CRPF Troops Recover 15 Kg IED Cylinder in Jharkhand

Troops of 154Bn CRPF during search and area domination operations in Mohanpur forest area of Jharkhand’s Giridih on Tuesday, 2 April recovered large amount of ammunition including a 15 kg cyclinder IED and naxal literature.

(Source: ANI)

JNU Sedition Case: Delhi Govt Seeks Time to Grant Sanction

The Delhi government has sought time to grant sanction in the JNU sedition case. The public prosecutor has informed Delhi's Patiala House that the matter is under consideration and sanction procedure can take around one month more. The court has directed the public prosecutor to get a proper reply with definite time frame.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi Police Special Cell Recovers 52 semiautomatic pistols, 2 Arrested

The Delhi Police Special Cell has recovered 52 semi-automatic pistols and arrested two persons from Delhi’s Rohini area.

(Source: ANI)

Mumbai: One rescued, Two Stuck Inside Underground Septic Tank

One person was rescued, while a woman and a child are still stuck inside an underground septic tank they fell in after a truck hit the slab covering the tank, at MHADA colony in Mumbai’s Chembur.

The rescue operation is underway. The police are also present at the spot.

(Source: ANI)

Court Issues Summons to Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury Over Anti-RSS Remarks

A Thane court has summoned Congress president Rahul Gandhi and CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to appear before it on 30 April to respond to the charges of defaming RSS by allegedly linking it to journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder.

Ethiopian Airlines Pilots Followed Boeing Emergency Steps Before Crash: Report

The pilots of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX jet that crashed last month had initially followed Boeing Company's emergency procedures but later deviated from them as they tried to regain control of the plane, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

The crash killed all 157 people on board and led to a global grounding of 737 MAX jets and scrutiny of the certification process for the Boeing plane.

(Source: Reuters)

Monsoon Likely to Be Below Normal in 2019: Skymet

Monsoon rains are likely to be “below normal” this year, private weather forecasting agency Skymet, said on Wednesday.

The monsoon is likely to be 93 percent of the long period average (LPA), it said. Anything between 90-95 percent of LPA falls under the “below normal” category.

(Source: PTI)

Mortal Remains of Army Jawan Killed in Avalanche Consigned to Flames

The mortal remains of Havaldar Satvir Singh, who was killed in an avalanche near the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Sunday, were consigned to flames at his village in Mathura

His body was brought to his native place on Tuesday and his five-year-old son lit the funeral pyre.

The Uttar Pradesh government has announced ex-gratia of Rs 20 lakh to his wife and Rs 5 lakh to his mother, District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra said.

(Source: PTI)

AgustaWestland Case: Delhi Court Grants 3 Days Remand for Alleged Middleman

Delhi's Patiala House Court grants three days further remand to the Enforcement Directorate of alleged middleman Sushen Mohan Gupta.

(Source: PTI)

LeT Terrorist Involved in Arms Loot from MLC's House Arrested

A Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, the prime suspect in the looting of weapons from the residence of a Jammu and Kashmir legislator last year, has been arrested from a hospital, police said today.

Danish Haneef was taken into custody from a private hospital in Rajbagh area of the city where he was undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during a gunbattle in Pulwama district few days ago, a police official said.

(Source: PTI)

Kamal Nath's Nephew To Join AgustaWestland Money Laundering Case

Businessman Ratul Puri has been called by Enforcement Directorate to join the AgustaWestland money laundering case, ED told Delhi's Patiala House Court. Ratul Puri is the nephew of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath.

(Source: PTI)

CBI Conducts Raid in Connection with MRB Scam

The CBI has conducted raids at various places in the city in connection with a Rs 14.34 crore scam in the Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB), officials said today

The raids were conducted at several places in the city and in the outskirts based on a complaint filed by the general manager of the bank on 27 March last, an official told PTI.

In his complaint to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the MRB general manager cited instances of fraudulent loan disbursements to nearly 150 clients by the then bank manager at Iewduh branch, the official said.

(Source: PTI)

CBI Announces Rs 5 Lakh Reward for Info on Self Styled Godman Virendra Dev Dixit

The CBI has announced Rs 5 lakh reward for anyone who gives information on whereabouts of self styled godman Virendra Dev Dixit, ANI reported today. CBI had registered 3 cases against Dixit last year after several girls were allegedly kept under illegal confinement at his ashram in Rohini in Delhi.

(Source: ANI)

Income Tax Benefits to Paramilitary Personnel on Ration Money Likely

Jawans of paramilitary forces like the CRPF and the BSF are likely to get tax exemption on ration money allowance and risk and hardship allowance, officials said today.

The move, when implemented, is expected to benefit about nine lakh personnel of paramilitary forces - CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB.

The finance ministry has given an assurance to the home ministry that it would consider the demand to exempt ration money allowance and risk and hardship allowance granted to paramilitary personnel from the purview of income tax, a home ministry official said.

(Source: PTI)

Saina Crashes out in Malaysia Open

Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal knocked out in the first round of Malaysia Open after losing to Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand 22-20 15-21 10-21.

NIA Arrests Man After Being Deported from UAE for Attack on CRPF Camp in 2017

Nisar Ahmed Tantray, whose brother Noor Trali is believed to have helped revive the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit in Jammu and Kashmir, has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after being deported from the United Arab Emirates in connection with an attack on a CRPF camp in South Kashmir in 2017, officials said.

