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Trump's Ex-Campaign Chief Sent to 47 Months of Prison

US President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison Thursday for tax crimes and bank fraud.

It was the stiffest sentence yet given to an associate of the president in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling – but significantly lighter than what many expected for the 69-year-old political consultant.

(Source: PTI)

Two Constables to Be Tried For Murder of Vivek Tiwari

Constable Prashant and Sandeep to be tried under murder charges in the murder case of Lucknow resident Vivek Tiwari, who was shot dead by in 2018, after former's statement found to be false in magisterial inquiry. Court directs Sandeep to surrender by 22 March, he was earlier given clean chit by SIT.

(Source: ANI)

Three-Day Annual Meeting of RSS Decision Making Body to Begin Today

A three-day annual meeting of RSS's Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha will begin in Gwalior on Friday, 8 March. Nearly, 1400 RSS workers are expected to participate in the annual meet.

Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha is the highest decision making body in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.


PM Modi to Lay Foundation Stone of Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor in Varanasi

PM Narendra Modi has arrived in Varanasi and will lay the foundation stone of Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor on Friday. He will also attend National Women Livelihood Meet 2019.


PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone of Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor

PM Modi has laid the foundation stone of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor in Varanasi. He is also addressing the gathering present for the occasion.


Rupee Opens 18 Paise Lower at 70.18 Against Us Dollar

The rupee opened 18 paise lower at 70.18 against the US dollar on Friday, 8 March on increased demand for the greenback from importers and banks amid lower opening of domestic equities.

Forex dealers said, strengthening of the American currency in the overseas market weighed on the domestic currency. However, fresh foreign fund inflows, easing crude prices supported the rupee and restricted the fall.


UNDP Appoints Padma Lakshmi as Goodwill Ambassador

Indian-American television personality and food expert Padma Lakshmi has been appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, supporting the agency's fight against inequality and discrimination around the world.

UNDP announced Lakshmi's appointment at the United Nations on Thursday, on the eve of International Women's Day. She will mobilise support for the Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on fighting inequality, discrimination and empowering the disenfranchised.


Sensex, Nifty Turn Negative on Weak Global Cues

Indian equity benchmarks opened lower, tracking its Asian peers amid signs China is trying to slow down the country’s equity rally and after cuts to economic forecasts at the European Central Bank reignited concern on global growth.

The S&P BSE Sensex opened at 36,753.59 and fell as much as as 0.31 percent to 36,610.47, while the 50-share NSE Nifty opened at 11,038.85.


Supreme Court Refuses to Entertain Pleas Seeking Direction to Link Voter IDs With Aadhaar Cards

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain pleas seeking direction to link Voter ID cards with Aadhaar cards. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has asked advocate Ashwini Upadhyay to approach the Election Commission which will pass an appropriate order on the plea.


SP Releases First List of Six Candidates, Mulayam Yadav to Contest From Mainpuri

The Samajwadi Party has released its first list of six candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Mainpuri.


Nirav Modi's Seaside Bungalow in Alibaug Demolished

Nirav Modi's seaside bungalow in Alibaug has been demolished using explosives, Raigad Collector Vijay Suryawanshi said on Friday.


SC Orders Mediation to Settle Ayodhya Title Dispute

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered mediation to settle the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Ayodhya title dispute case by a three-member panel.

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Restrictions in Srinagar, Separatists Call for Strike Against Slapping of PSA on Yasin Malik

The authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in parts of the city in Sringara as a precautionary measure in view of a strike called by separatists against slapping of the Public Safety Act (PSA) on JKLF chairman Yasin Malik and ban on Jaamat-e-Islami (JeI).

Restrictions have been imposed in six police station areas of Srinagar – the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

They said the curbs under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) were imposed in Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, MR Gunj, Safakadal and Maisuma police station areas of the city.


Political Parties Not Allowed to Deface Public Places With Ads, Slogans: SC to TN Govt

The Supreme Court on Friday told the Tamil Nadu government that political parties cannot be allowed to deface public places with advertisements and slogans. The apex court also asked the Tamil Nadu government to inform them in two weeks about steps taken regarding prevention of defacement of natural resources like hills, mountains, rocks and public places.


Delhi High Court Grants Interim Relief to TTV Dhinakaran in EC Official Bribery Case

The Delhi High Court on Friday granted interim relief to TTV Dhinakaran by staying the proceedings against him in Patiala House court. The case was that of alleged bribing of election commission official to get the two leaves symbol for the Sasikala-led AIADMK faction. The next date of hearing is 20 March.


Rajasthan Lokayukta's Tenure Cut to 5 Years

The Rajasthan government has reduced the tenure of the Lokayukta to five years from eight years, reversing the previous Bharatiya Janata Party regime's decision.

The government has issued notification late on Thursday night through the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019, to reduce the tenure.

As per the notification, state Governor Kalyan Singh has given the approval to the ordinance. The ordinance has come into immediate effect and before the culmination of Lokayukta S S Kothari's five-year tenure.


