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Trump Intends to End India's Preferential Trade Treatment
US President Donald Trump on Monday, 4 March said that he intends to end India’s preferential trade treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a programme that allows $5.6 billion worth of Indian exports to enter the United States duty free. The US also intends to terminate Turkey’s designation as a Beneficiary Developing Country under the GSP.
Accident in Tamil Nadu Leaves Two Dead
Two people have died and 21 people were injured after three vehicles collided near Uchipuli, in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, in the early morning hours of Tuesday.
China Hikes Defence Budget by 7.5%, Becomes Second Highest Spender on Defence
China has increased its defence budget by 7.5 percent for this year, hiking it to USD 177.61 billion from last year's USD 175 billion. It is over three times India's defence budget. This increase makes China the highest spender on defence after the United States.
AQI Data Shows Major Pollutants in 'Poor' and 'Moderate' Categories
Major pollutants PM 2.5 is at 202 in the 'Poor' category and PM 10 is at 191, in the 'Moderate' category, in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data.
Encounter Underway Between Terrorists and Security Forces in Tral
A security encounter is underway in Jammu and Kashmir’s Tral.
One terrorist has also reportedly been killed. The terrorist was killed in a gunfight with forces. Search operations are underway.
Train From Bengaluru Catches Fire, No Injuries Reported
A fire broke out in the pantry of a running train late at night in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district. The staff separated the pantry car, stopping the fire from spreading to the other bogies of the train. No injuries from the incident have been reported so far. The origin of the fire, which broke out at around 2 am, is not yet known.
Juan Guaido Receives Hero's Welcome in Caracas
Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido received a hero's welcome from thousands of flag-waving supporters chanting "Yes, you can!" as he returned to Caracas on Monday, defying the threat of arrest from embattled President Nicolas Maduro's government.
"We know the risks we face, that's never stopped us. The regime, the dictatorship must understand," a defiant Guaido, who has been recognised as acting president by more than 50 countries, told a delirious crowd.
"We're stronger than ever, let's carry on in the streets, mobilised." Supporters, media, and diplomats from allied countries mobbed Guaido on his arrival at the international airport in Caracas before he headed into the city for a tumultuous homecoming by thousands of supporters.
Tokyo Court Grants Ex-Nissan Chief Ghosn Bail
A Tokyo Court on Tuesday, 5 March, granted ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn bail, local media reported, in a shock decision that could see the auto tycoon freed after more than three months of detention.
The court reportedly set the bail at one billion yen (USD 9 million), but prosecutors are likely to appeal the decision and could even file additional allegations against Ghosn to keep him from leaving detention.
Two Terrorists Killed in Security Encounter in J&K's Tral
Two terrorists have been killed in the ongoing encounter between security forces and terrorists in Tral.
Sensex Slips over 50 Points in Early Trade on Weak Global Cues
Equities benchmark Sensex edged lower by over 50 points in early trade on Tuesday, tracking weak global cues amid caution on the US-China trade talks front and concerns over slowing Chinese economy.
The 30-share BSE index was trading lower by 0.14 per cent, or 50.71 points, at 36,013.10 in the opening trade. The broader NSE Nifty was also quoted down by 0.13 per cent, or 14.60 points, at 10,848.90.
In the Sensex pack, weakness was seen primarily in capital goods, IT and financial counters.
Indian equities followed the weak trend prevailing on Asian bourses as investors awaited fresh developments in the China-US trade talks.
Rupee Gains 11 Paise to 70.81 vs USD in Early Trade
The rupee appreciated by 11 paise to 70.81 against the US dollar in opening trade on Tuesday, driven by weakening of the greenback in overseas markets and fresh foreign inflows.
The rupee opened weak at 70.95 at the interbank forex market then gained further ground and touched 70.81 amid a weak opening in domestic equities, displaying gains of 11 paise over its last close.
Forex dealers said, selling of the American currency by exporters supported the rupee.
The rupee Friday had weakened by 20 paise to close at 70.92 against the US dollar.
Fog Disrupts Flight Operations at Delhi Airport
Five flights were diverted from Delhi airport due to fog on Tuesday morning, an airport official said.
"There has been low visibility due to fog since 6.31 am today. Five flights have been diverted till 8.20 am," the official said.
At Delhi, the minimum runway visibility required for take off is 125 metres.
800 Cartons of Illicit Liquor Seized; One Arrested
The police have seized 800 cartons of illicit liquor worth Rs 32 lakh here meant to be supplied at Muzaffarpur in Bihar ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, a police official said Tuesday.
A team led by SHO O P Choudhary intercepted a truck carrying the liquor at Bidali check-post in Shamli district on Monday. The liquor was smuggled from Haryana, SP Ajay Kumar Pandey said.
Rajender Singh has been arrested in this connection, he said.