(Source: PTI)

Jet Crisis: Prabhu Rules out Intervention in Commercial Matters of Airline

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu today ruled out any interference in efforts to help cash-strapped Jet Airways, saying that the government should not be seen to be doing any kind of deals to help an airline.

Against the backdrop of lenders set to take control of Jet Airways under a debt resolution plan, he said banks are direct stakeholders and are dealing with commercial matters of the airline where the ministry would not like to intervene.

(Source: PTI)

Pakistan's Anti-Graft Body Recovers Rs 60 Crore from Zardari's Aide

Pakistan's top anti-graft body today recovered Rs 60 crore in the fake accounts case from prime suspect Younas Kudwavi, who is believed to be a business partner of former president Asif Ali Zardari, according to a media report.

The National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) Rawalpindi chapter recovered Rs 60 crore from Kudwavi, Geo News reported, citing sources.

The NAB has also presented its interim challan before the accountability court - approved earlier by its executive board.

(Source: PTI)

Challenge of 'Growth with Jobs' Biggest Poll Issue: Amitabh Kant

Ensuring growth with jobs is the biggest challenge for the country as it heads into the general elections, NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant said today.

The travel, tourism and hospitality sector has the best answer to this challenge as it creates quality jobs, Kant said, announcing that the government plans to introduce 100 new tourism-centric trains after the elections.

"This sector provides the answer to Indias biggest challenge, the challenge of growth with equity and the challenge to grow with jobs," he said, speaking at the Hotel Investment Conference South Asia event.

(Source: PTI)

Chinese Woman Arrested at Trump Resort with Malware on Thumb Drive

A Chinese woman carrying multiple cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware was arrested on Saturday at US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida while he was staying there, court documents revealed Tuesday.

An arrest document in the federal district court of Palm Beach, Florida said Zhang Yujing tried to gain entry into Mar-a-Lago on Saturday, first presenting herself as a member and saying she was headed to the pool - despite not having a swimsuit.

(Source: PTI)

HC Acquits 3 on Death Row; Raps Trial Court, Prosecution for Lapses

Slamming the trial court, police and prosecution for various lapses in a rape-cum-murder case, the Madras High Court today acquitted all three accused sentenced to death and directed the police to find out if any attempt was made to shield the real culprits.

A bench of justices P N Prakash and B Pughalendi said there were blatant contradictions in the depositions of the witnesses and the post-mortem report and neither the trial court nor the defence counsel paid attention to them.

While the post-mortem report did not establish rape, the medical examination of the accused too did not reveal that they had raped the girl, the bench said recording its concern about non-availability of quality legal service to underprivileged like the accused in this case.

(Source; PTI)

Trying to Identify 'RG' Whose Name Appears in Agustawestland Probe, ED Tells Court

Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court today that it was trying to identify one "RG" whose name has appeared multiple times during the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case probe.

The agency made the submissions while seeking extension of custodial interrogation of an accused Sushen Mohan Gupta arrested in the case.

ED's special public prosecutors D P Singh and N K Matta told the court that the agency wanted to identify one "RG" in whose name entries of over Rs 50 crore were made in Gupta's diaries.

(Source: PTI)

PDP Worker Shot by Terrorists in Kulgam, Admitted to Hospital

PDP worker Abdul Majeed has been shot at by terrorists in Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir. He has been shifted to hospital.

(Source: ANI)

Special Leave Petition Seeking Stay on Modi Biopic Filed in SC

A Special leave petition(SLP) has been filed in Supreme Court challenging the Bombay High Court order and seeking stay on release of film 'PM Narendra Modi'. Bombay High Court on 2 April had disposed off the PIL seeking to stay the film's release.

(Source: ANI)

CBI Takes No Stand on Pleas of Vanzara, Amin in Ishrat Case

The CBI today refused to take any stand on the pleas of former police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin seeking to drop court proceedings against them in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.

The Gujarat government has refused sanction to prosecute them.

In his submission before special judge J K Pandya, CBI lawyer R C Kodekar said the court may pass "appropriate order in accordance with the law" on the pleas of Vanzara and Amin.

(Source: PTI)

Russia Opposes US Plan for More NATO Ships in Black Sea

A US proposal to send more NATO ships to the Black Sea to ensure safe passage for Ukrainian vessels and deter Russia is viewed "negatively" in Moscow, the Kremlin said today.

“Washington has been working on a package to boost surveillance and deploy more NATO vessels to the Black Sea after a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year,” the US ambassador to NATO said.

The measure was expected to be discussed during talks by NATO foreign ministers in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

Vijay Mallya Fights Indian Banks' Attempt to Recover Dues in UK

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya today faced yet another legal battle to prevent a consortium of Indian banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) getting access to nearly 260,000 pounds in a UK bank account.

The 62-year-old is contesting an interim debt order obtained by the Indian banks in January this year, which relates to funds in the former Kingfisher Airlines boss' current account with ICICI Bank in London.

At a hearing before Master David Cook at the Queen's Bench Division of the court, Mallya's legal team sought a dismissal of the interim order. A judgment in the case is expected at a later date.

(Source: PTI)

British MPs Vote to Delay Brexit to Avoid No-Deal

British MPs voted narrowly in favour of legislation that would force the government to seek to delay Brexit beyond the current 12 April deadline.

The vote passed by just one -- 313 votes in favour and 312 against -- in the lower House of Commons and the bill will now pass to the upper House of Lords for final approval on Thursday.

(Source: PTI)

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