Mizoram Governor K Rajasekharan Resigns

President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted the resignation of Mizoram Governor K Rajasekharan, said the Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has been given additional charge of the state. Mukhi will discharge the functions of the governor of Mizoram, in addition to his own duties, until regular arrangements are made.


Low-Intensity Quake Hits HP's Kinnaur

A low-intensity earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8 shook Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district on Friday afternoon, the meteorological department said.

(Source: PTI)

SC Calls EC to Appear Before it Over PIL Alleging Discrimination Over Voting Rights

The Supreme Court Friday asked the Election Commission of India secretary to appear before it on March 12 in connection with a PIL alleging that certain category of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The apex court sought the personal appearance of the secretary as despite the notice being issued on February 1 no one appeared to represent the Election Commission.


PM Modi to Inaugurate Metro's Red Line Extension to Ghaziabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is Friday slated to inaugurate the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro's Red Line, which will open for passengers on Saturday.

With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad.


Two Dead, Hundreds Evacuated After Rains, Flooding in Indonesia

At least two people were killed and six more were missing after torrential rains and severe flooding in parts of Indonesia, the disaster agency said Friday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people.

Heavy rain has pounded Indonesia for days, forcing the Citarum river -- dubbed "the world's dirtiest" -- on Java island to burst its banks, and causing deadly flash floods in the eastern part of the sprawling Southeast Asian archipelago.


Interim Protection of Karti, P Chidambaram Extended Till 25 March

P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram’s interim protection has been extended till 25 March by Delhi's Patiala House Court.


PM Modi Inaugurates Development Projects in Kanpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated several development projects in Kanpur on Friday.


MiG Aircraft Crashes in Rajasthan's Bikaner, Pilot Ejects Safely

MiG aircraft crashed in Bikaner's Shoba Sar ki Dhani area of Rajasthan on Friday, 8 March. The pilot has been ejected, Bikaner SP said. Court of inquiry will investigate the cause of the accident.

(Source: PTI)

Sensex, Nifty Clock Longest Weekly Gains Since November

The Indian equity benchmarks clocked their longest stretch of weekly gains since November. The S&P BSE Sensex ended 1.68 percent higher this week at 36,671.43 and the NSE Nifty 50 ended above 11,000 after gaining 1.58 percent this week.

(Source: BloombergQuint)

Badminton: Saina Nehwal Out of All England C'ships

India's Saina Nehwal lost to Tai Tzu Ying  of Chinese Taipei 15-21 19-21 in her quarter-final match to crash out of the All England Open Badminton Championships. This is Saina's 13th consecutive loss to Tai Tzu Ying.

1984 Anti-Sikh Riots Case: Investigation of Jagdish Tytler to be Completed in 2 Months

The CBI has filed a report on the lie-detector test conducted on Abhishek Verma, an eyewitness in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, before a Delhi court. Investigation of Jagdish Tytler will be completed within two months, the CBI told the court. The case has been adjourned till 22 May.

(Source: ANI)

Congress MLA Jawahar Chavda Quits Party, Joins BJP

Congress MLA Jawahar Chavda who submitted resignation to the assembly speaker in Gujarat earlier today, has joined BJP in Gandhinagar.

(Source: ANI)

BJP Appoints Rebel BJD Leader Jay Panda as Party's Vice President

Odisha leader Baijayant Jay Panda, who joined the BJP last week, was Friday appointed the party's vice president and spokesperson.

Panda, who owns an Odisha-based media group, had quit the Biju Janata Dal last year and also resigned from his Lok Sabha membership following his suspension from the regional party headed by state's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

(Source: PTI)

I-T Department Raids AAP MLA Naresh Balyan's House in Delhi

Income tax Department conducts raids at the premises of AAP MLA from Uttam Nagar, Naresh Balyan in Delhi.

(Source: ANI)

Subhash Chandra Garg Designated as Finance Secretary

Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg was on Friday, 8 March designated as the Finance Secretary, according to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

(Source: ANI)

Delhi Cabinet Approves Revision of Auto Fares

Delhi Cabinet has approved the revision of auto fares on Friday, 8 March. The base fare will be Rs 25 for first 1.5 km. The revised fare will be Rs 9.5/km beyond 1.5 km. Waiting charges of 75p/minute will be applicable when the vehicle is stationary, stuck in traffic or moving very slow.

(Source: ANI)

Pakistan Violates Ceasefire in J&K's Poonch District

Pakistan violated ceasefire by resorting to heavy shelling with artillery and firing of small arms in Shahpur & Kerni sectors of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Friday, 8 March. The Indian Army has retaliated. More details are awaited.

(Source: ANI)

Gujarat Congress MLA Halvad Parshottam Sabaria Resigns Congress

Gujarat Congress MLA from Halvad Parshottam Sabaria has resigned from Congress on Friday, 8 March.

(Source: ANI)

Terrorists Kidnap Army Jawan in J&K's Budgam

An army Jawan of (JAKLI Unit) Mohammad Yaseen was reportedly kidnapped by terrorists from his residence in Qazipora Chadoora in Budgam on Friday, 8 March. More are details awaited.

(Source: ANI)

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