SC Agrees to Hear Plea Against Alleged Encroachment on Tribal Lands
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea against alleged encroachment on the tribal lands.
SC Seeks Response From Centre on Electric Vehicles Policy, FAME India Scheme
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre and sought its response within 4 weeks on whether Electric Vehicles Policy and FAME India scheme to promote electric vehicles is being implemented properly.
SC Seeks Response From Centre, Assam Govt Over Petition Against Citizenship Bill
The Supreme Court has a issued a notice to the Union of India and the Assam government, seeking their response within four weeks, after hearing a petition filed by Assam State Jamait Ulama E Hind challenging MHA's notifications in Citizenship Bill case.
P Venkata Ramesh Babu Appointed Director General, National Archives of India
IAS officer P Venkata Ramesh Babu has been appointed as Director General, National Archives of India, Ministry of Culture. He is presently Chairman and Managing Director, Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd, Ministry of Power.
SC Agrees to Hear PIL Against Law Giving Power to Courts to Force Separated Couple to Stay Together
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a PIL against the law that gives power to courts to force a separated couple to stay together through decree for Restitution of Conjugal rights. A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna refers the case to a three-judge bench for hearing.
MP Sher Singh Ghubaya Joins Congress
MP Sher Singh Ghubaya from Ferozpur, Punjab has joined the Indian National Congress. He had resigned from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday, 4 March.
Bullets Fired at Man in Kurla, Shifted to Sion Hospital
There are reports of a firing in Kurla, Mumbai. Two bullets have been fired at a history-sheeter identified as Janu Pawar. He has been shifted to Sion hospital. One person has detained by the police, reported CNN News18.
TTV Dhinakaran Files Appeal in SC Challenging Delhi HC Order
TTV Dhinakaran has filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the order of the Delhi High Court dismissing his petition in connection with the dispute over the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) "two leaves" election symbol case.
Rahul Gandhi to Chair Key Congress Meet Today Over Possible Tie-Up with AAP
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has called a meeting of all leaders of the Delhi unit on Tuesday, 5 March to discuss the possibility of an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This comes days after the AAP announced six candidates for seven seats in Delhi, three of which are being seen as serious contenders.
Unanimous Decision Taken, No Alliance in Delhi: Sheila Dixit
After the Congress senior leaders meeting, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dixit said that there would be no pre-poll tie-up in Delhi between AAP and Congress. “A unanimous decision has been taken that there will be no alliance in Delhi,” Dixit said.
Railway Cancels 25 Trains, Diverts Seven over Farmers Protests in Punjab
At least 25 trains were cancelled and seven others diverted on Tuesday as protesting farmers blocked railway tracks in Punjab's Amritsar, a Northern Railways statement said. The agitation has left scores of passengers moving to and from Amritsar stranded.
Two trains — the New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi Express and the New Delhi-Amritsar Shan-E-Punjab Express — were short-terminated in Jalandhar City and Beas town respectively.
Illegal Liquor Manufacturing Unit in Manipur Busted, One Arrested
An illegal liquor manufacturing unit has been busted in Manipur's Thoubal district and a woman arrested in this connection, a senior police officer said.
Manipur was declared a dry state in 1991, following widespread demands by locals to curb alcohol and drug use.
During the raid Monday evening, the police seized bottles of an unidentified chemical, suspected to have been smuggled from Myanmar, along with a wooden frame for printing labels, aluminum pots and locally made liquor, Superintendent of Police S Ibomcha said.
RLD Joins Hands With BSP-SP in Uttar Pradesh
Rashtriya Lok Dal is set to join the BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh. “Our workers will work hard to ensure victory of the alliance in all seats of the state,” RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary said.
Justice SA Bobde Nominated as the New Executive Chairman of NALSA
President Ram Nath Kovind has nominated Justice SA Bobde of the Supreme Court as the Executive Chairman of National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) with effect from 7 March, 2019.
Justice AK Sikri, who is currently the Executive Chairman of NALSA will retire on 6 March , 2019.
Pakistan Minister Resigns Over Anti-Hindu Remarks
Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has resigned following his derogatory remarks against Hindus.
Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in J&K's Poonch District
Pakistan violates ceasefire in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.
Govt to Bring Ordinance to Counter SC Order on Faulty Quota in Universities
The central government to bring an ordinance to counter the judgement of the supreme court on reservations in higher educational institutions.
The ordinance will ensure that university or college is taken as a unit while calculating the allocation of positions to various categories and not the department.
Defence Ministry Grants Women Officers Permanent Commission in Indian Army
Women officers will be granted Permanent Commission in the Indian Army in all the ten branches where women are inducted for Short Service Commission, Defence Ministry said.
UK Counter-Terrorism Police Probe IEDs Found in London
UK police said, counter terrorism investigation was launched after small improvised explosive devices were found at Heathrow Airport, City Airport and Waterloo station.